I want to look at players in the NFL who either met/exceeded their fantasy expectations, or failed to in week 1 of the 2016 NFL season.
- Andrew Luck had a huge day, throwing for 385 yards, four touchdowns and no INTs. He led all scoring with 35 fantasy points, meeting his expectations for a big bounce back year.
- Drew Brees did what he does best. He threw for over 400 yards and four touchdowns and continues to be a dominant QB1 in fantasy.
- Alex Smith was 3rd among QBs in fantasy scoring, putting up 27 points in a big come-from-behind win at home.
- Aaron Rodgers didn’t put up absurd numbers, but his 22 fantasy points were good enough to tie for the 6th best QB points, and I expect his numbers to grow from here.
- Big Ben was the one to tie with Rodgers, putting up 300 yards, three TDs and one INT.
- Jameis Winston and Matt Stafford each had big days, exceeding expectations for fantasy football standards.
- Spencer Ware gave owners everything they signed up for. He was second in scoring among RBs with 25 points.
- Deangelo Williams put up the most fantasy points and rushed for the most yards in week 1, exceeding his juicy expectations while Bell remains suspended.
- CJ Anderson dominated Thursday night, and he certainly exceeded fantasy owner’s conservative expectations.
- David Johnson put up a modest 18 points, running for 89 yards and a TD and catching for 43.
- Carlos Hyde’s two touchdowns gave his owners a boost of confidence for a big season. He exceeded expectations in week 1.
- Danny Woodhead had 17 points. When will we stop sleeping on him?
- Lamar Miller only had 11 points, but he had over 100 yards rushing and he got all the carries any owner could have hoped for. He just needs to find the endzone.
- Theo Riddick had a huge day, and he’s a name to watch in Detroit as the season progresses.
- AJ Green and Brandin Cooks lead the way here, both exceeding expectations despite being highly coveted receivers. Cooks led all receivers with 27 points, Green tied for 2nd with 24.
- Antonio Brown had two touchdowns and over 120 yards. Nothing he will do will ever exceed his big expectations, but he certainly met them Monday night.
- Willie Snead exceeded his expectations, putting up a big 23 point day.
- Mike Evans and Amari Cooper put up 15 points each, meeting their expectations for a big season ahead.
- Will Fuller met or exceeded expectations depending on who you are. He had a very promising day in his career-opener.
- Kelvin Benjamin looks like the force he was 2 years ago. He certainly met any expectations he had in week 1.
- Jack Doyle of the Colts led the way for fantasy scoring Tight Ends. So, yeah, he exceeded expectations. Dwayne Allen, his co-worker, met his expectations with the no. 2 outing among TEs.
- Julius Thomas had 12 points, meeting his big expectations for a bounce back year in Jacksonville.
- Eric Ebron scored, and he was in the top 5 of TEs this weekend. Big sign for a guy who was in jeopardy of missing week 1 with an injury.
- Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has had a rollercoaster preseason, caught a big TD pass to exceed his questionable week 1 expectations.
Failed to meet expectations
- Russell Wilson only put up 11 points against a putrid Miami defense. He got hurt during the game, but he still failed to meet the MVP hype.
- Kirk Cousin put up a measly 9 points. He looked back Monday on prime time TV.
- Tyrod Taylor’s 5 points were a huge disappointment.
- Ezekiel Elliott’s touchdown saved his day, but he still failed to meet his huge expectations.
- Adrian Peterson’s 3 points was a big surprise.
- Todd Gurley’s 4 points were a let down.
- Mark Ingram’s 7 points were disappointing considering the Saints put up 34 points.
- Jordy Nelson’s touchdown saved him, but for fantasy owners expecting an immediate resurgence, he let them down.
- TY Hilton’s 7 points were concerning in a high scoring shootout.
- Odell Beckham and Allen Robinson only had 7 points each, too.
- Tyler Lockett was very quiet in his opener, disappointing the many fantasy owners (myself included) who targeted him as a big time sleeper.
- Zach Ertz had 5 points, which was disappointing against a terrible Browns team.
- Antonio Gates only had 2 points despite the Chargers putting up 27 points.
- Martellus Bennett, Zach Miller and Jimmy Graham each finished with 1 point.