Fantasy Football Week 1 Rankings, Sleepers, Busts: Think Twice About These Players
Welcome to the newly beefed up Weekly Fantasy Football Rankings! That's right, in addition to my weekly rankings, you're going to get the top sleepers and busts. We're continuing the theme from the offseason sleepers and busts pieces, and you can check out the breakdowns below in case you have a last minute draft. Until then, enjoy the rankings, and be sure to bookmark the link to check back Friday and Sunday for updates each week.
Offseason Sleepers and Busts of the Week
SLEEPERS (my positional rank STD/PPR)
Tyrod Taylor (QB19) – What? Inside my Top 20 quarterbacks? Yep. It has little to do with Taylor's passing and is all about his rushing ability. Think Michael Vick rushing potential, as you can see in his 108 preseason yards. The Bills will be aggressive in hopes to keeping up with the Colts, and Taylor's legs will play a part.
Ameer Abdullah (RB22/17) – Abdullah's preseason hype train was more like a roller coaster. Joique Bell's health status caused the Abdullah excitement to fluctuate, but it should have always been high. Two years ago, Reggie Bush and Bell finished inside the Top 17 for running backs, 14 in PPR, and Bush was a RB1 in both (RB7 in PPR). Plus, Bush played just 14 games. Even if Bell leads the way in touches, the Lions provide plenty of value for AA in the new Bush role.
Kendall Wright (WR31/27) – One of the biggest mistakes Fantasy owners make is holding a grudge. Expectations were sky high for Wright last year after his 2013 season. Spending a high draft price and watching Wright disappoint turned many off for this year. However, Wright still finished as a Top 40 receiver, so he was valuable. Marcus Mariota is great over the middle of the field, and he's already developed a nice rapport with Wright. A bounceback season is coming.
Marques Colston (WR38/40) – The other mistake owners make is writing off older players. How many years did Fantasy owners try to write off Reggie Wayne before he finally petered out? How many years have they still been trying to do the same to Frank Gore? Jimmy Graham is gone, Colston is the No. 2 receiver and the top red zone threat for Drew Brees.
Allen Hurns (WR41/45) – About 2-3 months ago, I said Hurns was overrated because he was mainly a big-play weapon and the third receiver in Jacksonville. Well, Marqise Lee can't get on the field, making Hurns the No. 2. So, you're telling me a big-play weapon who is the No. 2 receiver on team – and one that just lost a huge option at tight end (Julius Thomas) – isn't worthy of being at least a WR4? I am still baffled how late (sometimes undrafted) Hurns was going in drafts this past week.
Melvin Gordon (RB25/28) – Gordon looks a bit like Trent Richardson so far, and that's not a good thing. Gordon is having trouble finding his own holes in the line, which was a big downfall of Richardson. Gordon is also not adept in the passing game, exactly where Danny Woodhead excels. This is a game that could be a shootout, and that means more Woodhead and less Gordon, which further hurts his outlook.
Markus Wheaton (WR42/35) – Unlike Hurns, I'm not as excited by the potential of being thrust into a No. 2 role. Wheaton has seen opportunities in the past and failed to impress. Many seem drawn to Wheaton for Week 1 since it could be a high scoring opener. However, Heath Miller is a more than capable receiving tight end, Antonio Brown will dominate and DeAngelo Williams could create plenty of havoc himself. Just because the Steelers could score 30-plus doesn't mean Wheaton is a guarantee. His ceiling is rather high, I'll admit, but he could easily put up four catches for 50 yards and no touchdowns for a so-so outing.
Colts TEs – I have Dwayne Allen at TE17/20 and Coby Fleener at TE26/29. One of these will likely out-produce his ranking, but which one? In addition, the Bills defense is one of the best against tight ends, so one of these two producing actually isn't a guarantee. It would be fantastic to have only one option in Indy, but with both healthy and ready, frustrations are on tap.
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