Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill put on a great show

Fantasy Football analyst Dalton Del Don provides a game-by-game recap of all of Sunday’s NFL action in Week 1, highlighting all the ups, downs and everything in between.

The teams combined to score a whopping 70 points in an instant classic that included this week’s top fantasy quarterback (Tua Tagovailoa) and WR (Hill Tyreek). The dolphins had 16 explosive plays on offense, tied for the second most in a game in almost a decade. Tagovailoa threw multiple deep balls, but finished with 466 passing yards and three touchdowns anyway.

That would have been the third-highest passing total in a game in 2022.

Tagovailoa led the NFL by a wide margin in YPA last season, scoring 10.4 in the season opener against a tough Los Angeles secondary. He wasn’t fired even though Miami lost LT Terron Armstead. The game script (and playing indoors) helped, but Tagovailoa can easily throw for 40-plus touchdowns this season if the big three stay healthy on offense.

Hill couldn’t defend himself and recorded 211 receiving yards which would have been the second most in a game last season. He too scored two touchdowns in what could be considered the best fantasy game by a wide receiver in 2023. Hill has half of 200+ receiving yards, two or more touchdown plays as the rest of the NFL combined since 2018.

Jaylen Waddle He took a backseat, but was close to a much more important game. Hill and Waddle caught all of their touchdowns when Tagovailoa was healthy last year (and none in the other six games combined).

Raheem Mostert He also scored but his 12 touches were a disappointment.

While everyone is excited about Justin Herbert With Kellen Moore as Los Angeles’ new OC, 12 of the team’s first 14 plays were runs on the team’s opening drive (one was a called pass). Herbert’s average depth of target of 7.5 was in the 34th percentile. Keenan Allen remained a favorite target in the background, while Austin Ekeler and Josh Kelley combined for 32 carries to help LAC score 34 points.

Herbert (6.9 YPA) scored and finished among the top five fantasy QBs anyway, but early results suggest more of the same in Los Angeles. The Chargers had real success Sunday against a Dolphins defense that stopped the run last season.

Ekeler, meanwhile, gets a boost if he’s healthy. He was fantastic as always and saw even more carries than usual before giving way to Kelly for much of the final 1.5 quarters. Kelley emerged as Los Angeles’ clear RB2 and could be worth pursuing aggressively if he is available on the waiver wires, barring Ekeler’s status.

  • Weather was a factor, but both joe burrow and Deshaun Watson he fought badly. Burrow’s -18.2 completion percentage above expectations was in the fourth percentile and he was pulled with four minutes left. It was an impressive first game for new Cleveland DC Jim Schwartz, but let’s give Burrow a mulligan after missing so much time with his calf injury. Meanwhile, Watson saved his fantasy day with a touchdown run, but Otherwise it was brutal once again.

  • Ja’Marr Chase will explode soon, but tee higgins Somehow he failed to catch any of his eight targets.

  • Elijah Moore tied for the team lead in goals with Amari Cooperwho had the rare quiet game at home.

  • Derek Carr overcome Ryan Tannehillwho threw three interceptions and finished with a CPOE of -19.3.

  • Chris Olave he returned after leaving briefly and alleviated any concerns about a new QB. Olave is locked in as a borderline top-12 fantasy WR.

  • Rashid Shahid He had incredibly intriguing underlying stats last year and should be added in every fantasy league. Furthermore, it hides Kendre Miller if available.

  • Henry Derrickwho was quietly among the RB leaders in yards per route run last season, had 107 yards from scrimmage at halftime and it seemed anything but washed.

  • The Titans kicked a late field goal to lose a point, apparently to cover the deficit.

  • Sam Howell took six sacks behind a shaky Washington line, almost causing many dead Survivor entries. Howell was still a top 12 fantasy QB this week thanks to a good TD runbut one could question Eric Bieniemy’s first game as offensive coordinator.

  • Brian Robinson dominated backfield carries (19) but managed just 3.1 YPC in a positive matchup. Robinson also dropped a screen pass that nearly led to an interception in the third quarter and nearly fumbled in the fourth. Still, he was certainly encouraging that Robinson caught a touchdown and received 16 more carries than Antonio Gibsonwho saw half as many goals and lost a loose ball.

  • Joshua Dobbs he had the same YPA (4.4) as James Conner’s YPC, while Zach Ertz led Arizona with 10 targets that went for just 21 yards. Marquise Brown could use a change at QB or Kyler Murray to return yesterday. Especially with their upcoming schedule, the Cardinals are a fantasy wasteland right now.

Green Bay Packers @ Chicago Bears

  • Jordan Love threw three touchdowns and comprehensively outplayed Justin Fields in an ugly loss in Chicago. Love posted 9.1 YPA and finished as Fantasy QB3 this week despite missing Christian Watson. Love missed shots and wasn’t as good (-5.5 CPOE) as his score might suggest, but it was still a very encouraging performance.

  • Aaron Jones had a strange game, seeing five carries during Green Bay’s first drive and then none for the rest of the half. He broke out with two goals in the third, but then missed the final 20 minutes after injuring his hamstring late in the fourth. a fourth-down touchdown catch. AJ Dillon would become an obvious fantasy start should Jones miss time.

  • Luke Musgrave could have scored on a late 37-yard reception but fell, while Romeo Doubs had two touchdowns while “limited.”

  • Fields showed no progress and as a result, DJ Moore suffered with just two measly goals. Moore’s numbers this season are going to be very similar to what they did in Carolina.

  • Khalil Herbert led all Chicago backs in carries and saw a career-high five targets (Fields targeted his backs much more than usual in Week 1, possibly in an effort to run less). But Herbert also rotated with D’Onta Foreman and saw rookie Roschon Johnson take over once the score got out of hand (passing down). The game script will continue to be an issue. if Fields doesn’t play better.

Las Vegas Raiders @ Denver Broncos

  • Jimmy Garoppolo won his Raiders debut thanks to two touchdowns from Jakobi Meyers in a low-scoring game. Meyers led Las Vegas in goals before shake off late. Davante Adams still saw nine of Jimmy G’s 26 attempts and will be fine moving forward.

  • The jury is still out on the new Russell Wilson, who was missing Jerry Jeudy.

  • Javonte Williams didn’t have a great game but saw encouraging usage (19 opportunities) during his return from knee surgery. But Denver’s offense remains a work in progress.

  • First-year head coaches were 0-5 in Week 1.

Philadelphia Eagles @ New England Patriots

  • The Eagles held on to win a game in which Mac Jones finished as this week’s QB2 in Fantasy, while Jalen Hurts barely cracked the top 20. The pains didn’t come as expected against a man-laden New England defense, but the game script once again didn’t help (particularly one of Jones’ first pick-sixes). Still, the Patriots defense deserves credit for keeping Philadelphia’s offense in check.

  • Kenneth Gainwell dominated backfield touches for the Eagles, and D’Andre Swift received just two touches. Gainwell is a worthy RB2 or flex play for now.

  • Ezekiel Elliott cut off Rhamondre Stevenson’s carries and saw seven targets, but lost a fumble. It’s encouraging that Stevenson remains active as a receiver, securing all six targets.

  • Spend your FAAB on someone other than Kendrick Bourne.

Los Angeles Rams @ Seattle Seahawks

  • Geno Smith had a poor performance, while Matthew Stafford threw for more yards (334) than in any game last season despite missing Cooper Kupp. The Rams came in with The last three units ranked almost across the board. however, he won easily in Seattle. The Seahawks gained 12 total yards with just one first down in the second half! It’s a slight concern that Seattle’s soon-to-be 34-year-old quarterback will regress this season.

  • Kenneth Walker looked healthy, but Jaxon Smith-Njigba was invisible during his NFL debut.

  • Puka Nacua tied for the league lead with 15 targets in Week 1 and should be added in all fantasy formats (he’s available in 95% of Yahoo leagues).

  • Kupp’s timeline is unclear at best, so Tutu Atwell can also be added in deeper leagues.

  • Cam Akers scored and got 22 carries, but managed just 1.3 YPC and lost two more touchdowns to Kyren Williams (and almost a third). It appears the Los Angeles writers were right when they predicted Williams would be an important part of the Los Angeles backfield in 2023.

Dallas Cowboys @ New York Giants

  • The Giants suffered their worst first-game shutout since 1999 during their 40-0 loss. Daniel Jones didn’t get any help while making seven sacks, but he now has a touchdown:3:9 turnover ratio in his career against Dallas. Look for Dimes to bounce back next week in Arizona.

  • Dak Prescott wasn’t needed Sunday night, as the Cowboys scored three touchdowns (Tony Pollard twice) and put together a dominant defensive performance. There will be more volume for Dallas moving forward.

  • Saquon Barkley was nearly matched on the field by his quarterback, while Darren Waller didn’t appear to be playing at 100% due to a hamstring injury.

  • Was a night to forget for the Giants.

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