1. Dalvin Cook, RB, NY Jets
Dalvin Cook, a new addition to the team, might surprise some readers as this week's top option on the Jets. However, let me explain.
Cook has fresh legs. After taking nearly the offseason off, Cook hasn't taken a single snap this preseason and has only seen limited action in practice. This is by far the healthiest and freshest Cook has ever entered a season.
Additionally, when he has practiced, head coach Robert Saleh and the offensive weapons have gushed over how good Cook has looked. There is no doubt that he is a spark for the offense, and when healthy, Cook is still one of the best backs in the league.
Furthermore, although Cook and Breece Hall may split carries later in the year, the former is the lead back going into game one. Saleh also mentioned that Hall, although not on a "pitch clock," will have his touches monitored closely to not overwork him while recovering.
I would not be surprised if Cook is the workhorse back early in the season, with Hall complementing him while he gets healthy. I could easily see Cook getting 15-20 touches Monday night, with Hall only registering 8-10.
Finally, in two games against Buffalo last year, the Jets ran for 250 yards, including a 176-yard outburst at home, a shocking 20-17 win. Once again, the Jets are home looking for the upset. Once again, Aaron Rodgers is behind center to loosen up the box. Dalvin Cook will be the lead back for sure.
It all sets up very nicely for a big opening day for Cook. My final prediction? 12 carries for 63 yards and a touchdown, and four catches for 44 yards — good for 20 points in PPR leagues.