Week 1 has finally hit us. Fantasy football owners have already started wading through the massive deluge of information from Week 1. With this certain stats and situations will be reacted to. However, do fantasy owners really need to react to everything that happened in Week 1? That’s what React or Chillax is all about, letting fantasy owners know what they need to know about what happened over the weekend and if you need to react to it or if you can just chillax and let the situation fix itself.
Is Jordy Nelson Going to be Okay?
In his first game back from a torn ACL, Jordy Nelson caught 6 of 9 targets for 32 yards and a touchdown. Nothing spectacular for Nelson, but it was reassuring to see him moving around well on the football field. However, it was clear that Nelson was shaking off some rust, especially in his rapport with Aaron Rodgers. Despite connecting on a TD early, it never seemed as if the two of them were on the same exact page. Nelson should be able to improve next week against the Vikings with extra time to improve his health and connection with Rodgers.
Verdict: Chillax, Nelson and the Packers will be just great by Week 4
What About Adrian Peterson?
19 carries, 31 yards, 1.6 YPC with a long of 9 yards. If I told you that a Minnesota Vikings RB posted this line who would you guess? Probably Matt Asiata right? Definitely not one of the best RBs of the current generation and last year’s rushing leader, Adrian Peterson. I’m not super worried, though, as it is the second year in a row that Peterson has started slowly. In 2015, Peterson went for 31 yards on 10 carries, 3.1 YPC, marginally better numbers than what he went for in 2016. The next two games, though, Peterson went crazy, rushing for 260 yards on 49 attempts, 2 TDs, to go with 2 receptions for 58 yards.
Verdict: Chillax, absolutely nothing to worry about here
Is Devonta Freeman In a Timeshare In Atlanta?
Yes, he most certainly, unfortunately, is. 36 snaps, 11 carries for 20 yards, 1.8 YPC, with 4 receptions for 20 yards on 4 targets. That’s Devonta Freeman’s stat line. Here’s Tevin Coleman’s: 32 snaps, 8 carries for 20 yards, 2.8 YPC, with 5 receptions for 95 yards on 6 targets. I’m absolutely off the Devonta Freeman train this season after this week. In his current situation, there is no way Freeman can finish in the top 15 of RBs. Despite offseason rumblings about Coleman, the fantasy community remained sold on Freeman, mostly based on his hypothetically “safe” floor as a receiver. Now it looks like everything we hoped for during the offseason is irrelevant with the touch split going 15-13 in Freeman’s favor. If it was possible for me to get a guy like TY Hilton or CJ Anderson in a straight up trade for Freeman, I’d be rushing to hit accept immediately.
Verdict: React, Trade for any top 40 players if possible
Is Eli Rogers Legit?
Anyone who followed the Steelers’ WR parade this offseason assumed Markus Wheaton or Sammie Coates would take Martavis Bryant’s production. Then Wheaton was ruled out for Week 1 and the Eli Rogers hype train took off. Rogers responded in a big way, hauling in six passes, for 59 yards, and a touchdown. The touchdown was fluky, bouncing off of Sammie Coates, but everything else that Rogers did was legitimate. Rogers should be a weekly Flex play in 14-16 team leagues, especially in PPR leagues, where he should thrive working out of the slot with Antonio Brown on the outside.
Verdict: REACT! Spend up to 15% of your FAAB budget
Will Mark Ingram Still Be A 3 Down Back?
In 2015 Mark Ingram shocked the fantasy world by catching 50 passes, in 12 games no less. Going into 2016, many people (myself included), were pegging Mark Ingram as a fantasy breakout candidate. Then Ingram got out targeted by Travaris Cadet seven targets to two targets. Then the Saints cut CJ Spiller, seemingly signaling their confidence in Cadet as a 3rd down back. Against the Raiders, it quickly turned into a shootout, requiring the Saints to be a very pass-centric team. Hopefully, in a normal game where the teams aren’t flying up and down the field, Ingram will be on the field more often receiving those check down looks.
Verdict: This is a wait and see, with a side of worry about your likely RB1.
Is Dez Bryant Even A Top 50 WR Anymore?
Ok, this is definitely an overreaction. Dez Bryant is easily top 50, but how high does he get exactly? Bryant posted an absolutely terrible game with Dak Prescott, one catch for eight yards on five targets. Prescott tried to protect the ball and fed it to his underneath options, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten. The duo combined for 26 targets, 17 catches, and 131 yards. Bryant was absolutely shut out and next week that should change, unless of course, Josh Norman shuts him down. Bryant brings immense touchdown upside every single week and should revert to his regular red zone self.
Verdict: Chillax, Dez is still a top 15 WR rest of season