Harry Gagnon's Fantasy Facts and Hubbub

Harry Gagnon’s Fantasy Facts and Hubbub

Well, Week 1 is in the books for fantasy football, how did YOU do? Are you a one-league type of guy (or gal), two, possibly three or more?

Personally, I am in just one league and that is enough for me. Being in more than one league can get quite crazy as you find yourself rooting for one guy in one league and rooting against him in another. I guess that’s what makes fantasy so difficult but at the same time so so so great.

I won my league so at least I had a winning record for one week. Look, I am far from an expert — as I sat the Chiefs’ Sammy Watkins (198 receiving yards, 3 TDs) in favor of the Falcons’ Calvin Ridley — but maybe I can help somewhat with players who should get consideration for Week 2 and some players who might need to take a seat on YOUR bench.

Waiver Wire Must-Adds

Let’s start off with rookies you may want to snatch off the waiver wire before someone beats you to the punch.

First off, how about Ravens WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Brown torched the Miami Dolphins for 147 yards receiving and two touchdowns, oh and did all that in the first half. Baltimore put up 42 points by halftime and it seemed like QB Lamar Jackson and “Hollywood” had been going deep like they did for years.

“Hollywood” Brown was spectacular, and there was another Brown who wasn’t so bad himself. Titans WR A.J. Brown had a pretty good day as well as he was on the same page with QB Marcus Mariota. Brown in his debut had 100 yards receiving.

Redskins QB Case Keenum had a huge and unexpected passing day. What was more unexpected was who he was throwing to. WR Terry McLaurin out of Ohio State had almost half of Keenum’s passing yards (175 of 380) in a close loss at Philadelphia.

If you are in need of a quarterback on the cheap, maybe Jacksonville’s Gardner Minshew is your guy. Minshew was 22-for-25 and had two TDs as he seems to be the guy for the Jaguars now that Nick Foles will miss substantial time.

Hockenson Could Be Huge for Lions

The best rookie performance was turned in by Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson had the most receiving yards (131) for a debut by a tight end in NFL history.

These rookies are all worth a look and depending on what you need, they could be in your starting lineup before long.

The next wave of players that you might have on your roster but NEED to put in the starting lineup are as follows:

Ekeler Shines for Chargers

In Charger Land they are saying “Melvin who?” after the showing of RB Austin Ekeler, who went for a buck-eighty combined and two scores. Los Angeles is in Detroit for Week 2 and you can look for Ekeler to do much of the same in the absence of Melvin Gordon, who continues to sit out.

WR Sammy Watkins as I mentioned before is a must-start not only after last week but especially since Tyreek Hill is expected to miss at least a few weeks as he injured himself in the first half vs the Jaguars.

The Bills’ new acquisition at WR, John Brown, had a nice game as he scored the game-winning touchdown against the Jets. Brown had five TD receptions last year with the Ravens for his best season since he had seven with the Arizona Cardinals in 2015.

Keep an Eye Out for Gallup

I would imagine the No. 1 receiver who will be picked up this week is the Cowboys’ Michael Gallup. QB Dak Prescott connected with Gallup on seven catches and 158 yards against the Giants’ weak secondary. Gallup will be taking on the Redskins, who couldn’t cover any of Philadelphia’s receivers.

Two Eagles receivers deserve to be in your starting lineup as Philadelphia travels to Atlanta for Sunday Night Football. It was some reunion for DeSean Jackson as he went off vs Washington (154 yards and 2 TDs.) Alshon Jeffery still can be productive as a third receiver on your team or as a flex player. Jeffery also scored twice, once through the air and the other on the ground.

Those are guys who if they were not “musts” in Week 1, they are “musts” now in Week 2.

Finally, we come to guys who you really must consider sitting for someone else. Being in the same fantasy league for what is year No. 28, sometimes we just like to stick to who we have but recently I feel you have to be aggressive in yanking someone if need be. After last week, I have a few names that fit that description.

Stay-Aways for Week 2

Cleveland Browns starting QB Baker Mayfield had an Sportsbook day to forget. After an early score (his only one of the day), Baker was brutal, throwing three second-half picks in a Titans burial of the Browns.

Atlanta running back Devonta Freeman was supposed to be the healthiest he has been in two years, well, he didn’t show it. In fact, he didn’t show much of anything as he only had 19 yards rushing.

Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay couldn’t get things going and couldn’t stop making bad passes to the 49ers. He completed more passes to San Francisco (3 interceptions) than to his All-Pro receiver Mike Evans (2 catches for only 28 yards).

Hopefully that is some insight on what to do or not to do … or not to do on what to do. Either way, you can’t blame me. Good luck in your Week 2 matchups no matter how many leagues you are in.