What an exciting opening weekend for the NFL, as we got to witness a 13-game action-packed slate. While some stacks and plays paid off, some were cut short due to injuries or just a lack of offensive production.
Let’s review the FTN x SuperDraft NFL Week 1 Recap after a fun-filled weekend.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (1.35x multiplier)
What we expected to be a shootout became a one-sided affair as the Philadelphia Eagles shut down Matt Ryan and the Falcons’ offense. Through four quarters, Ryan threw for just 164 yards with no touchdowns, completing just 21 of his 35 passes. He was only at 5.3% ownership while scoring just 9.94 fantasy points.
Sam Darnold, Carolina Panthers (1.6x)
The Carolina Panthers came out and did the majority of their damage in the second quarter versus the New York Jets as they scored 16 of their 19 points then. For Sam Darnold, he put up 30.5 fantasy points at 8.6% ownership. He threw for 279 yards with one touchdown while also running one in. Overall, a mini-stack of the Carolina Panthers brought in low ownership and some good scoring throughout contests.
Top running backs
Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers (1.4x)
Raheem Mostert left the game early versus the Detroit Lions after carrying the ball twice for 20 rushing yards in the first quarter. After that, rookie Elijah Mitchell stepped in and as the lead got bigger, so the team didn’t miss the banged-up Mostert. With the news early on before the game that Trey Sermon was inactive, Mostert’s roster percentage did climb near 19%. If he had not gotten hurt, Mostert would have been a solid play at a 1.4x multiplier.
James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (1.35x)
What a horrible game for the Jacksonville Jaguars, as they lost to the Houston Texans 37-21. James Robinson was out-carried by Carlos Hyde 9-5. While neither running back was able to find the end zone. Coming in at 20.3% ownership, Robinson did some damage through the air also as he had three receptions for 29 yards, finishing the game with 9.32 fantasy points. With this team being led by Urban Meyers, we may want to wait before running back to Robinson.
Top wide receivers
Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons (1.15x)
We already know how the Atlanta Falcons performed against the Philadelphia Eagles, and it wasn’t pretty. While Ridley started the game off pretty quickly, he and the entire offense fizzled out. He
finished with just five receptions and 51 receiving yards. Despite being one of the higher-owned plays at 28.3%, he only secured 8.74 fantasy points.
DK Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks (1.3x)
With Xavier Rhodes being ruled out Friday in the Seahawks/Colts game, everyone expected DK Metcalf to go off. While his score wasn’t one of the top scores of the slate, he still managed to finish with 18.20 fantasy points. With four receptions, Metcalf finished with 60 receiving yards and a touchdown. It’ll be hard to pass up any Seattle Seahawks stack as Russell Wilson loves targeting Metcalf and Tyler Lockett as both have big-play potential.
Top tight ends
Dan Arnold, Carolina Panthers (2x)
The disappointing part of a Carolina Panthers stack came from Dan Arnold, who finished with just 3.20 fantasy points even with the 2x multiplier. He finished with just two receptions for six yards. While Sam Darnold has shown that he loves utilizing tight ends in the past, that just wasn’t the case today. It may be due to being surrounded with more weapons in this Carolina offense with the likes of Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, and Robby Anderson.
Kyle Pitts, Atlanta Falcons (1.5x)
To cap off the end of a bad stack, there is rookie Kyle Pitts. As the Atlanta Falcons just couldn’t get anything going, Pitts’ debut was spoiled. He came in at 23% ownership and finished with just 7.65 fantasy points. He had four receptions and 31 receiving yards. While this game was disappointing, it is just Week 1, and no reason to stay away from the weapons of the Atlanta Falcons.
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