It’s a rookie’s league and we’re all just living in it. A lineup with the highest possible ADP at each position (Rodgers, Johnson, Bell, Brown, Jones, Gronkowski, McCoy) combined for 70 points. On the other hand, a team filled with rookies (Kizer, Hunt, Fournette, Golladay, Kupp, Cook) combined for 123 points.
This difference is representative of the greater theme of week one: veteran players disappointing. Some older players are finding themselves without a role in their respective offense, even though they seemed to be an integral part going into the season.
After week one, cutting a player should be done with caution. Remember that you drafted these players for a reason, and every player, even OBJ or Le’veon Bell, will have a few down games.
Cut’em or Keep’em Week 1
Hunter Henry, (LAC) 93% owned
Hunter Henry had maybe the worst week one out of all highly drafted tight ends. Henry was on the field for just seven passing plays, twenty less than Antonio Gates. The second year TE also failed to register a target in his 2017. While he looks to be in a time-share–at best– right now, I believe that Henry will outperform Gates within a few weeks and be a viable fantasy option. Verdict: Keep
Philip Rivers, (LAC) 85.9% owned
In week one, Rivers mustered just 192 yards against Denver’s defense. While Rivers statistically struggled, in fantasy he still is a threat. He posted 17 points while facing the stout Broncos secondary. His weapons (Gates, Allen, Henry, Williams) are some of the strongest of his career, and he should improve throughout the season. Verdict: Keep
Josh Doctson, (WAS) 39.9% owned
There is no doubt that Josh Doctson has the talent to succeed in the NFL, yet Jay Gruden refuses to trust Doctson with any playing time. After week one in which the TCU-alum was on the field for just 20 snaps, Gruden said, “He has to play well to earn more playing time”. Doctson actually excelled in training camp, but if he can’t get on the field he shouldn’t be on your fantasy team. Verdict: Cut
Latavius Murray, (MIN) 53.4% owned
Latavius Murray signed a 3 year 15 million dollar contract with the Minnesota Vikings in March. A month later, the Vikings drafted Dalvin Cook, out of FSU, in the second round. Murray was originally projected to be a high upside handcuff, but after week one it is clear he fell far short of that threshold. Murray registered just two carries for six yards and fumbled in his putrid performance. Jared McKinnon played much better as a backup, and Murray has no value whatsoever. Verdict: Cut