Crabtree and (Fantasy) Football!

Fantasy Crabtree and (Fantasy) Football!

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Buy/Sell/Steal for Week 1

Emptying out the notebook:

Carson Wentz (knee), Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and DeVante Parker (finger) are out for Week 1.

Jerick McKinnon (ACL) is out for the year.

— As of this writing, Le’Veon Bell has not reported to the Steelers. James Conner will get the start.

— Nate Peterman (Buf), Nick Foles (Phil) and Sam Darnold (NYJ) have all been named as their team’s starter.

— The Chargers re-signed TE Antonio Gates. His status for Sunday is unknown.

— Check the injury report on New England RBs Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead.

Julian Edelman and Mark Ingram (PED) are suspended for the first four games. Jameis Winston (Personal conduct policy) is suspended for three games.

— Atlanta at Philadelphia is the Thursday night game of the week.

— Two Monday night games: New York Jets at Detroit and L.A. Rams at Oakland.

Ravens Fantasy Outlook

Justin Tucker and the Defense are must starts every week.

Alex Collins: With rain in the forecast, the Ravens will lean on the ground game. Collins is an RB1 with a possibility of a 100-yard game.

Michael Crabtree: The Ravens will throw the ball some. Crabtree is the Ravens’ best possession receiver since Anquan Boldin. 5/50/1 seems reasonable in his home debut.


QB: Cam Newton: At home against a weak Dallas secondary that allowed the seventh most passing TD in 2017, Newton is poised for a career resurgence under new OC Norv Turner.

Philip Rivers: Never mentioned in the top tier of fantasy QBs, Rivers is a must-start at home against a Chiefs defense that takes a step back.

Other names: Marcus Mariota, Kirk Cousins, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, Jared Goff

RB: James White: White is the running back always most involved in the Pats passing game and his role in the ground game will increase with Michel and Burkhead not 100%.

Joe Mixon: With Jeremy Hill gone, Mixon will be the ‘bell cow’ back. It starts against the Colts, who allowed 120 yards per game on the ground last season.

Other names: Carlos Hyde, Dalvin Cook, Alvin Kamara, Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt, Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, Christian McCaffrey, Jordan Howard, Todd Gurley

WR: Doug Baldwin: Don’t fear Denver’s secondary, Baldwin had 12 games of double digit fantasy points in 2017. With Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson gone, his stats will increase.

Cooper Kupp: There are a ton of options in the Rams passing game, but Kupp is Jared Goff’s favorite target in the red zone and when looking for a first down. He is the Rams’ most consistent wide receiver.

Other names: Antonio Brown, Jarvis Landry, Josh Gordon, A.J. Green, Kenny Stills, Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, DeAndre Hopkins, Chris Hogan, Michael Thomas, Keenan Allen, Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald, Davante Adams, Marvin Jones, Robby Anderson

TE: Jimmy Graham: With Jordy Nelson in Oakland, a ton of targets are up for grabs especially in the red zone. Graham steps into that role and provides Aaron Rodgers with his best tight end since entering the league.

Jack Doyle: This is Andrew Luck’s first game in over a year; don’t expect too many downfield throws, but rather a shorter passing game featuring Doyle. The Bengals allowed the eighth most fantasy points to tight ends last year.

Other names: Zach Ertz, Kyle Rudolph, Rob Gronkowski, Evan Engram, Travis Kelce, Greg Olsen

Def: Atlanta, Minnesota, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Arizona, Carolina, Green Bay, Detroit, L.A. Rams


QB: Jimmy Garoppolo: I love Jimmy G, just not this week – on the road against a Vikings team that ranked second in pass defense last season allowing 192 yards per game.

Ben Roethlisberger: Big Ben is a different QB on the road, averaging almost eight points less per contest then at home.

Other names: Nick Foles, Dak Prescott, Eli Manning, Alex Smith, Derek Carr,

RB: Saquon Barkley: Everyone used a first round pick on Barkley, but don’t expect a big game from the rookie against the Jags defense. This is the Tom Coughlin revenge game.

Ezekiel Elliott: With no true threat in the passing game, teams will stack the box against Zeke. He can beat stacked boxes once in a while, but can he beat them for the whole game? Be cautious, especially in DFS as his price will be high.

Other names: James Conner, Le’Veon Bell (if he does play) Kenyan Drake, Alfred Morris, LeSean McCoy, Peyton Barber, Jamaal Williams, Marshawn Lynch,

WR: Mike Evans: Last year against the Saints, Evans was targeted 18 times and had six receptions for 68 yards. That was with Jameis Winston. Ryan Fitzpatrick starts this week.

Odell Beckham, Jr.: I will get killed for this. But two words: Jalen Ramsey. Ramsey maybe the best corner in the game and will hold OBJ in check.

Other names: Julio Jones, T.Y. Hilton, Marquise Goodwin, Kelvin Benjamin, Sammy Watkins, Jamison Crowder, Allen Hurns, Amari Cooper, Golden Tate

TE: Jordan Reed: Reed can’t stay healthy, the Cardinals have a good defense, and I’m not seeing the upside here.

Trey Burton: Not sure the hype over a tight end who in three years has a line of 63/629/6 and is best known for throwing a TD pass. Pass on the road against the Packers.

Other names: Charles Clay, George Kittle, O.J. Howard

Def: Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Houston, Kansas City


QB: Tyrod Taylor: Taylor is an underrated fantasy QB and with a re-vamped passing game, he could be the steal of the week. The Steelers defense has not been the same since the loss of Ryan Shazier.

RB: Mike Gillislee: He will be the goalline back while Mark Ingram is out and could get in additional work if this game becomes a blowout.

WR: Michael Gallup: Someone has to step up and be the number one receiver in Dallas. Take a flier on the rookie.

TE: Mike Gesicki: With Jarvis Landry gone and DeVante Parker out, Gesicki will option number two.

Def: Cleveland: Ben struggles on the road, no Le’Veon Bell and a defense that played well in the pre-season? I feel good about this pick.

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Born and raised in Baltimore, John has been a die-hard Ravens fan since the team came to town in 1996. The only thing that rivals his love for the Ravens is his sick obsession with fantasy football. John spends an inordinate amount of time every year prepping for the upcoming fantasy season. Whether it is trying to find the most impactful rookie or the sleeper you have never heard of, his job is to be prepared. You can follow him on Twitter @jdfantasyfb or check out John currently lives in Halethorpe with his wife and three kids. More from John Darcey

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