It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating the Super Bowl but now we are just days away from the start of the 2019 NFL season. At this stage we think we know things, but as is often the case that could quickly be proven wrong as things in the NFL are always evolving. With that in mind let’s try to breakdown who we should trust and who we should avoid heading into Week 1:
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at New Orleans
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Jacksonville
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Tennessee
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Cincinnati
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Houston
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Miami
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. San Francisco
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Carolina
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Minnesota
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Tampa Bay
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New England
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
- Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Atlanta
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Pittsburgh
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Detroit
- Nick Foles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Kansas City
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Denver
- Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. Buffalo
- Is anyone going to argue that Patrick Mahomes isn’t the best quarterback in the league right now? He draws a tough Week 1 matchup, and if it wasn’t for the favorable matchup of Deshaun Watson (who draws a New Orleans defense that allowed the second most points per week to opposing quarterbacks last year) he’d take home the top spot this week as well.
- Both Russell Wilson and Drew Brees could have favorable matchups in Week 1, but could their offenses also take a run first approach? We know the Saints are going to operate around their running backs and given the questions facing the Seahawks wide receiving corps it’s easy to envision them taking a similar approach. They remain potential QB1, but know the risks going in.
- Cam Newton is battling a foot sprain, but he’s returned to practice and the rhetoric all along was that he’d be ready for Week 1. In a game that could be a high scoring affair, consider him a must start QB1.
- Does anyone want to bet against Aaron Rodgers? Generally he’s going to be a Top 5 quarterback week in and week out, but the Bears are a tough defense that proved capable of keeping him out of the end zone late in ’18. He’s a QB1, but a little bit riskier than he would be most weeks.
- There are questions about the Giants’ secondary and with Ezekiel Elliot potentially out for Week 1 (even if he signs, will they throw him right into the starting lineup) that means the focus will be on Prescott and company. That all points to a potentially big performance, and while he may not always be a QB1 he’s a solid choice for the coming week.
- Kyler Murray is in a good position to produce this season, and while a home start against the Lions would appear to be a strong situation would you want to trust him in his NFL debut? In two-quarterback formats the narrative is a bit different, but in single-quarterback leagues it’s easy to sit him down and let him get the jitters out before considering him.
- For as bad as Jimmy Garoppolo looked early in the preseason, he put those concerns to rest with a strong performance in the third preseason game. Obviously one game doesn’t erase all the questions, but a favorable matchup should allow him to post a solid start to the season.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings: