The season is here and we now have Week 1 under our belts. Which players came out firing on all cylinders, and which came out and disappointed their fantasy owners? Let’s dive into this week’s Fantasy Football Hot and Cold Players to find out!
Amari Cooper made a statement saying he believes that he is the best wide receiver in the league, and he backed it up with a dominant performance in Week 1. The Bucs and Cowboys put on a show for football fans around the world, and it seemed like everyone was putting up points for fantasy rosters. It was Amari Cooper, however, who stole the show with a 38 point performance. Cooper was thrown to 16 times, and with Dak Prescott back and in full form, you can expect Amari to see double digit targets on a consistent basis.
Jameis Winston answered the bell Week 1 with an eye popping 5 touchdown performance. We have seen Jameis put up monster numbers before, paired with several turnovers, but so far from what we have seen in the preseason and Week 1, his decision making has greatly improved. Though Jameis did not pair his staggering number of touchdowns with a staggering number of yards, he seems to have solidified himself as a guy that we feel comfortable starting on a weekly basis.
Deebo Samuel surprised everyone with a career performance to start off the season. With his 33 point performance Week 1, he has made a statement that he is the 49ers’ best receiver. With the emergence of rookie receiver Brandon Aiyuk last year, most people thought he would be the go-to guy, but we all have our answer now. Deebo Samuel dominated the target share with 12 targets followed by only 5 for elite tight end George Kittle. We may now have a solid WR on the 49ers that we can look forward to plugging into our lineups week in and out.
The Packers were nothing short of a dumpster fire Week 1 led by a disappointing performance from Aaron Rodgers. We all know about the offseason drama with Rodgers and the organization, and can only assume that has a correlation with how things went Week 1. It didn’t look like Rodgers wanted to be out there to begin with, and With Rodgers not getting any younger, it can’t help but scare fantasy owners who have depended on his elite performances the last 13 years.
Raheem Mostert gets hurt again in Week 1. Fantasy owners have gotten tired of his plagued career, but they can’t help but plug him in their lineups because of his big play ability. The 29-year-old back cannot seem to stay on the field, and even when he is healthy you have a bad feeling he will get hurt again. The back who has shown flashes of having top-tier potential has opened the doors for a young back to take the workload. It doesn’t help that the 49ers run game was dominant without him Week 1. If and when Mostert comes back, we can expect to see a RB-by-committee in San Francisco.
In the season opener, Zeke struggled against the stout Tampa Bay front 7. Most fantasy owners expected a poor rushing performance from Zeke, but we hoped he would make up for it with a few extra looks in the pass game. Unfortunately, Zeke was barely utilized as back out of the backfield, and it should worry fantasy owners that he may become a one dimensional back from here on out. We hope to see Zeke “get fed” in upcoming games against less menacing defenses, but his utilization Week 1 could be something to worry about.
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