Wow what a week 1! We saw two overtime games (one end in a tie), a sloppy rain filled game leading to a major upset, and of down to the wire matchups! Needless to say, week 1 of 2022 didn't lack any excitement.
With that being said, let us go over a couple of picks from last week then move on to week 2. Enjoy!
Last Week's Record: 11-5
2022 Season Record: 11-5
Lock of the Week: 0-1
Upset of the Week: 1-0
Exact Scores Predicted: 0
Best Fantasy Advice Last Week: Sit WR D.K. Metcalf, 8 ppr pts (7 rec 36 yds)
Worst Fantasy Advice Last Week: Start Colts Defense, 8 pts (20 pts allowed)
LA Chargers (1-0) @ Kansas City (1-0)
Despite the Keenan Allen injury, this will still be an exciting shootout. Patrick Mahomes vs Justin Herbert is always a game primed to light up the scoreboard. I'm going with the duo of Andy Reid/Mahomes, who are out to prove they can be an elite offense who doesn't need Tyreek Hill.
Carolina (0-1) @ New York Giants (1-0)
My pick for upset of the week came through when the Giants shocked last year's #1 seed in the AFC. New York will continue to surprise with a 2-0 start. Saquon is back, Daniel Jones has been playing better, and Baker Mayfield struggled mightily last week.
New England (0-1) @ Pittsburgh (1-0)
New England's offense looked stagnant (no score until more than halfway through the 3rd quarter) and Mac Jones injured his back. Whether he's the healthy starter this week or not, they're still visiting an aggressively Pittsburgh team. They lost T.J. Watt which is obviously a huge blow, but the Steelers have a major advantage in overall talent. The Steelers simply want it more.
Tampa Bay (1-0) @ New Orleans (1-0)
This game should be interesting, as both squads had flaws shown last week. Tampa Bay only scored 19 points against Dallas and they lost Chris Godwin to a hamstring strain. New Orleans allowed over 200 rushing yards to Marcus Mariota and the Falcons, yet came away with the win.
I believe the latter was a fluke, as nobody really knew what to expect from a 2022 Marcus Mariota-led offense. The Saints step up and continue their regular season dominance over Brady's Bucs in this week's big upset.
New York Jets (0-1) @ Cleveland (1-0)
Joe Flacco's revenge game didn't work out against Baltimore last week, and it doesn't get any easier. Cleveland has a top tier defense, led by Myles Garrett (2 sacks last week) and they will give Flacco fits all game. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett isn't great, but this will be a classic Browns win via an elite defensive performance and great running game.
Miami (1-0) @ Baltimore (1-0)
Speaking of Baltimore, this should be a fun matchup. The Ravens beat down the Jets, and Miami took care of the division rival Patriots. Tua looked good with his two dangerous speed threats. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle combined for 12 receptions, 163 yards and a touchdown.
I don't believe the Dolphins will have as much success offensively, and Lamar Jackson leads the Ravens to a one score victory.
Washington (1-0) @ Detroit (0-1)
Both of these offenses looked dynamic in week 1, as Carson Wentz threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns (to three different receivers) for Washington, while Detroit featured running back D'Andre Swift (18 combined touches for 175 yards from scrimmage and a score) and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (8 catches for 64 yards and a touchdown).
I believe these teams will be in a battle (and both quarterbacks will thrive in fantasy) but Detroit's defense will make the same sealing play in the end.
Indianapolis (0-0-1) @ Jacksonville (0-1)
An AFC South divisional battle between the Colts and Jaguars will come down to the wire. Receiver Michael Pittman should have another great game (9 receptions, 121 yards and a score last week) and Matt Ryan gets Indy in the win column.
Atlanta (0-1) @ LA Rams (0-1)
Last year's Super Bowl champs will bounce back from the season opening embarrassment at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. They are far too talented of a team to fall off this quickly.
Atlanta almost surprised New Orleans in week 1, but this ass kicking from the Rams will come as no surprise to anybody.
Seattle (1-0) @ San Francisco (0-1)
GENO SMITH! He played extremely well Monday night in their shocking win over Denver (over 200 total yards, 2 passing touchdowns and no turnovers). We don't want to overreact to one week of football, so I'm going with the better team in this one - but I'll make it close out of respect for Geno.
Cincinnati (0-1) @ Dallas (0-1)
Don't look now, but the Cowboys are vulnerable! With Dak Prescott out for 6-8 weeks due to his hand injury, Dallas is throwing the season away (unless they trade for Jimmy Garoppolo in my opinion).
While the Bengals lost in overtime to the Steelers last week, it took many Cincinnati mistakes and lucky Pittsburgh breaks. It will play out much differently this week.
Houston (0-0-1) @ Denver (0-1)
The Texans surprised many by tying with Indianapolis. They're expected by most to be a mere 3 or 4 win team... one of those wins won't come in Denver, however.
The Broncos made many mistakes last week (12 penalties, two goal line fumbles, dropped passes, missed tackles and horrid play calling) but despite all of that, the offense still moved up and down the field at will.
The Broncos don't have to worry about the 12th man anymore, so I believe this is where Russell Wilson gets the team back on track.
Arizona (0-1) @ Las Vegas (0-1)
Two high powered offenses coming off of a loss will have a bit of a shootout. I'm giving this one to the Derek Carr/Davante Adams connection with the home team.
Chicago (1-0) @ Green Bay (0-1)
Despite the poor performance last week, Aaron Rodgers will bounce back... in a close game. As he claims, Rodgers still owns the Bears.
Tennessee (0-1) @ Buffalo (1-0)
The Bills continue to roll, as Ryan Tannehill goes down 5 times and Derrick Henry never has a chance to get going.
Minnesota (1-0) @ Philadelphia (1-0)
My game of the week, we'll see two opposite quarterbacks with pocket passer Kirk Cousins and the mobile Jalen Hurts. Justin Jefferson vs A.J. Brown, two top tier defenses.
I'm sticking with Minnesota in a close, exciting game... oh, and it's also the Jalen Reagor revenge game.
- Qb Carson Wentz, Commanders: @ Lions
Wentz threw over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, with first round rookie Jahan Dotson on the receiving end of half of those.
The Lions don't have a bad secondary, but they're nothing great either. Wentz should put up similar numbers this week.
- Rb Jeff Wilson Jr., 49ers: vs Seahawks
With Elijah Mitchell out for eight weeks, Kyle Shanahan will need another runner to step up in his place. Jeff Wilson SHOULD be that guy. He has played under Shanahan for a few years now and I expect him to be the next man up in this running back room.
Having said that, it'd be wise to keep an eye out for rookies Tyrion Davis-Price and Jordan Mason, as we could see one of them break out and claim the starting role instead.
The team also recently added Marlon Mack to their practice squad. He shouldn't be too big of an issue to steal work this work, but he's a possible starter in the future.
- Wr Jakobi Meyers, Patriots: @ Steelers
Mac Jones is a bit banged up, but even when healthy this isn't a good passing offense. Add the Pittsburgh defense to the mix and there's no way I'm playing Jakobi Meyers in fantasy.
- Qb Marcus Mariota, Falcons: @ Rams
Mariota is an interesting pick, as he has rushing upside and looked pretty good last week. However, I believe the Atlanta offense simply took the Saints by surprise. The Rams are much better and should prevent last week's success from happening again.
If you had Dak Prescott and need quarterback help (or play in a 2 QB league) then he's a fine option. If not, I'd stay away.
Game of the Week:
Vikings 30, Eagles 27
Lock of the Week:
Browns 30, Jets 6
Upset of the Week:
Saints 24, Bucs 17
Player of the Week:
Qb Matthew Stafford, Rams: vs Falcons
31/45 307 yards 4 tds
Favorite Point Spread:
Patriots @ Steelers (+1.5)