Okay, so we are all going to agree that while we are thankful for the start of the NFL 2020 season, we have absolutely no idea what to expect. Stadiums empty or half-full, defensive players moving about or opting out, and then there are the players on new teams to start a season with no preseason.
Yeah, so the best advice for Week One, studs with good match-ups are all in play!
Darrius Leonard, Indianapolis v Jacksonville Jaguar: Leonard is a stud against anyone. Lucky for him and us, he starts out with a team that can only be described as…uh…um.. transitioning?
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Blake Martinez, New York Giants v Pittsburgh Steelers: I don’t expect the Giants’ offense to spend much time on the field on Monday night. That means the defense will, giving Martinez to show his new team exactly what he is capable.
Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Los Angeles Chargers v Cincinnati Bengals: Let’s see… 11.5 sacks, 30 quarterback hits going up against a rookie quarterback, playing behind a shaky offensive line with no preseason warm-up. Yeah I like that.
Demarcus Lawrence, Defensive End, Dallas Cowboys v Los Angeles Rams: Lawrence was the epitome of great on-field play, not necessarily equaling good fantasy outcome last season. This season, he starts against a Rams’ offense that is looking for a fresh start without Todd Gurley and Brandin Cooks.
Quarterback, Jared Goff, was sacked 22 times last season. Lawrence went from 10.5 sacks in 2018 to five sacks in 2019. Hopefully, this starts him back in 2018 form.
DeForest Buckner, Defensive Tackle, Indianapolis Colts v Jacksonville Jaguars: In four seasons, Buckner has 28.5 sacks and has not had a season with less than 60 tackles. He has now moved to Indiana with his first game against a team that has made some dubious off-season moves and is relying on a second year quarterback to set them straight. Buckner is a go.
Taylor Rapp, Safety, Los Angeles Rams v Dallas Cowboys: The Rams no longer employ Wade Phillips. Instead, Brandon Staley will be the Defensive Coordinator. Not sure if it’s important, but it’s worth mentioning.
Anyway, this game has an over/under of 51 points, which should mean lots of balls in the air. When you have Jalen Ramsey in the secondary, chances are balls are going to be thrown in the vicinity of others.
The only potential downfall is the Rams propensity to use nickel packages putting another defensive back on the field limiting Taylor’s productiveness.
Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Chicago Bears v Detroit Lions: Fuller’s interceptions decreased last season, but he finished second in solo tackles. If you’re scoring emphasizes tackles, Fuller is your man. The Lions will be playing with a running-back-by-wtf-committee and a renewed Matthew Stafford. Fuller should be able to handle what comes his way.
I know Week One was like picking low hanging fruit. Play your studs, trust your instincts…blah…blah. But it’s 2020, so if nothing else expect the unexpected.
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