As yet another long off-season draws to a close, we are ready to begin Sunday football once again. We turn our attention away from free agency, camp battles and pre-season action and now we can focus on guiding our fantasy teams to a championship.
I will be with you through all the NFL excitement today, recapping player performances and critical fantasy news as it happens so feel free to stop by early and often.
Some of the storylines I'll be following today include the Falcons potential Super Bowl hangover, crowded backfields for the Bengals and Seahawks and how the Colts fare without starting QB Andrew Luck.
(7:32PM) With the Packers earning enough first downs to run out the clock, the final day game has wrapped up and Green Bay outlasts the Seahawks 17-9. Enjoy tonight's Sunday Night Football matchup between the Giants and Cowboys and we'll be back for Week Two!
(7:16PM) Many were expecting a big day from 49ers RB Carlos Hyde and while the offense struggled in general, Hyde still managed 77 total yards and has been a big part of the passing game, catching all six of his targets.
(7:05PM) The Rams and Colts finished off the blowout that ended with a 46-9 victory for first-time HC Sean McVay. QB Jared Goff finished with 306 yards and a touchdown, along with no interceptions. Rookie WR Cooper Kupp led the Rams with four catches for 76 yards and a score.
(7:02PM) As the day games come to a close, we've now learned that Giants WR Odell Beckham will be inactive for tonight's game against the Cowboys. Get him out of your lineups!
(6:59PM) Packers RB Ty Montgomery was nearing a career high mark for carries before being forced from the game with an apprent leg injury. Rookie Jamaal Williams spelled him and has a a pair of carries for 8 yards on the day.
(6:51PM) We now have a little bit of clarity on the injury to Cardinals RB David Johnson as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Johnson suffered a sprained wrist and is set for further testing on Monday.
(6:45PM) The Colts QB change resulted in a touchdown, but now it has resulted in a safety...for the Rams. A fumble into the end zone results in another two points for the Rams, who lead 39-9.
(6:42PM) Packers fans finally witnessed the connection they were hoping for as QB Aaron Rodgers hit a streaking WR Jordy Nelson for 32-yard score. Nelson is now sporting a 5/65/1 line on the day with just over a quarter to play.
(6:37PM) Although we are still awaiting more details about the earlier knee injury suffered by Jaguars WR Allen Robinson, ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the injury is significant. It is safe to assume the top option for QB Blake Bortles is dealing with torn ligaments. It would leave the Jags with Allen Hurns and Marqise Lee as the top receivers.
(6:30PM) As expected, the Colts have pulled the plug on QB Scott Tolzien, brining in Jacoby Brissett, who immediately found WR Donte Moncrief for a 50-yard reception. The Colts then quickly scored their first touchdown of the day as rookie RB Marlon Mack three yards out.
(6:22PM) The entire Seattle offense has been a disappointment today, but rookie RB Chris Carson now has 39 rushing yards on four carries following a 30-yard scamper. Veteran Eddie Lacy has three yards on five carries, while CJ Prosise has not fared much better, rushing for 11 yards on four carries.
(6:14PM) The defensive battle in Green Bay between the Packers and the Seahawks now has its first touchdown, a six-yard run from Packers RB Ty Montgomery. The former WR now has 39 total yards on the day.
(6:11PM) The 49ers offense hasn't been able to get anything going today, remaining scoreless into the third quarter. The Panthers just added to their lead though as QB Cam Newton found RB Jonathan Stewart for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Newton now has just 114 passing yards, but a pair of scores. Stewart is up to 36 total yards, while rookie RB Christian McCaffrey has 59 total yards.
(6:04PM) As previously mentioned, Colts QB Scott Tolzien as the starter made the Rams a perfect play for Week One and the Andrew Luck replacement just threw his second pick six of the day, giving the Rams a 37-3 lead. Trailing by this much relatively early in the second half means even more passing for the Colts and potentially a look at former Patriot QB Jacoby Brissett.
(5:52PM) The Rams lead the Colts 27-3 at halftime. With QB Andrew Luck out of the lineup, the Indy offense has been predictably pathetic. Star WR TY Hilton has three receptions for 57 yards and RB Frank Gore has tallied 42 rushing yards. WR Donte Moncrief has seen a pair of targets, but didn't catch either. Meanwhile, the Rams look like a different team than the one coached by Jeff Fisher a year ago. RB Todd Gurley has over 70 total yards at halftime and the WR duo of Sammy Watkins and Cooper Kupp have each seen four targets for the suddenly competent QB Jared Goff.
(5:41PM) During the early games, Bears WR Kevin White was forced from the game late and now a Chicago beat writer is reporting the team feels White has broken his collarbone, which would require season-ending surgery. White has played in just five games in his three year career.
(5:22PM) The Packers/Seahawks matchup was expected to be a high-scoring affair with two star-studded offenses, but as halftime approaches, both teams are still scoreless. Neither running game has been effective and WR Randall Cobb's five catches for 43 yards is tops among both teams. Seattle QB Russell Wilson has just 24 passing yards on the day.
(5:15PM) Some good news from San Francisco as rookie LB Reuben Foster has returned to the sidelines with his ankle wrapped. While he may or may not return to the game today, it appears he has avoided the serious injury that was initially feared.
(5:14PM) The Colts are offering little defense against the Rams and QB Jared Goff just threw a touchdown pass to rookie WR Cooper Kupp, who is projected by many to serve as Goff's go to option this year, despite the arrival of WR Sammy Watkins, who has 4 grabs for 48 yards.
(4:57PM) With a new Rams coaching staff, there was suddenly some hope for RB Todd Gurley to bounce back and he's starting well. He just scored his first touchdown of the season on a five-yard run, giving the Rams a 17-3 lead over the Colts. Gurley now has 19 yards on eight carries.
(4:55PM) Former Alabama LB Reuben Foster fell in the spring draft due to injury concerns, and sadly that is once again the case as he appears to have suffered a serious lower leg injury. Foster was carted off and is almost certainly out for an extended period.
(4:46PM) Let's check in again on the top fantasy scorers from each position, this time including the action from last Thursday's season opener.
QB- Alex Smith, Matthew Stafford, Carson Wentz
RB- Kareem Hunt, Tarik Cohen, Mike Gillislee, Loenard Fournette, LeSean McCoy
WR- Antonio Brown, Tyreek Hill, Kenny Golladay, Golden Tate, Nelson Agholor
TE- Jesse James, Austin Hooper, Zach Ertz
(4:43PM) We knew things would likely not go well for the Colts with star QB Andrew Luck out of action and his backup, Scott Tolzien did not disappoint, throwing a pick 6 early in the game. The Rams lead 10-3 and the Colts just turned it over again. Reports from early in the day suggested Luck could miss up to four weeks.
(4:40PM) Eagles QB Carson Wentz had a nice 2017 debut, while Redskins QB Kirk Cousins fell apart as Philly got the division win 30-17. Wentz totaled 307 passing yards and two scores, with TE Zach Ertz finishing as his leading receiver on a 8/93 line. Redskins WR Terrelle Pryor caught six balls for 66 yards but dropped an end zone target. Neither running game was able to get rolling.
(4:38PM) X-rays on Cardinals RB David Johnson's injured wrist came back negative, but the star back will undergo further testing tomorrow. Hold your breath, fantasy players.
(4:35PM) The Lions finished off the Cardinals by a score of 35-23, with WR Golden Tate ending with a 10/107 line and rookie WR Kenny Golladay posting a 4/69/2 debut. The Lions couldn't get the running game going though as RB Ameer Abdullah managed just 30 yards on 15 carries. QB Carson Palmer spread things around, with six completions to WR Larry Fitgerald, six to RB David Johnson and three to the Lions defense.
(4:27PM) It is important to note that with RB Thomas Rawls inactive, it was rookie Chris Carson, not Eddie Lacy, who drew the start for Seattle. We'll be following this one all afternoon.
(4:24PM) It is going to be too little, too late, but the Cardinals have scored again as QB Carson Palmer connected with WR JJ Nelson for a short touchdown. Palmer has 269 passing yards, but just one touchdown along with three interceptions.
(4:08PM) Lions rookie WR Kenny Golladay is living up to the hype and just caught his second score of the day, a 45-yard strike from QB Matthew Stafford, who now has four scoring passes and nearly 300 passing yards with over four minutes left in the game.
(4:05PM) The Ravens have shut out the Bengals in Cincy by a score of 20-0. The Ravens were led by 80 rushing yards and a score from RB Terrance West and WR Jeremy Maclin's 56 yards on two receptions. Bengals star WR AJ Green fought his way to five receptions for 74 yards despite a terrible game from his QB Andy Dalton.
(3:51PM) Picking up where they left off a year ago, the Lions continue their fourth quarter comeback pattern and have taken the lead over the Cardinals on a touchdown pass from QB Matthew Stafford to rookie WR Kenny Golloday, a Rotoworld favorite.
(3:45PM) Despite a hard collision between Browns WR Corey Coleman and Steelers DB JJ Wilcox, Coleman held onto the ball, good for the Browns second score of the day and the first passing touchdown of QB DeShone Kizer's career. The Browns trail 21-18 after RB Isaiah Crowell ran in the two-point conversion.
(3:42PM) I haven't focused enough on how great Steelers WR Antonio Brown is. Brown has now caught all ten of his targets for 144 yards and is the current top-scoring fantasy WR on the day.
(3:40PM) Some good news on the injury front...Bills RB LeSean McCoy, who was forced from the game earlier, is now back and running out the clock as Buffalo appears headed towards a Week One win. McCoy has 156 total yards on the day.
(3:36PM) Another injury update on Cardinals RB David Johnson, who is now questionable to return with a wrist injury. Any extended absence from Johnson would clearly be a major gut punch to fantasy players.
(3:29PM) Down eight points, Lions QB Matthew Stafford hit RB Theo Riddick for a seven-yard touchdown, but the two-point conversion attempt to rookie WR Kenny Golladay was incomplete. The much-hyped rookie has two catches for 14 yards on the day.
(3:26PM) A star is born? Bears rookie RB Tarik Cohen just scored his first career touchdown and has 109 total yards. Jordan Howard fantasy owners can officially be worried now.
(3:25PM) Good news...RB David Johnson is back in the game for the Cardinals. Bad news...he lost a fumble and the Lions are now inside the ten-yard line.
(3:23PM) Somehow, third WR Seth Roberts always sees more than his share of red zone targets for the Raiders and he just got another as QB Derek Carr hit him for a touchdown, giving Oakland a ten point lead early in the final quarter. Carr is having a nice day with 234 passing yards and a pair of touchdown passes.
(3:21PM) The Texans have lost both of their top two TEs to concussions today. First, backup Ryan Griffin was forced from the game and later, starter CJ Fiedorowicz also suffered a head injury. Their only active TE is Stephen Anderson.
(3:19PM) The Bills have scored again on a short run from big RB Mike Tolbert. Unfortunately, Tolbert was in the game because starter LeSean McCoy was forced from the field gripping his hand after a run inside the five-yard line. The Bills lead the Jets 21-12.
(3:18PM) Veteran RB Marshawn Lynch has been somewhat quiet in his return to the league with the Raiders, but has posted a respectable 54 rushing yards on just 10 carries. He also added a 16-yard reception.
(3:15PM) Falcons QB Matt Ryan just narrowly avoided a sack near his own end zone before hitting a wide open TE Austin Hooper, who took it 88 yards for the touchdown. It was Hooper's first catch of the day. Ryan now has a 269/1/0 stat line on the day and Atlanta leads over the Bears 20-10.
(3:11PM) It has been a quiet day for the Cardinals star RB David Johnson, but he just made a fantastic catch inside the five-yard line, totaling 24 yards. He also took a nasty shot to the chest and stayed down on the field. We'll be following this one very closely. With DJ out of the lineup, his backup Kerwynn Williams followed up with a touchdown run on the next play.
(3:07PM) The Jets weren't expected to win many (any?) games this year, but they are now in position to do just that today. The Jets got into the end zone for the first time as QB Josh McCown fell forward on fourth down. After a failed two-point conversion attempt, the Jets trail the Bills 14-12. There have been few fantasy impact players for the Jets, as Matt Forte and Bilal Powell have combined for 22 rushing yards and former Seahawk WR Jermaine Kearse leads the team in receiving with 55 yards on six grabs.
(3:02PM) One of the stories we were following today was the Bengals backfield and there has been little to report. Cincy has failed to score as the game nears the fourth quarter. RB Giovani Bernard has seven carries for 40 yards, while bruising back Jeremy Hill has 26 yards on six carries. Rookie Joe Mixon has only three carries for ten yards, adding one reception for nine yards.
(3:00PM) A pair of scores within seconds of each other. First, QB Ben Roethlisberger found his TE Jesse James for the second time today and then QB Deshaun Watson threw his first career touchdown to his go-to WR DeAndre Hopkins.
(2:57PM) The late game inactives are starting to roll in and as expected, RB Thomas Rawls of the Seahawks is out. That will leave veteran Eddie Lacy and rookie Chris Carson to reportedly split carries.
(2:45PM) Well, that didn't take long! As the second-half begins, the Texans have benched QB Tom Savage and given the keys to rookie Deshaun Watson. Savage managed just 62 passing yards in the first half and the Texans were held scoreless. He also was sacked six times by the Jaguars defense.
(2:41PM) Here are the top fantasy scorers through the first half today...
QB- Marcus Mariota, Carson Wentz, Derek Carr
RB- Leonard Fournette, LeSean McCoy, Chris Thompson
WR- Nelson Agholor, Antonio Brown, Jeremy Maclin
TE- Charles Clay, Jesse James, Zach Ertz
(2:55PM) The second-half scoring is underway, led by the Bills extending their lead over the hapless Jets. QB Tyrod Taylor hit WR Andre Holmes for a short score. The drive was highlighted by a a 47-yard connection betweem Taylor and former Eagles WR Jordan Matthews.
(2:38PM) Some injury updates from Dr. David Chao (@ProFootballDoc)...he speculates Eagles DB Ronald Darby could have a fractured ankle, which would require season-ending injury. He also fears the worst for WR Allen Robinson, who potentially tore his ACL.
(2:26PM) As many games approach halftime, here are the target leaders so far:
Amari Cooper- 8
Charles Clay- 8
Larry Fitzgerald- 7
Antonio Brown- 6
Golden Tate- 6
David Johnson- 6
(2:23PM) Redskins RB Chris Thompson fought through some poor Eagles tackling to take a short Kirk Cousins pass 29 yards for the game-tying touchdown. That gives Cousins 116 passing yards and represents his first touchdown of the season.
(2:21PM) While WR Antonio Brown did a lot of the heavy lifting, it was TE Jesse James who caught the scoring pass from QB Ben Roethlisberger. Brown now has caught all six of his targets for 102 yards.
(2:17PM) After Bengals QB Andy Dalton threw his third interception of the day, the Ravens punched it in as RB Terrance West scored from the two yard line. Dalton has just 72 passing yards, with 41 of those going to WR AJ Green.
(2:15PM) The Jaguars had to go through a challenge and a fourth down attempt, but RB Leonard Fournette scored his first career touchdown. Fournette now has 80 total yards along with the score and he still leads the Jags in receiving.
(2:13PM) Ravens QB Joe Flacco and WR Jeremy Maclin got almost no practice time together this off-season as Maclin came over from Kansas City and Flacco was recovering from an injury, but they just connected on a 48-yard touchdown to extend the Baltimore lead over a struggling Bengals squad.
(2:09PM) The Bears are getting some high-level production from their backfield duo. Rookie Tarik Cohen is up to 78 total yards after a 46-yard run and starter Jordan Howard just took a handoff from Cohen for a four-yard score.
(1:57PM) I said earlier we would be watching the Falcons to see if they had any kind of Super Bowl hangover. While they did get off to a slow start today, RB Devonta Freeman just scored the first touchdown of the Falcons season, running it in from five yards out. Freeman has 26 yards on seven carries as halftime nears.
(1:53PM) The Bears clearly wanted to improve their pass-catching backfield options this off-season, signing Benny Cunningham from the Rams and drafting Tarik Cohen. Cunningham has now been carted off with a knee injury. This led to Cohen already catching four passes for 12 yards. He also currently leads the Bears in rushing with just 15 yards as starter Jordan Howard is off to a slow start (3 for 14).
(1:47PM) Eagles QB Carson Wentz has his second touchdown pass of the day, connecting with RB LeGarrette Blount for the score. Although he led the league with 18 rushing touchdowns a year ago, this is just Blount's second career receiving touchdown.
(1:46PM) Rookie RB Leonard Fournette of the Jaguars is off to a nice start as he has 37 yards on eight carries. Somewhat surprisingly, he's also seen a pair of targets, catching both for 18 yards.
(1:41PM) After the moves they've made this off-season, the Bills don't have much left and were heavily expected to lean on RB LeSean McCoy. Early in the second quarter, Shady leads the team in both rushing (8 for 44) and receiving (2 for 26) but he couldn't get the touchdown. QB Tyrod Taylor hit TE Charles Clay for the short one-yard score.
(1:33PM) Browns QB DeShone Kizer was the first rookie signal caller to start and he's also the first one to score as he pushed the line into the end zone for a one-yard score.
(1:29PM) The Steelers offense is off to a slow start, but WR Martavis Bryant did make his return to the field, although he didn't start. Bryant has seen one target, but failed to bring it in.
(1:26PM) Some bad injury news...the Ravens have called RB Danny Woodhead doubtful to return. As we know, doubtful essentially means he is out. Meanwhile, the Jaguars have now ruled WR Allen Robinson out for the remainder of the game.
(1:24PM) A small update on the WR Allen Robinson injury, it was a non-contact injury, which is usually not a good sign. We'll continue to keep tabs on this one, but I won't be surprised if his day is done.
(1:22PM) The Ravens were relying on new RB Danny Woodhead early in the game as he caught three passes for 33 yards and added four rushing yards, but on an end zone target, the veteran went down clutching his leg and had to be helped from the field with an apparent hamstring injury. That same injury kept Woodhead out of some pre-season practice and game action.
(1:21PM) Many were expecting a big day and a big season from Titans QB Marcus Mariota and he is off to a good start, running in a score from ten yards out to tie the score at 7 early in the game.
(1:14PM) Fans are being treated to some early action and the Eagles have joined in on the fun as second-year QB Carson Wentz connected with WR Nelson Agholor for a 58-yard touchdown. Agholor only had three career scores coming into the day, but is expected to see more playing time out of the slot with WR Jordan Matthews now in Buffalo.
(1:13PM) Still waiting for more information on this, but Jaguars WR Allen Robinson is reportedly questionable to return to the game with a knee injury.
(1:10PM) We've already got a pair of defensive scores on the board. The Steelers blocked a Browns punt and then recovered it in the end zone for a touchdown. Meanwhile, after a Carson Palmer interception, Lions QB Matthew Stafford gave it right back and DB Justin Bethel took it 82 yards for the score.
(1:08PM) The first touchdown of the first NFL Sunday this year goes to a somewhat unlikely option...Raiders WR Amari Cooper, who powered his way into the end zone for an eight yard score. In his first two years, Cooper has been often ignored in the red zone, but maybe this is the year that changes.
(1:05PM) A pair of RBs we'll all be focused on have received early carries. With T.J. Yeldon out for the Jaguars, it was rookie Leonard Fournette who saw the first carry, spinning his way to four yards. Meanwhile, Marshawn Lynch ran it for 14 yards on his first touch.
(1:03PM) Games are kicking off already and there were few, if any, surprise inactives. Bengals WR John Ross is out, as is Jets WR Jeremy Kerley, Bears WR Markus Wheaton and Eagles RB Donnel Pumphrey.