The first week of Best Ball is in the books, and I have to admit: it’s pretty stress free compared to DFS and season long fantasy.  I didn’t have to do anything but sit back, enjoy the games, and see where the chips fell.

And these chips fell pretty damn good, all things considered.

The top guy took the 1st week easily with 187.86 points.  He had Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram, Sammy Watkins, and LeVeon Bell on his roster.  The 2nd place person came into the clubhouse with 170.12 points; he had Christian McCaffrey, Josh Jacobs, and Marquise Brown as his top scorers.

I came in 3rd with 156.22 points.  Patrick Mahomes, Derrick Henry and Keenan Allen led the way, and I got solid performances from Larry Fitzgerald and Mark Andrews, who I think will end up being a top 5-6 TE on the season.  If Jamison Crowder can continue to soak up targets in the slot, and Tyler Boyd gets double-digit targets each week, my WRs should continue to put up numbers.

My RB spot, on the other hand, is NOT looking good.  Outside of Henry, we got problems Houston.  I came into the season down an RB because Jerick McKinnon was put on season-ending IR a couple days after the draft.  James Connor had a terrible week, and now Tevin Coleman is nursing a high-ankle sprain that’ll keep him out for the next 2-6 weeks. Peyton Barber is looking like his hold on the starting spot is tenuous unless he starts producing.  And Kenyan Drake must feel like Adam Gase is still coaching the team; he only had 6 touches, and there are rumors out there that he’ll be either traded or cut in the coming weeks.  Neither one of these guys can be counted on to put up points on a consistent basis, so Henry and Conner are going to be carrying the freight for the RB spot for the foreseeable future.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because both guys should get a lot of volume.  But if one of them gets hurt, I’m prolly screwed.

My TE position is in good shape, however. Greg Olsen was third on the team with 9 targets, behind only McCaffrey and DJ Moore.  Jordan Reed should be cleared this week to play, and he has averaged 6-8 targets per game throughout his career.  So all three of my TEs have an opportunity to be in the top 10 each week, if they can stay healthy.

With week 2 coming up, I’m expecting Mahomes, Henry and Allen to continue to put up numbers.  Conner should perform better against Seattle, but I’m going to need Boyd and Crowder to step up if I want to stay near the top of the leaderboard.  Sterling Shepard is in concussion protocol and may not play, and Fitzgerald has a tough matchup against Baltimore.  But I’m expecting Marquise Goodwin to score a TD and rebound from his pathetic 1 catch for 7 yards “performance” against the Bucs.  It wouldn’t surprise me if Olsen got a TD also against the Bucs.  After all, if Jason Witten can score a TD, why can’t Olsen?

I’m hopeful that my depth at QB, WR, and even TE can keep me in the top 3 so I can cash out at the end of the season. It’s good to be at the top of the leader board; being at the bottom is never good, but in best ball it’s even worse since you’re powerless to do anything tangible to improve your position.  But it’s a long season, and this truly looks like it’s going to be a war of attrition.  The team with the fewest injuries will probably end up winning this thing.