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Fantasy Football: Week 1 Sleepers Worth Adding/Starting

Anthony DiMoro

Jaguars running back James Robinson is looking to bounce back from Achilles injury(Photo: USA Today Sports)

Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season kicked off on Thursday night when the Buffalo Bills dismantled the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football, and now we are heading into a weekend full of promise, excitement, and renewed hope.

That renewed hope extends beyond the teams, the players, fans, and sports content creators who hope that they are on the verge of something special, as fantasy football owners are now looking for the edge to open their season with a victory.

While Week 1 rosters in any fantasy league are also rooted in hope, with a willingness to take a chance on free agents, let's explore a few free agent additions that you may want to consider for depth, or a start.

James Robinson

Robinson was productive when healthy for the Jacksonville Jaguars, until a torn Achilles abruptly ended his 2021 season. Fantasy owners may have chosen to draft his backfield counterpart Travis Etienne, and things were looking like Robinson may have been forgotten as drafts played out.

Then, Robinson shook things up by not appearing on the Week 1 injury report, and now likely to not only share the workload with Etienne, but take the lion's share of it.

Robinson may still be available in your free agent pool, or could be a sneaky cheap get in a trade. Either way, Robinson may have the first shot at being the Jaguars lead back this season, even if he gets a few more touches than Etienne.

Raheem Mostert

Fantasy Owners scrambled to snatch up Miami Dolphins running back Chase Edmonds, but may have skipped over veteran Raheem Mostert in the process.

If the preseason is any indication, Edmonds played 76.9% of the snaps with Tagovailoa in Week 2 of the preseason before sitting out Week 3 while Mostert was on the field for 75% of Tagovailoa's snaps in Week 3 (via FantasyPros).

Mostert may be a good stash as the Dolphins backfield takes shape, and a nice option to start in a pinch as the Dolphins will likely look to split carries and ride the hot hand game-by-game this season.

Jones is now in Tampa Bay looking to get his career back on track(NFL.com)

Julio Jones

Once a fantasy must-have, Jones has been a shell of his elite-self over the last few seasons, and his signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when under the radar.

Now, Jones could emerge as a fantasy value, especially if Chris Godwin misses extended time.

Tom Brady likes to lean on his veterans, and few have the credentials Jones has.

With something to prove, some injuries within the receiving corps, and a future Hall of Famer at quarterback, Jones may be the sneaky steal of the year.

Kmet has a golden opportunity to be a primary target for Justin Fields this season(ChicagoBears.com)

Cole Kmet

Chicago Bears quarterback Justin Fields no longer has the likes of Allen Robinson to lean on this season, as Robinson is now with the Rams, so who else will he lean on?

Cole Kmet has the highest boom/bust potential on this list, but Fields will likely rely on his tight end throughout the season, which will likely lead to plenty of targets. With Darnell Mooney likely to garner the most focus of secondaries he faces, Kmet could find himself with a lot of favorable matchups.

Whether or not Kmet capitalizes on this opportunities remains to be seen, but should be worth a roster stash as we all find out

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