NFL Week 1 Bold Predictions
Opening week is finally here! All the offseason preparation, studying and ranking players, keeping up with headline news, following your favorite fantasy football guys on twitter, will all pay off and your hopeful fantasy football championship awaits. Now, the fun of watching your favorite players and teams and playing against your friends in your fantasy football matchups will be conversations around the house and throughout the office. But who will be the guys to have big games, and who will be some that disappoint? Here are a few bold predictions of players that could have monster games, or disappoint you early in the season.
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Carson Wentz will be a Top-3 QB
After coming off of a promising rookie year in 2013, Carson Wentz was making a case for being a top fantasy football quarterback in 2016. Unfortunately, he tore his ACL against the Rams in the Week 13 matchup which also caused him to miss part of the 2018 season as well. During the 2017 year, Wentz was on an MVP like pace and looks to pick up where he left off. Wentz will come out firing this year. He and the Eagles take on division foes the Washington Redskins in week one. The Redskins aren’t exactly loaded on defense. Josh Norman isn’t what he once was and the Eagles have enough firepower to match what the Redskins can bring. Wentz will throw for over 350 yards and four touchdowns against the Redskins in week one.
Dalvin Cook will have a MONSTER Game vs. Falcons
Dalvin Cook is an amazing talent. He has every ability you look for in a workhorse type of running back. He catches the ball well, blocks well, has very good burst, shows tremendous agility, and even the speed to break away from defenders. As we saw during the week three preseason game, Cook broke off an 85-yard touchdown. This is something to keep an eye out for during the Vikings week one matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. This new rushing offense is looking sharp with the Gary Kubiak led scheme and the new addition of Garrett Bradbury from North Carolina State. Look for Cook to break off over 150 rushing yards and two touchdowns. You can also bet he will have over 50 receiving yards, and will even catch a touchdown pass to top off a monster first week.
Todd Gurley will Silence the Doubters
There has been a ton of speculation out of Rams camp weather or not Todd Gurley’s knee is good enough for another large workload, or if he is even going to be fully healthy to start the year. By all accounts, he appears to be ready to continue being the featured back, though we can expect him to get more rest than he did last year as the Rams will try and push for that Super Bowl title. Gurley is an all-around back that is going to get his work in the rushing game as well as the passing game. They get the Carolina Panthers for their first test of the season. The Panthers by no means are a real slouch on defense. With Luke Kuechly quarterbacking that defense, it can be tough to run on them. Not for Gurley this week though. He’s going to break off some big runs and have 175 or more rushing yards and a touchdown, and will also have a touchdown reception to go along with it. He’s going to have a lot of fantasy owners mad they didn’t draft him sooner.
Tyreek Hill is a Non-Factor vs. Jags
During the offseason, there were a lot of rumors swirling around whether or not Tyreek Hill would be suspended or not. It appears he is innocent and will miss zero time and he will be ready to rock and roll for the Chiefs in their Week One matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags had a disappointing season last year, as they were hoping they could improve off of what they did in 2017. Their defense is what holds them in games, and also what will hold Hill back in week one. There is no doubt that Hill has the ability to break games wide open, but he will fail to do so to start the season. Corners Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye will keep him in check, and safety Ronnie Harrison will prevent him from taking the top off of that defense. You obviously aren’t sitting Hill, but temper your expectations of a huge week from him. He could very well see less than 50 receiving yards and held without a score.
TY Hilton will Shine without Andrew Luck
TY Hilton is an unbelievably talented wide receiver on an offense that was looking very promising coming into the season. They drafted Parris Campbell which would likely take some pressure off of Hilton, Devin Funchess looks like he could be a good addition to this team, and Marlon Mack is beginning to come into his own as a running back, all with Andrew Luck manning the wheel. But, with the sudden news of Luck retiring, they now turn to backup Jacoby Brissett, and everyone is freaking out about drafting a Colts player. Fear not, as Hilton is going to go off week one against the Los Angelas Chargers and prove a lot of people wrong. The Chargers, unfortunately, lost Derwin James to injury this offseason, which bodes well for Hilton’s fantasy day, as he won’t have to deal with the stud safety on the backend of the defense. Even without James, this Chargers defense is very good, however, Hilton will have a monster game that no one is thinking he will have. Hilton is going to have over 125 receiving yards and will end up in the end zone twice in week 1.
Evan Engram will be Tops in Yardage
The New York Giants went through a wild rollercoaster this offseason. First, they traded their star receiver Odell Beckham Jr to the Cleveland Browns. Then, they draft Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick which everyone called them nuts for, which, who knows how it’ll all turn out. And now, they are going to be without Golden Tate due to suspension and Corey Coleman after tearing his ACL early in camp. Now, the Giants will have to rely on Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram for their week one matchup against the division rival Dallas Cowboys. Engram has proved to be a viable option in the receiving game. He had a very solid rookie campaign but was plagued with injuries last year which hindered him from putting up numbers we were used to seeing from him. Expect Engram to bounce back in a huge way week one and be the top receiving option not just on his team, but out of every tight end in the NFL. He will have the most receiving yards at his position in week one, and will also find the end zone.
I have a lovely wife and three children. I have played Fantasy Football since 2006. I began writing Fantasy Football content for FFDynasty260 in 2017 and covered the weekly waiver wire column as well as other topics. I started covering the Minnesota Vikings for Last Word On Sports in 2018. I am currently the Fantasy Football Expert for The Scoop on KLGR in Minnesota. I merged with FFD260 to Gridiron Experts in 2019 covering Dynasty Fantasy Football and more. I am a co-host on The Dynasty Draft Room podcast which launched in 2019. I stopped writing Vikings content for LWOS and switched to The Vikings Age in 2019.