Week 1 Offensive Sleepers

A look at the best under the radar plays for Week 1

Quarterback

Joe Burrow (vs Los Angeles Chargers)

Burrow was the MVP of Bengals camp according to some onlookers, and he has quite an array of weapons to throw to in the passing game with AJ Green on track to play. The offensive line could be a critical point of failure and the Chargers have one of the best sets of defensive ends in the league, but the loss of Derwin James helps Burrow’s case, and he can also add value as a runner. He’s the swing for the fences play among quarterbacks drafted outside of the top 12.

Derek Carr (at Carolina)

Carr has the benefit of a good offensive line and improved wide receiver group despite the loss of Tyrell Williams. The best reason to play him in DFS or 2QB/Superflex leagues this week is the opponent. Carolina has a new head coach and defensive coordinator and new starters all over the defense. If Carr doesn’t look good and produce this week, we can probably leave him for dead in fantasy leagues.

Teddy Bridgewater (vs Las Vegas)

Bridgewater being a starting quarterback in Week 1 of 2020 is a miracle in and of itself, if he becomes a good fantasy quarterback, it will be a revelation. He has a chance because of the offense authored by Joe Brady, who helped make a star of Joe Burrow (and others) at LSU last year, and the addition of Robby Anderson to the passing game. The Panthers should slant pass-heavy this year and Bridgewater has a good blindside protector in Russell Okung. The Raiders defense is spirited but young, so Bridgewater could find open receivers all afternoon.

Mitchell Trubisky (at Detroit)

Believe it or not, Trubisky has three career games with three passing touchdowns against Detroit, and two of them were 300+ yard games. The Lions secondary has been overhauled, and they don’t have an imposing pass rush, so it’s not difficult to picture Trubisky having Week 1 success despite backing into the starting quarterback job. David Montgomery should play, but he could also suffer a reinjury of his groin, or just have less work this week as the team looks to be cautious with the whole season ahead, either of which would help Trubisky’s volume.

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