2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Vampire League Starters

by Travis Argo
2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Vampire League Starters

Welcome to the 2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Vampire League Starters article! It is finally here after what felt like the longest preseason in history, the NFL season is starting. Let the fantasy football madness begin.

Week 1 will be the most challenging week for vampires because we don't know what teams' offenses will look like this year. The preseason doesn't help evaluation because every team runs basic packages, making constructing a vampire roster difficult.

But you vampires are in luck because I have a few starting suggestions at each position to help you build the best lineup to steal a player from your future victims.

If you are wondering what is a vampire league or strategies for non-vampires, then check out the vampire draft article from last year, and all your questions will be answered.

2023 Fantasy Football Week 1 Vampire League Starters

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Jared Goff, Detroit Lions

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The Lions' offense was one of the more surprising storylines from 2022; they were fourth in the NFL in overall yards per game and fifth in scoring overall. Now, Jared Goff and company have a clearer vision of what they want to do on offense and have a great matchup against the Chiefs in Week 1 to show their new offensive prowess.

Goff did struggle on the road last year, but he still managed to average 261.1 yards and 1.7 touchdowns per game. But the road slump shouldn't be much of a problem, considering the Lions have a fantastic O-line. There is no real pass-rushing threat on the Chiefs' line, so Goff should have plenty of time to make his throws.

The Chiefs allowed 17.1 fantasy points, 243.4 yards, and 1.9 touchdowns per game to quarterbacks last season.  

Running Backs

Deon Jackson, Indianapolis Colts

The only people who benefit from the Jonathan Taylor drama are vampires. Deon Jackson is looking to be the primary ball carrier for the Colts in Week 1. First, he is the veteran back, so they will rely on him more to protect their rookie quarterback, Anthony Ricardson.

Even though he only filled in for Taylor a few times last season, Jackson's numbers are pretty decent for vampires. In games where Jackson had ten or more carries, he averaged 45.5 yards and scored one touchdown in those four games. 

This is a hunch, but I have a feeling that the Colts want to ease Richardson into the Pros. The best way to achieve that goal is to run the ball nonstop.

Raheem Mostert, Miami Dolphins

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Speaking of gifts, how about everyone hating Mostert and allowing him to fall to vampires. Mostert is the only healthy back for the Dolphins right now and did reasonably well with his workload last year. 

Mostert averaged 74.3 yards in games with ten or more rushing attempts. It's easy to see him getting more than ten carries because De'Von Achane is dealing with a shoulder injury and doesn't know the system as well as Mostert. He is getting the perfect matchup against the Chargers to highlight how well he handles the increased workload.

The Chargers allowed 22.7 fantasy points, 127.3 rushing yards, and 0.8 touchdowns per game to running backs last season.

Wide Receivers

Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens

I know everyone is excited about Zay Flowers and it shows since Rashod Bateman is available to vampires, but let's remember Bateman and his fantasy potential.

Much like Mostert, Bateman is the one wide receiver on the Ravens' who has played the most with Lamar Jackson, and just like Flowers, Bateman is a first-round pick that the Ravens believe will evaluate their passing game to a new level. Even though everyone is excited about Zay Flowers and waiting to see if Odell Beckham still has some gas in the tank, Bateman is still the lead dog for the Ravens.

Bateman was on pace for 92 targets, 969 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns in 2022 before we lost him in Week 8. That's some decent wide-receiver two numbers, and a wide-receiver two is a number one for vampires. He has a good matchup against the Texans in Week 1 as well.

The Texans allowed 26.6 fantasy, 137.6 yards, and 0.4 touchdowns per game to wide receivers last season. Those stats don't scream a great matchup, but remember, the Texans' defense couldn't stop the run last season. New head coach DeMeco Ryans will put a stop to that nonsense. That will force the Ravens to air the ball out more, which means more opportunities for Bateman.

Marvin Mims, Denver Broncos 

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The theme of this week's article is finding players with increased workloads because their team is already unhealthy, and Marvin Mims fits that theme. The Broncos' wide receiver room has been riddled with injuries, and Courtland Sutton and Mims are the two last guys standing going into Week 1. 

Sutton will get the first opportunities, but Russell Wilson will need to throw the ball to someone else, and Mims is the best bet to break off for a considerable yardage, so that's why vampires should start Mims this week.

Now, Mims does have a tough matchup against the Raiders, who allowed 31.8 fantasy points, 156.4 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns per game to wide receivers last season. Despite the tough matchup, Mims has tons of potential and could easily become the number one waiver claim next week.

Tight End

Gerald Everett, Los Angeles Chargers

The secondary theme of this article is players who should've been drafted, but these forgotten gems will fall into the hands of the princes and princesses of darkness. Gerald Everett is catching passes from Justin Herbert; vampires rarely get a talented tight end with an elite quarterback, and Everett has a decent matchup against the Dolphins.

The Dolphins allowed 13.5 fantasy points, 52.2 yards, and 0.6 touchdowns per game to tight ends last season. Miami was one of four teams that allowed double-digit touchdowns to tight ends and was tied for second in red zone targets to tight ends with 18. 


Darnell Mooney, Chicago Bears

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The Week 1 matchup between the Bears and the Packers marks a new era between these two teams. Justin Fields is looking to build on his progress from last season, and Jordan Love is finally making his debut as the main guy in Green Bay. All these unknown factors mean that anything can happen in this game. 

Chicago wants to make a statement that they have improved their passing game and would love to show it off against their most hated rival. Darnell Mooney has the best chance outside of DJ Moore to break out in Week 1.

Now, volume could be an issue with Mooney, but remember, Mooney has been effective with limited work in the past. He averages 11.4 fantasy points in games with four or more targets. If he hits that four-target mark against the Packers, he should definitely have more than 11 points.

The Packers allowed 29.4 fantasy points, 146.4 yards, and 0.8 touchdowns per game to wide receivers last season. So let's throw the dart and see if Mooney has a huge Week 1.

Defense/Special Teams

Washington Commanders 

The Commanders' defense has the ultimate matchup for vampires in Week 1. They are facing the Cardinals' backup quarterback, Joshua Dobbs. The last time we saw Dobbs, he handed out turnovers instead of touchdowns. Dobbs started in two games last season and recorded four turnovers (two interceptions and two fumbles).

Even if the Commanders' defense is without Chase Young and Jonathan Allen in Week 1, there is plenty of passing-rushing ability to force Dobbs into bad decision-making. Most fantasy players are going to start fantasy defenses against the Cardinals' offense until Kyler Murray. So start in Week 1, and get your season off to a good start. 

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