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Fantasy Football week 1: Status update for Antonio Brown, Ezekiel Elliott, AJ Green; 3 must start quarterbacks

Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions
Matt Stafford should do well in Week 1 for Fantasy Football players. Pic credit: NFL/YouTube

Are you ready for some football? It’s finally here! The opening of a new football season means every team has a shot at winning the Super Bowl – and for fans, it means another shot at capturing your Fantasy Football league title!

Week 1 update

Fans who play fantasy football know one thing is key, you have to keep up with the latest injury reports. Many times, that is much easier said than done. Just because a player isn’t ruled “out” of a game, doesn’t mean that he will see a lot of action on the field. Take Antonio Brown for instance.

With news just breaking that Brown is going to be suspended by the Raiders for “some kind of incident/altercation/heated argument with GM Mike Mayock,” it has many fantasy players wondering what move to make.

Will the suspension come now or later? Or will it even happen at all?  This new development has fantasy players who drafted Brown thinking twice about starting or sitting the star.

How about Zeke? Yes, Ezekiel Elliott isn’t injured, but he hasn’t played one live down since last season. Following a lengthy hold out to restructure his contract, Elliott is reportedly scheduled to play this weekend. How much the former Ohio State star can go is yet to be determined.

AJ Green, on the other hand, will not see action in Week 1. Green, who had surgery in late-July to repair torn ligaments in his ankle, was expected to miss six-to-eight weeks. That time frame would have put him on track to have a potential Week 1 return. Unfortunately for Green and the Bengals, he was officially ruled out of Week 1 on Wednesday.

3 must start quarterbacks

Quarterbacks and running backs. They are the key to fantasy football. Choosing wisely here can literally make or break your league! So which quarterbacks will shine in Week 1?

Matt Stafford, Lions: If there was ever a week to roll with Matt Stafford, it is this week. Arizona is banged up on defense and they will be without standout cornerback Patrick Peterson. If Stafford has time to throw, which he should, look for Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Kerryon Johnson and T.J. Hockenson to all get in on the action.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay: Like Stafford, Jameis Winston has a great shot to get off on the right foot in 2019. Winston and the Bucs host the 49ers, who were not very good on defense last season. The Niners gave up the most passing touchdowns allowed in 2018 at 35, and they had the fewest interceptions with just two.

Philip Rivers, LA Chargers: If Philip Rivers played in a big market, he would be recognized as a top dive QB. He should be now. Even at 37 years of age, Rivers is still one of the best in the game. Rivers has a knack for starting the season fast, and this year should be no different. He has averaged 22.0 fantasy points per game in the last eight overall openers. He may get more than that this week when the Bolts host the Colts.

Joseph Karbousky has been freelance writing since 2010 and enjoys covering a wide variety of topics, with his main focus on college and professional sports.... read more
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