Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Warning Signs: Week 1 Review

Obviously, we cannot overreact too much to Week 1 of the football season. This said, the first installment of this series may be a little shorter than normal.

Just because Mitchell Trubisky looks bad as a quarterback doesn’t mean you should drop him now and find someone else. So what if the Dolphins gave up 59 points to the Ravens? You don’t need to panic about their defense. Ok, that one you should panic about. But something else not to worry about? Aaron Rodgers only having one touchdown pass.

So, with this said, let us turn to a few things to keep on your radar going forward. These may not be official warning signs yet. But if they happen again this week? We may need to truly worry.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive In-Season Lineup Tools, Lineup Optimizer and over 150 days of Premium DFS Research. Sign Up Now!


David Montgomery (RB, Chicago Bears)

No one, save Brad Evans from Yahoo, liked Montgomery more than I did coming into this season. He was clearly the most talented running back on the Bears, and he was going to be used as such. Until it happened.

Mike Davis. Yes, Mike Davis had a higher snap share and more touches in Week 1. Lucky for us, David Montgomery looked better and hopefully this means better things going forward. But the fact this happened, even in the passing game where Davis had seven targets to Montgomery’s one, is concerning to say the least. If this three-way division of touches happens again, there may be no one in the Chicago backfield who is worth starting on a regular basis.

Tarik Cohen played primarily in the slot as a receiver this week. This could be a sign of things to come for him. But it could also be due to the ankle injury Anthony Miller was dealing with. If it is the former, then things should still be a go for Montgomery as a runner. But if he does move back to the backfield when Miller is healthy? Well, I along with a lot of others will be disappointed in their fourth-round draft pick in fantasy leagues.


Damien Williams (RB, Kansas City Chiefs)

We thought he might end up in a committee with Carlos Hyde or Darwin Thompson. It turns out he is in a committee with an even more dangerous rival - LeSean McCoy.

Despite the committee approach, Williams still had 19 touches and a touchdown on Sunday. The fact he only gained 26 yards on 13 carries is a bit more troubling, especially with McCoy gaining 81 yards on 10 carries behind the same line against the same defense. We didn’t expect it to take long for Shady to get into the flow. He has been in the Andy Reid offense for many years and it was like riding a bike when he got to Kansas City. He loves Reid and the feeling is mutual.

Sure, this could be just an adjustment period for Williams to get fully involved. He did miss a lot of the preseason with a groin injury and they could be slowly getting him into things. We need to hope this is the case.

The rumor going around is that Andy Reid never uses a committee. This may be true. But he has never had a backup with the talent of McCoy and Williams was never set to be a workhorse in the first place. Even at this point in his career, Shady is still a good, if not great back. If this split keeps its current status, Williams should still finish in the RB 20-24 range based on touchdown production. But the top-eight RB season we were all hoping for? Well, it looks like it isn’t going to happen this year, if ever.


John Ross (WR, Cincinnati Bengals)

His performance was alarming but in a positively shocking way. Ross had a great game in Seattle. But the Legion of Boom in Seattle is now the Legion of Boom-Boom. It is not your father's Seahawks Defense anymore. Sure, they have a few players. Bobby Wagner is a stud. But they don’t have a complete unit anymore.

Ross had over 150 receiving yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. But things were perfectly aligned for this to happen. Things which should not happen again. For this reason, I present Ross as a warning not to overreact to a great game as he could be a mirage.

For one, Joe Mixon was injured and missed much of the game. This made the Bengals more reliant on the passing game than they wanted to be. This is the reason Andy Dalton passed for over 400 yards in the loss. Another thing to remember is A.J. Green was not there. Sure, it may be a few more weeks before he is there. But when he does come back, he is the clear number one in the pass offense.

If you play in a league in which waivers are done by order, then sure, grab him and hope he hits again. But you better flip him before Green comes back. If you do FAAB waivers? Don’t use more than 20% of your budget on him, even if you're hurting at WR. Using too much on him will cost you later in the season when more valuable waiver wire pickups present themselves. So sure, pick him up. But proceed with caution until you trade him or inevitably drop him later in the season.


Mark Andrews (TE, Baltimore Ravens)

We could not do a Week 1 recap of any sort without talking about at least one Raven, could we? We might as well let it be Mark Andrews. Sure, we could have talked about Marquise Brown and how he finished with 158 yards and two touchdowns despite playing on less than 20% of the offensive snaps for Baltimore. But instead, let’s talk about the man who should still be considered as Lamar Jackson’s number one target going forward.

Andrews had eight receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown in the throttling of the Dolphins on Sunday. Miami could not stop anyone, and this included the big tight end out of Oklahoma. He was the favorite target of Jackson last season and he looks like he will remain so this season as well.

He was getting a lot of hype this offseason and it led to his draft price raising up a bit but not as much as others like Hunter Henry or Evan Engram. This said, he is still a tight end. You may see how well he did this week and want to run out and trade for him. You may even want to give up a player like O.J. Howard to do so. Well, here is where the warning comes in.

It was the Dolphins. It was Week 1. Relax. The Buccaneers offense will get better. With their defense being so bad they will have to. Also, the Ravens still want to be a run-first team. So, Howard will have more opportunities to thrive throughout the season. Don’t be hypnotized by one play, or in this case, one game. Let it play out a few more weeks before making any trades. This is especially true with the tight end position as they are so replaceable week over week. You've been warned...

More Fantasy Football Analysis

More Recent Articles


Week 11 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Welcome back to Mexico City. Last season, the Chiefs were supposed to take on the Rams in this game before field conditions moved the game to Los Angeles. Even though the game was moved, the fantasy output was amazing as both teams scored over 50 points and there was not an unhappy fan among us.... Read More

Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 11 Marlon Mack has been diagnosed with a broken hand and may be out several weeks. Emmanuel Sanders (ribs)... Read More

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

This could be the most exciting installment of waiver wire adds in a while. Not that any of these choices are necessarily league-winners but at least we have a bunch of new names to ponder. Bye weeks are nearly over but this one will be particularly tough with the high-scoring Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, and Cardinals... Read More

Waiver Wire Express - Week 12 Lightning Round

We're onto Week 12, which means the last of the bye weeks approaches. The Cardinals, Chargers, Chiefs and Vikings hit the hammocks as we can finally start to look at players without worrying about future offweeks. To help you look towards those precious playoff weeks, here is the waiver wire lightning round heading into Week... Read More

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered the planning process for Week 12. Some of you are concentrating on building lineups that will commandeer a spot in the fantasy playoffs, while others are making slight adjustments to teams that have already secured their place in the postseason.... Read More

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

Week 11 is behind us and we're getting closer and closer to the end of the fantasy regular season. For some of us, Week 12 represents the final chance to get into the postseason, while for others we have another week or two left. Here, to help you get ready for the playoffs, is a... Read More

Week 12 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

With fantasy football leagues only a couple weeks away from their playoffs, this is not the time for teams to be short a tight end. Not only do fantasy footballers have no Travis Kelce or Hunter Henry during this crucial week in their fantasy seasons, they do not get to take advantage of using a... Read More

Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 12

We saw some monster weeks at the quarterbacks position, with four quarterbacks topping 37 points, and ten scoring over 25 points. These weren't all big names putting up these points either, as low-owned quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and even Jeff Driskel had some big numbers in Week 11. That means we've got plenty... Read More

Week 11 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More

NFL Matchup Ratings Tool - Weekly Player Projections

  If you see the red "Upgrade" button below, then you are not a Premium subscriber, or have not yet logged in. Learn more about our NFL Matchup Ratings and projections system.   NFL Matchup Ratings - Weekly Lineup Projections FLEX RB WR TE QB DEF K ** click column headers to sort table Player... Read More

Week 11 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 11... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More

Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 11

Welcome to our Week 11 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More

Wide Receiver / Cornerback Matchups To Target in Week 11

In Week 10, the Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals in a game that featured a whopping 57 points scored between the two teams. Christian Kirk was expected to exploit the Buccaneers weak secondary, and he exceeded all expectations by catching three touchdowns, finishing as the No. 1 wide receiver on the week. On the other side... Read More

Holiday Shopping - Who To Buy For The Playoffs Run

As the fantasy football season nears the home stretch, most owners should begin turning their eyes towards the remaining six weeks of the fantasy schedule. Either you're comfortably in the playoffs and need to see who you should be rostering in order to get the best matchups or you need that extra boost to qualify... Read More

Updated Week 11 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 11 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 11 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Emmanuel Sanders is officially active. George Kittle (ankle, knee) has officially been ruled out. Matt Breida will not play in Week 11. Jay Ajayi was signed by the... Read More