Week 1 Longshots and Callouts
We’ve done it guys! After another long offseason, we are getting ready to watch football all day on Sunday! As you’re double checking your lineup, maybe you have a question about who to start or sit. And this year, I’m rebranding something I did a bit over the last few years.
I would put out a start/sit piece, but it didn’t feel like a true start/sit piece to me. I wasn’t giving a full list or rankings of each position. Looking back at it, it felt much more of a longshot and callout than anything.
So this year, while it’ll be the same article, it’ll be a longshot instead of a start (someone that a certain four letter network doesn’t have as a starter but I think will end up being worth the start), and a callout instead of a sit (someone who that same network has as a starter, but I think will cause anguish for whoever starts them that week). With that being said, let’s take a look at my week one longshots and callouts!
After years of Blake Bortles at the helm, the Nick Foles era has a chance to start of with a bang. No, I don’t think that Jacksonville will beat Kansas City. But Jacksonville is going to sling the ball around just to stay in the game. I’m also a believer in Foles after his Super Bowl run and not to mention, the Chiefs defense should still be terrible.
The Washington Redskins could be one of the worst teams in the league by the end of the year, and playing in Philadelphia week one could prove to be ugly. While I expect Miles Sanders to be the Eagle running back you want by the end of the year, I think Jordan Howard will be in for a big week. This game shouldn’t be close, and Philadelphia should look to run the ball a lot to close the game out. And with Howard expected to be used more in the running game than Sanders, Howard could be in for a big game.
This one feels a bit like cheating (as he’s wide receiver #21), but Cooper Kupp is healthy and ready to go in week one. Last year when he was healthy, Kupp was a top receiver, and the Rams offense looked just about unstoppable. And with the dud Sean McVay and Jared Goff laid in the Super Bowl, expect the Rams to want to remind everyone how good they were last year.
With tight end, you normally need to score a touchdown to be worth the start each week. And the top tight end on a team going up against the Miami Dolphins is a good bet to score one. Mark Andrews has emerged as the top tight end for Baltimore, and with Lamar Jackson’s passing troubles well documented, he’s the most likely pass catcher to find his way in the end zone if Jackson has a passing touchdown.
While he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer when he retires, Russell Wilson tends to have bad Septembers to start off seasons. Seattle was the run heaviest team in the league last year, and Doug Baldwin is no longer at Wilson’s disposal. Seattle should win the game going away, and shouldn’t need to pass the ball too much to get a week one win.
I put a Nick Foles as my QB longshot, but I’m putting his lead running back Leonard Fournette as a callout. And the same reasoning for Foles being a fantasy longshot is the same for Fournette being a callout. Jacksonville is going to have to toss the ball around a lot to try to stay in this game. Leonard Fournette isn’t a good receiving back. And with that, his time on the field might be limited.
Like my longshot receiver, this one also feels a bit like cheating. Stefon Diggs has shown up on the injury report this week with a hamstring injury. If he does play, I’d expect to be used a bit as a decoy. And with it being week one, I doubt Minnesota would give him a full workload if he’s already nicked up a bit.
With how bad Drew Brees was the last several weeks last year, I’m kind of nervous about pass catchers not named Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara for New Orleans. And that includes Jared Cook. Brees showed last year that he perhaps had lost a step, and they have started to run the ball more the last few years since the emergence of Kamara. Not to mention, Brees tends to spread the ball around to everyone.