Buy/Sell/Steal for Week 1
Emptying out the notebook:
— 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.
— 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.
— 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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Def: Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Houston, Kansas City
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.
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.