That was some NFL Week 1, wasn't it? I hope all of you had success with your NFL Fantasy DraftKings DFS Teams. I also hope all of you had success in your season-long NFL Fantasy Leagues. Check out what happened in Week 1 of the 2017-2018 NFL Season.
1. Alex Smith – Kansas City
Who saw this coming? I certainly didn't. Alex Smith and the rest of Kansas City's offense dominated the New England Patriots' defense. KC exploded for 42 points. The Chiefs beat the Patriots 42 to 27.
Smith completed 28 out of 35 passes. He threw for 368 yards. He threw 4 TD passes. The last part, the 4 TD passes, isn't a typo. Alex Smith, yes, that Alex Smith threw 4 TD passes in a single game. Smith completed 80% of his passes.
Week 2 Prediction: 342 passing yards, 3 TD passes
Why? Philadelphia's defense appears better suited to stopping KC's offense than New England's defense was. Philly will be without corner Ronald Darby, though. That could spell disaster for the secondary.
2. Matthew Stafford – Detroit
The highest paid player in the NFL rallied Detroit to a 35 to 23 win over the hard luck Arizona Cardinals. Detroit scored 20 points in the fourth quarter to gain the win. Stafford's numbers were impressive. He completed 29 of 41 passes for 291 yards. Detroit's QB tossed 4 TD passes.
Week 2 Prediction: 215 passing yards, 1 TD pass
Why? The New York Giants' defense is one of the best in the NFL. If Detroit can't rush the football, it sure looks like the Lions can't, the Giants are going to play man-to-man and give Stafford nothing but problems all night.
3. Sam Bradford – Minnesota
Bradford proved that some team is going to pay him a ton of money after this season. It might be Minnesota after he threw for 346 yards and 3 TD passes. Bradford completed an incredible 84% of his passes. Minnesota beat New Orleans 29 to 19.
Week 2 Prediction: 325 passing yards, 2 TD passes
Why? Pittsburgh's defense sold out to hold Cleveland RB Isaiah Crowell to 1.9 rushing yards per carry. Browns rookie QB DeShone Kizer threw for 222 passing yards. If the Steelers sell out to stop Minny RB Dalvin Cook, Bradford's going to make them pay.
1. Kareem Hunt – Kansas City
Hunt had no problem showing the world that Kansas City was in good hands even thought RB1 Spencer Ware is out for the season. Hunt was spectacular in his debut. He rushed for 148 yards on 17 carries. He scored a rushing TD. He also caught all 5 of his targets for 98 yards. He caught 2 TD passes.
Week 2 Prediction: 78 rushing yards, 4 catches for 56 yards, 2 total TDs
Why? Hunt got the perfect set-up in Week 1 facing a defense that hasn't yet gelled. The Eagles' defense is better than the Patriots' D right now. Not only that, but Philly HC Doug Pederson built the KC offensive system. He'll know the best way to defend against the system's running backs.
2. Mike Gillislee – New England Patriots
Gillislee rushed for 3 TDs. He didn't catch a single pass. He only rushed for 45 yards on 15 carries.
Week 2 Prediction: 115 rushing yards, 2 rushing TDs
Why? Gillislee should find the going much kinder against the New Orleans Saints defense than he did versus Kansas City's defense. Don't be surprised if New England tries to beat the Saints by rushing the football and slowing down the game.
3. Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville
Fournette's NFL debut was a winning one. He rushed for 100 yards from 26 carries. He scored a rushing TD. He also caught 3 passes for 24 yards. The Jags upset the Houston Texans 29 to 9.
Week 2 Prediction: 72 rushing yards, 0 rushing TDs
Why? Tennessee has one of the stingiest rush defenses in the NFL. The Titans D won't bother so much with QB Blake Bortles while the defense concentrates on stopping Leonard Fournette.
1. Stefon Diggs – Minnesota
Diggs caught 7 pases for 93 yards. 2 of his 7 catches were for touchdowns. Minnesota beat the New Orleans Saints 29 to 19.
Week 2 Prediction: 6 catches for 106 yards. No TDs
Why? New Orleans got burned on a couple of long plays to Diggs. They couldn't stop the former USC receiving star. Diggs has a somewhat favorable match up versus the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. The Steal Curtain is more like the Steel Styrofoam. Still, Pittsburgh locks it down in the red zone. So, I expect Diggs to get yards, but not any touchdowns.
2. Tyreek Hill, Kansas City
Hill blasted the Patriots with 7 catches for 133 yards. He caught a pass and took it 75 yards for a TD.
Week 2 Prediction: 10 catches, 156 yards, 2 TD catches
Why? The Philadelphia Eagles must put a safety up to guard against Kareem Hunt. Plus, corner Ronald Darby is out for this game. Hill should have a monster afternoon.
3. Kenny Golladay – Detroit
Golladay became Matthew Stafford's favorite target. He caught 4 passes for 69 yards. Doesn't sound great. But, 2 of the catches went for TDs.
Week 2 Prediction: 2 caches for 24 yards. 0 TDs
Why? The Arizona Cardinals are terrible at defending against the pass. The New York Giants? The Giants' D held Dallas to a field goal in the second half of their loss to the Cowboys. Golladay's going to have a much tougher time versus the Giants' secondary than he did against Zona's secondary.