Fantasy Football: After Week One, Are You in Trouble Already?

Eric CampbellContributor ISeptember 16, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Richard Seymour #92 and Tommy Kelly #93 of the Oakland Raiders shake hands after a big play during their game against the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Is it me or does Richard Seymour look real good in a Raiders uniform?

As a Patriots fan it was hard for me to watch the veteran leave New England, but a six-tackle performance last night that included sacking Phillip Rivers twice warmed my heart. Seymour looked real good on his new team where he'll fit in well with Oakland's ragged style.

But the Raiders' defense is hardly any concern to your fantasy team. Let's get to the topic at hand, and we'll start with the top.

Adrian Peterson rushed for three TDs Sunday, looking to reclaim his spotlight among fantasy running backs. Peterson also ran for 180 yards against the Browns, with an 18 yard reception from Ol' Brett Favre as well.

Drew Brees repaid fantasy owners right away for his first round pick. He had six TDs and over 350 yards in the air against the Lions.

Michael Turner managed only 66 yards on 22 carries against the Dolphins while Mike Bell ran for 143 yards.

Turner wasn't the only first round pick not to pay off early, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson, and Chris Johnson combined for just 18 points.

Thomas Jones got two scores with 107 yards, silencing Shonn Greene supporters.

The question of who was going to run the ball out of Arizona was answered: no one. The Cards ran the ball just 15 times (Wells had seven carries, Hightower eight). Hightower proved his worth though, by catching 12 passes for 121 yards.

All of the Cowboys receivers looked good, catching three TDs from Tony Romo. Romo had a field day, throwing for 353 yards and a touchdown to each of Roy Williams, Patrick Crayton, and fourth-year man Miles Austin.

Jay Cutler set career highs Sunday night, but not in a good way; he threw four picks. Devin Hester was pretty much the only good thing to happen to the Bears catching four passes for 90 yards and a TD.

Ray Rice led the rush for the Ravens, running for over 100 yards, however each Baltimore back had good day. McGahee scored two TDs and had 44 yards on the ground and 31 in the air, while Le'Ron McClain rushed for a 19 yards and a touchdown and three receptions for 23 yards.

Earnest Graham is now obviously the low man on the totem pole for Tampa Bay, running the ball just one time in Week One. Cadillac Williams  ran for 97 yards with a TD. Derrick Ward rushed for 62 yards and a TD with two catches for 21 yards.

Brandon Marshall caught just four passes for 27 yards.

Julius "the Jet Plane" Jones ran for 117 yards and a TD against the Rams.

Donovan McNabb scored 17 points for his fantasy owners, but left the game with a broken rib, and may sit out Sunday against the Saints.

Anthony Gonzalez is out two to six weeks with a knee injury leaving a empty spot next to Reggie Wayne. Pierre Garcon looks  to fill it, he caught three passes for 24 yards against the Jags.

John Carlson caught six passes for 95 yards and two scores.

Terrell Owens saw a lot of double coverage in his debut as a Bill, and caught just two passes for 46 yards.

Jake Delhomme had a very forgettable day, scoring negative fantasy points. He had five turnovers, including four interceptions, against the Eagles defense.

So week one didn't go quite the way you wanted. Ronnie Brown's 10 carry, 43 yard performance against the Falcons has you a little nervous. Want to get rid of Sammy Morris on your bench?

Look to the waiver wire for these guys to add a little depth to your roster:


Kevin Faulk, RB New England

He's only good in PPR leagues, but he gets a couple carries a game. But he earns his paycheck getting it done on third down in the air. He caught six passes for 50 yards in Week One. And one injury in that packed New England backfield increases Faulk's workload.


Antwaan Randle El, WR Washington

He caught seven passes for 98 yards against a Giants defense that the whole team struggled against. Next week they got the Rams, could be a lot of upside.


Earl Bennett, WR Chicago

He could be a valuable part of this Bears passing game that clearly had some holes. He caught seven passes in the opener for 66 yards. Plus, Cutler and Bennett were playing pass and catch back in college at Vanderbilt, so Bennett could be the familiar face Cutler needs.


Miles Austin, WR Cowboys

The coaches like him, and he's built for the part at 6'3, 214lbs. He's already caught a TD and he could put up a lot more if he can pass Patrick Crayton on the depth chart. 


All in all, this is just the first week. No need to panic and revamp your order if your team fell short—even if it fell very short. Play your starters here and look for teams get their offense balanced out in week two.