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Booms and Busts: Week 1

Updated: Sep 15, 2022

Who else is excited for football to be back! Wings! Drinks! Fantasy Football is back baby. If you are debating on who will boom and who will bust in week 1, do not worry, we got you.


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Boom

Travis Etienne RB Jacksonville Jaguars

He has has had a stellar training camp, and is looking to showcase his skills early this year. Etienne was poised to steal James Robinson's spot after he was drafted in the first round to pair with Trevor Lawrence last year, but an injury held him back. Now with Robinson attempting to recover from injury as well, and Etienne looking explosive, this will be the week to impress. He is going to run by a solid Jaguars offensive line and pair up against a strong Commanders D-Line. Etienne can breakaway for big runs and catch passes out of the backfield. I expect him to blow up in his first start

Outcome: Etienne lost a lot of touches to Robinson. It seems like Robinson will be the lead back, but Etienne showed flashes of his skill giving him a solid game. Regardless of his flashes, he was still a miss.


Bust

Javonte Williams RB Denver Broncos

Williams will be a great player, so this is not a reflection on him. The Broncos decided to bring back Melvin Gordon who showed he can still run at an NFL level. Williams will take the bulk of the carries, but expect Gordon to still get less than half of the RB touches. With Williams going typically in the 2nd and 3rd round, a lot of managers will expect him to produce week 1. With Gordon still on the team, Williams will always have a handcuff on him. Russel Wilson is also now in Denver, meaning the Broncos has a proven passer and leader which means less carries for the RB group. Broncos face off against Seattle, in what will be Russel Wilson's return game, and with Nathaniel Hackett at coach, the trust will be in DangeRuss.

Outcome: Williams did not bust, and scored well for a running back. He missed an opportunity to cement himself as the RB1, but overall he looked fantastic.


Boom

AJ Brown WR Philadelphia Eagles

After contract disputes with Tennessee, Philly came in and swooped up star WR AJ Brown. He is one of the premier runners once he gets the ball in his hands, and is only going to be competing with Dallas Goedert for touches. AJ Brown will get the majority of targets from the wide outs after Devonta Smith and Gred Ward both recovering from injuries. Hurts and him have been building strong chemistry and should look to prove why he was worth his contract in week 1. AJ Brown faces Detroit in week 1, and should take advantage of a secondary that was ranked in the bottom half of the league in passing yards allowed.

Outcome: Brown was phenomenal blowing up for over 150 yards. Huge boom for Brown, and will look to see this trend continue.


Bust

Jaylen Waddle WR Miami Dolphins

Waddle had an impressive rookie campaign and is looking to take another big stride this season. Unfortunately Waddle has been dealing with injury that has held him out of preseason. Coach Mike McDaniels has put doubt to rest by saying his WR is "very, very, ver confident" that he will be ready week 1, but with Tyreek Hill exploding this training camp and building a strong connection with Tua, I expect Miami to not overuse Waddle. Waddle could still see a decent amount of targets, but with plenty of mouths to feed in Miami, Waddle could see a slow start against the defensive minded Patriots.

Outcome: Waddle's touchdown saved him from a mediocre game, but it was clear that he is the number 2 receiver. His target share is somewhat of a concern, but Waddle is a great talent who can make the most out of his targets. Miss for us.


Boom

Mike Williams WR Los Angeles Chargers

I have this gut feeling that Mike Williams will only continue to improve. After having a career year, Williams decided to stay with the Chargers and gunslinger Justin Herbert. Herbert has improved every year, and is poised to take the next jump in year 3. Keenan Allen is still a reliable target, but Williams will be the one making the big plays. There is no reason that the Chargers would want to start off slow, so I expect Williams to make a statement in the rivalry game against the Raiders.

Outcome: Mike Williams only pulled in 2 targets for 10 yards making him bust for most fantasy owners, and being a huge miss for us.


Bust

Mathew Stafford QB Los Angeles Rams

Coming off a Super Bowl campaign would usually give a good reason to start off slinging, but not for Stafford. He is dealing with an elbow injury, which I expect the Rams to handle carefully in order to make a Super Bowl return. Cam Akers is now going to be fully recovered which should pave way for more run plays to start off the year. We already know what Stafford and Kupp can do when paired together, so the Rams do not need to display it week 1. Stafford is making progress but no reason to rush into the pass game against a tough Buffalo secondary.

Outcome: Stafford looked limited and was not impressive. He finished 29th out of QB's.

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