B/R Fantasy Football’s Game-by-Game Guide to Winning Week 1

It might seem odd to advise targeting Brown in trades just after proclaiming his situation a disaster, but this is a play with the future in mind. He is only 26, and with this being the last year of his contract, he’ll likely be playing with a better quarterback in 2024. Wait until a manager has had all the Dobbs he can take and then swoop in with an offer.

Hey, remember that running back I just mentioned? Well, if you drafted Williams at a discount over the summer, you won’t have to wait long to start reaping the rewards. The Broncos open the 2023 campaign against a Raiders defense that might be worse than the unit that surrendered 122.8 rushing yards per game and the fifth-most PPR points to running backs.

Aaron Rodgers

Key Injuries

When the Aaron Rodgers era begins in New York Monday night, his offense will be at full strength. Running back Breece Hall (knee) and wide receiver Allen Lazard (shoulder) are on track to play. The Bills are in good shape offensively, which should make the final contest of Week 1 a good one.

Start of the Week

Dalvin Cook, RB, New York Jets [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,900]

This isn’t a game where points will be easy to come by. Outside big names such as Stefon Diggs and Garrett Wilson, there aren’t many who stand out as excellent starts. With that said, the Bills showed last year they can be run on with at least some success, and while Hall will play, Cook should serve as the clear No. 1 back.

Sit of the Week

Aaron Rodgers, QB, New York Jets [DraftKings DFS Value: $6,200]

There’s a ton of excitement surrounding the Jets in 2023, but Rodgers’ first game with Gang Green is a lousy matchup. The Bills allowed less than 215 passing yards per game a year ago, and only two teams allowed fewer fantasy points per game to the quarterback position. Rodgers is a mid-range QB2 in Week 1, but little more.

Allen Lazard, WR, New York Jets [DraftKings DFS Value: $5,200]

Yes, Rodgers is a “sit” and Lazard is a “sleeper.” I’m a complicated guy. The Bills are going to make a concerted effort to do two things: Take Garrett Wilson away from Rodgers and disrupt his rhythm with pressure. That could mean a lot of short, quick throws to his old buddy from Green Bay and a nice stat line for Lazard.

Trade Block Buy Low/Sell High

As mentioned, I expect Cook to be New York’s clear lead back early in the season. But the farther into the 2023 campaign we get, the more that pendulum will swing back toward Hall. If Cook reels off a couple of good games early in the season, he’s a prime “sell high” candidate, especially to the manager who also has Hall.

Stat to Know

Thirty-eight is the number of rushing touchdowns Bills quarterback Josh Allen has amassed over five NFL seasons. Those rushing scores have been a big boost to his fantasy value, but with a capable short-yardage back in Buffalo now in Damien Harris, it will be interesting to see if Sean McDermott scales back those goal-line plunges.

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Gary Davenport is a two-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association Football Writer of the Year. Follow him on Twitter, .

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