Fantasy Football: Week One Water Cooler Chat
Do you sit your studs and do you drop your duds?
With your fantasy season typically being 13 or 14 weeks long, there is plenty of time for your team to get right. Most 10-12-team leagues include a two to three week playoff tree, so typically you don’t have to have the best record to make the playoffs, you just need to have the best team.
There were plenty of performances to frown about in Week One, but not many key ones warrant any drastic action like dropping your stud or Week One dud. In Tennessee, running back Chris Johnson is going to be fine after a less than stellar Week One performance, as is running back Matt Forte, who toted the rock 25 times against the Packers.
There is always something to be taken from the opening weekend performances, in some cases it sets the tone for some players (see Wayne, Moss, and Peterson), but many others they’re just getting started. While again I’ll reiterate not to panic, many fantasy owners will still have some difficult decisions to make looking ahead to Week Two.
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Analysis: this ship will get righted, so don’t sit him.
In New Orleans, it’s much of the same with Marques Colston. Drew Brees was simply outstanding, spreading out the field and hitting all his targets. As a matter of fact, Colston was targeted six times on the day, while the team’s leading receiver, Devery Henderson, saw eight balls.
Analysis: again, don’t panic; Colston will get his looks, so don’t sit him.
While Monday night was probably an emotional roller coaster if you were a Bills fan and T.O. fantasy owner, this is a situation that you needn’t be too concerned about.
Analysis: the offense will open up as the season goes and T.O. will get his touches; don’t sit.
While the Bronco’s defense is not notorious, quarterback Carson Palmer was often forced to settle for a lot of underneath stuff and was at times pressured in the pocket. The Broncos defense actually played well, sacking Carson three times and not allowing a single pass play longer than 34 yards.
Some other notables that will be fine after a slow Week One start include: QB-Matt Schaub, RB-Brian Westbrook, RB-Darren McFadden, RB-Matt Forte, WR-Anquan Boldin, WR-Chris Henry, WR-Vincent Jackson, and WR-T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
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After a very poor showing on Thursday night against the Titans, Willie Parker owners will want to keep a close eye on this situation. Parker was very ineffective, albeit against a tough Titans defense, but the Steelers also called 47 pass plays; something to watch.
It’s worth mentioning with Cadillac making such a triumphant return in Week One and Derrick Ward running as well as he did, Earnest Graham could quickly become the odd man out.
Others notables that it might be time to shelve, at least for a bit, include: QB-Donovan McNabb (injured), QB-Jake Delhomme (ya think), QB-Brady Quinn (still a work in progress), RB-Larry Johnson, RB-Correll Buckhalter (timeshare), RB-Knowshon Moreno (see Buckhalter), and WR-Domenik Hixon.
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By David G. Ortega
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