It’s the first week of the season and you have your IDP studs ready to go. But what about the couple of open spaces that you aren’t quite sure about. I mean, you can’t have studs across the board, can you?
So here are some players that may be flying under the radar for you to consider for week one.
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Anthony Walker, Indianapolis Colts v. Los Angeles Chargers:
First, there is a chance that the Colts defense will be on the field, a lot. Second, Chargers will be playing without Melvin Gordon, and will be running Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson, who have a lot to prove they can win without Gordon (maybe…perhaps). Which is good news because Walker earned the second highest run stop percentage of any linebacker in the NFL. That can only mean fantasy points for you. (You think they are going to run towards Darius Leonard? I don’t think so.)
Quinnen Williams, New York Jets v Buffalo Bills
Two facts: The Jets are going into this game 3.5 point favorite with a 67% chance to win according to Caesar’s Sportsbook. The over/under for this game is the second lowest (38.5) of all the games played this first week. Rookie Williams hasn’t caused tongues to wag during preseason, but don’t count him out. Especially in a Gregg Williams defense that needs to camouflage their weak secondary.
Christian Wilkins, Miami Dolphins v Baltimore Ravens
Personally, I think the Ravens are going to air the ball out, at least to start. While there is no question that the Dolphins are having what appears to be a fire sale, Wilkins is showing steady improvement. Luckily, he should get ample time to work on that in this game.
Darius Slay, Detroit Lions v Arizona Cardinals
Am I the only one surprised that Caesar’s Sportsbook has given the Cardinals a 56% chance of winning this game? That is either a lot of confidence in Kliff Kingsbury or a stunning lack of confidence in Matt Patricia. You choose.
Either way we are all poised to see this shiny new, never-before-seen offense that the Cardinals will run…or shall I say pass? Slay has 10+ pass breakups over the past four seasons. Pro Football Focus has given him a 75.0 grade in pass coverage. He must just be waiting to feast on this new high fangled offense.
It’s the first week of NFL football…get excited. Enjoy and good luck in your fantasy leagues!
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