Fantasy Football 2012: Top Scorers from NFL Week 1

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on September 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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There were some unexpected names dotting the fantasy football leaderboard for Week 1 of the NFL season. 

The deepest sleepers, such as Alfred Morris and Kevin Ogletree, were among the top point-scorers through the first 14 games of the 16-game Week 1 schedule. 

Here's a more detailed look at the top point-scorers (ESPN standard fantasy scoring used) so far in Week 1.



Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

Week 1 may only be the precursor to what could be a huge statistical season for Ryan in 2012.

On the road against the Kansas City Chiefs, Ryan completed 23 passes for 299 yards and three touchdowns, plus he ran for 25 yards and another score. The Falcons offense looks like it could be a tough unit to stop through the air. 


Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

Most had an idea that Griffin III would eventually give the Redskins offense a spark, but few expected the No. 2 overall pick to burn the Superdome to the ground in his first-ever NFL start.

His 320 yards came on just 19 completions, including an 88-yard strike to Pierre Garcon. Griffin also ran for 42 yards on a number of designed runs.

The Redskins scored 40 points for the first time in years, with Griffin the main catalyst. 


Running Backs

C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

Spiller took full advantage of Fred Jackson's early leg injury. On just 14 carries and three catches, Spiller accounted for a whopping 194 yards and a touchdown to lead all fantasy backs.

The extent of Jackson's injury still isn't completely clear, meaning Spiller should be in line for a big number of touches over the next couple of weeks. He's earned a bigger role regardless.


Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins

There was caution against getting too crazy about any one Redskins running back, but Morris repaid Mike Shanahan's confidence in starting him by rushing for 96 yards and two scores against the Saints.

Morris ran hard and showed good burst when a seam opened up. Overall, he got 28 carries in an offense that has other capable running backs. There wasn't much more owners could have asked for in a debut. 


Wide Receivers

Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys

Laurent Robinson 2.0? Just maybe. Ogletree took advantage of the soft coverages given to him by the presence of Miles Austin and Dez Bryant outside by catching two touchdowns and breaking the 100-yard mark against the New York Giants Wednesday night. 

He's not a great bet to continue those sparkling numbers, but the opportunities in this offense should remain. He's someone to keep an eye on moving forward. 


Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Jones was a popular breakout candidate entering 2012, and he proved exactly why in the opener in Kansas City.

Jones was one of just three receivers who caught more than one touchdown, and he and Ogletree remain the only receivers to break 100 yards along with two scores. All things considered, Jones might end up being one of the candidates to be fantasy's top receiver in 2012.


Tight Ends

Jimmy Graham, New Orleans Saints; Rob Gronkowski, New England Patriots

No surprises with the top two safeties, as Graham and Gronkowski showed again why they are the two best tight ends in fantasy football.

Graham made a tough catch in traffic to secure his lone touchdown, and Gronkowski was his normal self in finding the end zone. Neither cracked 100 yards, but they were the best two fantasy tight ends through 14 Week 1 games.

We'll see if Antonio Gates or any other tight end has something to say about that during Monday's games. 



New York Jets

The Jets would have been far-and-away the best fantasy defense had they not given up some garbage-time points to the Buffalo Bills. New York forced four turnovers, returning one for a score, and Jeremy Kerley also took a punt back for six. 


New England Patriots 

The Patriots allowed just 13 points and got a defensive touchdown against the Tennessee Titans. Two sacks and two turnovers also contributed to their final total. Overall, it was a promising start to the new-look New England defense. 



Billy Cundiff, Washington Redskins

Remember when Cundiff missed a field goal that would have sent the AFC title game into overtime, then lost his job in camp to a no-namer? He helped erase those memories Sunday with four made field goals and four extra points against the Saints. 


Matt Bryant, Atlanta Falcons

Like Cundiff, Bryant made all four of his field-goal attempts. He also added four extra points. Given how much scoring the Falcons could be doing in 2012, Bryant is a good bet to continue putting up top fantasy numbers.


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