We've finally made it to Week 1. Now all of our lives can start being, ya know, better.
I'll be providing you with a "Fusion Outlook" every week. Please, please, hold your applause. It will consist of Waiver Pickups, Starts of the Week, Daily Fantasy Sports (DFS) value plays, and Rankings (kinda).
Week 1 waivers? Nah. Check back every Tuesday from here on out for everyone that you should be adding to your all-star roster.
Starts of the Week
Okay, let’s get into it. Just as a heads up, there’s a good chance that guys in this category also fall into the “DFS Values” category, so be sure to check them out on your respective DFS site. Also, the rankings stated here are as of this writing. Check the rankings page for the most updated rankings.
QB – Matthew Stafford
The Lions ranked fourth in the NFL in pass attempts in 2015, and that’s nothing new. They don’t have a very strong running game, and one of their running backs in Theo Riddick is essentially just a receiver.
The Colts gave up the ninth-most passing yards in 2015 and are planning to be without a lot of their secondary, as Darius Butler, Vontae Davis, and Clayton Geathers all did not practice Thursday. This could be a big week for Stafford and the Lions receiving corps. He'll be slingin'.
My ranking: QB5
RB – Ryan Mathews
Mathews is my guy this year, but especially this week. I’ve talked ad nauseam this offseason about how Mathews could be huge this year if he stays healthy. That idea got even juicier when the Eagles traded Sam Bradford and will now be starting Carson Wentz.
On the other side of the ball, the Browns are the Browns. Their run defense was atrocious in 2015, allowing the third-most rushing yards per game at 129.8. Big day in store for Mr. Mathews.
My ranking: RB9
WR – Sammy Watkins
I don’t have a ton of statistics to back this up, honestly. I’ve been a Ravens fan since I was born, and we’ve generally had a great defense. Last season was a different story, but hopefully we’ll be better. Anyway, even with great defenses, we’ve had issues recently dealing with big, fast receivers. We get torched by A.J. Green every single time we play the Bengals (including 10 receptions for 227 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3 last season), and I think Sammy Watkins will have a similar performance this week. Okay, maybe not on that level, but he should have a very solid game.
My ranking: WR9
TE – Eric Ebron
There aren’t many TEs to be excited about this week aside from the typical guys. Ebron’s success is linked to Stafford, obviously. I don’t absolutely love Ebron this week considering his general lack of involvement in this offense in the past and his likely nagging injury, but you could definitely do worse.
My ranking: TE10
Okay, so I’m a DraftKings guy, so I’m going to use their pricing to determine my values. Hopefully the pricing on the other sites is similar enough. If you NEED some FanDuel values, just let me know, and I’ll gladly check them out for you. Aren’t I such a sweetie?
Note: Italics denotes my favorite value among the group
* denotes that this player’s ownership will be very high
Tyrod Taylor - $6900
Marcus Mariota - $6400
Robert Griffin III (if you’re feeling risky) - $5600
Dak Prescott* - $5000
Latavius Murray (against the stinky winky Saints defense) - $5600
Duke Johnson - $5100
Danny Woodhead - $5000
Spencer Ware* - $4400
Christine Michael* - $3700
LeGarrette Blount - $3700
James White - $3600
Amari Cooper (also against the stinky winky Saints) - $7200
Jarvis Landry (should have very low ownership – that’s worth something) - $6000
Michael Crabtree (stinky. winky.) - $5500
Corey Coleman - $5100
Marvin Jones* - $4600
Delanie Walker - $4500
Julius Thomas - $3800
Dwayne Allen - $3200
Eagles - $3300*
Falcons - $2800
Titans - $2600
My updated rankings will always be found on the Rankings page. I'm that guy that shuts down the rest of his life on Sunday mornings so that my rankings are available to help everyone. Check them there or, as always, reach out to me via Twitter @DonaldGibsonFF. Get your fantasy championship season started on the right foot!