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Wyatt Buller

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With week one of the 2017 NFL season complete there are many things that Fantasy Football players should be aware of. There were very surprising scores (both high and low), injuries and fantasy strategies.

Kicking off the NFL season on Thursday, September 7th, was the New England Patriots vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs beat the Patriots 42-27 with the help from rookie, Kareem Hunt. Kareem Hunt put up a staggering 45.6 points in his NFL debut. According to ESPN,Hunt came within one point of setting a new mark in the NFL Kickoff game; he narrowly missed Peyton Manning’s mark of 46.5, set in 2013.” Another player who did very well in week one was wide receiver, Antonio Brown. This came as no surprise considering he was a top 5 draft pick in nearly every fantasy draft. He still put up 29.2 points, which was the most of any wide receiver in the league.

Many players had above average games throughout week one, but here are a few who underachieved. Tom Brady,  the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots, only scored 10.7 points in his season opener. Stat lines from FFtoday stated that Tom Brady was projected to score 28.3 points in week one. This is especially bad considering ESPN recorded that Tom was started in 99.6% of their leagues. Eddie Lacy, a running back for the Seattle Seahawks, also had a very disappointing week one. Lacy only managed to score 0.3 total points after being named the starter for the Seahawks.

When asked how his team did in week one, Summit High School sophomore, Ben Rider, responded, “I won by ten points. My tight end and quarterback choked and got a combined score lower than my kicker. My bench scored over 100 points and one player on my bench had 45 points.”

With some players satisfied with their performance and others hungry for more, here are some players that will not be suiting up at all due to injuries. The most common first pick in fantasy drafts went down with an injury week one. David Johnson dislocated his wrist and is most likely going to miss around 3 months. Odell Beckham, Jr., who was also a high draft pick in most fantasy leagues, missed his week one game and is still labeled as questionable for week 2. In an interview with ESPN, Giants’ coach Ben McAdoo, listed Odell as day-to-day with his left ankle sprain. If Odell is in your lineup, be sure to keep an eye on his injury status.

For those who struggled in week one here are some basic ideas that can help improve your score. For starters, if a player is injured, make sure to replace them with one of your back ups or sign a new player. Next, make sure to keep track of when different players on your team have a bye week, because they will not earn points on these weeks. Trading can be a very important part to your fantasy success, but make sure you know stats and information on the players you are trading for. Last, make sure to have fun and do your best to secure a win.


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