OK, OK. People...can I have your attention, please? Step away from the ledge, find a seat and let’s begin today’s program about Week 1 Fantasy Football Overreaction.
It’s not your fault. Nobody figured Adrian Peterson would rush for two touchdowns, making your decision to start Jamaal Charles instead look foolish. Not a fantasy soul in existence saw Cam Newton melting down against the woeful Buccaneers, a team he’d previously run roughshod over.
But don't panic. The Packers aren’t yesterday’s news, Matt Stafford will shine again and the Jets aren’t “back.” Let’s begin by taking a deep cleansing breath and exhaling slowly. Let the real NFL air replace the fantasy oddities clogging up your lungs.
Fantasy veterans know that the season is a grind, and one week, specifically the first week, often isn’t indicative of the team you have whether you won or lost.
There are statistical outliers (like the Jets scoring 48 points), and then there are real trends (like Chris Johnson continuing to be a shadow of his 2009-2010 self).
Here are five Week 1 happenings you need to dismiss and five that you need to monitor.