Week 1 Pump and Stump
Each week, I will post my 4 Fantasy winners (“Pump”) and 4 Fantasy Losers (“Stump”) from the week that was.
Dak Prescott – QB, DAL
All off-season, we heard about how Kellen Moore was going to open up the Cowboys offense. In Week 1 against the Giants, we saw it in action and it was glorious. Even I, as Cowboy fan, underestimated how much adding Randall Cobb and bringing back Jason Witten would help Dak. The Giants is terrible, but I expect a career year, passing-wise, from the 4th year player out of Mississippi State.
Devin Singletary – RB, BUF
When LeSean McCoy was released, we knew it was only a matter of time before Devin Singletary became the RB to own in Buffalo. He out-snapped Frank Gore 48 -19 and ran 30+ routes. He is ready to reward all the owners who drafted him.
Terry McLaurin – WR, WAS
Its hard to find bright spots in the Redskin’s offense, but McLaurin shined bright like a diamond vs the Eagles, catching 5 passes for 125 yards and a TD. If he is on your waiver wire, go get him.
T.J. Hockenson – TE, DET
Detroit never got the “Rookie TEs never produce” memo. Hockenson performed like an established vet on Sunday, putting up a 9/6/121/1 line, albeit vs the putrid Arizona secondary. Anyone in need of a TE, should be ready to risk it all on the Lions’ rookie.
Baker Mayfield – QB, CLE
Cleveland spent the off-season building a super team, improving everywhere except probably the most crucial part, the offensive line. Baker got beat up vs the Titans and banged up his throwing hand, and the LT getting ejected for kicking people in the face didn’t make matters better. I don’t expect him to throw 3 TDs often, but Baker returning on his top 5 QB draft price is looking unlikely.
Melvin Gordon - RB, LAC
Austin Ekeler looked like a Rockstar yesterday, scoring 3 TDs in the Charger’s win. I fully support any player doing what’s best for themselves in terms of getting paid. As far as fantasy is concerned, if and when Melvin comes back, it is highly unlikely he gets anything close to his normal workload.
Corey Davis – WR, TEN
I can’t think of too many things worse than having a starting fantasy player whose team scores 43 points, but puts up a donut. The Titans passing came begins and ends with Delanie Walker. Corey Davis went catchless yesterday, and plays the Texans defense next week. He should be planted firmly planted on all fantasy benches until the bye weeks start.
Vance McDonald – TE, PIT
2 catches in the final drive of a 30-point loss, saved Vance McDonald from being completely shut out on Sunday night. We spent all season touting Vance as the top sleeper TE, but maybe we were wrong. Hopefully brighter days are on the horizon, but it didn’t look good to start the season off.
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