Week one is in the books and fantasy football is underway. Fantasy football managers are either thinking that maybe they should draft players for a living, or wishing they had a giant reset button.
Either way, a bad day of fantasy football is still better than a good day at work. On that note, let’s dive into a few overreactions from Week 1.
Matt Ryan is Done as a Fantasy Threat
Matt Ryan finally looked like a 36-year-old guy who’s had the crap beat out of him for the past 13 years with nothing to show for it. He threw for a grand total of 164 yards without a touchdown or interception.
It was one of Ryan’s most mediocre week 1 performances of his career. He doesn’t always come out hot from the get-go, but he looked flat-out bad on Sunday.
Since his MVP season in 2016, Ryan’s numbers have been getting progressively worse. Having said that, however, he’s still been a relevant fantasy threat, often putting up ridiculous numbers when you least expect it.
Even when he’s not great, he usually still puts points on the board due to the fact that Atlanta’s always losing and has to throw the ball. Don’t give up on Matt Ryan just yet.
Kyler Murray Will be the First Quarterback Drafted Next Year
I’ll be the first to admit that Kyler Murray looked a heck of a lot better on Sunday than I thought he would. He busted onto the scene last year and looked great early on, but ended up stalling towards the end of the season. In his last two games of 2020, Murray threw for 0 touchdowns and 1 interception.
In week one of 2021, however, Murray threw for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns while rushing for another. 4 passing touchdowns and 5 total touchdowns are both personal bests in Murray’s young career, but don’t count on it every week. Kyler’s first season was filled with great performances followed by forgettable ones, so don’t be surprised by more inconsistencies this year.
Pick Up Tyrod Taylor Yesterday!
I love Tyrod Taylor’s NFL story. He’s a great example of a guy who never gives up and finally gets his chance to shine.
Taylor’s also a good example of a quarterback who knows his abilities and doesn’t try to overstep himself. He looked great in week 1 against the Jaguars throwing for 291 yards and 2 touchdowns, but it was against the Jaguars people.
Tyrod is a solid starting quarterback, but he’s not going to go off for big games. Sunday’s performance might be the best one statistically all year for Tyrod, and there’s still a lot of questions around whether or not Deshaun Watson will return.
If you drafted Ezekiel Elliot, then don’t freak out, he’s going to be fine. He only carried the ball 11 times, which simply isn’t enough for good fantasy production.
The Cowboys were losing the entire game and Dak Prescott was forced to throw the ball 58 times. That’s way too often, especially considering it was his first game back since a season-ending injury early last year. If Zeke gets his touches, then you will get your points.