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Top Fantasy Football Performances: Week 1

With the NFL season and fantasy football upon us, football fans have a whole lot more to enjoy on Sundays. There were some virtuoso performances during the Week 1 of the NFL season. These players proved to be absolutely unstoppable on the field and the numbers back it up.

These top scorers are based on ESPN standard scoring leagues. Let’s take a look at the top fantasy football performer at each skill position.

Quarterback: 

Patriots’ Tom Brady vs. Steelers

25/32, 288 yards 4TDs= 27 fantasy points

After having his suspension nullified just days before the start of the season, it would be Tom Brady who had the last laugh this week. Brady looked like he hadn’t missed a step despite all the offseason drama floating over the team.

This was Brady’s 2nd TD of the night, a perfect dime to Rob Gronkowski.

Brady looked very sharp in the season opener as expected. Things will be a lot tougher for Brady and the Pats next week. Rex Ryan and the Bills are poised to give Brady and the offense plenty of trouble.

Honorable mention: Marcus Mariota, Tony Romo, Carson Palmer

Running Back:

Bears’ Matt Forte vs. Packers

24 carries, 141 yards, TD= 22 fantasy points

Matt Forte is one of the consistent and unappreciated running backs in the NFL. Bears head coach John Fox has always been committed to running the ball, and that was more than apparent against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. The former Tulane star rushed for close to 6 yards per carry and found the end-zone in the second quarter.

The Bears have made Matt Forte their workhorse for years now and it will be no different this season. If you own Matt Forte then it’s looking pretty good as long as he can stay healthy. However, Forte and the Bears have a tough matchup next week against the Arizona Cardinals.1

Honorable mention: Chris Ivory, Bishop Sankey

Wide Receiver:

Texans’ DeAndre Hopkins vs. Chiefs

9 catches, 98 yards, 2 TDs = 23 fantasy points

DeAndre Hopkins has some pretty big shoes to fill for the Houston Texans.The Texans finally decided to let Andre Johnson loose in hope that Hopkins could be their number one receiver.

After Week 1 it looks like the Texans knew what they were doing. Houston’s starting quarterbacks haven’t been great lately but Hopkins has still managed to put up some big numbers.

The Kansas City Chiefs secondary simply had no answer for the former Clemson standout, this TD catch was evidence of that.

Hopkins aka “Nuk” might not have the best matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars but he’s always going to get the most amount of targets on that team and he has more than enough talent to still be successful.

Honorable mention: Antonio Brown, James Jones

Tight End:

Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski vs. Steelers

5 catches, 94 yards, 3TDs= 27 fantasy points

The Steelers have always had problems trying to stop tight ends and this Thursday night was no different. Gronk wreaked havoc on the Steelers defense by catching 3 TD passes. Gronk passed Dez Bryant for the most receiving TDs since 2010 with 57. It just goes to show how dominant Gronkowski and Brady have been since they have been paired up together.

It didn’t matter who the Steelers put on Gronk, he is too big, fast and strong. Yet for some reason the Steelers had a linebacker covering him on his 3rd TD.

Brady to Gronk is going to be fun for fantasy owners and Patriots fans but expect everyone else to be miserable every time they connect for another TD.

Next week Gronk doesn’t have a favorable matchup against the Buffalo Bills but he racks up points in bunches. When he catches the ball, he is so difficult to tackle and if Rex Ryan and the Bills don’t sort that out then they could be in for a long day.

Honorable mention: Tyler Eifert, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Travis Kelce

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