5 fantasy takeaways from Week 1

Jeff Ratcliffe takes a look back at this weekend's action to get you prepped for Week 2 of your fantasy football season.

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(AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

(AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

5 fantasy takeaways from Week 1

With the first week of NFL action nearly in the books, it’s a good time to take stock of what we saw this past weekend. There’s a lot to process, but here are five initial thoughts to help you get a jump on Week 2.


1. Don’t overreact to poor performances

We say this every year, but patience is a virtue in fantasy football. Yet people often forget that if something goes wrong in Week 1. Remember, we’re dealing with the smallest sample size we’ll have all season, and it’s not wise to make any rash decisions.

Sammy Watkins owners, I’m talking to you. Sure, he put up a fantasy goose egg and saw just three targets against the Colts, but there’s so much more to the story than the box score suggests. The Bills defense held Indy’s offense in check, allowing their offense to play conservatively. Tyrod Taylor had no need to force feed Watkins the balls, especially considering the fact that Vontae Davis was on him much of the game. Watkins is very talented, and even with Taylor at quarterback, bigger days are ahead.

This is also true for Greg Olsen, who managed just one catch for 11 yards on three targets. With the Panthers in the lead for much of the game, Cam Newton had no need to pepper Olsen with passes. The good news is the Panthers lackluster wide receiver corps will mean plenty of targets for Olsen in the right game script.

Of course, Peyton Manning owners are also likely pushing the panic button after the veteran posted an ugly fantasy stat line of just 175 passing yards and zero touchdowns. While it’s easy to run with the narrative that Manning is “done,” don’t overlook the impact of that Ravens’ defense. Baltimore has talent at all three levels and game planned effectively to shut down the Broncos offense.

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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is 2016's second-most-accurate ranker in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

  • Justin

    Solid read, agree with everything!


    So according to Jeff Fischer, Brian Quick sat out last weekend as a healthy scratch. Is this possible? Last year Quick was by far the best WR the Rams when he was healthy. I thought I was getting a great flier picking up Quick from the waivers, thinking I would be getting the Rams’ WR1.

    Do you believe that Quick isn’t going to reclaim a starting spot on the rams WR corps next week (or shortly thereafter)?