I am not going to lie — it was really nice to have football back! Clyde Edwards-Helaire was as good as advertised. David Johnson was as good as I advertised him to be this year. Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes got it done for their owners. Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill caught touchdown passes. Sammy Watkins looked great. Will Fuller looked healthy and was targeted often. All in all, a solid fantasy start to the year.
There are already a slew of injury concerns so we may need a sleeper or two, even in Week 1. Here are five players I expect to have solid fantasy days who may be slightly off your radar:
1. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
I think the Bengals will be much improved this year, but Week 1 on the road against a veteran group in Los Angeles is not going to be the time to see that improvement. Taylor will be solid this week and maybe even run one in.
2. O.J. Howard, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gronk, Gronk … Gronk, Gronk, Gronk … Gronk, Gronk, Gronk, Gronk, Gronk … blah, blah, blah. Mike Evans is iffy and Gronk is a RED-ZONE TARGET ONLY. Howard could see five or six balls thrown his way.
3. Boston Scott, RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Miles Sanders will NOT get a full load of carries this game. He is coming off an injury and practiced for the first time in what seemed like a month Sept. 10. Scott has a role on this team even when Sanders is 100 percent. Scott gets 15 touches against the team with no name Sept. 13.
4. Jerry Jeudy, WR, Denver Broncos
To be fair, I had JJ — can I call him JJ? I am going to call him JJ — in this column before the news Sept. 10 that Courtland Sutton left practice with a shoulder issue. With Sutton less than 100 percent and iffy to play at all, the best WR in the 2020 NFL Draft gets his time to shine right away.
5. James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Robinson is a starting running back in the NFL, period. His Illinois State tape is awesome — go watch or just trust me. Chris Thompson is hanging around, sure, but 15 to 20 touches for Robinson is almost a guarantee this week. I hope the kid does well. I will be rooting for him. With so many split backfields, you can do worse this week.
Sleeper defense: Miami Dolphins … I mean, no one has the guts or need on Week 1 to play them, but they could be sneaky good this year.
Need a kicker? Ryan Succop is the kicker in Tampa Bay … why not?!
Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, New Orleans Saints
Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
Ken Zalis ranked No. 3 in FantasyPros’ 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Accuracy Rankings.