Today is a day of mixed emotions. On a solemn note, we remember nearly 3,000 of our brave brothers and sisters that lost their lives in the tragedy that occured 19 years ago. A day that America – and the world – stood still. Stories of sorrow and valor still echo throughout the nation, even in paralyzing times such as these.
But as horrific as that day was almost two decades ago, the silver lining is that it brought us together. All of us, in honor of those who sacrificed, united as a nation to uplift one another and show support to those whose foundations were shaken.
There was a true power in those months that followed. A power that reminds us that we are strongest together; a lesson that we can still learn from today.
Which brings me to the joyful note, as I have not felt such excitement, such relief, such “can’t believe we finally made it” then I felt watching that opening kickoff in last night’s game between the Houston Texans and Kansas City Chiefs.
Football is back! And if there is anything that can bring America back together, it’s the NFL!
So without further ado, and in memory of those we honor today, let’s get to some fantasy talk!
The Chiefs won 34-20, but the truth is, the game wasn’t even as close as the score suggests. Kansas City routed Houston last night. I mean completely dominated on both sides of the ball. With that being said, here are my takeaways from the game.
The Chiefs are a force to be reckoned with.
Okay, sure, that’s not a bold statement, I mean they were clearly the best team in the league last year, and are favorites to repeat as Super Bowl champions. But what really stood out to me is that as dominant as they were last night, the offense still didn’t seem to be in sync. Don’t get me wrong, they did what they needed to, but it just wasn’t as eye-popping as I’ve seen them in the previous two years. It’s understandable that there is a bit of rust, especially without having a preseason to work out the kinks, but when they start operating like the well-oiled offensive juggernaut they truly are, watch out.
Patti is Patti.
So, we know Pat Mahomes is the best player in the NFL, not to mention the most marketable (I lost count of how many different commercials he was in last night). But what impressed me the most was his efficiency. Three passing TDs on just 211 yards through the air. And two absolutely beautiful dimes he threw into the endzone that hit Demarcus Robinson in the hands, only for him to drop them both. We know Mahomes can count on Kelce and Hill, but if guys like Robinson start making plays, it’ll be difficult to argue with Mahomes being drafted as the first QB off the board in fantasy drafts this year. So, even though he ended with only a little over 20 fantasy points last night, Pat Mahomes is a league winner, yours and his.
CEH is the guy.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire has been the most hyped up rookie running back I have ever seen. And I’m not saying I had my doubts, but I wasn’t sure about him being drafted ahead of proven guys like Dalvin Cook and Alvin Kamara in fantasy drafts this year. But if last night was a glimpse of things to come in KC, then CEH truthers sure are smiling. 25 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown. Who said a 5′ 7″, 210 lb guy can’t be a workhorse back? I never said that – nope, not once. This kid pops on screen. He’ll be a first round pick for many years to come.
Hey! DJ’s back!
While the Texans did get spanked, David Johnson actually looked a little bit like himself last night. He didn’t get many opportunities as his team was struggling to play catch-up for three quarters, but when he touched the ball, he made plays. Johnson averaged 7.0 yards per carry last night, and scored the very first touchdown of the season on a 19 yard run in the first quarter. Fantasy managers would like to see a bit more work in the passing game, something the old DJ was known for back in Arizona, but ultimately, this was an encouraging sign from the 28 year old veteran. Especially considering he was being drafted in late third or even fourth rounds in fantasy drafts this summer. Looking like quite a steal so far.
Two plays I like this weekend
As we get ready for the first Sunday slate of NFL games, here are a few guys on my radar that should have great games. We’ll call this section: Stars and Sleepers…
Davante Adams, WR. GB – Star
Obviously, you’re starting Davante Adams. He’s one of the best WRs in the game. But you know who hasn’t gotten much attention this offseason? Some old dude named Aaron Rodgers. A sure first ballot Hall of Famer, Rodgers has seen the spotlight fade in his recent years in Green Bay. The lack of attention being paid to him, and the fact that his team drafted a QB in the first round of the rookie draft earlier this year, tells me that Rodgers is going to come out firing. And although the Vikings defense seems like a tough matchup on paper, they have gotten rid of almost all of their playmakers in the secondary. Without Xavier Rhodes around to shadow him, I think Davante Adams eats this week. I guarantee he scores at least once this Sunday.
Van Jefferson, WR. LAR – Sleeper
This speedy, sure-handed receiver was taken in the second round of the NFL draft this year, but is most likely undrafted in your fantasy league. He’s a standard sized guy, at 6′ 1″ 200 lbs, but he has done nothing but impress in training camp. If you’ve been watching Hard Knocks on HBO, you’ll know that Sean Mcvee can’t stop saying great things about his rookie WR. And with the departure of Brandin Cooks in the offseason, there are about 100 targets up for grabs in Los Angeles this year. Sure, some will go to the two headed monster receiving corps of Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp, but there has always been enough volume to support a third WR in Jared Goff’s offense. For the ridiculously low price of Van Jefferson, the kid’s worth a flier.
One play I don’t like
I hate to be negative, but life is all about balance. So, if there are some players I’m high on during a certain week, there are, of course, players that I’m not so high on. But, like I said, I try to keep things positive. So, I’m only going to downplay one guy this week. Keep in mind, I still think these are solid football players, I even kept this next guy in one of my keeper leagues this year, but what can I say? I’m a realist.
Devin Singletary, RB. Buf – Fader
Look, I’m a big fan of Singletary’s talent. Everytime he touches the ball, he seems to make a play. And he moves with a lateral quickness that jumps out on film. But I worry about his fantasy production. First of all, the Bills drafted Zack Moss in the third round of the 2020 NFL draft (same round they took Singletary in the year before, just saying). Moss is a bruiser, 5′ 9″ 223 lbs. He’s a solid two inches and 20 pounds heavier than Singletary, and he’s just built like a downhill runner. Second, we all know the real goal line back in Buffalo is Josh Allen, coming in at 6′ 5″ 238 lbs. Singletary will need to score to be fantasy relevant, and unless that score comes in the form of a 15+ yard carry or screen pass, I don’t see it happening.