ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly from training camp through the Super Bowl with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them: After Week 1, what will people be talking about?
Two mostly unwanted 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo and Raheem Mostert, are going to look pretty good after shellacking the Lions. Garoppolo needs only to be a functional ball distributor to his excellent receivers to end up with a meaty box score. And Mostert should easily outpace rookie Trey Sermon for looks and should dominate a deeply vulnerable Detroit defense that allowed an average of 135 rushing yards per game and gave up the 2nd-most points to running backs last season.
Charchian is the CEO at GuillotineLeagues.com. Guillotine Leagues are a new way to play in which the lowest-scoring team each week gets chopped from the league, and all the players go to the waiver wire. Charchian was inducted into the Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Detroit's D'Andre Swift, with a lingering groin issue, gets banged up early against the tough 49er defense, but instead of "1A" running back Jamaal Williams, it's the 7th-round sensation from Oregon State, Jermar Jefferson, coming to the rescue, as the former Beaver legend tops 100 yards of combined offense with a pair of scores.
Sachs runs Perfect Season Fantasy Football, offering LIVE Talk & Text consulting. He has multiple league championships including 2 perfect seasons. Scott is a past winner of the Fantasy Index Experts Poll and a 2-time winner of the Experts Auction League.
I initially misread this question as a seasonal prediction, answering Corey Davis makes the Pro Bowl. But since I have so much conviction towards it, let's just say Davis goes bonkers in Week 1 as well. He's always had the pedigree, now the opportunity follows. And Zach Wilson might be mature enough to hit the ground running.
An FSWA award-winning writer (with nominations in four sports) and podcaster, Scott has been with Yahoo Sports since 2008. On the rare occasions when the computer is turned off, he enjoys word games, poker, music, film, game theory, and a variety of condiments. He lives in suburban Detroit.
Ben Roethlisberger displaying pre-surgery arm strength will shock teams, starting with the Bills in Week 1. Big Ben will throw a number of successful deep passes that will catch the secondary off guard. It's a trend that will continue all year with his outstanding wide receiver trio.
Bland, a fanatical fantasy football player since 1992, has been a contributing expert to Fantasy Football Index since 2018 and appears regularly as a guest on the Fantasy Index Podcast. He is the Managing Editor at yourulz.com, a fantasy sports platform launching in 2021 that allows live in-game substitutions in every sport.
To me, the Patriots, Broncos and Steelers look like teams that people might view differently next week. I think New England will beat Miami, making people realized they’re a lot closer to Buffalo than to the other teams in the AFC East. I think Mac Jones will be just fine there. The Broncos, I think, will go into MetLife and win, making it clear they’re a tough, up-and-coming team with a good defense -- a playoff contender. With the Steelers, on the other hand, I think they could be beaten badly in Buffalo, making it clear they’re nowhere close to Cleveland and Baltimore in the AFC North.
Allan co-founded Fantasy Football Index in 1987. He and fellow journalism student Bruce Taylor launched the first newsstand fantasy football magazine as a class project at the University of Washington. For more than three decades, Allan has written and edited most of the content published in the magazines, newsletters and at www.fantasyindex.com. An exhaustive researcher, he may be the only person in the country who has watched at least some of every preseason football game played since the early 1990s. Allan is a member of the FSTA Fantasy Sports Hall of Fame and the Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame.
I predict the biggest surprise among running backs this year will be Ty'Son Williams with the Ravens. He'll help Gus Edwards keep the Ravens going. He'll be the closest thing to this year's James Robinson. He is in a position to surprise running behind a very good offensive line on a team that loves to run. Gus Edwards has never had more than 144 carries even though the Ravens totaled 363 carries from the backfield last year.
Dorey co-founded The Huddle.com in 1997. He's ranked every player and projected every game for the last 23 years and is the author of Fantasy Football: The Next Level. David has appeared on numerous radio, television, newspaper and magazines over the last two decades.
I'm not sure I believe in Urban Meyer, but I do believe in Trevor Lawrence. When matched up with a lesser opponent and lesser defense, which Houston certainly, intentionally is, I think Lawrence is going to put up significant numbers, and win games, right away.
Richardson has been a contributing writer and editor to the Fantasy Football Index magazine and www.fantasyindex.com since 2002. His responsibilities include team defense and IDP projections and various site features, and he has run the magazine's annual experts draft and auction leagues since their inception. He previews all the NFL games on Saturdays and writes a wrap-up column on Mondays during the NFL season.