Week 1 Fantasy News and Notes

Surprising Stars

Elijah Mitchell

The 49ers may have a new star rookie in their backfield. It’s just not the one everyone expected to see. The Louisiana product made waves when Raheem Mostert left with a knee injury on Sunday. Mitchell was explosive as ever, his calling card in college, but was also tough between the tackles. With Mostert out 8 weeks, Mitchell could be the top back for SF. More on that in a minute.

Jameis Winston

Winston threw for 5 touchdowns on 14 completed passes. That is unlikely to continue. That being said, Sean Payton clearly has a game plan in place for the former Heisman winner. He may have QB1 upside in all formats.

Deebo Samuel

Another 49er who had an incredible Week 1 against the Lions. Samuel had 9/189/1 and looks to be the top receiver in San Francisco. Has anyone seen Brandon Aiyuk? Did he get lost under Ford Field?

Christian Kirk

Kyler Murray looked like a legit MVP candidate in Week 1 and his number 2 receiving target was Kirk. The former second-round pick had 5/70/2. Will he end up being the second guy in Arizona? Or will Rondale Moore or A.J. Green end up stealing that role? We’ll see, but the first returns are great on Kirk this season.

Injuries to Monitor

Jerry Jeudy

Jeudy suffered a high ankle sprain and will miss 6-8 weeks. This is a big loss for the Broncos offense, but could be a big opportunity for Tim Patrick and K.J. Hamler. Both are worthy of high priority pick ups.

Raheem Mostert

Mostert will miss 8 weeks with knee injury. The injury is not season ending but obviously this is a huge blow for the 49ers. That being said, rookie Elijah Mitchell looked fantastic in his first game action. He will likely be the top priority pickup across all leagues and all formats. But don’t sleep on Trey Sermon, who was inactive for Week 1. Sermon was drafted ahead of Mitchell and remember that this is the 49ers. They ride with the hot hand and do not care at all about your fantasy teams. Buyer beware. Lastly, JaMycal Hasty could be a sneaky nice addition to deeper fantasy teams.

Rashaad Penny

Penny re-aggravated a calf injury in Sunday’s win over the Colts. The Seahawks are going to shut him down for a few weeks and he will likely end up on the IR. He is worth dropping in all leagues and Alex Collins will now be the backup in Seattle.

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick left Washington’s opener against the Chargers with a hip injury. He was diagnosed with a hip subluxation and he’s going to go on the IR for awhile. This could end his season. Taylor Heinicki is now the starting QB in Washington and is a priority add in all 2 QB and SuperFlex leagues. 

This injury could end up being a big issue for players like Antonio Gibson, Terry McLaurin, Curtis Samuel and Logan Thomas. Something to monitor.

Michael Gallup

Gallup is going to miss 3-5 weeks with a calf strain. This means Amari Cooper and CeeDee Lamb are going to get even more targets. Look out for Cedrick Wilson as a replacement for Gallup. Tight Ends Dalton Schultz and Blake Jarwin are likely to see more targets, as well.

Confusing Usage

Brandon Aiyuk

Trent Sherfield is the second WR in San Francisco? Looks like it. There are reports that Aiyuk was limited with a lingering hamstring injury and that there’s a lack of professionalism that is an issue. I have no idea if either theory is true right now. But Aiyuk was thought to be the clear WR1 in SF. It was just a weird first game. Keep an eye out for this one.

Trey Sermon

Sermon was supposedly the RB2 in SF and was going to have a big role this season. Instead, he was a healthy scratch in Week 1 and rookie Elijah Mitchell, who was drafted after Sermon, ran for over 100 yards. JaMycal Hasty also got involved. With Mostert out, Sermon figures to have a bigger role. But he may not even be the best rookie RB on the team.

Zach Moss

Moss was a healthy scratch in Buffalo. Devin Singletary was the lead back, but got a little banged up during the loss to Pittsburgh. We’ll see if something happened in Buffalo or if Moss is really on the outside looking in. Don’t give up on Moss yet, but it doesn’t look good.

Buy & Sell

  • Sell Melvin Gordon. He had a giant TD run, but Javonte Williams out touched him and it seems likely that Williams is going to be the RB1 in Denver. Sell Gordon at his peak value right now.
  • Buy on Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney. The Rams are a very tough defense and the two Bears receivers are going to get more targets as the season moves along. 
  • Buy on the Titans players if you can. That was a terrible first performance, but Tennessee should end up being a top tier offense.
  • Sell on Dallas Goedert. He only played about half the plays with Zach Ertz also in the lineup. His upside is just not there right now and you can get great value for him. This really applies if Goedert is your second TE.
  • Buy on Nyheim Hines. He just got a contract extension with the Colts and will play a huge role in the passing game.