Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Week 1: The good, the bad, and the ugly

Two Mannings and a Bush

Posted by Karl Brenkert on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 3:51 PM

Week 1 of the NFL season is in the books and fantasy owners will want to overreact to what they saw. Don't panic. Keep your head and try to take advantage of those owners in your league who want to jump at the flavor of the week. Here are the good, the bad, and the ugly from week 1.

The Good

The Manning brothers combined for over 900 yards passing in week 1. Broncos wide receivers Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas and tight end Julius Thomas scored 2 touchdowns each as Peyton tied an NFL record by throwing 7 touchdown passes. Giants WRs Victor Cruz (3 TDs), Hakeem Nicks, and Reuben Randle each went over 100 yards receiving.

After getting abused by the Niners in last year's playoff game, the Green Bay Packers spent all offseason preparing to stop the read-option. So, naturally, Colin Kaepernick, who had never thrown for 300 yards in a game, threw for 412 yards and 3 scores. Newly acquired WR Anquan Boldin was a beast hauling in 13 passes for 208 yards and 1 TD.

Adrian Peterson started right where he left off in 2012, exploding for a 78 yard touchdown on his first carry of 2013, and finished with 3 total TDs. LeSean McCoy looked great running for 184 yards and 1 TD against the Redskins, and Reggie Bush ran for 90 yards and caught 4 balls for 101 receiving yards and 1 TD. Summerville High School standout AJ Green overcame a sprained knee in the preseason to haul in 9 grabs for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Tight ends made big contributions in week 1, as well. Jared Cook of the Rams caught 7 balls for 141 yards and 2 scores, aforementioned Julius Thomas caught 5 passes for 110 yards and 2 TDs, while Jordan Cameron was the only bright spot for the Browns, catching 9 passes for 108 yards and 1 TD. Vernon Davis, Owen Daniels, and Jason Witten also had 2 scores each.

The Bad

Chances are that you spent your first round pick on a stud running back that you expected to carry your team. CJ Spiller had only 41 yards rushing on 17 carries for an average of 2.4 YPC. Worse, Fred Jackson went for 67 yards on 13 carries. RBBC is not what you signed up for with Spiller. Other first round running backs who failed to produce RB1 numbers were Alfred Morris, Trent Richardson, and Marshawn Lynch.

Calvin Johnson was most likely the first wide selected in your draft. In what is a disturbing trend for Megatron owners, he once again failed to find the end zone (2 potential TD were overturned) and he finished with only 4 receptions for 37 yards. Worse was Dez Bryant who wound up with only 22 yards and a sprained foot. James Island High School star Roddy White was listed as the starter despite a high ankle sprain but caught only 2 passes for 19 yards. White owners should be wary, as high ankle sprains usually require weeks to recover.

The Ugly

The Steelers and Jags were pathetic in week 1. La'Rod Stevens-Howling led the Steelers in rushing with 19 yards and blew out his ACL and is done for the season. Steelers center Maurice Pouncey injured his ACL and MCL while inside linebacker Larry Foote ruptured his biceps. MJD managed only 45 yards of total offense for the Jaguars and Blaine Gabbert was the worst QB in the league with only 121 yards passing and 2 INTs.

Giants RB David Wilson was benched last year for failing to secure the football and promptly fumbled twice in the season opener against the Cowboys.

Waiver wire suggestions*: Julius Thomas DEN (#2 TE), Joique Bell DET (#4 RB), Julian Edelman NE (#7 WR), Terrelle Pryor OAK (#12 QB,) Knowshon Moreno DEN (#29 RB), Andre Roberts ARI (#30 WR)

*rankings based on fantasy points from NFL.com

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