2016 Week 1 Starts
Dak Prescott – Every few years or so we get a new player enter the league that is NFL Ready from day 1, and rapidly progresses from a good player to a great player as they get more experience. It doesn’t matter where they were taken in the NFL draft, 1st or last, as soon as they hit the field they demonstrate great potential. Prescott is that guy in 2016… he doesn’t look, act or train like a rookie. He’s got all the tools. He’s certainly got the talent around him. Start him against the in flux Giants Defense. Many will say to bench Prescott against the Giants, who retooled their defense in the off season after a putrid 2015 campaign. I don’t care who they brought in, the Dallas Cowboy offense is extremely talented. Expect that Dallas Offensive Line to dominate the Giants at the line of scrimmage, open up gaping holes for Zeke and allow plenty of time for Dak to operate. And just as quickly as Dallas scores, the G-Men will score… and so on. As the Giants have a wealth of talent on offense, and the Cowboys Defense can be had. This will be a shootout from the coin toss. All offense, very little defense, lots of scoring, get your popcorn ready.
Brock Osweiler – BO will drastically exceed expectations in 2016 and like Dak, he’ll get started right away in week 1. The Houston Defense is violently good. They’ll generate plenty of turnovers as the terrorize QBs all season, starting with poor ol’ Jay Cutler. I expect these factors to play out to BO’s advantage, setting the Texans Offense up with outstanding field position on several occasions. Deandre Hopkins, an elite talent, and who was extremely dependable in 2015, should continue to be a terror in the redzone. The Texans are going to carve up the Bears in week 1.
David Carr – Another upward trending QB with developing talent around him, vs a defense that severely struggled last season… notice a trend yet? The Saints defense was awful in 2015. There’s not much to like about the Saints D in 2016. Except for the offenses that get to play against them. Amari Cooper is expected to be even better in 2016. He should be a lock for 100 yards and a TD against the Saints. Carr should be considered a lock for 250 passing yards and a pair of TDs in week 1. With the potential to exceed those numbers.
Christine Michael – Rawles isn’t back to 100% yet, or he’d be listed a top the Seattle Seahawks depth chart. Or… maybe he is, and Christine Michael has earned the top spot… either way, you want Michael on your fantasy team. The Seahawks are going to run the football. A lot. While it is Russell Wilson’s show, there’s plenty of room for multiple RBs to be productive in this offense. Miami’s defense has been pedestrian over the past few years, looking decent in a few games and then completely coming unglued for a game, then back to pedestrian. Roll with your starting Seahawks in this game!
Ryan Mathews – When he’s in the game and starting, Ryan Mathews is a very productive running back. You just have to go into it knowing that it’s highly unlikely that you’ll get a full season from him. At this point in time, Mathews is healthy and the feature RB for the Eagles. As long as this is the case he’s a quality #2 Fantasy RB with #1 RB upside. Mathews is capable of ripping off 30 to 40 yards runs and he’ll get a few of them this weekend. Now that Wentz is the starting QB, expect the Eagles to run as much as they can. Especially early in the season and against teams that can be had on the ground. The Cleveland Browns haven’t been able to stop the run for years. I expect a floor of 100 yards and a TD for Mathews in week 1 while Wentz gets up to regular season speed. Start him confidently as a #1/#2 fantasy RB.
Deangelo Williams – D-Willi got it done last year while Levion Bell was suspended and injured, this year should be no different. The Redskins defense is no slouch, surrendering fewer than 100ypg on the ground in 2015. But, the Steelers are capable to stretching the field with Antonio Brown and Big Ben. This will open up running lanes for Williams to operate. Williams will serve as the 3 down RB, and should also take goal line carries. He likely will not top 100 yards against the Skins solid D, but he could easily notch multiple TDs because the Steelers can put him on the goalline at any time. Start with confidence as a #1/#2 RB!
Travis Benjamin – TB’s got some serious wheels. He’s going to need them to if the Charges are going to topple the Chiefs. Expect Allen to be covered up with KC’s best and Benjamin hook up with Rivers for a few deep balls. The volume will not be there, but the deep opportunities should be. Remember what Rivers did with Eddie Royal? The same should be true for TB. Safely slate him into lineups as a #3 WR who could post a buck and a TD.
Detroit WRs – Indy’s defense is in serious trouble in 2016. They were bad last year, they should again be bad this year. Start Marvin Jones or Golden Tate with confidence. Stafford has a big arm and will be throwing to keep up with the Colts strong offense. With no megatron in town, one or both of these receivers is in line for a lot more looks. Calvin Johnson commanded roughly 10 targets per game… which is a lot. Start either Lions WR in week 1 as a rock solid #3 WR. The volume will be there.