The Standouts Week 1
The Standouts is a weekly article put out by The Fantasy Bye Week. This article will focus on five standout performances from the week in fantasy, and will include an analysis of how repeatable the performance is.
By Cody Austin 09/11/2019
Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs:
Sammy went absolutely berserk in week 1 with 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Sammy has always been a very talented guy, in my opinion, and has had short stretches where he has looked absolutely elite. The issue has always been injuries for him. Tyreek Hill went down with a collarbone injury in week 1 and is expected to miss time. As long as Tyrek is out, and Sammy is healthy, he has a shot to be a wide receiver 1. And having Patrick Mahomes sling you the ball sure doesn’t hurt.
Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens:
What a game. 324 yards passing and 5 passing tds made him the most productive quarterback on the week, and he barely even ran the ball! Here’s the issue, he completed 85% of his passes and threw a touchdown every 3.4 completions. The efficiency is 100% unsustainable. That being said, Lamar looked good. Even if the efficiency comes down and he adds in some rushing Lamar is going to be a useable fantasy QB most weeks this year.
Malcom Brown, Los Angeles Rams:
11 carries for 53 yards. The encouraging part is where he got the work. He had 2 touchdowns, both of which came on red zone carries. At least in week 1 Brown was getting the red zone work over Todd Gurley. Crazy, right? What you need to monitor is the workload going forward. If Gurley’s knees continue to limit his work, or if they limit him even further than they already have, Malcom is getting significant carries in a valuable place on the field in a great offense.
John Ross, Cincinnati Bengals:
Talk about a coming out party. Seven grabs for 158 yards and 2 touchdowns. A combination of no AJ Green and Andy Dalton having a career passing day created the perfect storm. That being said, he looked good. He looked like the first round talent
that he was drafted as. As long as AJ Green is out Ross is a very interesting player to monitor, and worth rostering as he is owned in very few leagues.
TJ Hockenson, Detroit Lions:
Speaking of coming out parties, Hockenson had 6 receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown. That’s the most yards for a rookie tight end in their first game since 1970. Since the year 2000 only two rookie tight ends have finished top 5 at the position. We don’t necessarily need him to finish top 5, but history tells us that hyped up rookie tight ends don’t usually fair well, for fantasy purposes. That being said, Hockenson looked like the real deal, and Stafford looked for him early and often. He is absolutely a tight end that needs to be rostered, and can probably be started this week.