We did it y'all. We have made it to the start of the NFL season. I didn't think we were going to make it, but here we are! The first game is this week, and I have done my two fantasy drafts for the year. Do you feel comfortable with your picks? Having any "buyers remorse"? Well, luckily for you, I have done some scouring on the waiver wire and found some guys sitting out there ready to come in and ball out.
Quarterback: Teddy Bridgewater
Finally healthy, Teddy is poised for a solid 2020 season with his new team in Carolina. He is paired up with the consensus number 1 Fantasy Running Back, Christian McCaffery. With defenses looking to neutralize McCaffery during the season, it will open up the passing game for Bridgewater. Carolina brought in deep threat Robbie Anderson during the off-season to pair with Curtis Samuel and DJ Moore. Teddy is also an athletic quarterback, and can gain some solid yards with his legs. With all of these weapons at his disposal, look for Teddy to have a strong opening week.
Running Back: JD McKissic
The Washington Football Team made some waves late last week by cutting Adrian Peterson. This is after Washington cut Darius Guise during the off-season. With lots of question marks surrounding Washington's running back room, it seems like they will be going with a committee approach. Rookie Antonio Gibson will see a good amount of carries, but will his inexperience limit how much he touches the ball? Well, that's where McKissic comes into play. JD is an experienced pass catching back, and in PPR leagues, he could be a waiver steal for week 1.
Wide Receiver: Randall Cobb
The Texans shocked everybody back in March by trading DeAndre Hopkins away to the Arizona Cardinals. So, who replaces that kind of production? Well, it will be a true team effort. The signing of Randall Cobb gives them a sure handed, veteran presence in the wide receivers room. Coach Bill O'Brian has said that Cobb will be the primary slot man in Thursday Night's season opening game against the Chiefs. Has he lost a step with age? We will find out, but the good players learn how to overcome their loss of speed with more nuanced foot work and body position.
Tight End: Dan Arnold
The former Wide Receiver has been building a great relationship with Kyler Murray throughout camp. Arnold is going to be the number one Tight End option for Arizona with Maxx Williams still out with an injury. He was brought in late in the 2019 season, and had 2 touchdowns in his 3 games. Not sure what the full season will bring for Arnold, but I expect him to have a standout game week 1.
Defense/ST: Miami Dolphins
I hate to say it, but I cannot ignore it. The Miami Dolphins improved their defense by a lot during the off-season. Kyle VanNoy, Elandon Roberts, Shaq Lawson, Byron Jones, Emmanuel Ogbah, Jason Stowbridge, Noah Igbinoghene were all massive additions to this defense. They have a strong pass rush, and 3 physical starting CBs. Going to against a Patriots team in week 1 that saw a mass exodus of talent during the off-season, I would feel good starting Miami.
Kicker: Rodrigo "Hot Rod" Blankenship
The second best kicker to come out of the 2020 draft won the starting kicking job in Indianapolis this week. The Colts have upgraded this off-season with the addition of Philip Rivers at QB, and drafting Michael Pittman Jr and Jonathan Taylor. The Colts look to increase their offensive production from a year ago, and Blankenship will be the beneficiary from this.
Homer Pick of the Week: WR Gabriel Davis
All Bills fans saw the camp footage of Davis going up against Tre White, and coming away with the football. The mix of his size and speed will be intriguing to watch through the entire season and how he adjusts to teams once they have film on him. Going into week 1, he is the one weapon that I am excited to see. Nobody has seen him on the field since his last game at UCF, and I think that will be an advantage going up against the Jets.