Among the hardest things in fantasy football, as in life, is admitting when you’re wrong. It’s also a sign of maturation and evolution. We need to embrace our mistakes, so we may learn from them. I will lead by example, as I am, the Eater of the Crow.
Sammy Watkins – Given the return of Tyreek Hill, I expected Watkins to have a relatively limited role, similar to last year. Instead, Sammy Watkins delivered a man’s game, dropping 198 yards and 3 touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes proved he is the real deal and made Watkins look every bit as good as he was projected to be when he was selected 4th overall by the Bills way back when. I don’t expect Watkins to drop 200 yards every game, but he’s definitely a capable WR in the league’s best offense and oh, Tyreek Hill will be out a few weeks.
Evan Engram – I thought the Cowboys would be able to focus on and mitigate the success of Evan Engram, but boy was I wrong. Engram was clearly the central target of the passing attack, accumulating 11 receptions on his way to a monster day in PPR. Assuming health, Engram is going to compete with Travis Kelce and George Kittle for the number one tight end finish in fantasy football.
Derrick Henry – I have to admit, at least part of my issue with Derrick Henry is that he was one of my main guys last year that I drafted in almost every league. He then proceeded to drop half a season’s worth of stinkers, finding his way into trade packages and sometimes even just getting straight cut from my fantasy football teams. Then he went off and rushed for like 1000 yards in 4 games… I was down on Henry, especially when it was being reported that he was dealing with minor injuries already. You can’t ignore Derrick Henry as a legitimate RB1 in fantasy football this year.
Marquise Brown – Welcome to Hollywood! This one hurts me, but I only had Marquise Brown on my sit list due to injuries, not talent. Brown showed he was easily the most talented WR on the Ravens roster, making sick cuts in his route running and finding himself in the endzone on his first two receptions, ever. The Ravens have found themselves a star wide receiver, and as long as Brown is healthy and playing, I like him as a high upside flex play or WR3, especially in best ball leagues.
Mark Andrews – I thought it might take some time for Mark Andrews to establish himself, but it took no time at all. Andrews led his team in targets and caught every one of them, reeling in 8 for 108 yards and a touchdown. If Andrews continues producing like that all year, he will be the biggest tight end value of this year’s fantasy football drafts.
NE Defense – I thought we would see a shootout in the Sunday Night Football game, but only one team showed up to play. The New England defense is one of the best versions we’ve seen in some time, and they’re a solid streaming option to hang on to all year long.