Let me just scream it from the mountaintops. Football is back! The joy and excitement I feel knows no bounds. With football comes the passion that the sport inspires in people, and with the sport comes the return of the most popular fantasy sport on the planet. Fantasy football is upon us people. Did I mention I love this time of the year? Anyways, the Titans and Dolphins are set to duke it out on the gridiron Week One this Sunday. Here are some key players on both sides and their fantasy impacts in week one. Let’s go!
Key Fantasy Titan Players
I have made no secret how much I love Derrick Henry this season. Last season, the rumble in the Sunshine State was not kind to Henry. Former Titans running back, DeMarco Murray dominated the carries and Henry was never able to get in a groove in the game. This season, however, I suspect the fortunes to be more kind to Henry. I am projecting Henry to get 15 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown. I also have him slightly involved in the passing game, catching two balls for around 18 yards. Start Henry week one.
The lightning to Henry’s thunder, Dion Lewis will do most of his damage on third down, change of pace roles, and in the passing game. Given the new emphasis on the screen game and Lewis’ ability to boogie through offensive lines, I expect him to find the end zone as well in the screen game. His rushing totals will be diminished some though due to Henry’s role. I have Lewis getting 10 rushes for 46 yards and catching eight balls for 35 yards and a touchdown.
Corey Davis didn’t flash much until the last game of the season where, despite a losing effort, he dominated the Patriots. Now with a healthy offseason and training camp, I expect Davis to make a huge next step. It starts this week against the Dolphins middle of the pack secondary. Davis gets peppered with 12 targets, catching nine of them for 95 yards. However, he doesn’t find pay dirt this game.
Marcus Mariota is going to bounce back in a major way as well this season. New offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur utilizes both Mariota’s play action excellence and his ability to scamper for first downs. Mariota will put together an efficient game capped by big plays in the play action. Mariota completes 20 of 28 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns. He also runs five times for about 27 yards.
Key Fantasy Dolphin Players
Kenyan Drake turned heads last season after Jay Ajayi was traded to the Eagles. Drake was a big play machine and I see no reason that trend cannot continue. However, I do not believe he has more than two big plays in this game. Drake gets 15 carries for 58 yards and catches six balls for around 34 yards.
Every team needs a number one wide receiving option, and the Dolphins very sneakily has a good one in Stills. Last season Stills caught 58 passes for 847 yards and six touchdowns. Stills asserts himself as the number one option on this team as the primary scoring option in the passing game. Stills catches eight balls for 73 yards and a touchdown from the recovered Ryan Tannehill.
Speaking of Tannehill… he is finally back in the saddle after suffering from a re-injured knee last season. Having almost a year and a half off of football will likely bring some rust and I fully expect it to show in 2018. Tannehill is efficient but the rust is obvious. Tannehill completes 22 of 34 balls for 218 yards a touchdown and a pick.