Bold Fantasy Predictions
The first week of the fantasy football season is a wrap. Hopefully, your team got a big win and you’re on the right track for fantasy football glory! But if not, hopefully, you hit the waiver wire and made some trades and now are ready to start your winning streak all the way to the championship. Week one is always filled with buzz and a ton of excitement about players having big weeks. Some you rightfully so should be excited about, others not so much. This week there are a few players here that had some stellar week ones that are destined to keep that fire burning, others will burn out. Here are a few names that could have huge games.
Lamar Jackson QB1 in Week Two
Lamar Jackson had a week to remember. After what all the critics were saying about how he’s basically just a running back, he puts up 324 yards passing and five touchdowns while only have three incompletions. He also ran the ball just three times for only six yards. While all these numbers seem backward, you can expect the same this week, only with more rushing. Count on Jackson keeping this heat going as he throws for over 300 yards again, but this week he will do a lot with his legs and run for over 75 yards and have a rushing touchdown as well.
Gardner Minshew Lights It Up
Gardner Minshew, the rookie out of Washington State, is getting his first career start this week as he saw his teammate Nick Foles go down with a broken clavicle. Minshew had quite a bit of success in during his final year in college. He had nearly 4800 yards passing while throwing for 38 touchdowns and keeping his interceptions in single digits. He possesses a lot of good tools to make a solid NFL quarterback, the two best though would be his name and his mustache. Expect his name to be as great as those, as he will throw for over 275 yards passing and have three touchdowns.
Nick Chubb Bounces Back BIG
Nick Chubb had a well below an average week in the eyes of fantasy owners and Browns fans alike as they watched their team get wallopped by the less than stellar Tennessee Titans. But a bounce back is in the air this week. Chubb has the ability to be a top 10 type of running back. His skills in the running game are evident and will be on full display as he and the Browns both look to make up for what was a slap in the face type of week one. Chubb will light the Jets defense up this week with over 115 yards rushing and will reach the endzone twice. You can count on him getting more involved through the air this week as he will catch five balls for over 50 yards as well.
Dede Westbrook Becomes Minshew’s Favorite Target
Dede Westbrook watched his wide receiver counterpart D.J. Chark have a monster week one. The sophomore receiver had 4 catches for 146 yards and scored once. But this week, put your money on Westbrook connecting with rookie quarterback Gardner Minshew in his first NFL start. The now veteran Westbrook, who plays the majority of his snaps out of the slot, will catch a lot of passes this week for a lot of yards. He’s going to have double-digit catches for over 125 yards, and he will also have a touchdown that comes in the red zone.
Christian Kirk Outscores Larry Fitzgerald
The Cardinals had a much better week one than many were anticipating. Kyler Murray looked competent at quarterback, and the ageless Larry Fitzgerald looked like his young self again. Fitzgerald had a monster game, as he went for 113 yards on eight receptions and found the endzone once. But that won’t happen this week. It’s Christian Kirk’s turn. Look for Kirk to step up and have a big game this week and outscore the savvy vet. You can even plan on Kirk going over 100 yards this week, and he is even going to have a touchdown to help you win your Week 2 fantasy football matchup.
Darren Waller Top 5 TE
Besides all of the Antonio Brown drama, Darren Waller was a lot of the talk around the Raider’s offseason. The young tight end continued to stand out in training camp and during the preseason. He showed why coaches and fans were beginning to really like him. He was a top 10 scoring tight end this week, and he’s going for an even better week two. After a 7 reception 70 yard performance in week one. he’s going to pop off for 110 yards on 9 catches and he is going to get in the endzone twice to start the talk of him being this year’s George Kittle, which we all know will need to be tamed down. The kid is going to make a name for himself early this year, and Week two will be a big reason for that.
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.