With the first week of the 2019 fantasy football playoff season over, how did your team do? Were you fearless in starting your Saints and Niners players or did you miss the big opportunity of the week? Did you gamble it all on the right rookie quarterback, or did you go down sinking with a veteran at the helm?
There are some key things to be gathered in every game and the following is what we should take away from this past weekend.
1. Saints 46, 49ers 48
NOR – Every year there’s a game where the Saints know early that they’re in for a shootout. This would be that game of 2019. With the Saints defense playing its worst game of the season, Drew Brees went off, throwing five touchdowns and rushing for another. Against a defense like the Niners, this was a game for the ages and unfortunately, Brees lost a favorite receiver, Jared Cook who caught two touchdowns before leaving with a concussion. That limited Brees to look at Ted Ginn Jr. more along with Alvin Kamara and Tre’Quan Smith, but neither would be as good as Michael Thomas or Cook.
SFO – Jimmy Garoppolo proved he could hang with the best of them throwing for four touchdowns and letting teammate Emmanuel Sanders to throw one too. Raheem Mostert again, established himself as the primary ball carrier, as Sanders, Deebo Samuel and George Kittle led the way in the passing game. Kendrick Bourne scored twice but he only has 27 catches on the season with nearly 20 percent of his catches going to the house. He has managed to go over 45 yards receiving just once this season and over 25 yards five times. Don’t go chasing after that, fantasy owners. Stick with Sanders, Samuel and Kittle.
2. Chargers 45, Jaguars 10
LAC – Austin Ekeler had a monster game, totaling 213 yards from scrimmage with one score. Melvin Gordon was able to ride his coattails for 84 total yards and a score. Philip Rivers got the monkey off his back for a 314-yard, three touchdown day. But Rivers seemingly found everyone in the end zone except for Keenan Allen, further frustrating the WR1’s owners.
JAX – It doesn’t matter who’s playing under center for the Jaguars, this season is a wash. The Jaguars did not go down the field, as Dede Westbrook and D.J. Chark combined to catch 15-of-17 targets, but for just 100 yards. Leonard Fournette is also picking a bad time to get bottled up, gaining just 63 total yards and failing to score for the 7th time in the last eight games. In fact, Fournette has scored in just two games, against the Panthers (one of the worst run defenses in the league) and the Titans (twice against the 10th-ranked run defense) so go figure.
3. Seahawks 12, Rams 28
SEA – After looking unstoppable for weeks, the Seahawks finally ran out of luck against the Rams’ defense. Russell Wilson was truly stymied for the first time this season, under a heavy pass rush and good coverage. The team also lost Rashaad Penny for the season after he tore his ACL early Sunday Night. All the carries will head back to Chris Carson now.
LAR – Tyler Higbee led the team in receiving again in Gerald Everett’s absence and Robert Woods remained hot, catching another touchdown and nearly going over 100 yards receiving. Todd Gurley is back running to his prime form of 2018 and has the touches to justify it. All appears right in La La Land, but is it too little, too late? Sean McVay appeared to overthink who he ran the offense through, dating back to the playoffs last year. But for another week, the heat is off McVay and Jared Goff.