We made it through the first Sunday of the 2018 season and not all the top players got injured. We did see Greg Olsen leave the game and return to the side line on crutches. As I was typing this article, Rodgers went out with a bad-looking leg injury. But, he’s sense returned and is in the process of leading the Packers back in the fourth quarter.
It was a great week of football who really showed who the contenders will be and who the pretenders will be. There were a lot of upsets that sent survivor picks out the window.
Now we have to get ready for Week 2. With the Ravens and Bengals 72 hours away, it’s time to set your roster for the upcoming week.
I did a sneak peek article giving you four players to target before the season even started. However, this is the true debut article of the 2018 Add/Drop column.
Last Week’s Top Adds (Preseason)
#1 – James Conner -RB – Pittsburgh Steelers
Hope you picked up James Conner. He finished with 192 total yards, two touchdowns, and one very costly fumble. I don’t know what’s going on with Le’Veon Bell, so hopefully you have Conner in the meantime.
#2 – Tre’Quan Smith – WR – New Orleans Saints
Even with the Saints posting 40 points, Tre’Quan Smith was a non-factor. He caught 0 balls and fell off the cliff from where he was producing in preseason.
#3 – Cole Beasley – WR – Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys scored eight points against the Carolina Panthers. There was nothing good that came from their offense, except Cole Beasley, who had seven catches for 73 yards. We should expect to see that all season.
#4 – Ricky Seals-Jones – TE – Arizona Cardinals
Three catches for 19 yards just shows how slow the entire Cardinals offense was in week 1. I’m smelling an early call up for rookie quarterback Josh Rosen.
Top Players to Add After Week 1
#1 – Phillip Lindsay – RB – Denver Broncos
We all thought it was Royce Freeman’s job after he excelled in the preseason and Devontae Booker was very underwhelming. Enter the 5’8″, rookie out of Colorado, Phillip Lindsay. Matching Freeman toe-to-toe on rushing attempts (15 each) and rushing yards (71 each). However Lindsay was able to add two more receptions for 31 yards and a receiving touchdown, whereas Freeman was shut out when it came to receiving.
Lindsay showed extraordinary burst once he got his hands on the ball. I’m not saying it’s time to give up on Royce Freeman, but I am not going to miss out on a player who could be a big factor on a team that will run it often.
#2 – Kenneth Dixon – RB – Baltimore Ravens
I’ll be there first to admit I was very skeptical towards the return of Kenneth Dixon. He had spent a long time away from the NFL due to injury, along with having a few off the field issues that occurred during the seperation. Meanwhile, practice squad standout Alex Collins was as close to a sure thing bell cow as there is. All of this lead to a strong fade of Dixon in most leagues.
Fast forward to week one of the 2018 season. The Ravens opened up their season against the high school team that is the Buffalo Bills. It was an embarrassment from the beginning. Dixon ended up leading the running backs in carries (13) and total yards (44).
Though Dixon only averaged a mere 3.4 YPC, it was still 1.5 better than Collin’s 1.9. It’s hard to see if it’ll be Dixon getting the most opportunities, but it’s worth noting the Ravens were one of three teams to have two running backs in the top 24 last season.
#3 – Phillip Dorsett – WR – New England Patriots
This is pretty much the same as Fix-a-Flat. Phillip Dorsett will probably not be a consistent starter from weeks 2-16. However; with Julian Edelman out for another few weeks, Dorsett looks to be a great addition to your fantasy team. Dorsett was targeted seven times and caught all seven of those passes. He finished the day with 66 yards and a touchdown. More than likely, Chris Hogan won’t finish the next three games with one catch for 11 yards. But if defenses continue to take the top wide receiver away from Brady, he’ll have no problem adjusting to whomever is open.
Next week will be a tough matchup for Dorsett, so this will be a sign and stash, as the Patriots set to face the Jaguars. However, the following two weeks they’ll be seeing the Lions and Dolphins (in Gillette). I expect 40+ points from the Patriots in both of those games.
#4 – Alex Smith – QB – Washington Redskins
I didn’t add Alex Smith on my top Adds list after his big performance against New England last season. I won’t be fooled again. It may not be as sexy an offense as he had with Kansas City. Yet, Smith had this Redskins’ offense looking like a well-oiled machine.
Smith was checking down and finding Chris Thompson often. Smith doesn’t make mistakes and takes whatever overcooked, 30 day old, steak he got from the local Applebee’s and turns into a perfectly rare, dry-aged Cowboy Rib Steak from The Porter House. I’m all about Smith finishing this season with 32 touchdowns and five interceptions.
With the right amount of yards, he’ll have consistent QB1 stats. He’s not the player you want leading your team, until he’s leading your team to victories every week. Then you start to think back on why you ever doubted him.
TJ Yeldon – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Geronimo Allison – WR – Green Bay Packers
Will Dissly – TE – Seattle Seahawks
Frank Gore – RB – Miami Dolphins
Dede Westbrook – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
Keelan Cole – WR – Jacksonville Jaguars
Dante Pettis – WR – San Francisco 49ers
Top Players to Drop After Week 1
#1 – Mike Gillislee – RB – New Orleans Saints
If you were like me and loaded your last spot up with Mike Gillislee, then let’s admit defeat together. I added him in a lot of my leagues because A.) I still wasn’t over our relationship we built during last off-season. B.) If Kamara went down or looked like a sophomore slump was coming, Gillislee would be in line to have a great opportunity. Kamara looks good. C.) Someone is going to have to carry inside the red zone with Ingram out for the next two weeks. Kamara can handle that.
So after Gillislee fumbled away his career in New Orleans, he is off my team just as quick.
#2 – Giovani Bernard – RB – Cincinnati Bengals
Even against the pitiful Colts defense and during a game in which the Bengals scored 34 points (most likely the most they’ll score all season), Gio Bernard finished with a total of 9 yards. He had one reception and one rush. Whereas Bernard’s counterpart, Joe Mixon, finished with 149 total yards, 22 total touches and a touchdown.
It’s simply Mixon’s backfield and there’s no room for Bernard on the field and on your fantasy team.
#3 – Corey Clement – RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Corey Clement didn’t look bad against Atlanta. In fact, he was one tackler away from breaking a huge touchdown run. Although Clement has the skills to be a star in the league, he’s nothing more than a change-of-pace back in Philadelphia. It’s Jay Ajayi’s backfield.
Clement finished with 26 yards on five carries as opposed to Ajayi’s 15 carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns. Make room on your roster for runners like Lindsay, Dixon, and possibly T.J. Yeldon if Fournette has to miss time.