Fantasy football: These players benefit most from their early season NFL schedule

Rams receiver Brandin Cooks is one player who gets a boost early in the schedule. Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

I recently wrote an article that looked into the idea that the lack of preseason playing time by NFL starters has led to a burst in early season fantasy scoring (Weeks 1-4). The study found there has been a recent spike in scoring and also determined that a notable portion of that spike was due to a higher percentage of defensive coverage errors in the first quarter of the season.

Since this implies that there may be an edge to be found in early season schedules, especially with defenses that have vertical pass coverage issues, let's take a look at which fantasy players might best benefit from this in the 2019 campaign.