Welcome to Bruno Boys Ernie’s fantasy football week in review, a weekly installment where he summarizes the aftermath of the past Thursday and Sunday games, but more importantly makes 10 observations and their lasting fantasy impact.
1. The Pats are a work in progress
The Patriots did a lot of tinkering with its core starters in the off-season and even up to the last week of the preseason, some notable players were being dropped, acquired or sent off via trade. The end result looked like a team that was lost despite being up in the first half. Then add to it, all of the injuries suffered to the offense by Week 1 and this is going to take a few weeks to sort out. Brandin Cooks is a newcomer. Julian Edelman was a big hit, no doubt. Malcolm Mitchell was placed on injured reserve before the season started. Then Danny Amendola suffered a concussion. Suddenly, the Patriots aren’t as stacked as we once thought. The run game looked good though so give this offense a few weeks to get healthy and for offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels to figure out who plays what roles now.
2. Come together… right now
We’ve long suspected this defense would turn the corner. A lot of the promising young, high draft picks needed to get healthy, like Dante Fowler Jr., and Myles Jack. But they came through in Week 1 along with Yannick Ngakoue, smothering the Houston Texans, getting after the quarterback, forcing the Texans to change from Tom Savage to Deshaun Watson. Big free agent signings like Calais Campbell and A.J. Bouye played a big part of this Week 1 victory and have asserted themselves as the new identity of the Jaguars. They are now a popular waiver wire add this week, or elevated themselves from a streaming defense to a potential weekly starter.