Talking Fantasy: Who’s Hot?

As you all know football season is finally upon us, but if you’re like me, the season before the season has already started. I’m talking fantasy football, baby! For those of you who do play, this season, I will be giving some fantasy advice on who you may want to start as some of fantasy sleepers. I am in no way an expert and these are strictly my opinions, so take them as you may. Also, I will be doing position players only, no kickers or defense. Let’s get started!



Ryan Tannehill's fantasy football outlook sees him positioned for a career year in 2021.
Ryan Tannehill’s fantasy football outlook sees him positioned for a career year in 2021. / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

Ryan Tannehill has a great matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, as their secondary is simply not very good. The addition of star receiver Julio Jones will only add to Tannehill’s game. Jalen Hurts — and before you go crazy hear me out — the Atlanta Falcons gave up the most points in the league last year and Hurts has a lot to prove with a big chip on his shoulders. It is a great time for him to come out swinging. Joe Burrow has a decent matchup against a Minnesota Vikings defense that gave up plenty of points last year (the eighth most to be exact). With Burrow’s new first-round addition Ja’Marr Chase, he should put up some good numbers to open the season.


Trey Sermon #28 of the San Francisco 49ers rushes during the preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Levi’s Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Santa Clara, California.
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Trey Sermon is going to have a field day against the Detroit Lions, who gave up the second-most fantasy points to RBs last year. Chase Edmonds is the man now in Arizona with Kenyan Drake gone, and he’ll be going up against a Denver defense that allowed the 7th-most yards to RBs last year. Gus “The Bus” Edwards has a favorable matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders, who gave up the 2nd-most rushing TDs last year. Lastly, Joe Mixon is the big dark horse. Every year we wait for him to break out, but he never seems to. Well, this game may be different. The Minnesota Vikings gave up the 3rd-most rushing TDs last year, so Edwards should be a favorable matchup to start the year.



Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) warms up before action against the New England Patriots at Lincoln Financial Field.
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Michael Pittman Jr. has a great matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. With T.Y. Hilton out, he’ll see the majority of the targets against a Seattle defense that gave up the 2nd-most passing yards last year. Even with questions under center still looming, I like Pittman Jr. this week. Devonta Smith is going up the worst passing defense from last year. Need I say more? Tee Higgins is going up against a Vikings defense that gave up the 2nd-most TDs to WRs last year.


NFL: Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams
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Tyler Higbee has a matchup against the Chicago Bears, who surprisingly gave up the 2nd-most TDs to TEs last year. With a new veteran QB under center in Matthew Stafford, Higbee could find the endzone once or twice. Austin Hooper’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs bodes well for him, as the Chiefs defense gave up the 7th-most TDs to this position last season. Gronk, say no more. With him and Brady together, he’s always a high priority target in the red zones.


Deebo Samuel of the San Francisco 49ers pushes off Leonard Floyd of the Los Angeles Rams during the third quarter at Levi's Stadium on Oct. 18, 2020, in Santa Clara, Calif.
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Obviously, you can use any of the aforementioned above players in the flex spot, especially if you have a W/R/T Flex league. However, if you’re looking for more sleepers here are a few. Deebo Samuel could thrive against the Detroit Lions, who gave up the 3rd-most fantasy points to WRs last year. Brandon Cooks has a matchup against a horrendous Jacksonville Jaguars defense that he torched last year for over 200 yards and multiple TDs. Raheem Mostert’s matchup against the Lions gives him the edge because of his break away speed and the fact the Lions gave up the 2nd-most points to RBs last season.


Well there you have it! A few of my sleepers for this week one in fantasy football. I hope this helped you and makes some of your choices a little bit easier this week. Have fun and good luck with your leagues this year!

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