Fantasy with Fairfield: Starters of the week

Week one was weird, to say the least. The Jaguars beat the Colts. The Cardinals beat the 49ers. The Washington Football team beat the Eagles. The Bears put up 21 points in the fourth quarter to beat the Lions. I could go on and on. To sum it up, it was a weird week in fantasy.

If you’re freaking out because your first or second round draft pick didn’t put up 20 or more points, you can stop. Relax. It was week one. Austin Ekeler is going to get more action in the passing game. Don’t drop Joe Mixon just because he only had 6.1 points this week. Don’t overreact, don’t trade your superstars, and have some patience.

It was a weird week, and I’m not saying that this week won’t be weird as well.  But here is a list of players you should absolutely start no matter what they did in week one.


RB Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans – Arguably the best matchup for any running back in the league this week is none other than King Henry. While he did not have the best week one with only 3.7 yards per carry, he still had 31 touches for 116 yards. With him going up against the worst run defense in the league in Jacksonville, this is a no-brainer. Start him!

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs – Yes, CEH is going up against the Chargers defense, who is 3rd against the run, but we do have to keep in mind that this is the Chargers we’re talking about. As a Chargers fan myself, they’ve been on a steady decline since the 2018-19 season. I can’t see this game going any other way than the Chiefs doing Chief things.  In other words, this isn’t going to be pretty. Start the man.

RB Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles – While I understand that the Eagles looked straight-up bad in the second half against Washington, you must understand that they didn’t have a run game. Miles Sanders was listed as day-to-day with a hamstring injury he sustained during camp but is now primed for his debut of the 2020 season. Expect Sanders to bring some serious juice to this team and a great performance against the LA Rams’ 27th ranked run defense in the league.

WR Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers – I shouldn’t even have to include Adams in this list. If you have Adams on your roster and you don’t start him, you don’t deserve to have him. Adams put up 41.6 points in week one and is now matched up with the Detroit Lions, who have one of the worst secondaries in the league (28th). You’d have to be stupid to not start Davante Adams.

WR Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears – Chicago pulled off an unreal 4th quarter comeback against the Lions in week one, giving them some serious momentum heading into week two. AROB is matched up against the NY Giants secondary that’s ranked 29th in the league. This is the best matchup of any of the top 10 receivers in fantasy this week. Expect AROB to put up big numbers this week. Start him.

WR Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons – Ridley was one of the superstars of week one. Can he do it again this week? Absolutely. With Julio Jones listed as questionable, Ridley would get more targets and more opportunities to put up freakish numbers. Last week Ridley had nine catches for 130 yards and two touchdowns. I expect this game against a depleted Cowboys defense to be a shootout. Ridley has the possibility to match his debut performance. Start him.


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