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Along with the real NFL games this Sunday, Fantasy Football is back as well. Here’s a look at three of the best fantasy plays in Week 1.
WR - ATL - $9,000
The price tag is high, but that’s because Julio Jones is a bonafide stud. Last year he caught 136 balls for 1871 yards and 8 touchdowns. He’ll face off against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to begin the 2016 season. Last year against the Bucs he had 12 receptions, 162 yards, and 1 TD in their first matchup and 8 catches for 93 yards in their second. Jones did turn his ankle in Week 3 of the preseason, but all signs point towards him being ready to play on Sunday.
RB - TB - $7,200
I also like the main weapon on the other side of the Bucs - Falcons matchup. The
Muscle Hamster Dougernaut has good value this weekend costing only $7,200 but facing off against the 29th-ranked defense in the league. Last year he rushed for 71 yards and a TD against the Falcons in Week 8. In Week 13, he upped his production to 95 yards and a TD. I think Jameis Winston is going to be much improved in his second year. If he progresses that means teams won’t be able to stack the box as much, and Martin will have more favorable odds when rushing.
TE - NO - $5,400
This is my “sleeper” pick for the week. Fleener has the 14th-highest salary this week for TEs, but could easily end up as top 5 scorer at the position in Week 1. Fleener is coming off a bad 2015 season, which can largely be attributed to the fact that he had Matt Hasselback and his 401K throwing to him for half of the season. In 2014, with Andrew Luck throwing to him, he was the 6th-best tight end. This year he’ll have future Hall of Famer Drew Brees running a pass-happy offense. Last year, Brees made 34 year old Ben Watson into the 8th-best tight end. I think he can do even better with Fleener. The Saints open this season against the Oakland Raiders, who were 30th against the pass in 2015. Fleener is in for a big 2016 campaign.
accidentally purposely chose three players in the NFC South because the Bills don’t play that division this year and will not have to worry about them in 2016 (Super Bowl LI is on Sunday, February 5th, 2017). Good luck fantasy players and go Bills!