DeShone Kizer (Cle) & Deshaun Watson (Hou) (For 2 QB leagues) – Neither looked great in their NFL debut on Sunday but they both have the ability to get rushing yards. Which is always a bonus at the QB position in fantasy. Kizer had two total TDs in his first NFL start including one rushing TD inside the 5-yard line, which is always a good sign for fantasy.
Tarik Cohen (Chi) – Cohen was the top playmaker for a Bears offense that is going to be playing from behind and in desperate need of playmakers. Cohen demonstrated his ability to make the most of his carries when called upon (5 for 66 yards), while also leading the team in targets in the passing game (12). He finished with 8 catches for 47 yards and 1 touchdown. He had twice as many targets as the second most targeted player, Zach Miller, who had six. The Bears are going to need to manufacture offense in the passing game and Cohen looked great on Sunday. He is a must pick up in all fantasy formats.
Chris Carson (Sea) – Carson led the Seahawks in carries on Sunday and completely outplayed Eddie Lacy. It is still unclear if he’ll move past Lacy on the depth chart as the ‘starter’, but his performance on Sunday shows that Lacy’s days the starter are numbered. Carson could see an expanded role sooner rather than later
Worth keeping an eye on: Marlon Mack (Ind), Kerwynn Williams (Ariz)
Danny Amendola (NE) – Led the Patriots in targets, catches, and receiving yards on Thursday night in the season opener for the defending champs. His concussion is worth monitoring, but assuming he doesn’t miss an extended period of time, he should be the top pick up at the WR position. He is poised to play a pivotal role on an offense that has already lost Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell to injuries. His Week 2 matchup against the Saints is a juicy one as well. Amendola should be a solid WR3 most weeks with WR2 upside.
Nelson Agholor (Phi) – Looked great on Sunday with six catches for 86 yards and one TD. Agholor is taking over the slot receiver role previously held by Jordan Matthews and showed flashes in Week 1 of what a lot of people thought he could be coming out of USC. This is Agholor’s third year in the NFL and he is a potential breakout candidate on an up-and-coming offense led by sophomore QB Carson Wentz.
Kenny Golladay (Det) – With two TDs in his first NFL game, the 6-foot-4 rookie demonstrated his ability to be the big play, red zone threat, that the Lions have been looking for since Calvin Johnson retired.
Worth keeping an eye on: J.J Nelson (Ariz)
Jesse James (Pit) – Two TDs in Week 1. Played the Browns so I wouldn’t get too carried away with the performance, but at a shallow position like TE, James provides a solid combination of consistency and upside.
Worth keeping an eye on: Evan Ingram (NYG), Austin Hooper (Atl)