Baker Mayfield, QB, Carolina Panthers
There’s no better revenge game and storyline for Week 1 than Mayfield going against the Browns. During the preseason, he clearly showed he is healthy after he played through a bad left shoulder injury for most of last season. Simply put, the healthy version of Mayfield is a better player than he was last year.
It’s not a fantastic matchup against the Browns, who were a top-10 fantasy defense against quarterbacks last year and return that same core of players. And given how Mayfield is wired, things could go very poorly if he’s extending outside of his capabilities to prove a point to his former team. But let’s lean into the positive angle.
Mayfield is not more than a QB2 or occasional streaming option for fantasy this year. But Week 1 is a week to consider streaming him, particularly in two-quarterback leagues.
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