Wow! We're back to real NFL football, and that means your fantasy football squad needs tinkering. Since each fantasy team is different, it's tough to know which player is best to add, so I have refrained from ranking these players, at least for this week. I have separated players by position, which I might keep, although at the beginning of the season you should pick up the best players available, regardless of position. You can turn a strength into an even stronger one, and later trade lesser players for needed positions. We are running low on information, so it's best to take the best shots you see.
The criterion for ownership was less than 50% in ESPN leagues. That means Danny Woodhead, Bishop Sankey, and many others are ineligible.
Based on Palmer's 307 yards passing and three touchdowns versus the Saints, we can say he is healthy at the moment, and that is something of which we may take advantage. A road matchup with Chicago awaits, and Palmer should be strongly considered as a quarterback streamer.
The Broncos get two strong defenses in Kansas City and Detroit next, so Hillman is more of a long-term add. Starter CJ Anderson suffered a sprained toe on Sunday, and the runner for this offense is going to be valuable, regardless of how bad the Broncos looked against the Ravens.
One game in, and Andre Ellington is hurt again. While he might play through what is rumored to be a PCL injury, he will not be as effective and will likely have his workload monitored. Both David and Chris Johnson stand to benefit, with David the upside choice here.
Dion Lewis/Khiry Robinson
Both Lewis and Robinson were useful in Week 1 in PPR leagues, but the question here is their role in the coming weeks. LeGarrette Blount has been reinstated from his suspension, but Lewis has appeared to take the "Shane Vereen role" as pass-catching back. He is a solid stash this week, as I am interested to see if he repeats his usage. For Robinson, CJ Spiller was inactive on Sunday and Robinson took a role in the receiving game, but Mark Ingram surprisingly took a larger one. Robinson's value would be predicated on receiving, so this was a bad sign for those who owned Robinson. He still holds value as a double-handcuff to both Ingram and Spiller.
Robinson is already one of the top handcuffs in fantasy because he is the clear beneficiary if something happens to Frank Gore, and something happened to Frank Gore. It was only calf cramps, but this could be a sign this is the year Gore doesn't last through the season. Robinson would become a clear RB2 option if he were to start.
Johnson should have been universally owned, and will be after this week. He's easily a WR3 without taking matchup into account.
Jones only received four targets from Aaron Rodgers, but he caught all four and two were short touchdowns. His presence seems to have eliminated receivers like Jeff Janis and Ty Montgomery from the gameplan, and he should be owned to use during weeks in which we believe the Packers' offense will go off.
If TY Hilton does indeed miss a few weeks, Dorsett and Donte Moncrief both get a bump. The Colts' next four games are against the Jets, Titans, Jaguars, and Texans, so Andrew Luck will rebound in the next few weeks.
Also consider: Tyler Lockett, Cole Beasley
Reed was peppered with 11 targets on Sunday, most if not all after the departure of DeSean Jackson. Impressively, Kirk Cousins repeatedly looked Reed's way while in Miami territory, which could continue this week against St. Louis. Reed should have already been considered a starting fantasy tight end without taking matchup into account, and you should take advantage while he's healthy and on the field.
The Titans allowed 11 touchdowns to tight ends in 2014, so perhaps this is the guy that goes away after Week 1. But count me in for Week 2, when he gets the Saints, who allowed Darren Fells to go for 82 yards and a score.