Fantasy sports: What to watch in Week 1

Chris Johnson’s effort level is key to a bounce-back campaign.

Christmas morning, the last day of school and the premiere of the new Selena Gomez movie are all great moments in life. But nothing can top Sunday.

After eight months of waiting, we’ll finally have a full slate of NFL action to feast on. Don’t just be a couch potato, though. We have some serious evaluations to make.

Target monsters  

We can learn a lot simply by examining the first read on pass plays. For example, Matt?Ryan threw 22 passes to Julio Jones in the preseason and just 12 to Roddy White. Will that continue? Will Aaron?Rodgers start shading more toward Jordy Nelson over Greg Jennings? Targets say a lot, even in a small sample size. 

CJ: Whatever, K?

Chris Johnson blamed last year’s disaster on his monthlong holdout. The truth is that he was also dogging it at points and never really got in shape. Owners should be scrutinizing his effort level and burst in Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Rookie arms
An unprecedented five rookie quarterbacks will start in Week 1. It usually means a hands-off approach in fantasy, but there’s some upside to be found here. Andrew Luck looked NFL-ready in the preseason, throwing for 514 yards and three touchdowns while completing 62.5 percent of his passes. Robert Griffin III has even more potential thanks to his scrambling and bootleg ability. Russell Wilson is squarely on the QB2 radar after earning the starting gig in Seattle.


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