Welcome to the first edition of Nothing But Fantasy, presented to you all by NothingButNiners! In our brand new weekly fantasy football segment, our own Fantasy Guru Dillon Frazier (@dillonfrazier98) will bring you his suggested starts from around the league. Also we’ll be sure to warn you which players to stay away from at each position. This week our newest member to the NB9ers family, Steve Mullan (@smullanjr), joins us to state his picks as well! Without further ado, let’s officially kick off our Nothing But Fantasy segment! Be sure to tweet all of your questions/comments at either of us at our personal accounts (linked above) or the NB9ers account (@Nothingbut9ers ) using the hashtag #NBFantasy so we don’t miss them!
QB: Jameis Winston
Due to the effects of Hurricane Irma in Florida the Tampa Bay Buccaneers didn’t make a debut in week one. But this stacked offense is set to make a huge splash in their first game, they will play the Chicago Bears. This game is no cake walk, with a solid young defense the Bears were close to a huge upset over the Falcons, last year’s most dynamic offense. Winston will lead this team full of receiving threats into battle against the Bears. With options such as Mike Evans, Desean Jackson, OJ Howard, and Chris Godwin. Winston has options all over the field and should put up big numbers.
RB: Marshawn Lynch
Everyone has been on the fence about Beast Mode this season, Lynch rushed for 76 yards in his 2017 debut. With no touchdowns to show, these week one stats are short of impressive for fantasy owners. But no fear Lynch and the Raiders are hosting the Jets who let LeSean McCoy rush for 110 yards and Mike Tolbert for 42 yards. With the Raiders strong offensive line, Marshawn Lynch is a must start this week.
RB: Devonta Freeman
The Bears defense held Freeman to a measly 37 yards which is not what we’re used to seeing from the Falcons premiere back. Atlanta will be hosting the Packers in their brand new stadium this weekend and that puts Freeman in a great position. The Packers defense is nothing to fear and this game is likely to be a high scoring one and if Atlanta wants to win it they will have to do it with the run game.
WR: Brandin Cooks
With 88 yards from only three catches Brandin Cooks was a part of a Patriots offense that struggled in a defeat to the Kansas City Chiefs. But this week the Patriots will have a much easier time passing against the New Orleans Saints and their mediocre secondary. As always with the battle between Tom Brady and Drew Brees, it will be a high scoring game with lots of pass yards and Brandin Cooks should be a major part of that.
WR: Tyreek Hill
Tyreek Hill and the Kansas City Chiefs had a great 2017 debut where Alex Smith threw for 368 yards and 133 of them to Tyreek Hill. Hill’s massive performance may have been slightly overshadowed by teammates Alex Smith and his rookie running back Kareem Hunt, but make no mistake Hill has cemented himself as a key player in this offense. The Eagles are not a team to take lightly but the loss of Ronald Darby weakens the already shaky secondary so Tyreek Hill has a chance to have another big outing.
TE: Charles Clay
Charles Clay is one of the last few targets Tyrod Taylor has trust in on the Bills. The Panthers will probably work hard to shut down LeSean McCoy which could open up more opportunities for Clay.
One of the biggest busts of week one was the Indianapolis Colts, their 46-9 loss to the Los Angeles Rams really proved that without Andrew Luck, the Colts are absolutely worthless. The Rams were the highest scoring defense in week one with two interceptions and one fumble and now the Cardinals lead by Patrick Peterson could be ready to top that.
QB: Kirk Cousins
The Redskins are coming off of a tough loss to the division rival Eagles and Kirk Cousins did much less than impress. With 240 yards, one interception, and two fumbles Kirk Cousins was disappointing. The Los Angeles Rams are coming off a stellar defensive game and have one of the best pass rushes in football. Until Cousins can prove last week was just a fluke I would leave him on the bench.
RB: Ameer Abdullah
The Lions proved in week one that their backfield was too diverse for fantasy owners to confidently start any of their backs. Ameer Abdullah did prove that he was likely to be out ahead of the others but going against the Giants strong run defense will prove to be trouble for Abdullah. The Giants have only let two running backs rush for 100 yards on them since last season, those two are Ezekiel Elliot and LeVeon Bell. Ameer Abdullah is nowhere near their level and he is a must sit this week.
RB: Isaiah Crowell
Isaiah Crowell did not impress in week one against the Steelers, many expected this to be Crowell’s year behind a solid offensive line but his 33 yards in week one said otherwise. The Browns will face the Ravens this week and while the Ravens aren’t necessarily known for their run defense but they shut down the Bengals run game last week.
WR: Dez Bryant
The 2017 offseason for Cowboy’s star receiver, Dez Bryant, was supposedly one of his best but after only coming up with 43 yards against the Giants you can’t be sure. Going against the Broncos secondary will be rough for Bryant and the Cowboys and they will probably lean heavily on Ezekiel Elliot to win them this game.
WR: Jamison Crowder
Jamison Crowder had a hype train building up behind him as he gained the Redskins WR 2 role which was a 1,000 yard receiving role last season. Crowder hauled in three catches for an underwhelming 14 yards and with Cousins expected to have even more pressure from the Rams defense this week, Crowder isn’t a trusted guy this week.
TE: Jesse James
Jesse James was one of the best tight ends in week one after getting 41 yards and two touchdowns against the Browns defense. The Steelers have a much more difficult task coming when facing the Vikings defense. The Browns were able to hold LeVeon Bell to 32 yards with a solid front line but the Steelers might be able to get Bell going this week, therefore reducing targets for James who was severely touchdown dependent.
The Steelers defense is getting hyped up with players like TJ Watt standing out but this week they have a challenge. The Steelers will meet Sam Bradford and the Vikings, Bradford played an elite game on Monday and with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, and Dalvin Cook all going full steam ahead as well the Viking offense is one of the best in the league so far. The Steelers will have to game plan very well to contain this dynamic Vikings offense.
This week’s free agent to target is Tarik Cohen who broke onto the scene with a 66 yard rushing performance while sharing time with Jordan Howard. Tarik Cohen is an extremely athletic back coming out of North Carolina A&T and he could cause a lot of fear for people who drafted Jordan Howard early. Cohen has been compared to a shiftier Darren Sproles if that’s even possible. Cohen will be a threat out of the backfield this year and he is a player you don’t want to miss out on.
QB: Carson Palmer
Palmer had a rough week 1, but I look for him to bounce back against a terrible Colts defense. The Colts just let Jared Goff throw for over 300 yards.
RB: Ty Montgomery
A ppr machine coming out of the backfield. The Falcons struggled last week with Tarik Cohen giving up 8 catches for 47 yards and a touchdown. Look for that to continue this week with Montgomery
RB: Dalvin Cook
Weren’t too sure about rookie backs this year? Cook made us change are minds this past Monday breaking the Vikings rookie rushing record held by Adrian Peterson. The Vikings have a lot of weapons on the outside which should open running lanes for Cook.
WR: Amari Cooper
Cooper was tied for 2nd in the league with 13 targets. Although he only had 5 catches, he was targeted 3 times in a row inside the red zone. Look for that to continue against a bad Jets team.
WR: Larry Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald also seen 13 targets last week and had 6 receptions for 74 yards. He didn’t find the end zone last week, but look for that to change versus the Colts and there shaky secondary.
TE: Jimmy Graham
Graham was almost non existent last week with only 3 catches for 8 yards. Look for things to change this week versus the 49ers. They are missing their best coverage linebacker in Reuben Foster, which means either Bowman or Armstrong will be on him in coverage.
The Raiders go up against the Jets this week. And need I say more, it’s the Jets. Look for this to be an easy one. Mack should eat.
QB: Dak Prescott
Prescott didn’t play to bad against the Giants this past Sunday throwing for 268 yards and 1 touchdown, but he is going up against a much stronger defense in Denver. Looks for the Broncos to give Dak a lot of trouble. Should be a Zeke type game.
RB: Carlos Hyde
Hyde looked great when given the opportunity. Key word is opportunity. The 49ers got down early and Hyde only carried the ball 2 times in the 2nd half. Look for that to continue as they play a much more talented Seahawks defense. They could be down big early, which means more throwing for the 49ers.
RB: Frank Gore
How we all love Frank, but unfortunately his time may be coming to an end soon. Gore lost a touchdown last week to Marlon Mack. Also the lack of Andrew Luck doesn’t help. Look for Arizona to stack the box and keep Gore’s rushing yards to a minimum.
WR: TY Hilton
Just like Gore, he misses Andrew Luck. Hilton struggled with only 3 catches for 57 yards and a lost fumble. Hilton is nothing more than a WR 4 until Luck is back in the lineup.
WR : Pierre Garçon
You may see the trend here. The 49ers are going to struggle this week. Although Garçon had a solid stat line last week, especially for ppr, I don’t see that continuing this week. He will be up against Sherman and that hard hitting secondary. Hoyer may have a hard time getting the ball out against that scary Seattle defense.
TE: Hunter Henry
0 targets last week. Was used as a blocking TE and was only in for 30 snaps. Hard to trust a guy who had 0 targets. We must see it first before he goes back in your lineup.
New England struggled last week against the Chiefs. The Saints have a lot more fire power. Look for another off week for New England.
Pick Up of the Week:
He may not be the sexy name, but with David Johnson’s injury, Williams will get first shot at winning that starting role. They go up against a bad Colts defense, so if he’s going to win the job, it should be now. Watch out for that RBBC, but Williams should get most of the work this week.