Week 1 of the 2020 NFL season has come and gone. It's important to take note of different storylines and situations, but it's also important not to overreact on some of these circumstances and occurrences. Here's a look at last year's top Week 1 performances and how they finished. Not everyone who produces in Week 1 is a league-winner.
Case Keenum, WAS started the year with 380 yards passing and 3 touchdowns in Week 1. He started each game until getting hurt in Week 8. He was the 27th ranked quarterback after Week 8.
Malcolm Brown, LAR started off with two rushing touchdowns in 2019 just like he did in Week 1 this year. He would score five times in 2019, but not again until Week 11. His role was reduced and he gave way to Todd Gurley. Overall for the year Brown finished 62nd. Could the same happen in 2020 with Cam Akers? It's definitely possible.
Rex Burkhead, NE had 5 receptions and 85 total yards in Week 1 of 2019. He only exceeded those numbers once more in 2019, in Week 16. He finished 48th.
The wide receiver position arguably has the most variance from Week 1 success to end of the year rankings. The top 3 wide receivers in Week 1 in 2019 were Sammy Watkins, DeSean Jackson, and John Ross. Phillip Dorsett and Danny Amendola were also among the top 15. They finished the year 51st, 123rd, 72nd, 67th, and 53rd respectively.
Last year, we probably recall T.J. Hockenson having a huge Week 1. So did Delanie Walker, Vernon Davis, David Njoku, Blake Jarwin, and Jimmy Graham. Including Hockenson, these tight ends finished 31st, 42nd, 62nd, 82nd, 28th, and 21st respectively.
There are also examples of players who do well in Week 1 and it carries over for the rest of the season. Such examples from last year include Terry McLaurin, D.J. Chark Jr, Mark Andrews, Chris Carson, Michael Gallup, Jamison Crowder, etc.
Which fringe players with success in Week 1 are contenders and which ones are pretenders?
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