Fantasy Football Week 1 Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders

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Fantasy Football Week 1 Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders
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By Derek of The Sportmeisters

The first week of the season is in the books and what a week it was. With the season underway, I have brought back my winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders blog from last year. Let’s go!

Winners

QB – Tom Brady – New England Patriots – 39 Completions, 53 Attempts, 378 Yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Brady’s back! He started 2009 of on a pretty good note with 378 yards and two touchdowns against Buffalo. He is obviously an elite fantasy QB and is an obvious must start every week.

QB – Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – 26 Completions, 34 Attempts, 358 Yards, 6 TD, 1 INT

I guess this is why everybody picked Brees as the number one fantasy QB in the preseason. He started off the year throwing for 358 yards and six touchdowns. Granted, he was playing the Lions, but he looked like he was on cruise control the entire game, scoring on command. He is an elite fantasy QB and is another obvious must start every week.

RB – Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings – 25 Carries, 180 Yards, 3 TD, 1 Reception, 18 Yards

All Day Adrian Peterson looked merely mortal in the first half last week. However, he ran for 155 Yards in the second half and scored three Touchdowns proving that he is the NFL’s best running back. He is another obvious must start every week.

RB – Julius Jones – Seattle Seahawks – 19 Carries, 117 Yards, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 19 Yards

Jones had a very good start to the year last week, rushing for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Rams. He will be much more utilized this year in a very different Offensive scheme and could break the 1000 Yard mark. Waiver Wire Wonder?

WR – Reggie Wayne – Indianapolis Colts – 10 Receptions, 162 Yards, 1 TD

Wayne proved why it was ok for the Colts to let Marvin Harrison go in the offseason. He caught 10 balls for 162 Yards and a touchdown last week against the Jaguars. He is an elite fantasy WR and is another obvious must start every week, especially with Peyton Manning as his QB.

WR – Randy Moss – New England Patriots – 12 Receptions, 141 Yards

The Brady to Moss combo is back in full swing. Even though Moss didn’t score a touchdown, he was still highly effective. He caught 12 balls for 141 yards against Buffalo. He is another elite fantasy WR and is an obvious must start every week.

WR – Wes Welker – New England Patriots – 12 Receptions, 93 Yards

So much for Welker being hurt. He was listed as Questionable all week and still busted out with 12 Receptions for 93 Yards against Buffalo. Welker will grab over 100 balls again this year and Brady should lead him into the end zone more often too. He is a must start every week.

TE – John Carlson – Seattle Seahawks – 6 Receptions, 95 Yards, 2 TD

Carlson put up huge numbers last week against the Rams. He caught six balls for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He won’t put up these same numbers every week, but is a Top 10 fantasy TE and is a good start, depending on his match up.

TE – Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – 4 Receptions 31 Yards, 2 TD

I TOLD YOU SO! Sorry, I had to do that. Shockey followed his impressive preseason with a two-touchdown game in week one against Detroit. It looks like he and Drew Brees are on the same page and I expect this to continue throughout the year. You may want to consider using him more than you thought you would.

Losers

QB – Jake Delhomme – Carolina Panthers – 7 Completions, 17 Attempts, 73 Yards, 0 TD, 4 INT, 1 FUM

Delhomme has now given the ball away to the other team 11 times in his last two games (the other was the playoff game against Arizona). He was awful last week and was pulled from the game because of it. He is still the starter for now, but he should be buried on your bench or on the waiver wire.

QB – Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – 17 Completions, 36 Attempts, 277 Yards, 1 TD, 4 INT

Not the best way to start your career with a new team. Cutler looked like a rookie against Green Bay and threw four Interceptions to only one touchdown. He won’t be that bad all year, so don’t be scared off by one game.

RB – Brandon Jacobs – New York Giants – 16 Carries, 46 Yards, 2 Receptions, 17 Yards

Washington held Jacobs in check last week and he rushed for just 46 Yards. However, the man is just too big to be kept out of the end zone for long, so go ahead and keep starting him and he will reward you.

RB – Willie Parker – Pittsburgh Steelers – 13 Carries, 19 Yards, 1 Reception, 5 Yards

Willie Parker is officially a shell of his former self. After a miserable 2008 year, he started 2009 with a pitiful 19-yard performance in the season opener. Granted, he was playing a very tough Tennessee Defense, but he still didn’t look quite right. Avoid starting Parker until he shows any resemblance of returning to form.

WR – Lance Moore – New Orleans Saints – 2 Receptions, 38 Yards

All that offense and he only catches two balls? I was dead wrong about Moore last week and I can’t believe Brees could get the ball to everyone but him against Detroit. However, he will rebound, as that Offense is way too good to keep him down for long, but until Brees looks his way more, keep him stashed on the bench.

WR – Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – 4 Receptions 35 Yards

Not what you expect from a top tier fantasy WR. The Jets defense held Johnson to just four catches for 35 Yards last week. However, he isn’t an elite WR for nothing and will bounce back very soon. He is still an obvious must start every week.

TE – Greg Olsen – Chicago Bears – 1 Reception, 8 Yards

Ok, so he had one bad game. One very bad game. That still doesn’t mean that everyone was wrong about this being Olsen’s breakout year. He will bounce back soon and should still be started most weeks.

Waiver Wire Wonders

RB – Julius Jones – Seattle Seahawks – 19 Carries, 117 Yards, 1 TD, 2 Receptions, 19 Yards

I told you he was a Waiver Wire Wonder. Jones had a very good start to the year last week, rushing for 117 yards and a touchdown against the Rams. He will be much more utilized this year in a very different offensive scheme and could break the 1000 yard mark. You had better see if he is available though, as he is owned in 96 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 92.9 percent of ESPN leagues, and 78 percent of Yahoo leagues. Grab him if you can.

WR – Steve Smith – New York Giants – 6 Receptions, 80 Yards

Who needs Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer? Not Eli Manning! He showed that he had plenty of trust in Smith, throwing his way early and often and completing six balls for 80 Yyrds to him. Smith is the obvious number one in New York and is especially useful in PPR leagues. He is only owned in 77 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 25.3 percent of ESPN leagues, and 30 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him if you need a quality WR.

TE – Jeremy Shockey – New Orleans Saints – 4 Receptions 31 Yards, 2 TD

I TOLD YOU SO! Sorry, I had to do that. Shockey followed his impressive preseason with a two Touchdown game in week one against Detroit. It looks like he and Drew Brees are on the same page and I expect this to continue throughout the year. He is going very fast, being owned in 87 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 82.9 percent of ESPN leagues, and 89 percent of Yahoo leagues, so go ahead and grab him if you can and consider using him more than you thought you would.

 

That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.

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