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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FANTASY FOOTBALL MONDAY NIGHT WRAPUP: STEELERS/REDSKINS

Two more games to get to in terms of fantasy football Week 1 so let's get to all the news items in the Steelers/Redskins game.

Ben Roethlisberger:  27/37 for 300 yards with 3 TD and 1 INT.  Outside of Drew Brees, Big Ben was arguably the most dominant fantasy football QB in Week 1.  This is what I was talking about all summer as the Pittsburgh Steelers and now fully immersed into being a top passing offense and the weaponry here is top-notch and that is even without ace pass-catching back Le'Veon Bell.  Yes injuries are always part of the equation but if Roethlisberger can play 16 games, he could approach video-game numbers.

Kirk Cousins:  30/43 for 329 yards with 2 INT.  Wow what a dud.  This was not the right way for Cousins to begin his free agency year as he was simply brutal before padding is yardage in garbage time.  We saw nothing of the monster second-half gem that was Cousins in 2015 and the fact he played so poorly against a weak defense like the Steelers is disturbing.  Could be a one week thing but this is something to watch closely in Week 2 and I would even be hesitant about putting Cousins back out there. 

DeAngelo Williams:  26 carries for 143 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with 6 catches for 28 more yards.  My goodness was Williams a PPR league's dream in this one.  For the second season in a row, Williams comes out of the gates like a stud in place of the suspended Le'Veon Bell and clearly all those timeshare years with the Carolina Panthers have preserved his skills into his 30's.  Absolutely put Williams into borderline RB 1 discussion in all formats the next two weeks before Bell returns. 

Matt Jones:  7 carries for 24 yards to go with 1 catch for 9 yards.  Ugh.  Jones was a complete no-show but in his defense, the Redskins had to throw almost completely from the second half on which made it rough for him to find a groove.  The speed is there but Jones lacks instincts and runs too high which leads to injuries.  He should be glued to benches next week.

Antonio Brown:  8 catches for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns.  I mean this guy is just insane.  We could be watching one of the greatest receivers to ever play the game and 150 receptions is vert possible considering he went to 130 a year ago with Big Ben missing games.  If you own Brown like I do, every week is a potential win. 

Jesse James:  5 catches for 31 yards.  James was targeted often like I said he would be but the yardage was low.  I still like him going forward as there is similar Health Miller ability here. 

Eli Rogers:  6 catches for 59 yards and a TD.  Rogers caught all 6 of his balls in the first half and the zero in the second half capped what was looking like a monster day.  Still in PPR formats Rogers is worth a top waiver pickup this week and 75 catches is possible. 

Desean Jackson:  6 catches for 102 yards.  Lots of garbage time numbers from Jackson and a rare PPR friendly game for him.  As you know I have never been a fan of his because I believe in PPR and in that format his wild swings in production week-to-week don't jive. 

Jordan Reed:  7 catches for 64 yards.  I own Reed as well and only have to worry about the constant injuries.  Otherwise the guy is a top three tight end gem who should catch double-digit scores. 


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