Best of the Best in the West
Mile High Stadium By: Ken Davidson www.dynastyer.com
The AFC and NFC West divisions are two of the most exciting to watch in football, doubly so for fantasy football fans due to the sheer number of playmakers, all of which can help your team win that all important championship. Here we will recap each week through the eyes of fantasy looking at each position and which players performed well and also who to to look out for in the future.
*Note for all the points we are using 6pt TD PPR*
AFC West QB of the week - Philip Rivers 32.96pts.
Despite being on the losing end of a brilliant game against the Chiefs, Rivers put up top three fantasy numbers between QBs. Philip threw for 53 times getting 424 yards through the air and considering his weapons it's not surprising. Now bare in mind the Chargers where behind the whole game and so game script definitely favored Rivers but he was 3/4 in the REDZONE scoring three TDs showing despite the game conditions he proved his worth. Next week he face the Bills so look for a repeat of week ones success.
AFC West RB of the week - Melvin Gordon 27.6pts
Melvin Gordon had a hell of a game for the Chargers and for those of you who own him you should feel confident going into week 2. There where questions around Gordon and his three down back ability, especially with Ekeler creating a buzz throughout the off-season. Gordon all but dispelled any doubts with 9 receptions for 102 yards and even with out scoring a TD he put up the 3rd best points for a RB this week.
RB2 Austin Ekeler 23.6pts.
Austin Ekeler had a very good start to the season considering he's a back up to one of the best RBs in the league. Ekeler is a solid flex option but with the chargers facing the Bills he could see a lot of playtime, especially if like the Ravens, the Chargers chose to pull the starters if the game goes well.
AFC West WR or the Week - Tyreek Hill 36.3pts (Not including Punt return TD/Yards)
Wow is all you can say to Tyreek Hills week 1 performance. The guy looked electric and with Mahomes at QB i don't think we've seen his ceiling yet. On paper his match up looked rough, a chargers defense with play makers all over, especially with their DB core who would of expected a game winning week like that. If you have Hill hold on to your horses, i'm fully on the Hill hype train and expecting nothing less then a WR5 or better fantasy season.
WR2 - Emmanuel Sanders 29.5pts.
Sanders looks to be the WR to own in Denver. Coming into week 1 there where questions of how well Keenum would perform for the Broncos and how it would effect the WR corps their but judging by this performance Sanders owners shouldn't be worried.
AFC West Flex - Keenan Allen - 24.3Ppts.
Keenan Allen rounds out squad of Charger player that made it to the top of this weeks performers. Allen pulled in 8 receptions for 108 Yards and a TD to boot. He's by far the top dog in the Chargers receiving game and with Philip Rivers throwing 53 times he's sure to make big numbers this season.
AFC West TE of the Week - Jared Cook 27pts.
A monster week for Jared Cook coming out as the top scoring TE in PPR leagues. Cook was the beneficiary of what looked like a very cautious Derek Carr who looked for the underneath ball the majority of the time. Despite this Cook made full use of his opportunities and turned a few heads gaining 180 yards off 9 receptions.
AFC West DST of the week - Denver Broncos 12pts.
The Broncos defence looks to be dominating once again. The D-line with Miller and newly acquired Chubb look to be a two man wrecking crew knocking up 6 sacks. With a visit from the Raiders to look forward to next week owners should be licking their lips.
AFC West Honorable Mentions
Patrick Mahomes, QB, KC
In this first meaningful NFL start, Mahomes torched the Chargers defense for 15/27 passing, 256 yards and 4 touchdowns, adding 21 yards on 5 carries. Of course, having a cheat code like Tyreek Hill to throw to helps but Mahomes looks like the real deal. He needs to be owned in all leagues.
Mike Williams, WR, LAC
He didn't set the world on fire with his performance Sunday but he kicked off 2018 with a solid performance, making 5 catches for 81 yards, a positive sign after he dealt with injuries for most of a disappointing rookie year in 2017. Might be solid waiver addition if he's available in your league.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, DEN
Another solid performance, though nothing to write home about. He scored a touchdown and made 6 catches for 63 yards on 10 targets. I'm happy with that level of production any week. Thomas is worth a start each week.
Royce Freeman, RB, DEN
Though he was outshined by his backfield counterpart, Phillip Lindsay (covered under 'Players to Watch'), the rookie runner took 15 carries for 71 yards. It's not great production but that 4.7 YPC is a positive sign. To me, he's a flex for now and is definitely a valuable player to have on your roster.
AFC players to Watch
Philip Lindsay is one of the biggest surprises from week one football. The undrafted free agent rookie came into what looked to be a two horse race for the top RB sport between Freeman and Booker, yet out of nowhere Lindsay has emerged as one of the top contenders. In his first game he and Freeman both had 15 carries and looked to be at the top of the depth chart in Denver. In terms of fantasy Lindsay put up flex/RB2 numbers which is worth going after, for those of you who drafted Bell/McKinnon or went 0RB he could be extremely valuable. If you already have depth at RB maybe save your FAAB or target other players because Lindsay is still playing in a RBBC, fighting against a veteran and a 3rd round draft pick as well as only proving himself against a weaker Seattle defense.
Jalen Richard- Raiders.
Jalen Richard's is a sleeper to watch. In a backfield with two power back in Lynch and Martin, Richards pass-catching ability set him apart against the Rams. He caught none balls with one being an extremely impressive one-handed catch. Admittedly game script helped his cause with the Raiders being behind the majority of the time but it was still promising. With Lynch being 32 years old and Martin not having a relevant season since 2015 Richards could have the potential to lead this Raiders running game by the end of the year.
NFC West QB of the week - Russell Wilson 26.42pts.
Russell Wilson had an good game but was overshadowed by two interceptions. Despite this he still put up more then acceptable fantasy numbers although interestingly only ran twice for a disappointing 5 yards. If you thought facing Von Miller and the Broncos defence in week 1 was tough enough Wilson will have an equally hard week 2 facing the Bears with there newly acquired Khalil Mack.
NFC West RB of the week - Todd Gurley 23.7pts.
Todd Gurley doing Todd Gurley things, what's new? The raining offensive MVP proved yet again his worth with 147 all-purpose yards and a touchdown to boot. Without any fumbles or major mistakes you can't question those who took Gurley at number 1 in the draft.
RB2 - David Johnson 17.7pts.
Johnson's week one performance was a solid performance but there's much more in the tank for this true work horse back. Only having nine carrying attempts is well under his potential but that was down to the game situation rather then Johnson's ability. With Weeks two's match up against the Rams expect another tough day in the office for Johnson.
NFC West WR or the Week - Cooper Kupp 17.6pts.
Cooper Kupp entering his 2nd year at the Rams put up solid number, solid enough to get the NFC west WR of the week title. Now admittedly he was the 21st best WR this week which doesn't bode well but for a player who was going in the later rounds and who's battling it out in a crowded WR corps at the Rams, Cupp owners should be very happy. Not only has he looked to fill that gadget role left by Austin, picking up 16 yards through two carries he also caught five passer for 59 yards and a TD, what's not to like?
WR2 - Tyler Lockett 14.9pts
Tyler Lockett put up decent WR2 Numbers. The majority of his points came on his 51 yard touchdown reception with only two other catches to bring his receiving yards to 59. Lockett has boom or bust potential every week, counting on TDs to bring he's score up but without Baldwin he's in prime position to become a leading player in Seattle.
NFC Flex player of the week - Larry Fitzgerald 14.6pts
Fitz had a classic Fitz game, gaining 7 receptions for 76 yards giving him a total of 14.6pts. Nothing spectacular but without scoring a TD he's but solid numbers on the board.
NFC West TE of the Week - Will Dissly 19.5pts.
Will Dissly looked every bit the version of Jimmy Graham the Seahawks where promised when he was traded over from the Saints. A physical over the middle pass catcher who could causes all sorts of coverage miss-matches. Relatively un-owned throughout fantasy you can be sure he's one of the top waiver wire pick-ups this week and for a good reason.
NFC West DST of the week - LA Rams 17pts
The Rams defence were firing on all cylinders in Monday nights match up. Surprisingly it wasn't the pass rush that caused the most havoc, instead the DBs and linebackers had themselves a day with three picks, one being returned to the house.
NFC Honorable Mentions
George Kittle - San Francisco 49ers
Tight End George Kittle made his presence felt in the passing game. Hauling in 5 catches for 90 yards. Look for Kittle to be a go to for Jimmy G, especially if Goodwin misses an extended period of time.
Brandin Cooks - L.A. Rams
Cooks was targeted heavily by his new QB Jared Goff. Hauling in 5 of his 8 targets, Cooks made sure to make the most of his opportunity, averaging 17.4YPC. If game one is any indication of whats to come look for a big year from this Rams offense.
Jared Goff - L.A. Rams
Goff has to be the luckiest QB in the NFC West. Surrounded by talent in 3 probowl caliber WR, arguably the leagues best RB, and a great O-line, it will be hard for Goff not to find success in 2018.
Brandon Marshall - Seattle Seahawks
Brandon Marshall, who was considered a long shot by many analysts to make the team had a solid Seahawks debut. hauling in 3 of his 6 Targets and a TD, Marshall looks to become a go to target for Russell Wilson with the absence of Doug Baldwin.
NFC Players to Watch
The Rookie out of Washington had an ideal week. The speedster is looking like the over the top threat for this offence while Goodwin struggles with injury. Next week 49ers face the Detroit Lions, certainly an easier match up on paper then the tough Vikings defence. As ever it is only week one so it's hard to say if Pettis will gain upon his week one performance or fall back due to the current uncertainty with the Niners offence. Pettis really reminds me of Will Fuller for the Texans, he wasn't an every situation receiver but excelled at long routes which leads to long Touchdowns, in a three wide receiver league he will be worth the roster spot, especially as bye weeks start to approach.
Prosise is the definition of players to watch. Without seeing any action week one and with a crowded RB core he currently has very little if any fantasy value. That being said there have been reports that he will be moved to WR following injuries. Back in college Prosise started off at receiver and in the last two years has gained the majority of his yards from the air. Prosise isn't going to light your fantasy on fire straight away and he might not ever but with a position change comes a whole new load of possibilities, possibilities that you can take advantage off.
Team of the Week.
Here are the perfect line ups for both AFC and NFC West, interestingly it was a rough week for NFC West running backs with only Gurley and Johnson putting up top numbers leaving the flex spots to be taking by WR. The AFC was business as usual with the exception of Philip Lindsay who was the surprise player of the week.
QB- Philip Rivers
RB1- Melvin Gordon
RB2 - Austin Ekeler
WR1- Tyreek Hill
WR2- Emmanuel Sanders
Flex1- Keenan Allan
Flex2- Philil Lindsay
TE- Jared Cook
QB- Russell Wilson
RB1- Todd Gurley
RB2- David Johnson
WR1- Cooper Kupp
WR2- Tyler Locket
Flex1- Larry Fitzgerald
Flex2- Brandin Cooks
TE- Will Dissly
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