Week One saw some fascinating developments. The most exciting (at least for me!) was the explosion of Arian Foster who was my RB pick of the week on Sports Radio 610 WIP. While this had to thrill Foster owners, those who invested a first round pick on Andre Johnson and a third round pick on Matt Schaub were cursing up a storm. Only three RB’s rushed for over 100 yards as this is now a passing league. So around the league we go!
Let’s start with the Texans-Colts game. While we can’t and shouldn’t expect Foster to put up those numbers, the Colts pourous run defense looked like matadors (Ole!). Playing catchup, Manning put up phenomenol passing numbers with all his receivers being rewarded. Austin Collie is quickly turning into Wes Welker and even though he’s the number 3 WR, get him if he’s available.
In the Eagles-Packers game, a disastrous game plan by coach Andy Reid led to an ineffective Kevin Kolb in his debut. Why wasn’t Deshaun Jackson involved with some short passes early? Same for Brent Celek. Michael Vick turned back the clock and looked like the Michael Vick Experience in the second half. The problem is he’s not worth picking up with Reid committed to Kolb. First round pick Aaron Rogers started off a bit shaky but finished with 188 yards and 2 TD’s. Greg Jennings looked sharp and Donald Driver still has it. Jermichael Finley disappointed this week but he’ll rebound this week. But the big news was the loss of Ryan Grant to a season ending injury. This is bad news for Grant owners but great if you own Brandon Jackson who now becomes an instant number one RB.
Dolphins- Bills. Do I really need to review this? For the Dolphins, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams both had fair games with Brown getting a TD. Chad Henne connected with Brandon Marshall eight times but no TD’s for any of the receivers. For the Bills, CJ Spiller couldn’t have had a worse debut and needs to go to your bench until the offensive line comes together. Trent Edwards is a back-up QB (and I’m not talking fantasy QB) and Lee Evans (who I thought would have a strong game) also goes back to my bench.
Lions-Bears. Rookie RB Jahvid Best could only muster 20 yards but showed burst getting into the end zone twice. Matthew Stafford played OK until he was injured and taken out. Calvin Johnson had a game winning TD called off by this horrible rule. Without Stafford, his fantasy stats will take somewhat of a hit. The Bears can’t run the ball (especially in the red zone) but Matt Forte showed he is healthy with two TD receptions. Jay Cutler put up huge numbers against a weak Lions defense.
Broncos-Jaguars. Knowshon Moreno had a decent day with 60 yards and a TD. I expect more from him this week. Kyle Orton threw for 295 yards with a TD and one Int. Wouldn’t rush to pick up Brandon Lloyd even though he went over 100 yards. David Garrard very quietly had a nice game with 3 TD’s, two of them to TE Marcedes Lewis who is a big target in the red zone. MJD had a decent game but didn’t see the end zone.
Bengals-Patriots. Brady is back! Looked very sharp and Wes Welker (2 TD’s) showed no signs of last year’s injury. Fred Taylor had 14 carries for 71 yards and with Laurence Maroney just traded, he becomes the number one back. Forced to throw, Carson Palmer didn’t disappoint and Chad Ochocinco still has it.
Panthers-Giants. The Panthers will struggle with Matt Moore and it’s only time before Jimmy Clausen gets the starting job. Deangelo Williams put up only average numbers and Jonathan Stewart killed his owners. Eli Manning has his new Plaxico Burress in Hakeem Nicks (3 TD’s). Ahmad Bradshaw is a good #2 RB.
Falcons-Steelers. Michael Turner had a bad opening day matchup and hurt his owners. Matt Ryan couldn’t get them into the end zone although Roddy White owners were happy with his stats. Rashard Mendenhall went over 100 yards with his 50 yard game winning TD run. Hines Ward is timeless and went over 100 as well.
Browns-Bucs. Peyton Hillis shared carries with Jerome Harrison. Hillis is a nice player but his fumbles didn’t help his cause. Mohomed Massaquoi can be added to your roster in deep leagues. Josh Freeman threw for two TD’s (one to rookie Mike Williams) but still only warrants consideration as a backup. Cadillac Williams had a respectable day on the ground.
Raiders-Titans. Darren McFadden took advantage of Michael Bush being out with 150 total yards and a TD. That’s all there is to say about the Raiders. Chris Johnson patiently waited and finally exploded for a 76 yard TD run and added one later. Vince Young had nice day with two TD throws and 30 yards rushing. Nate Washington is a decent play in deeper leagues.
49ers-Seahawks. Frank Gore killed his owners and Alex Smith couldn’t get on the same page as any of his receivers other than TE Vernon Davis. Matt Hasselbeck threw for two TD’s but the running game is a disaster!
Cards-Rams. Derek Anderson only threw one TD to Larry Fitzgerald but showed poor accuracy. Steve Breaston had a big game and is a solid number two receiver. Sam Bradford will be the real deal. Mark Clayton came out of nowhere to become his number one go to guy and should be picked up on waivers immediately. Steven Jackson is no longer a number one RB but will still give you serviceable numbers.
Cowboys-Redskins. Stay away from the Cowboys RB’s until one of them goes down with a season ending injury (harsh yes, but that’s the truth!). Miles Austin is an absolute stud and Dez Bryant will be soon. Better things are coming for Tony Romo. Jason Witten is not what he was. Washington’s receivers hurt Donovan McNabb by dropping six passes. The only plays for the Redskins are Santana Moss and Chris Cooley.
Ravens-Jets. While Joe Flacco didn’t throw any TD’s, he is going to put up very good fantasy numbers this year. Anquan Boldin is the number one receiver that they were looking for and Todd Heap is once again a threat. Ray Rice had a quiet night and his owners want Willis McGahee out of town. Shonn Greene owners are besides themselves today with a disastrous first week and Ladanian Tomlinson an equal partner in the backfield. Mark Sanchez looked like a deer in headlights and is barely worth a backup roster spot.
Chargers-Chiefs. Horrible game plan by Norv Turner. They moved the ball easily early behind Phillip Rivers and Antonio Gates. Rookie Ryan Matthews showed signs of being a player but his fumble hurt big time. Why did it take Jamal Charles so long to get his first touch? He simply needs more touches. Stay away from any of the receivers including Dwayne Bowe as Matt Cassel is overrated.
That’s it for now. Will have my picks of the week on Friday!