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2017 Fantasy Football Week 1 Recap: Winners, Losers and Injuries

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The long, exhausting wait for Week One is finally over. It feels good to see meaningful NFL games being played Thursday, Sunday and Monday nights from here on out till week 16. Some of us have to adjust to this still but others are ready to go for an action filled season. Fantasy football week 1 recap is filled with an interesting group of players.

Week One is always an entertaining week for fantasy owners. Many surprises happen as Week One can be one of the most unpredictable weeks of the season. We finally get to see rookies play and get a feel for their welcoming to the NFL. Many surprise us, others disappoint, not every player starts off hot Week One. Patience is a big thing to have while playing fantasy football.

Many fantasy owners tend to overreact a certain way one of their players performs during the opening of the new football season. Week One is by no means a week to drop a player just because of a poor performance. It may be frustrating to see, it happens to all of us, but the fantasy season just began and it will only get more interesting as the weeks go by. It’s time to buckle up and enjoy an eventful fantasy football season ladies and gentleman!

2017 Fantasy Football Week 1 Recap

Week One was just a preview of how exciting and unexpected the football season can be. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Miami Dolphins had a “bye week” this week due to Hurricane Irma. It’s the first time something like this has ever happened. My thoughts and prayers are with the whole state of Florida and anyone else in contact with this devastating storm.

From the storm to the Patriots losing Thursday night at home to the Chiefs, anything can happen in the NFL. It’s good to have football back on Sundays.

Winners

Kareem Hunt, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

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Welcome to the NFL Kareem Hunt! This guy caught the fantasy football community by storm Thursday night. There were reports roaming around that Kareem Hunt and Charcandrick West were going to be somewhat of a running-back-by-committee. Hunt went on to out snap West 39 to 23. Fumbling on the first carry of his NFL career was not what he had in mind, but boy did he respond back in a big way.

Kareem Hunt finished the game with 148 rushing yards on 17 carries while also adding 98 receiving yards on five catches. The 22-year old looked really impressive on the ground. Breaking tackles, elusiveness, and quick feet helped him get by the Patriots defense several times Thursday night. Hunt is locked in as the bell cow back in Kansas City and provides RB1 upside weekly with his contribution in the passing game.

Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith had himself arguably the best game of his NFL career Thursday night. He has been criticized by the fantasy world several times. He surely silenced any of his critics Week One. Completing 28 of 35 passes for 368 yards and four touchdowns against the reigning super bowl champs says a lot. His performance went on to lead all fantasy football quarterbacks in Week One. Can we expect this weekly from Smith? Probably not, but he was certainly a great start.

Antonio Brown, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Pretty much right where he left off from a year ago. Antonio Brown caught 11 passes for 182 yards against a weak Browns secondary. It was obviously a no-brainer to start him, but AB looks like a target hog in this offense even with Martavis Bryant back. Here is a guy that you can count on to produce elite WR1 numbers all year long in a high powered Pittsburgh offense.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Chicago Bears

Maybe the surprise of the week, Cohen led the Bears aerial attack in catches, yards and had a touchdown. He will certainly be one of the hottest names on the waiver wire this week. Cohen looked great running the ball, breaking tackles and reversing the field made him a tough one to bring down. He may have earned himself a share in the Bears backfield with the recent struggles from Jordan Howard. This will be an interesting backfield to monitor moving forward.

Losers

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals

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It wasn’t a very pleasant Week One for Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense. Dalton finished the game Sunday completing 17 of 31 passes for 170 yards. He also threw no touchdown passes, got picked off four times and lost a fumble. This was arguably one of the worst performances he has had in the NFL. Getting pressured constantly by the Ravens defense, there wasn’t much to enjoy watching out of Cincinnati Week One. Dalton and company have a short week and will face the Texans Week Two. It may be another week to fade/sit Dalton.

Kenny Britt, WR, Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns played a tough game against the Steelers. Kenny Britt was a total non-factor during the game. He caught one of three targets for just 13 yards. He was brought to Cleveland to be the “guy”, but Kizer had more success throwing to second-year man Corey Coleman. Britt also dropped a wide open pass from Kizer late in the game that would’ve sparked a drive for the Browns.

Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins

He was listed as a game time decision early Sunday morning, but he ended up playing. Crowder didn’t do much as he caught three passes for 14 yards. There seemed to be a mix of receivers in and out of the game behind number one receiver Terrelle Pryor. Crowder will likely take the hold of the wide receiver two duties in Washington, but the production is yet to be seen. He faces a scrappy Rams secondary next week.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Bell was a disappointment to many fantasy owners Week One. Against a poor Browns defense, Bell was held to 32 yards on the ground on just 10 carries. The 47 total yards in Week One were a career low for Le’Veon Bell. Just a season ago the Browns were the second worst rush defense. Week One was the perfect game to start a stud like Bell, but he underperformed severely. He’ll look to bounce back against the Vikings in Week Two.

Injuries

Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

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It didn’t take long for Robinson to leave the game Sunday afternoon. After his first catch, Robinson came down on the sidelines and limped off with an injury. This is a very unfortunate scenario for A-Rob and fantasy owners after a disappointing season a year ago. A torn ACL will keep Robinson off the field this whole season. On a contract year too, the future for Allen Robinson in Jacksonville remains cloudy. It will be an interesting off-season for Robinson.

Danny Woodhead, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Another early, yet sad exit Sunday was from Ravens running back Danny Woodhead. Before going down in the first quarter, Woodhead caught three passes for 33 yards. He was poised to have a big role in the Ravens offense this season after an ACL injury cost him all of the 2016 season. Injuries have piled up on the 32-year old now, his time may quickly be coming to an end in the NFL.

David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals

It wasn’t a pretty week for the Cardinals star running back. He finished the game Sunday with 11 carries for 23 yards. Johnson was also active in the passing game with six catches for 68 yards. He appeared to suffer a wrist injury late in the game and didn’t return back to action late in the fourth quarter. X-rays came back negative, but it’s still foggy on his status for next week’s game. This is a big player to monitor as the week goes by.

Kevin White, WR, Chicago Bears

It has been a tough career for the former Mountaineer. White has not lived up to his post draft hype as injuries have been the main concern for the 25-year old. A broken collarbone is his most recent injury and he will need to undergo season ending surgery. It’s just another unfortunate injury to Kevin White as his biggest challenge has been staying on the field.


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