Five Up & Five Down Week 1 Recap
Each week throughout the 2020 Fantasy Season we review five players that exceeded expectations and delivered a spectacular fantasy week as well as five players that failed to reach their expectations, thus disappointing their fantasy managers.
1. Darius Slayton – New York Giants
Darius Slayton faced a difficult Pittsburgh Steelers defense in Week one of the Fantasy schedule. As a result there wasn’t much expected out of the second year WR. Slayton emerged as a favorite of QB Daniel Jones receiving 25% of his targets on Monday night. Slayton hauled in 6 of his 9 targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns on route to 28.20 PPR fantasy points and a WR5 finish.
2. Nyheim Hines – Indianapolis Colts
Nyheim Hines was penciled in to be the third down pass catching back for the Indianapolis Colts this season. There were questions surrounding how much usage the RB would see, sharing a backfield with Marlon Mack and newcomer Jonathan Taylor. Hines it would turn out was involved both on the ground and via the pass. With Marlon Mack injured, Hines ended his day with 7 carries for 28 yards and a touchdown. In addition he was targeted 12 times, catching 8 of them for 45 yards and an additional score. Hines ended his day with 27.30 PPR points and a RB4 finish. Nyheim Hines instantly became a must own fantasy running back.
3. Malcolm Brown – Los Angeles Rams
Malcolm Brown was named the starting RB by Rams Head Coach Sean McVay prior to their Sunday night match-up with the Dallas Cowboys. Regardless of the title bestowed upon him, the expectation was this would be a three headed rushing attack comprised of Brown, Cam Akers and Darrell Henderson. Brown and Akers ended up shouldering most of the workload and it was Brown that separated himself from Akers on his 21 touch evening. 18 carries and 3 receptions later brown had a total of 110 total yards and two touchdowns. His 26 PPR Fantasy points landed him at RB6 in week 1.
4. Robby Anderson – Carolina Panthers
Robby Anderson left the New York Giants and joined the Carolina Panthers via free agency this offseason. Anderson getting out of New York was seen as a good thing for his fantasy value. Landing in Carolina with new QB Teddy Bridgewater however was not looked upon as good for his future value. Bridgewater is know for his low air yards, while Anderson is a renown deep ball threat. In the Week one loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, Anderson was targeted 8 times, (23.5%), catching 6 of them for 115 yards and a touchdown. Anderson finished the week with as WR6 25.5 PPR points.
5. Dallas Goedert – Philadelphia Eagles
Dallas Goedert despite finishing last season as a top-12 TE, entered week 1 with lowered expectations after the addition of Jalen Reagor, and the health of DeSean Jackson, not to mention he remained the #2 Te on the roster behind Zach Ertz. In the end the Eagles struggled on offense and it was Dallas Goedert that led the way in targets (9), receptions (8), yards (101). His second quarter 34-yard TD pass put the Eagles up 17-0. The Eagles finished their day disappointed after blowing the lead and losing to the Washington Football Team 27-17. Fantasy mangers with Dallas Goedert in their starting lineups however left happy after the TE posted 24.1 PPR points tops among all TEs in week one.
6. Michael Thomas – New Orleans Saints
2019 was a record breaking season for New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas. Thomas the consensus WR1 overall in fantasy entering 2020 was expected to continue to deliver positive results to his fantasy mangers on a weekly basis. MT is as close to a set it and forget WR as there is in Fantasy Football. When the final whistle was blow on Sunday’s 34-23 for the Saints, Thomas had only 5 targets, 3 receptions and 17 yards. His 4.70 PPR points landed him at WR81. The 4.70 points are the worst Thomas has ever scored. To add injury to insult, Thomas suffered a late high ankle sprain that is expected to keep him sidelined for multiple weeks.
7. Evan Engram – New York Giants
Evan Engram came into week one healthy for the first time since week injuring his foot in Week 8 last season. Engram has struggled to stay healthy his entire career. Entering his 4th season the hope is that he can stay on the field and resemble the TE that finished as TE5 in his 2017 rookie campaign. He was targeted 7 times in week one and only managed to haul in 2 of them for 9 yards. His 2.9 PPR points landed him at TE36, well below expectations.
8. Kerryon Johnson – Detroit Lions
Kerryon Johnson has been a fantasy disappointment during his brief two year career, mainly due to injury. KJ has shown flashes of his potential only to suffer injuries that keep him on the sidelines. The Detroit Lions seemed to indicate that they agree with Kerryon’s Fantasy Managers when they selected D”Andre Swift in the 2020 NFL draft. With Swift battling a leg injury all camp, Johnson entered the season with the opportunity to take hold of his old job. Instead KJ was out touched 17-7 by 38-year old free agent signing Adrian Peterson. Johnson posted a whopping 14 yards on his 7 carries on route to a RB79 finish.
9. Mark Ingram – Baltimore Ravens
Mark Ingram and the Baltimore Ravens ran for more yards than any team in the NFL in 2019, and with all-world QB Lamar Jackson back under center the expectation is for that to continue. Similar to the Detroit Lions, the Baltimore Ravens selected a RB for the future in the recent NFL draft. J.K. Dobbins was selected in the 2nd round, and the expectation was for Dobbins to learn and grow behind lead back and 9-year veteran Ingram. In week 1 Dobbins didn’t do much but what he did do ruined a potential big day for Ingram. The two back split the carries, Ingram 10 for 29 yards and Dobbins 7 for 22 yards. Dobbins however scored twice. Ingram’s 2.9 PPR points landed him at RB66, while Dobbins finished as RB19.
10. Odell Beckham Jr. – Cleveland Browns
A healthy Odell Beckham Jr. was supposed to be a return to the fantasy promise land for the once elite WR. It’s only one game but if this one is any indication it may very well be a long season for Beckham, Browns fans and his Fantasy Managers. The good news, OBJ led the team in targets with 10. The bad news is he only caught 3 of them for 22 yards. WR25 was not where he was expected to finish in 2019, and WR77 was not where he was expected to finish in Week one.