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2018 Fantasy Football Week 1 Trends: Grain of Salt

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Trends can be misleading especially after only one week of games so take these trends with a grain of salt because of the limited sample size.

With that said, Week 1 can sometimes indicate how a team or a player will perform throughout the rest of the season. So . . . onto the trends.

2018 Week 1 NFL Trends

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1. Travis Kelce with one reception

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Travis Kelce finished the Week 1 with only one reception on six targets for six yards. The presence of Tyreek Hill likely opens up the field for Travis Kelce and hopefully he can get acquainted with new quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

With all that said, I don’t think this trend will continue and I look for Kelce to get going in the upcoming weeks.

2. LeSean McCoy with seven rushing attempts

LeSean McCoy and the entire Buffalo offense failed to get going during Sunday’s game against the Ravens. McCoy finished with only seven rushing attempts for 22 yards.

For fantasy owners this is definitely something to keep an eye on but I think he will receive more and more carries as the season goes on.

3. Michael Thomas with 16 receptions

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Michael Thomas had an absolutely amazing game and finished with 16 receptions for 180 yards and a touchdown. It became clear that Thomas is Drew Brees’ go-to target and it appears it will continue to be that way.

However, I don’t think that Thomas can continue to see this high volume throughout the season. I think that defenses will start double covering him or doing whatever they can to stop him.

4. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Need I say more?!?!)

In the absence of Jameis Winston, Ryan Fitzpatrick stepped into the starting role for the Buccaneers.

In Week 1, he had an absolutely phenomenal performance. He threw for 417 yards and four touchdowns in the Buccaneers defeat of the Saints.

It is hard to say if this trend will continue but at this point, I think this one game is a fluke. With that said, if this trend continues the Buccaneers will have a tough choice to make on who to start at QB when Winston comes back from suspension.

5. Deshaun Watson struggles

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Many had high hopes for Watson after his hot start last season. He opened this season with a sloppy performance against an overrated New England defense. To me, he looked more like a rookie in one game this season than he did in seven games last season.

I think he will knock off the rust even if it takes a couple of weeks and will return to dominating defenses and lighting up the scoreboard.


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