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2020 Fantasy Football Week 1 Trends

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Welcome to the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 1 Trends!

It was an exciting week in the NFL as the anticipation was overflowing with expectations for Fantasy Football owners. There were a lot of new players making their debuts on new teams and a lot of hype for those players. There were also a decent amount of rookies trying to make good first impressions with their new teams.

The week started off rough for some fantasy owners with the news of Kenny Golladay and Miles Sanders inactive due to hamstring issues. Fantasy Football never fails to surprise at the last second with injuries before the first set of games of Week 1. Hamstring injuries always find a way to linger with players all year long, so I expect them to trend down if this continues.

Let’s get into some things I found interesting!

2020 Fantasy Football Week 1 Trends

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1. Josh Jacobs is the real deal in the passing game

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I’ve been preaching this all offseason that Josh Jacobs is a good candidate to finish as RB1 this year. He got off to a good start as he probably had the most impressive Week 1 for running backs. In a week he dueled against Christian McCaffrey, Jacobs came out as the better fantasy running back. He rushed the ball 25 times for 93 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The most surprising part is that he was second on the team in targets and receptions with four catches on six targets for 46 yards. He was behind only Darren Waller who caught six of eight targets for 45 yards. This involvement in the passing game is very positive to see for future games.

If Jacobs can keep pace with four to five receptions a game, he has the potential for 64-80 receptions this season. With that involvement in the passing game, he can solidify himself as a rock-solid RB1 all year long. The matchup this week against Carolina Panthers was probably the best matchup he will get this season, so it was nice to see him capitalize.

2. Is Nyheim Hines the back to own in Indy?

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After drafting Jonathan Taylor in the second round of the 2020 draft, everyone thought he was the lead back. But, with Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines still in the mix, it was looking very murky in the Colts backfield. Unfortunately, Mack went down in Week 1 and the Colts fear he may have torn his Achilles.

With that happening, Taylor and Hines got the opportunity to show out for the Colts. It was Hines who showed the most value by getting most of the red zone work. He also capitalized on the Mack injury in the passing game, catching all eight of his targets for 45 yards and a touchdown.

He also carried the ball for seven times for 28 yards and also scored a rushing touchdown too. The most important takeaway I got from this game is that they trust Hines in the red zone over Taylor. If he continues to produce for the Colts as he did in Week 1, he will continue to trend up as the RB1 in Indianapolis.

3. Ronald Jones gets an RB1 workload

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With the signing of Leonard Fournette a week before Week 1 of the NFL season, Ronald Jones’s fantasy value took a bit of a hit. No one knew who was going to carry the workload for the Buccaneers during the season. After the game against the Saints, it seems we may have found the answer.

Jones got the majority of the workload with 17 carries compared to Fournette’s measly 5 carries. He also out-targetted Fournette with three targets in the passing game to Fournette’s one. Even with a negative game script where Brady had to throw a lot of the time, they still gave Jones a healthy amount of rushing attempts (17).

Now it’s only Week 1, so this could be a little bit of an overreaction, but Bruce Arians stuck to his word. Jones is “their guy” at the moment. It’s very possible that Jones got most of the workload because Fournette doesn’t know the full play-book yet. If that’s the case it might to into a committee backfield. If not, Ronald Jones is the guy to have on the Buccaneers.

4. Never doubt the talent that is Deandre Hopkins

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Out of all the new players on new teams this year, Deandre Hopkins definitely had some of the most hype. All offseason, people were saying Hopkins couldn’t sustain the same amount of volume he had with the Housten Texans. In Arizona’s offense, he could have even more volume coming his way.

He was targeted a whopping 16 times, catching 14 of them for 151 receiving yards. Richard Sherman tackled Hopkins a half-yard short of scoring his first touchdown of the year. With the Cardinals defense not being that great, Hopkins could see himself in a lot of shoot-outs this year.

It seems like Kliff Kingsbury is going to use Hopkins more than Bill O’Brien used him in Houston. If Kyler Murray has to throw it 40+ times a game, it’s in the realm of possibilities that Hopkins will lead the NFL in targets. That would give him a great chance to lead the league in receptions and receiving yards.

5. J.K Dobbins – the Red Zone Machine

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It looks like the Baltimore Ravens got a steal in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft in JK Dobbins. In his NFL debut, he only got seven rushes for 22 yards, but they were all in the red zone. He found the endzone twice for a very good first impression on his young career.

Now the volume isn’t there just yet to be anything other than touchdown dependant right now. But with how often this offense is in the red zone, he could see a lot of opportunities to score multiple touchdowns on a weekly basis. He only had three fewer carries than Mark Ingram who had 10, which is really positive.

Until he gets more of the volume in the running game he’s going to be a touchdown-dependent flex play. When the day comes and he gets that volume, he’s going to help a lot of people win their fantasy matchups. Being in a run-heavy offense scheme, what is there not to love about Dobbins?

6. Washington Football Team RB Snap Share

I am sure the majority of us Fantasy players would like to see Antonio Gibson lead this Washington backfield in touches in 2020. Peyton Barber gained just 29 yards on 17 carries and vultures two touchdowns!

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