All Sunday afternoon the fans were reawakened. Touchdowns through the air, on the ground, and by special teams. Many players outperformed their weekly projections, while others slumped to the bottom. The first week does not foreshadow a fantasy player’s potential. To those who barely put 70 points on the board, stay calm. To those who put up 120, stay cocky. Here are the winners and losers of fantasy week one.
Winner: Tight Ends
Amazing performances were shown by tight ends all over the NFL. Of the 47 touchdowns through the air in week one, 22 of them were to tight ends. Gronk started early on Thursday night showing the league how dominant he really is. Three touchdowns on only 5 catches prove that Gronk is a touchdown machine. Travis Kelce, the big boy in Kanas City, put on a show with two touchdown receptions and 106 yards. Matching Kelce was another amazing effort by the Bengals Tyler Eifert. Eifert managed to put up 104 yards receiving along with 2 touchdowns. The biggest surprise of the weekend comes from Tampa Bays, Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Seferian-Jenkins caught an impressive 110 yards through the air and two touchdowns. Jenkins looks poised to become a top Tight End in NFL, already matching his pervious season total for receiving touchdowns.
Loser: LeSean McCoy
The speedy McCoy did not look himself during his first game in a Bills Uniform. His 17 carries were a little low, but that can be expected due to the injury he sustained in the preseason. As the weeks progress watch out for him to see more of the field, and possibly a couple touchdowns.
Winner: James Jones
A player whose name was commonly heard of during post game highlights vanished from the spot light last year. With injuries to the Packers receiving core they called out to their old friend James Jones for help. After watching Jones play on Sunday it appears that he never left. Jones caught 4 receptions for 51 yards and 2 touchdowns. The comfortably and trust that Aaron Rodgers has for Jones will only increase his fantasy totals as the season progresses.
Loser: Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning looked absolutely horrible in his first game of the season under new head coach Gary Kubiak. Peyton seemed nervous in the pocket, and eager to get the ball out of his hands. He was sacked four times, threw one interception, and no touchdowns. For those saying that Peyton Manning is done, everyone said the same about Brady week one of last year. I’m not guaranteeing a 50-touchdown season, but he’s got some brilliance left in the tank.
-David Arakelian @Davsosa_