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Besides your normal start/sit articles and Daily Fantasy sleepers/busts, each week there are certain storylines that should be followed for Fantasy purposes.

These storylines can range from a running back by committee, to a backup getting a larger role, or just seeing if a rookie is legit or not.

By following these storylines, you can be ahead of the curve when it comes to trade offers and waiver pick-ups. It’s always nice to be a week ahead of the game on the waiver wire and not lose your position or too much FAAB budget.

Normally, there are not many Week 1 storylines, but with high-profile suspensions and injuries, there is a plethora of things to watch for Sunday.

Let’s check out the Week 1 Storylines.

Week 1 Storylines To Watch

New England Offense

This Week 1 storyline might have not been my lead, but with the recent news of Rob Gronkowski missing the opener, the Patriots’ offense is definitely something to watch for on Sunday night.

There was already the uncertainty surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo running the offense. Now without Gronk, we can see how much Martellus Bennett can be worth for Fantasy purposes.

If you throw in the ambiguity of the running backs, this is the most important offense to watch this weekend. We could come out knowing that James White will be Dion Lewis (at least until Lewis gets back from injury) and that Bennett is a must-own tight end.

We could also come out seeing that New England will struggle mightily until Tom Brady gets back. There’s also a chance that we see that LeGarrette Blount will be a work-horse.

Either way, this entire group with Julian Edelman needs to be on your radar going forward.

 

Kansas City Backfield

Jamaal Charles is definitely out for Week 1, and there’s no certainty he will be back next week. The real question is who will be getting the lions share of the touches in his absence.

Spencer Ware had been the hot name the past two weeks, but then Charcandrick West was named the starter. Andy Reid was vague in describing the split between the two.

All Fantasy Owners should pay attention to this scenario, especially Charles owners. One of these guys will be a RB1 with Charles out, and very well could remain a Flex option in PPR leagues once he is back.

The wild card here is Knile Davis. The former must-own Charles handcuff was swept aside after Jamaal’s ACL injury last year. He is still there, lingering and could bust out given the opportunity.

 

Dallas Cowboys Offense

 

Going into the preseason, Dallas was seen as one of the top few Fantasy offenses in the league. Then Tony Romo had to go and break his back. Again.

Enter 4th-round NFL Draft pick Dak Prescott. Prescott absolutely destroyed the preseason, but at the same time it’s still preseason.

With that said, he went against the majority of the starters for Seattle and Los Angeles, two of the Top 5 defenses. While the coverage/game plan may have been vanilla, he still showed ability superior to all the quarterbacks drafted before him.

I think he will be able to bring a different dynamic to the Cowboys offense they have never had. How this will affect Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten is the real storyline.

Zeke should still be a work-horse, Top 5 back, possibly even more-so as Jason Garrett relies on him more. What could come of this is more touches for Alfred Morris, as he would sneak into Flex territory for larger leagues.

Either way, the Cowboys offense needs to be dissected this weekend.

 

Seattle RBBC

With the retirement of Marshawn Lynch, the coveted role as Seattle’s 3-down touchdown machine seemed to be Thomas Rawls’ role. Rawls was a monster last year until a broken ankle ended his year early.

That same broken ankle has slowed him down all preseason. With the uncertainty, the Seahawks drafted three running backs in April, led by C.J. Prosise in the third round.

With all that said, Christine Michael will be the starter Sunday. Michael has long been said to have the most talent. There are many reports that he has “clicked” this season.

Pete Carroll is tight-lipped on the touch distribution. Keep an eye on how Seattle uses all their backs so that you can see which guy has the most value going forward.

 

Quick Hits

  • Eli Rogers should be the second WR in the Steelers offense, and will be a highly coveted pick-up next week if he’s not already rostered.
  • Tennessee and Jacksonville both have new 2-headed RB monsters, so keep an eye on the carry distribution in both spots.
  • Will Brock Osweiler be able to not only give DeAndre Hopkins enough touches but produce another startable receiver?
  • Other running back messes: Baltimore (Justin Forsett, Terrance West, Kenneth Dixon), Washington (Matt Jones, Chris Thompson, Robert Kelley), and Detroit (Ameer Abdullah, Theo Riddick, Zach Zenner)
  • Can Arian Foster return to form without Jay Ajayi breathing down his neck?
  • Guys to jump on a week early before they are targeted if they are not already on someone’s roster: DeAndre Washington, Paul Perkins, Tajae Sharpe, Tevin Coleman, and Tyler Boyd

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Michael Tomlin

Michael Tomlin is an ESPY-nominated, former college football player who stays associated with the game through Fantasy Sports. He has been writing his personal blog, Dirkland.blogspot.com, for three years and it focuses on Fantasy Sports, as well as handicapping. He was born and raised in the DFW Metroplex, and he follows all of the Dallas teams, along with Texas Tech athletics and Manchester City F.C.
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