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DUDES & DUDS – Week 1

Dudes

QB – Jalen Hurts @ Detroit

  • Hurts has been one of the most discussed players by the Fantasy Football community this off-season. I don’t think he’ll quite live up to all of the hype but in this match-up I expect him to get it done.

QB – Trey Lance @ Chicago

  • I expect Lance to struggle at times this season but those struggles will not come in week 1. The Chicago Bears are going to be on the verge of succumbing to a total-knock-out all season and the 49ers will be delivering the first blow. Lance, Aiyuk, Samuel, and Kittle will have their way with this defense.

RB – Alvin Kamara @ Atlanta

  • Kamara has been overlooked this off-season and I believe he jumps into our sight lines week 1. All of the managers who were able to draft AK in the 2nd or later will be laughing at their league mates after this one.

RB – Travis Ettiene Vs. Washington

  • Etienne will get a full workload of touches in this match-up. I expect him to have about 15 carries and 5 receptions and I believe he’ll top 100 total yards with a touchdown.

WR – Michael Pittman @ Houston

  • Newly acquired Colts QB Matt Ryan knows how to target his WR1. Look for the Ryan-to-Pittman connection to become a thing early in this one. The Texans will have their hands full trying to defend against Jonathan Taylor and the Colts passing attack will benefit. 

WR – Allen Robinson Vs. Buffalo

  • I have a feeling the Rams will be looking to show off their shiny new toy week 1 in a match-up the entire world will be watching.

TE – Dalton Schultz Vs. Tampa Bay

  • With Michael Gallup likely out until week 3, Dak Prescott will target Schultz early and often. I wouldn’t be surprised if Schultz has somewhere between 8-10 receptions in this one.

Flex – Cordarelle Patterson Vs. New Orleans

  • I have to start the season by flexing this man. C-Pat was the gift that kept on giving last season and he’ll start off the season against a Saints defense that just recently lost Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

Duds

QB – Aaron Rodgers @ Minnesota

  • I think the Packers will try to lean on the run in this match-up. The passing attack will struggle due to their lack of experience together. Rodgers is still a bad man but it’s going to take some time to get comfortable with his new weapons.

QB – Tua Tagovailoa Vs. New England

  • Billy B will have his defense ready for a division opponent and this projects to be a low scoring defensive struggle. The Patriots will dare the Dolphins to beat them on the ground.

RB – Nick Chubb @ Carolina

  • Carolina will not feel threatened by the Browns passing game. They will allow their corners to match-up 1 v 1 on the Browns receivers and they will stack the box to stop the ground game.

RB – Breece Hall Vs. Baltimore

  • In my opinion, Hall is the best RB the Jets have and will be the bell cow sooner rather than later. I expect the Jets to have a committee approach up until that point and I also expect the Ravens defense to smother that committee week 1.

WR – Amari Cooper @ Carolina

  • Like I stated above, the Panthers secondary will have no trouble holding Cooper in check week 1. This is due, in part, to 2 factors, the Browns QB Jacoby Brissett is not very good and Jaycee Horn is a very talented CB who will likely shadow Cooper.

WR – Michael Thomas @ Atlanta

  • I have MT on quite a few of my rosters and I have been pretty optimistic about him returning to his old form but I am not confident enough to start him out the gate. It has been such a long wait that at this point, I need to see it before I believe it.

TE – Hunter Henry @ Miami

  • The Dolphins secondary is legit and the only player they will likely feel threatened by heading into this matchup is Hunter Henry. Henry became Mac Jones safety blanket in the red zone last year and the Dolphins will make it a point to eliminate him.

Flex – Chase Claypool @ Cincinnati

  • With Mitch Trubisky at the helm while facing a high powered Cincinatti Bengals team, the Steelers will do their best to grind it out and limit the amount of time Joe Burrow gets on the field. In doing so, the Steelers will rely on Najee Harris and their rushing attack to wind down the clock and shorten the game.

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