Six week 1 fantasy stars who were mostly unowned, including Sterling Shepard

Sterling Shepard finished with seven catches in Week 1 (Image source: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)
Sterling Shepard finished with seven catches in Week 1 (Image source: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

The first week of the NFL season always has a bunch of unexpected player performances.

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For the third straight year, let’s take a look after each week at the players who performed well in fantasy despite being mostly unowned. In order to be eligible to be included, the player must have been owned in less than 25 percent of ESPN fantasy football leagues. One quarterback, two running backs, two wide receivers, and one tight end will be highlighted every week.

1

QB - Jared Goff, Lions (5.6%) - 338 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 14 rushing yards

After trailing 38-10, Goff and the Lions got on track about halfway through the third quarter as he threw two touchdowns in the last 19:23. Goff only equaled or surpassed his yardage and touchdown totals once last season (Week 11 - 376 yards, three touchdowns).

2

RB - Elijah Mitchell, 49ers (0.7%) - 104 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown

With Raheem Mostert suffering a knee injury early in the game on Sunday and third-round pick Trey Sermon a surprising scratch, sixth-round pick Elijah Mitchell became San Fransisco’s bell-cow back. A 38-yard score early in the second quarter gave Mitchell his first career touchdown.