Fantasy Football Week 1 Standouts

September 12, 2011 at 10:04 am Leave a comment

Here’s a couple of standouts from week one, that stole the show.  I’ll have Fantasy Football Pickups up tomorrow, sleepers on Thursday, and NFL Football Friday up at the end of the week.  That will be the schedule each week, but I’m working on more and I’ll post other stuff in between.   Lots of film to watch and research to do before next week, since I was admittedly not on top of my game for Week 1.  Feel free to add any players, commentary, or suggestions.

Side note: early in the season, don’t get bogged down by results.  You have to give your team a chance to develop, like the teams must do with their players.

Cam Newton:  Set the rookie passing record in Week 1 on the road in Arizona (422 yards).  I’ve been a believer in Cam – calling him McNabb 2.0, but this kind of performance with room to grow had to surprise everyone.  Also, made me feel like I undersold him.  He used his rocket arm to deliver the ball here it needed to go; short, intermediate, and deep.  Looked at by many, in FFB, to be a viable backup because running ability, but he showed a willingness to stay in the pocket and pick on two young corners.  Don’t expect the same performance against Green Bay this week, yet raise your expectations no matter who you are for this young man.

Mike Tolbert: A sleeper and a value pick, who showed how valuable he can be for his team in a comeback victory.  It was assumed that he would be in a split with the goal-line carries but the Chargers stuck with him through thick and thin.  He took advantage of the two-deep zone the Vikings were playing by catching 9 catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns.  Matthews and him both had 12 carries but it was evident who they trusted when it mattered.  (Conversely: see Shonne Greene on the bench during Jets comeback going spread and running the least they have in years).

Kenny Britt:  Although his first TD was an 80-yard broken play, one thing remains constant: his point per game average is through the roof.  Hasselbeck saw this performance and basically threw away the game on a lame jump ball with about thirty seconds left.  Britt is a star and Hasselbeck needs to feed him the ball, more.  Another guy who will see the ball more or more consistently is Robert Meachem with the injury to Colston.

Jermaine Gresham:  The talent is coming to fruition this season.  Got the Bengals off to a great start with a TD and helped them to a win. Caught six passes for 58 yards and was targeted eight times.  With a rookie QB or weak-armed backup, he seems to be the focal point not A.J. Green.  Scott Chandler from the Bills improved on his preseason (5-63-2tds)


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