Gone are the days of listening to Matthew Berry and his horrible fantasy advice. No longer will your team take L’s because of some nonsense Berry put out that week. We have two new sheriffs in town and they won’t pull you over for having 2 grams of pot.
Two of the greatest minds in all of fantasy, the Hebrew Hammer and our Lord Ezzus, have come together. These two have been going at it for years in the fantasy hot take arena. Now they are coming together to help the less fortunate become fantasy gods.
Freaks/Cheeks: From The Mind of The Hebrew Hammer
Cheeks: Jonathan Taylor.
I have already made my thoughts on Jonathon Taylor very clear in one of my recent articles. But in short, COVID-19 has directly affected all rookies’ ability to get up to speed in time for real NFL action.
Pair that with being in a loaded backfield, and Taylor will have an uphill battle to see the workload that we all expect him to eventually have. Starting him during his first NFL game would be a very risky move. I suggest benching him unless you have no other options.
Freak: Chris Thompson
The Jaguars’ running back situation is looking even more bleak now that Ryquell Armstead is set to miss a couple weeks. I don’t expect a blowout due to the new faces on the Colts offense, but I do expect the Jaguars to be playing from behind for at least most of this game.
Thompson should see tons of work in the receiving game because of this. He might even play a crucial role in the running game if another back isn’t picked up between now and Sunday.
This game could be a forgettable one for OBJ. Even if Beckham Jr. is back to his old self, this is far from an ideal matchup. Not only is the Ravens’ secondary full of dogs, the Browns’ offense will struggle to even see the field.
Lamar Jackson and friends led the league in time of possession last season, and nothing suggests this will come to an end. Unless the Browns can find an answer to Jackson’s wrath, Beckham Jr. will only have a handful of opportunities to put up fantasy points. It’s probably smart to look elsewhere this week unless you have a gut-feeling about him.
Freaks/Cheeks: From The Great Mind Of Ezzus
Freak: Emmanuel Sanders
The matchup between the Bucs and the Saints should be a high scoring affair. Two of the top offenses will be going at it in the first week of the season, and should give plenty of opportunities for Sanders to excel.
With Michael Thomas taking the defense’s starting cornerback’s attention, Sanders should see high percentage targets throughout the game. Sanders will get some time in the slot. Look for him to get some dump off passes.
Sanders is easily a flex play this week with a chance to put up big numbers. ESPN has him projected at 10.5 points in PPR formats but I think that’s his floor. He could easily see 15 points this Sunday.
Cheeks: Le’Veon Bell
Le’Veon Bell is coming into this year in the best shape of his life. Bell is so ripped that one guy in my league drafted him with his second pick, just because he looked ripped in an Instagram post. I didn’t know that’s why we’re drafting players this year, I totally dropped the ball if this is true.
Most people are drafting Bell as a RB2 with an ADP of RB 18. It will be hard to live up to that ADP in week one against the Bills. Buffalo had the 10th best rushing defense. To say the least, it’s not an easy go for the first week in the season.
It also doesn’t help that Adam Gase likes to use running back committees; Gase is looking to “lessen the load” on Bell with the Frank Gore’s signing. Bell should not start for you this week. He should do what I did my whole high school football career: ride the bench.
Cheeks: The Bucs Backfield
Ronald Jones is the “starter”, but with Leonard Fournette in the mix it’s hard to trust any of them this week. Both offenses should be looking to pass the ball heavily, leaving less carries for the running backs to split.
It’s understandable for a Fournette owner to be itching to start him, as he was drafted to be their RB2 but you must not scratch that itch.
Both RBs are touchdown dependent this week and trying to predict who will get them will be hard. I’d suggest benching both backs until they carve out the roles they play in the backfield. If I had to pick one to start over the other, it would be Jones. He has a chance to catch some balls. But I still wouldn’t trust him to start on my team.
By Elias Makhlouf and Alan Ross