Buccaneers 31 Falcons 24
Jameis Winston started his second season off with a bang, throwing for 281 yards and four touchdowns. Winston connected with eight different receivers and four different players (Mike Evans, Austin-Seferian-Jenkins, Brandon Myers, Charles Sims) caught touchdown passes.
Extra Points: Evans started slowly but finished with 99 yards on seven targets. Owners who get a bonus for 100-yard games will no doubt point to Winston missing a wide open Evans for a touchdown in the first quarter. It was one of Winston’s few mistakes on the day…Julio Jones and Devonta Freeman were held in check by the Bucs defense. Jones scored but finished with just 66 yards on four catches…Freeman was bottled up all day long only rushing for 20 yards on 11 carries. Backup Tevin Coleman caught five balls for 95 yards. Coleman outgained Freeman 117-40 in what’s shaping up to be a committee in Atlanta…The Falcons offensive star on Sunday was Mohamed Sanu. He posted a 5/80/1 line in his Atlanta debut.
Vikings 25 Titans 16
There wasn’t a ton of offense in this game but those who started Minnesota’s defense made out big. The Vikings defense scored twice, picked off Marcus Mariota and recovered two fumbles.
Extra Points: The Vikings drafted Laquon Treadwell in the first round but Stefon Diggs was clearly Minnesota’s No. 1 receiver Sunday. Diggs hauled in seven balls for 103 yards on nine targets…The Vikings did rely on Adrian Peterson (19 carries) with Shaun Hill getting the start but Peterson only produced 31 yards (1.6 YPC)…DeMarco Murray’s resurgence in Tennessee will have to wait. Murray found running room hard to come by against the Vikings stout front seven. He finished with just 42 yards on 13 carries. Murray did make an impact as a receiver, catching two touchdown passes…Rookie WR Tajae Sharpe’s preseason momentum carried over to Week 1. Sharpe hauled in seven passes for 76 yards on 11 targets. The rookie is clearly Mariota’s favorite target.
Eagles 29 Browns 10
Rookie QB Carson Wentz was impressive in his first career start. Wentz burned the Browns defense for 278 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. He was locked in on the Eagles top two targets. WR Jordan Matthews and TE Zach Ertz saw a combined 21 targets.
Extra Points: Matthews exploded in the opener after missing most of the preseason with a bone bruise in his knee. He finished with a 7/114/1 line and was targeted 14 times…Ertz caught 6-of-7 targets for 58 yards. Both players will continue to be fantasy relevant as long as Wentz plays well…Ryan Mathews didn’t have a huge yardage day (77 yards) but the usage was there with 22 carries and he scored a short touchdown…Robert Griffin struggled badly in his first game with the Browns. RG3 completed just 12-of-26 passes for 190 yards, no touchdowns and an interception…Rookie WR Corey Coleman had a 58-yard catch. He finished with only two receptions on the day but no Browns receiver was a big factor on Sunday.
Bengals 23 Jets 22
The Bengals certainly didn’t shy away from Darrelle Revis. A.J. Green lit up Revis and the Jets defense for 12 catches, 180 yards and a score on 13 targets.
Extra Points: Andy Dalton posted 366 yards, one touchdown and an interception against a very good Jets pass defense. Dalton will once again be an underrated QB1 this season…Brandon LaFell had a productive debut with the Bengals. He caught all four of his targets for 91 yards…The Jets leading receiver wasn’t Brandon Marshall or Eric Decker Sunday. It was Quincy Enunwa. Enunwa caught seven passes for 54 yards and a score. Marshall was targeted a team-high eight times but sunk owners with a disappointing 3/32 line…Matt Forte came out of the gates strong. The veteran piled up 155 total yards and added five receptions. Forte is clearly the Jets lead back over Bilal Powell after one week.
Raiders 35 Saints 34
Drew Brees rewarded fantasy owners with 423 yards and four touchdowns in a losing effort. It looks like another year of Brees compensating for a bad Saints defense. Brees spread the ball around but Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead were his two favorite receivers. Each was targeted nine times.
Extra Points: Snead (172) and Cooks (143) each topped 100 yards Sunday. Cooks connected with Brees on a 98-yard touchdown in the third quarter…After plenty of preseason buzz, TE Coby Fleener (1 catch, 6 yards) was a non-factor in his first game with the Saints…The Raiders scored three rushing touchdowns but Latavius Murray only ended up with one of them. Jamize Olawale vulture a short score and Jalen Richard sprung a 75-yard touchdown run…Amari Cooper caught six balls for 137 yards on a team-high 11 targets…Derek Carr had a bit of a disappointing fantasy day. Carr did throw for over 300 yards and a score but owners were expecting more from him against the Saints Swiss cheese pass defense.
Chiefs 33 Chargers 27
Spencer Ware was a hot fantasy start with Jamaal Charles inactive and boy did he pay off big on Sunday. Ware racked up 199 total, seven receptions and a touchdown to help the Chiefs comeback and get a big win against the Chargers.
Extra Points: Keenan Allen (6/63) was off to a good start but he reportedly tore his ACL…Tyrell Williams replaced Allen and caught two passes for 71 yards. Williams will move into the starting lineup if Allen is out…The Chargers got three touchdowns out of the RB position. Melvin Gordon rushed for 57 yards and two scores, while Danny Woodhead put up 120 total yards and a touchdown…Jeremy Maclin was held in check by Chargers CB Jason Verrett for a majority of the game but he did manage to catch five balls and a touchdown to save his fantasy day…Travis Kelce put up his normal 6/74-looking stat line.
Ravens 13 Bills 7
Big things were expected out of Tyrod Taylor and Sammy Watkins in 2016. After one game, fantasy owners are still waiting. Taylor threw for 111 yards and was held to 11 yards rushing. Watkins caught four passes for 43 yards and is reportedly still not 100 percent healthy from offseason foot surgery yet.
Extra Points: LeSean McCoy scored the Bills only touchdown but managed only 58 yards on 16 carries (3.6 YPC)…The Ravens backfield was the mess many fantasy owners anticipated it being. Justin Forsett started and rushed for 41 yards on 10 carries. Terrance West added 32 yards on 12 carries…Mike Wallace made the biggest offensive play of the game. Joe Flacco connected with Wallace on a 66-yard touchdown. Wallace finished with three catches for 91 yards on six targets…Steve Smith was targeted a team-high nine times in his first game back from a torn Achilles’. He caught five of those targets for just 19 yards.
Texans 23 Bears 14
A Texans receiver had five catches for 107 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets Sunday. Only it wasn’t DeAndre Hopkins. It was rookie Will Fuller. Hopkins chipped in with 5/54/8 but it was Fuller who stole the show on opening day.
Extra Points: The Texans made good on their promise to use Lamar Miller in Week 1. He ran the ball 28 times for 106 yards…Jeremy Langford didn’t have many yards (57) against a tough Texans defense but he did score. Langford was also the unquestioned lead back with 17 carries…Alshon Jeffery topped 100-yards receiving despite being targeted just six times…After missing his rookie season, WR Kevin White didn’t make much of an impact in his first game with the Bears catching just three balls for 34 yards.
Packers 27 Jaguars 23
In a game that was expected to showcase fantasy fireworks, the numbers were scattered all over to different players. No running back topped 61 yards and no receiver 75 yards in a matchup that featured a lot of talent but didn’t produce many big fantasy performers.
Extra Points: Aaron Rodgers had an efficient day against the new-look Jaguars defense. Rodgers threw for 199 yards and two touchdowns…Jordy Nelson celebrated his return from a torn ACL with a touchdown reception. Nelson finished with six receptions for 32 yards on nine targets…TE Jared Cook was considered a sleeper play by some coming in but he continues to break the hearts of owners. Cook caught just one pass for seven yards…Allen Robinson got off to a slow start in Week 1 last year. This season was more of the same. Robinson finished with a 6/72 line, despite being a targeted 15 times…T.J. Yeldon got extended playing time with Chris Ivory inactive but he didn’t do much with the opportunity. Yeldon gained 39 yards on 21 carries (1.9 YPC). He did add 30 yards on four receptions.
Seahawks 12 Dolphins 10
In one of the ugliest offensive games of the day, it was Seattle WR Doug Baldwin who was the one fantasy bright spot. Baldwin finished with nine catches for 92 yards and the game-winning touchdown.
Extra Points: Russell Wilson had an inconsistent opener. He connected on 27-of-43 passes for 258 yards, one touchdown and one interception. There will be better days for Wilson but the Seahawks offensive line continues to be a concern…The touches in Seattle’s backfield were evenly split on Sunday with Christine Michael being the more effective runner. Michael gained 66 yards on 15 carries (4.4 YPC), while Thomas Rawls ran for 32 yards on 12 carries (2.7 YPC)…Arian Foster was held to 38 yards on 13 carries in his first game with the Dolphins. He added 62 yards on three receptions…Jarvis Landry caught 7-of-10 targets but for only 59 yards.
Giants 20 Cowboys 19
Rookie QB Dak Prescott played pretty well in his first start but fantasy owners want to know if he’s going to throw the ball to Dez Bryant. Bryant was a fantasy dud in Week 1, catching just one pass for eight yards on five targets.
Extra Points: Prescott connected on 25-of-45 passes for 227 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions on Sunday. He settled for mostly underneath passes to Jason Witten (9/66) and Cole Beasley (8/65). The two were targeted a combined 26 times…Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliot scored in his first NFL game but he managed just 51 yards on 20 carries (2.5 YPC)… After not throwing a touchdown against the Cowboys in two games last year, Eli Manning threw three in the opener. Manning didn’t throw for a ton of yards (207) but his three scores rewarded owners who started him in Week 1…The Cowboys defense continues to do a good job on Odell Beckham. Beckham (4/73) hasn’t scored against Dallas in three straight and has only one 100-yard outing in five career games versus Rod Marinelli’s defense.
Lions 39 Colts 35
Andrew Luck and Matthew Stafford went back and forth Sunday until the time ran out. Luck threw for 385 yards and four scores. Stafford threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns in this fantasy bonanza.
Extra Points: The Lions running backs both delivered for fantasy owners on Sunday. Ameer Abdullah recorded 120 total yards and a touchdown Theo Riddick racked up 108 total yards and scored twice. Each back caught five balls. Expect both Abdullah and Riddick to be a big part of Detroit’s offense moving forward…Marvin Jones led the Lions with 10 targets. He caught four balls for 85 yards in his first game with the team…Luck spread the ball all over. Three of his touchdown passes went to tight ends. T.Y. Hilton saw the most targets, Phillip Dorsett led the team in yards (94), while T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief had the most receptions (6)…Frank Gore ran the ball 14 times for 59 yards.
Patriots 23 Cardinals 21
No Tom Brady, no problem for the Patriots Sunday night. Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 264 yards and a touchdown in his first start. He’ll be a streaming option at quarterback over the next three weeks until Brady returns.
Extra Points: Julian Edelman was Garoppolo’s favorite receiver Sunday night catching all seven of his targets for 66 yards…Chris Hogan caught Garoppolo’s touchdown and added 60 yards on three receptions…TE Martellus Bennett was a popular play with Rob Gronkowski inactive. Bennett bombed for fantasy owners. He caught just three balls for 14 yards…David Johnson was a fantasy stud against the Patriots. He amassed 142 total yards, four receptions and a touchdown…Larry Fitzgerald was the Cardinals receiver of choice Sunday night. Fitz hauled in eight passes for 81 yards and two scores on 10 targets…John Brown was a non-factor against the Patriots. He finished with just one catch on the night.