Week 1 had it’s share that smells like flash in pan, but it also has opportunities worth looking in to. We look at players who severely outplayed it’s fantasy expectations and cloudy situations that an opportunist could take advantage of.
I’ve always been a huge Fred Davis guy. He was a second round pick from a previous coaching regime, so he’s talented, but had to earn the trust of the Shanahans. Chris Cooley was a solid fantasy tight end several year ago (he was even one of the earlier players who played fantasy football), but we’re seeing him bring more savvy these days, versus play making ability. Fred Davis has always produced and Grossman loves the tight end. Can be a TE1. I keep saying this is a deep position.
My breakout Fantasy performer is Early Doucet of the Arizona Cardinals. In a game that had a lot of big names put up some numbers Doucet stood out. He has been in the league for 4 years. Last year was his best year with 26 receptions for 291 yards and 1td. To come out and have 105 yards on three catches and a big 70 yard touchdown opposite Larry Fitzgerald really got my attention. Plus on that team this looks like something that he might be able to sustain.
Ed Dickson is the Baltimore Ravens new starting TE replacing Todd Heap. Dickson is a big target (6’5” 255 lbs) for Flacco and is faster and more of a receiving threat than Heap was. Last year Dickson totaled 11 catches for 152 yards and 1 TD. With his first start, Dickson came away with 5 catches for 59 yards and a TD. The Ravens truly have a complete offense that will give most defenses problem. The opposing defenses have to focus on Ray Rice in the rushing and passing game first. Then they have to look at newly acquired Lee Evans as the deep threat and Boldin as the main target. With all of those weapons Dickson is the one that is left alone. Dickson’s size and speed will make it hard for any defense to match up with him. Overall Dickson could become a weekly start at TE, and at the least qualifies as a great weekly matchup/bye week TE.
Other players who way exceeded expectations:
Cam Newton (yeah number 1 pick, but still)
Steve Smith Carolina (I know he is a big name but who saw 178yds and 2 tds coming)
Mike Tolbert (3tds sitting on a lot of benches)
Rex Grossman (where has he been all this time?)
Jermaine Gesham (what a Bengal?)
Cedric Benson (Two Bengals on this list means an upset win!) – 120 yards and a TD
Cadillac Williams – Cadillac performed OK in relief of Steven Jackson. Jackson is already being called ‘out’ for next week, so make sure to pick up Caddie if your desperate for a back.
Fred Jackson – Stays solid at 20 carries and 112-yards. He shows Marshawn Lynch, what a good RB3 should look like in the box score.
Reggie Wayne – It’s ‘garbage time’ can be very beneficial to fantasy owners. Caught 7 passes, 106-yards, and a touchdown.
Kenny Britt – Roar as loud as you can, while tearing your shirt. Now you know what Kenny Britt feels like all the time. 5-catches, 136 yards and 2 touchdowns.
‘Vomited on the Locker room’ :
LeGarrette Blount – Kansas City’s Todd Haley gets a lot of guff, but I’d say Raheem Morris is back on the ‘Knucklehead Coach’ list. Five carries in a game that was fairly close most the way? Something smells like Raheem Morris got too much credit for last year.
Donovan McNabb – No one was starting him, but 7 completions for 39-yards? I don’t care if he did that against the ’85 Bears, that’s terrible! McNabb’s ownership will drop big time during the waiver period.
Ben Roethlisberger – Threw 3 picks and got sacked 4 times. It’s just one game, but Big Ben has been known to throw in a stinker here and there.
Brandon Jacobs – Only 6 carries for 29-yards. Needs more chances.
Carolina backfield – Both guys were pretty much awful – It was indeed the Cam Newton show
Dwayne Bowe – 2 catches and nothing out of 8 targets. Hopefully, the usually slow starter, starts to heat up.
Marshawn Lynch – RB3s get more than 47-total yards.
Chris Johnson – RB1s get more than 9 carries and 24-yards.
Kerry Collins – ‘Old’ and ‘terrible’ is not a good combination.
Situation to look at
St. Louis Wide Receivers – Danny Amendola getting knocked out for the year means more Brandon Gibson and Mike Sims-Walker. MSW is already on a lot of rosters, but Gibson might see the uptick. He’s more of a big play option, but he’ll figure to be more on an in-house solution. Already spotted two interesting things. One, MSW already mentioned as the new Rams slot receiver. That would be huge for MSW’s fantasy value. The other name mentioned with the Rams yesterday – Randy Moss. Moss with McDaniels again? Why not? Will it happen. Probably not. But if it does, hop on that waiver wire. It’s all about opportunity.