Hey people, finally here! The first week of the 2020 NFL season kicked off last night, and yes, it looks like it’s been a long time coming. We made it happen and it’s time to root in your favorite team while we all hope you have it Fantasy players explode. This week, I’m going to break down who I think the top 3 fantasies will be in each position: QB, RB, WR, TE, DEF, K and I’m going to roll out some possible FLEX options. This should be useful to the DFS players out there.
The first week of fantasy is important because you want to start the season on the right foot with a win. But if you are taking this L then don’t worry as you have another 12 weeks to get into the supplement match. So let’s jump straight to this one.
* All projections are based on PPR formats *
Week 1 Fictional Predictions: Top 3 Fantasy Artists Per Center
Top 3 QBs
1.) Lamar Jackson – Baltimore crows
The first week for Jackson and Ravens is a split match between the Cleveland Browns. At the first meeting last year, Brown roasted the Ravens team to win 15 points, 40-25. Lamar was responsible for all three Ravens’ landings through the air with 3 to go with 240 passing yards and fast 66 yards. The caveat about this performance was two objections.
Look for this year to be a lot different. Although his performance won’t be anywhere near his debut in 2019 Week 1 versus the Miami Dolphins, he should be able to set good numbers for you in the season opener.
2.) Philip Rivers Indianapolis Colts
Now that person could be considered a head-scratcher but here I am. Rivers is playing on a new team for the first time in his career. The Colts gave him a big one-year contract in hopes that he could bring them to the Super Bowl, a feat not since Peyton Manning Era. He is well equipped with the goals and talents to light up the Jacksonville Jaguars who have basically overhauled their roster this season. Rivers have been a spinning machine in recent years, but if he can avoid unwise throws, look out for his big first week of Rivers.
3.) Keeler Murray Arizona Cardinals
Except for 4 or 5 matches in 2019, the Cardinals were in every match. The good thing about it is that none of those matches were against their opponent in Week 1, Team San Francisco 49. In Weeks 9 and 11, they lost 3 and 10 respectively. This year should be different and don’t be surprised if the Cardinals split 1-1 with the 49ers due to Murray. In both competitions, Murray threw a two-point score versus no turnovers. Although the 49ers have a brave defense, Cliff Kingsbury It looks like and co have figured out how to hang out with the NFC West top team from last season. This will be a Week 1 shootout led by Murray.
Top 3 RBs
1.) Christian McCaffrey Carolina Panthers
If there is anything new coach Matt Rolle should know about his team it is that you feed McCaffrey the ball as many times as possible. Don’t put it on the ground, just know your team is better when the ball is in their hands in 22nd place. McCaffrey is the reason why every fictional owner wants the first pick in the draft.
Even though the Raiders were in the middle of the group on quick defense last year, there’s no good way to slow McCaffrey down. Look for Christian to lead his team in hopes of winning the season opener.
2.) Austin Eckler Los Angeles Chargers
Ekeler was perhaps the only bright spot in the dimmer Chargers Team in 2019. As Shipper looks to return to the playoffs, Ekeler has to be the playmaker helping to swing the gaming momentum. The great thing about Ekeler is that you don’t have to worry about another RB returning mid-season to replace his touches.
In its first week’s match with the Cincinnati Bengals, Eckler prepares for the start of the big season. In 2019, the Bengals were the ninth worst defense streak in the league. Add to the fact that Ekeler can also catch the ball off the field and you have a recipe for success in this match.
3.) Josh Jacobs – Raiders of Las Vegas
The Raiders will be looking to start the season with a victory over Carolina Panthers. Carolina’s new training regimen could mean some mounting pains during the early parts of the season. This is a good sign for Jacobs who had a star rookie campaign as usual. The Panthers’ defense last year was the worst in the league in peak defense as they allowed more than 2,000 yards and 27 points. You’d think that would give Jacobs first place in fictional RBs. Truth be told, Jacobs isn’t really going back. It is an old fashioned slope runner. Regardless, look for it at a solid start to the season.