Chips & Dip

3 September 2018

It’s finally here: game week in the NFL! By now, you have probably already drafted the team you are dreaming of winning a fantasy championship with. It’s always around this time of year where things in life start to move quicker then normal and the countdown for Sundays become a ritual. Read this blog every week if you want to win your league. I’M NOT KIDDING.

Before we get down to the data and predictions and all the shenanigans that come with Fantasy Football, I’m going to tell you a little bit about myself. I used to be the guy that didn’t play fantasy anything. I was always more into focusing on the games and arguing with my buddies or colleagues about who’s good and who just sucks. Once I moved to the Islands on my own in January 2009, my friends and I needed to figure out a way to keep in touch as well as keep our competitive and argumentative habits alive. Fantasy Football then became relevant and, like anything else we did in our lives, we wanted to become great at it – or at least be able to say, “I’m better than you at this.”

(Patrick Keane, my arch rival, I hope you read this because I’m giving you credit on being a hell of a fantasy player and my goal every season is to simply be better than you. Beating you means I win the league. That’s the last and only thing I will say about Patrick for the rest of this blog – thank goodness!

Since most of you use PPR formats (points per reception) I will keep this to a PPR narrative. I’ve learned by now that the RB position is very, very crucial and necessary in order to win your league(s). The RB position in the NFL has evolved in the last couple of years. We are seeing many rookie/young running backs make instant contributions. For example, Alvin Kamara, Zeke Elliott, Leonard Fournette, Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, David Johnson, Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey, Kareem Hunt, etc.

It is very important to try and stack up your team with reliable running backs. They will get the most consistency and volume of your team,s points. IF you have one of these running backs and were able to secure a solid second RB like Alex Collins, Carlos Hyde, LeSean McCoy, Chris Carson, Joe Mixon, Devonte Freeman, Derrick Henry/Dion Lewis, etc.,  you are well on your way to having a good season.  If you are looking at your lineup and see a weak tandem at the RB position, YOU HAVE SOME WORK TO DO. It’s never too late to fix your roster and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. Waiver wire pick ups is one of the most important parts of fantasy football. If you think you’re gonna win with the set roster you made this previous week or whenever you drafted, I can pretty much guarantee you will not. Things happen in fantasy football that require quick action and consistent change. For all those who drafted David Johnson or Dalvin Cook last season, you know what I’m talking about.

I love certain WRs in the top 15 like Antonio Brown or DeAndre Hopkins. I love them because I know what I will be getting mostly every week. With these certain receivers you get consistent receptions and volume. Volume is so important to this game simply because volume really means consistent production with whoever is distributing the ball. It is difficult to really find this in the NFL today because many teams like to move the ball around to different receivers more than becoming predictable with that one great receiver. Touchdowns are great, but I will always take the guy who has 15 targets a game more than 6/7 targets and hopefully he catches a touchdown. *CoughCoughJulioJonesCough*

WRs I am looking forward to watching this season who aren’t on the must-start fantasy radar just yet, but might be soon:

  • Marquise Goodwin
  • Devin Funchess
  • Keelan Cole
  • Cooper Kupp
  • Jordy Nelson
  • Nelson Agholor
  • Jamison Crowder
  • Randall Cobb

After Week 1, we will have a better picture on what is to come and who we are just completely forgetting about. It’s always fun on Monday night when you think you found your sleeper that everyone else is forgetting about, and waiver wire deadlines can’t come fast enough!

Until then, enjoy your opening week in the NFL and try not to break your computer, tablet or iPhone or whatever you are using to follow your fantasy scores on. It’s just Week 1. It will not break you if you lose.

Cheers, everybody!