NFL Week 1: Hunt, Golladay Lead Surprise Performers

Sep 7, 2017; Foxborough, MA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt (27) runs the ball for a touchdown against New England Patriots free safety Duron Harmon (30) during the fourth quarter at Gillette Stadium.  Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

In case you missed it, football is officially back after a full slate of Sunday games. Despite a shortage of total offensive touchdowns across the league, there were plenty of unexpected results on the scoreboard and in the box scores to start off the season. Six teams scored fewer than 10 points on Sunday. But, there were still plenty of sleepers that performed above expectations. Whether you missed the games and need to catch up or you’re searching for your next waiver wire pickup in fantasy football, this list is for you.

Kareem Hunt, RB, Chiefs

Before Monday night games, the rookie had the highest-scoring fantasy performance among all players (39 points), including quarterbacks. A 58-yard run and a 78-yard receiving touchdown helped pad his stats a bit, of course. But his overall impact on the game is not to be glossed over. His 248 total yards were the most for a rookie in his debut in NFL history. An impressive feat, considering Hunt fumbled on his first carry. Moving forward, breakouts like this won’t be surprising from him. Especially if he continues to get the majority of the backfield work in Kansas City.

Tarik Cohen, RB, Bears

Cohen, a popular deep fantasy sleeper, got plenty of playing time behind consensus second-round pick Jordan Howard. He would finish with 66 yards on only 5 carries and 8 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. The 5’6â?³ back from North Carolina A&T jumped off the screen with his speed, especially on a 46-yard run in the first half. Cohen did a lot more with less work (13 touches) than Howard (16) as well. So keep an eye out for how John Fox and the Chicago coaching staff splits time …

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