OVERPRICED PLAYER FOR WEEK 1: AVOID JIMMY G
JIMMY GAROPPOLO, QB, SF 49ers
PRICE – $7,200/QB4 (FANTASYFACTOR.COM)
Jimmy Garoppolo was a hot name in fantasy circles all summer, and this has carried over into week 1. Garoppolo has the 4th highest salary amongst all QBs heading into the opening weekend. The thing is, he holds a lot more question marks than certainties.
Garoppolo was a great acquisition for San Francisco and led them to a 5-0 record once he was handed the reins in week 13. He did, however, hold a concerning 1.4 td-to-int ratio (7 touchdowns & 5 interceptions), throwing an interception in 4 of the 5 games he started. A lot of this has to do with the lack of playmakers around Garoppolo. San Francisco still lacks a true #1 target at WR. While Marquise Goodwin showed great flashes out wide a year ago and is a true deep threat, he’s someone you would probably prefer as your second or even third option in the passing game. Jerick McKinnon had question marks of his own, but losing a player that causes as many mismatch problems as he does is a major blow. The 9ers didn’t value depth in the backfield, and it will hurt them come game time.
With all that being said, the biggest drawback for Garoppolo this week would have to be his matchup. He faces off against a Minnesota defense who ranked 1st in total defense a year ago, and second against the pass. Oh, and they added talents such as Sheldon Richardson and Mike Hughes to the unit. With McKinnon injured and the lack of a proven run game in San Francisco, this will likely keep Minnesota’s safeties out of the box, and in the passing zones. Look for the Vikings edge rushers to widen their gaps, and get after the quarterback.
You’d be best off looking somewhere else for a QB when setting your Fantasy Factor lineups this week, as Garoppolo will be in for a rough outing.
Players to Target Instead:
A quarterback residing down the road in Los Angles should be a player locked into many lineups this week. Jared Goff ($6,100) has one of the leagues deepest skill position groups at his arsenal, and maybe the best matchup of any quarterback this week. Goff faces off against an Oakland Raiders defense, who ranked in the bottom half of the league in total defense and passing defense a season ago and just traded away their best defensive player Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. Look for Goff to light it up come Monday night.
If you have your doubts about Goff, why not go with the greatest quarterback of all time? Tom Brady ($5,900) has a stellar matchup this week against the Houston Texans. And while Houston does have J.J. Watt returning to the lineup, they have question marks sprinkled all over a secondary for a defense that ranked 24th against the pass in 2017.