Well, it was certainly a crazy week out there in Week One. Overreactions are at an all time high, people are making roster moves left and right, and we’re putting waiver claims in on people we wouldn’t dream of rostering. Let’s recap a bit on what we learned Week one:
1. Kirk Cousins is Matt Schaub 2.0, and The Redskins knew it. Think back to those glory days of Kyle Shanahan running the Texans offense, and how incredible Matt Schaub’s yardage numbers were. When he had Andre Johnson, Arian Foster and a top tier Defense, that is. As time wore on, other teams figured Schaub out, he never improved as a passer, and he eventually was replaced by Case Keenum. Cousins now has to do it on his own, without his safety nets in Pierre Garcon and Desean Jackson. The Redskins essentially told Cousins, if you want to get paid elite money, you’ll have to lift lesser players’ talents. So far, it appears to be a dud. His stock, and Redskins skill position players stock continues to decline from a fantasy perspective.
2. Jordan Howard was overhyped, and if you got Tarik Cohen, you lucked out. With the emergence of Cohen, it appears that Howard won’t be an every down workhorse. In PPR formats, it may make sense to start Cohen over Howard, simply because he appears to be in line for a ton of targets due to a lack of WR depth. It’s certainly a situation worth monitoring.
3. Beast Mode is back, and Oakland will be better for it. Marshawn was Marshawn. He ran over guys, had his usual personality on full display, and was spry and fresh. His yearlong sabbatical seems to have paid off, and he’s in line for a big year. This will help Derek Carr, too. He can mix in more play action passes and diversify the offense.
4. Dak Prescott was not a one-hit wonder. Dak was making plays all over the field against the vaunted Giants D. He knew where to go with the ball, was decisive with his runs, and took care of the football. Ezekiel Elliott picked up where he left off, and that opened up many opportunities for Dak. The torch has been passed in Dallas, and Dak is on the rise.
5. Alex Smith was dealing, and he and Tyreek Hill could be in line for a career year. With the emergence of Ty Hill, Alex Smith was facing less of a loaded box, and actually took some shots downfield. The elite deep threat helped Smith connect on some long passes, and he looked comfortable dropping back and throwing deep for what feels like the first time in his Chiefs tenure. The Patriots are no slouch, and Smith shredded their Defense. It’s certainly something to keep an eye on, especially those in two QB formats.