Mariota's shocking debut a NFL fantasy highlight
September 15, 2015 3:05 AM
by Alan Berg
The answer is Marcus Mariota, Marcel Reese and James Jones.
Question: Who are players with shocking Week 1 fantasy football scores?
If this were Jeopardy Alex Trebek would say, correct. It is officially the aftermath of the opening weekend for the NFL.
No. 2 overall pick Mariota got his Tennessee Titans off to a roaring start crushing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 42-14. Mariota handed Bucs’ Jameis Winston’s the first loss of his career. Winston was taken at No. 1.
Mariota had four touchdown passes in the first half alone! Unfortunately for fantasy owners he sat out the fourth quarter of this blowout but still had great numbers.
Oakland’s Reese was the typical fantasy week of a guy who will most likely do nothing in Week 2. He recieved playing time (2 TDs) because of the Raiders getting blown out (yes, again) while star Latavius Murray didn’t get many totes in the second half.
Green Bay’s James Jones picked up the wide receiver slack for old friend Aaron Rodgers. As you may know, this is Jones’ third team this past offseason and he fell right back into an old groove with No. 12. Jones finished with 4-51-2.
I had some good stuff in Week 1 but just couldn’t put together that magic team. I have one lineup in the $100K Sun NFL Squib on FanDuel that might still get something; at press time I sat 10,399th out of 114,942 with Julio Jones left. We shall see.
Here are some of my hits from past columns in Week 1 (Austin-Seferian Jenkins 5-110-2; Danny Woodhead 62 total yards, 4 receptions, 2TDs; Stevie Johnson 6-82-1.) Misses: (Denard Robinson 45 yards, 2 catches; Allen Robinson 1*-27 [*6 targets!]; Eddie Royal 1-8).
Enough of the past, let’s get after Week 2. I will list salaries for FanDuel and Draft Kings.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Sea (FD $8,500; DK $7,200): The fact that Beast Mode even managed 73 rushing yards against the Rams defense was impressive. Running backs can only do so much when there is limited blocking. Enter the Green Bay Packers. The Bears Matt Forte made the Packer defense look silly with 141 yards rushing on 24 carries. Coming off a loss the Seahawks know they need to get back to .500 at Lambeau Field on Sunday Night, the Beast will be unleashed. Projection: 127 yards, 3 TDs.
Diamonds in the Rough
Danny Woodhead, RB, SD (FD $6,200; DK $4,000): The Chargers went out and spent a first-round draft choice so naturally they would give another running back on the roster more touches…wait…what? While I have always been a Woodhead fan, coaches/GM’s puzzle me sometimes. If you have someone like Woodhead, what is the point of drafting Melvin Gordon? Regardless I believe San Diego envisions this as a two-headed running back monster versus earlier thoughts of Woodhead being a third-down back. Rivers loves to throw the ball to Woodhead and he will be a factor at Cincinnati. Projection: 81 total yards, TD, 6 receptions.
Pierre Garcon, WR, Was (FD $5,400; DK $5,000): Washington hosts the Rams and regardless of if the Redskins are in the game or not, Garcon will make an impression. QB Kirk Cousins has always liked getting the ball to Garcon and the wideout should see at least 10 targets in this game. Projection: 6-102-1.
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Alan Berg has 10-plus years of experience at Las Vegas sports books and prior to moving to Las Vegas covered sports for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Twitter: @vegasberserker Email: ABerg@GamingToday.com.