By Dan Rosier @TheBleagueSays
Back Row Show Bandits, it’s your favorite bandito himself Mr @TheBLeagueSays who is back from vacation - which included 50 hours of flight time with two kids under the age of three and the answer is yes - I am indeed a saint – one who is ready to kick off the season with you!
What an offseason!
What a preseason!
What a way to start week one of 2019 with a cluster of trades and retirements which absolutely burned any prep you thought you did to make you feel smart or safe, just null.
Yep, null. All that work to feel null, isn’t that right Damien Williams truthers? Hey! Bet you feel happy this week, hey! All that defending him and clip-cutting to see LeSean McCoy turn up and ruin everything for you, hey!
Nah, I’m sure it’ll be fine!
Speaking of fine, this week’s matchups will give us a few talking points heading into week two. Here is what the focus will be on this week:
Quarterback: let’s roll with Kyler Murray - rookie savant - and how he stacks up against the defensive mind of Matt Patricia and his rebounding Detroit Lions. I can’t wait to see what Murray and Kliff Kingsbury cough up, at home, with a new look Cardinals outfit.
Running Backs: how about we put to bed Todd Gurley’s health and usage, which dominated the fantasy landscape all offseason? And while we are in L.A., we will check in with the Chargers backfield and see how they deploy Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson while Melvin Gordon is still on his ill-informed contract holdout hiatus.
Wide Receivers: Chris Godwin and Tyler Boyd had everyone lit this offseason, and I am down to see how they fare against San Francisco and Seattle respectively.
Godwin, paired with a focused Jameis Winston and an outpouring of narrative love from Bruce Arians, is what pundits want to see (but maybe more to see if his ADP was worth the reach). This, along with Tyler Boyd leading the Bengals without A.J. Green at the start of the season, while new coach Zac Taylor deploys his game plan - albeit through Andy Dalton - in a contract year.
Tight End: with all the “next season’s George Kittle” hype in his back pocket, the matchup for Mark Andrews couldn’t be better against Miami, as the rapport with Lamar Jackson seems further cemented in place. They started to connect at the end of the year. If Jackson is to boom he needs the play making ability of Andrews at its height each and every week.
This week’s DFS plays on Draft Kings I am in love with has the Detroit Lions featured heavily against the Arizona Cardinals. Playing in the dome, I dig the stack of Matthew Stafford ($5,400), with Kerryon Johnson ($5,800) and Marvin Jones (4,800) as cheap value plays.
And that is all for now! I hope the draft and injury gods were good to you, and you are as pumped as I am for this week to get started! Like, share, review the podcast where you can!