Pats’ Gil­lislee, White could go wild

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Week 1 of the sea­son is in the books, and if you’re fan­tasy foot­ball team is 0-1, re­lax. There’s so much more foot­ball to play. To help you get back to your win­ning ways (or to give you a win­ning streak, if you claimed vic­tory), we’ll pro­vide you with the studs, duds and sleep­ers to help you put to­gether a great lineup.


RB Mike Gil­lislee, Pa­tri­ots: Any team fac­ing the Saints can ex­pect a big day on of­fense. Look at what Dalvin Cook did (137 to­tal yards) last week­end, and you’ll agree.

WR Michael Thomas,

Saints: Yes, Drew Brees and Co. strug­gled on the road against the Vik­ings. But they’re back Sun­day in the Su­per­dome, where Brees is usu­ally bet­ter, and the Pa­tri­ots just came off a game in which they gave up 368 yards through the air. Ex­pect a solid day from Thomas.

QB Derek Carr, Raiders: A great Week 1 (262 yards, 2 touch­downs) leads to a juicy sec­ond game matchup against the hap­less Jets. Al­though the Raiders might be far ahead by half­time, you can bet Carr will at least match what he did last week­end, if not ex­ceed it.

TE Zach Ertz, Ea­gles: If you didn’t think he was a star al­ready, his eight-catch, 93-yard day against the Red­skins hope­fully con­vinced you he’s elite.


RB Isa­iah Crow­ell, Browns: The Ravens are an im­pos­si­ble team to run on; the Ben­gals to­taled 77 yards in a shutout loss. Don’t ex­pect big num­bers from the Crow­ell.

WR Mar­tavis Bryant, Steel­ers: He had two catches on six tar­gets for 14 yards against the Browns, and now he faces a stingy Vik­ings de­fense. Keep him on your bench un­til you see signs of the guy with 14 ca­reer re­ceiv­ing TDs.

QB Kirk Cousins, Red­skins: He was shaky in the loss to the Ea­gles, and now the quar­ter­back in search of a big con­tract has to go west to face a team that took care of Scott Tolzien. Granted, Cousins is far from Tolzien, but the Rams de­fense is le­git­i­mately good, es­pe­cially if Aaron Don­ald is in­deed back. TE Hunter Henry, Charg­ers: As long as An­to­nio Gates is a starter, Henry’s prodi­gious up­side is capped.


RB James White, Pa­tri­ots: Two New Eng­land run­ning backs in one post? Again, the Saints can’t de­fend any­one, and White could be the ben­e­fi­ciary of a ton of work be­tween the 20s.

WR Cooper Kupp, Rams: A fan­tas­tic Week 1 for the pre­sea­son sleeper. Let’s see if he can re­peat it again while fac­ing the Red­skins.

QB Car­son Palmer, Car­di­nals: Jared Goff threw for 306 yards against the Colts, so there’s po­ten­tial for a bounce-back game, es­pe­cially now that David John­son is out be­cause of in­jury. Ex­pect

Palmer to throw a ton, just as he did last week­end.

TE Charles Clay, Bills: A whop­ping nine tar­gets led to a 53yard, one-touch­down per­for­mance against the Jets. Al­though the Pan­thers could be a tough matchup, Clay might be quar­ter­back Ty­rod Tay­lor’s No. 1 op­tion again.


Pa­tri­ots run­ning back Mike Gil­lislee had three short-yardage touch­down runs against the Chiefs.

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