Week one of the NFL season is almost complete and of course everything went exactly to plan, right? Of course not. Not even Nostradamus himself can predict this sh*t anymore, but some things went our way and some things definitely did not.
It’s a Fumble!!
Stevan Ridley fumbled. Not once, but twice. Emperor Belichick has no patience for such things and he was sent packing for the day. Shane Vereen took over and ran for over 100 yards and caught 7 passes for 58 as well. This situation bears watching. We know Ridley has to be on thin ice after today and Belichick will be quick to pull him, as Vereen clearly can get it done.
David Wilson fumbled. Not once, but twice. Coughlin does like RBs who Coughlin up the ball, so Wilson sat the rest of the game. Da’Rel scott didn’t fumble, but his non-awareness caused a pick 6 late in the game, which stopped any chance of the Giants comeback. I think Wilson is a buy low, because there are no veterans that fit this offense and the Giants obviously need him.
I preached all week that you should stay away from this rookie and hopefully you didn’t get burned. The guy who had never played a regular season was getting highly touted as a top 5 guy this week. F*ckin nuts. Maybe we should see how guys will be used before we jump in head first.
Now We’re Cooking
Jared Cook was one of my favorite targets this season and he did not disappoint today in his first real action of the season. Cook finished 7 for 141 and 2 TDs. All the reports out of camp were true. He lined up all over the formation and looked unstoppable. Hey Titans, that’s how you use a physical mismatch. Now, Chris Givens was my boy, my bro, and he flopped. I’m not worried yet, he will come around. Patrick Peterson was all over him. Buy low mis amigos. I’m interested to see the backfield next week. Pead will be back and T-Rich’s 3 YPC wasn’t all that impressive. Cardinals D is no joke though, so we will see how they do against the Falcons next week.
Kaepernick made the Packers look ridiculous in the playoffs last season with an amazing game on the ground. Today, he went nuts through the air. 400 yards passing with 3 TDs. Vernon Davis was on the end of 2 of those and Boldin went for over 200 yards receiving. This kid is just a stud and he will have a shot at being the #1 fantasy QB if Peyton doesn’t throw 60 TDs.
Better to Have Luck Than to Be Good
The Colts-Raiders game did not go as we all planned. Well, Andre Luck did just fine by me. No QB is owned more than Luck by yours truly, as he fell to me in nearly every draft. He only threw for 178 yards, but NO INTs!! Woohoo. He also ran for 38 yards with a rush TD, which is an underrated part of his game. The problem in this game was my man crush TY Hilton didn’t do squat. No one really did outside of Wayne
Not Miller Time
Lamar Miller was one of favorite targets this season, but today will be a day to forget. Unless you are savvy and buy him low. The Browns D is better than you think and better days are ahead for the talented runner. Hell, it can’t get worse than 10 carries for 3 yards, right?
He’s No Joique
The Lions love to throw to their RBs, a lot. Reggie Bush went nuts today with 191 total yards, but Joique was pretty awesome himself. 92 total yards and 2 TDs. Bell looks like the goaline guy and his skill set will allow him to be involved every week.
DMC Didn’t Get Hurt
Hey, he didn’t get hurt. Oh, Terrell Pryor is fantasy relevant and was one of my ‘sleepers’ this week, because he can run. He passed OK too and will definitely be a guy that can get it done for you in larger leagues and 2 QB leagues.
Cardinals Pass Attack is For Real
Carson Palmer and Bruce Arians have breathed life into a passing game that was laughable last season. Larry Fitz, Andre Roberts, and Michael Floyd all looked good. They all should be owned depending on the size of your league and scoring system. Fitz is the obvious must start every week, but Floyd and Roberts can be flexed if you need them. Roberts will have more value in PPR leagues with his 8 for 97 day. Time to check out the waiver wire.
3 Headed Giant Monster
Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, and Ruben Randle all went over 100 yards tonight. Cruz just got into the endzone 3 times and was the #1 fantasy WR through the weekend. Eli and company won’t throw for over 400 yards every week, but they may see themselves in more shootouts than they want to be in. This pass attack is fantasy friendly and a health Nicks will open things up for Cruz and Randle. I knew Eli was going to be a steal this season, but this is a really nice start.
Beat of My Hartline
Mike Wallace was once again owned by Joe Haden with 1 catch for 15 yards on 5 targets. Brian Hartline capitalized with a great day. He finished with 9/114/1 on 15 targets. The signing of Wallace was huge for Hartline, who had no business being the #1 target last season. Wallace will have huge games, but he will be inconsistent as always and Hartline will be there to pick up the slack.
My Good Calls This Week
Starts: Tony Romo, Steven Jackson, Mike Williams, Jared Cook, Martellus Bennett, Jordan Cameron
Sits: Geno Smith, Josh Freeman, Rashard Mendenhall, DeAngelo Williams, Mike Wallace
Sleepers: Terrelle Pryor, E.J. Manuel, Shane Vereen, Brandon Myers
Busts: Cam Newton, Chris Johnson, Chris Ivory, Steeler RBs, Zach Sudfeld
My Bad Calls This Week
Starts: Ben Roethlisberger, David Wilson, Stevan Ridley,
Sits: Eddie Lacy, Jermichael Finley
Sleepers: Ahmad Bradshaw, Mark Ingram, Quinton Patton, TY Hilton
Busts: Vincent Jackson
Top Ten Rushing Attempts
Chris Johnson (25)
Doug Martin (24)
Frank Gore (21)
Reggie Bush (21)
DeMarco Murray (20)
Daryl Richardson (20)
Matt Forte (19)
Adrian Peterson (18)
Darren McFadden (17)
Marshawn Lynch (17)
CJ Spiller (17)
Top Ten Targets
Kenbrell Thompkins (14)
AJ Green (13)
Vincent Jackson (13)
Romo- played through a Giants sack sandwich and took a shot to the ribs, but we won’t know the extent of the injury till tomorrow. Has played through broken ribs before. Kyle Orton would be a must add if Romo misses time.
Spiller- took a shot to the head, but was able to finish the game. Fred Jackson got a lot of action though.
Amendola- hobbled off, but worked out his issues and caught 10 balls. Injury will always be a concern.
Reggie Bush- dislocated finger and strained his groin. Didn’t seem to slow him down.
Maurkice Pouncey- the Steelers O-line looked like trash before the injury. I’m avoiding this offense right now.
Jamaal Charles- left the game with an apparent quad injury, but returned to the game. Charles sat at the end of the game since the Jags were no threat.
Blaine Gabbert- his hand laceration caused him to receive 14 stitches, but his 121 yards and 2 INTs should have him holding a clipboard anyway. Henne is a major upgrade and that’s saying something.
Shonn Greene- injured his knee and didn’t return. Jackie Battle scored, but Greene says he will be back next week.
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