Sunday's Fantasy Football Performances, Gut Checks, and Week 2 Wire Pickups

Ken KellyContributor IIISeptember 13, 2010

HOUSTON - SEPTEMBER 12:  Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans avoids a tackle by defensive back Melivn Bullitt #33 of the Indianapolis Colts during the NFL season opener at Reliant Stadium on September 12, 2010 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Week one is nearly in the books and fantasy owners are either celebrating or sobbing as week one left us with many surprises.

Let’s get right to it!

Sunday’s MVP

Arian Foster was an absolute beast against the Colts, carrying the ball 33 times for a whopping 231 yards and three touchdowns. We expected him to be the bellcow for the Texans, but that was ridiculous.

While you can’t expect 231 yards every week, Foster looks like a borderline No. 1 running back right now when you combine this breakout game with his promising finish last year.

Sunday’s LVP

There were a few to choose from, but owners who drafted Andre Johnson in round one expected more than three catches for 33 yards.

Lineup Fun

You probably won if your lineup looked like this…

QB Peyton Manning = 433 yards, three touchdown passes
RB Arian Foster = 231 yards, three rushing touchdowns
RB Matt Forte = 50 rushing yards, 151 receiving yards, two touchdowns
RB Chris Johnson = 142 rushing yards, two touchdowns
WR Hakeem Nicks = 4 catches, 75 yards, three touchdowns
WR Chad Ochocinco = 12 catches, 159 yards, one touchdown
WR Miles Austin = 10 catches, 146 yards, one touchdown
TE Dallas Clark = 11 catches, 80 yards, one touchdown

You probably lost if your lineup looked like this…

QB Kevin Kolb = 5/10, 24 yards
RB CJ Spiller = 7 carries for 6 yards, 4 catches for 8 yards
RB Michael Turner = 19 carries for 42 yards, one catch for 7 yards
RB Jonathan Stewart = 5 carries for 12 yards
WR DeSean Jackson = 4 catches for 30 yards
WR Michael Crabtree = 2 catches for 12 yards
WR Andre Johnson = 3 catches for 33 yards
TE Owen Daniels = 1 catch, 9 yards

Gut Check

I’d be worried if…

Michael Crabtree continues to look disinterested. He has all the talent in the world, but he’s losing the love of his locker room pretty quickly after a sub-par effort followed his lackadaisical preseason.

Randy Moss continues to focus the spotlight on himself.

I own Matt Stafford as my No. 2 quarterback. His shoulder injury looks like it’s going to keep him out for as long as six weeks.

I’m relying on any Bills player for points. That offense is absolutely putrid and Trent Edwards‘ strong preseason didn’t translate.

I expected Matt Moore to develop quickly into my backup quarterback. Moore was awful on Sunday going 14 of 33 for 182 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions before getting hurt.

I own Kevin Kolb. Yes, it’s just one bad half of one game, but Michael Vick sparked that offense.

I was expecting Roy Williams to keep his starting job in Dallas for very long. Dez Bryant actually led the team in targets on Sunday, with one more than Miles Austin.

A Look Back at our Twenty Waiver Suggestions for Week One

Five we hit on:

1. Jermaine Gresham, TE, CIN: 6 catches, 25 yards, one touchdown
2. Jordan Shipley, WR, CIN: 5 catches, 82 yards
3. Mike Thomas, WR, JAX: 6 catches, 89 yards
4. Brandon Jackson, RB, GB:
18 carries, 63 yards
5. Peyton Hillis, RB, CLE: 9 carries, 41 yards, one touchdown

Five we missed on:

1. Leon Washington, RB, SEA: Six carries, 12 yards
2. Kareem Huggins, RB, TB: No carries (though he was the backup)
3. Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU: Two catches, 29 yards
4. Tashard Choice, RB, DAL: Five carries, 18 yards, and one bad fumble
5. James Davis, RB, CLE: No carries

A Look Back at our Twenty Sneaky Plays for Week One

Five we hit on:

1. Tim Hightower, RB, ARI: 94 total yards, one touchdown
2. Santana Moss, WR, WAS: Six catches, 77 yards
3. Mike Williams, WR, TB: Five catches, 30 yards, and one incredible TD
4. Carson Palmer, QB, CIN: 345 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
5. Josh Freeman, QB, TB: 182 yards, two TDs, one INT, 34 rush yards

Five we missed on:

1. Jerome Harrison, RB, CLE: Nine carries, 52 yards
2. Sammie Stroughter, WR, TB: Two catches, 32 yards
3. Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU: Two catches, 29 yards
4. Louis Murphy, WR, OAK: Four catches, 28 yards
5. Marion Barber, RB, DAL: Eight carries, 39 yards

An Early Look Ahead to Hot Names on the Week Two Waiver Wire

Keep in mind these weekly pickups are always going to be added to the ones we suggested from previous weeks. You'll find last week's suggestions here.

1. Michael Vick, QB, PHI (owned in 3.6% of leagues)

After Kevin Kolb was knocked out of the game, Vick led the Eagles back with 175 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and 103 rushing yards. He’ll be a hot pickup with uncertainty surrounding Kolb’s status.

2. Shaun Hill, QB, DET (owned in 0.1% of leagues)

Hill’s numbers weren’t impressive in relief of Matt Stafford, but he’s shown the ability to play in this league. It looks like he could be playing quarterback for the Lions for the next month or so.

3. Greg Camarillo, WR, MIN (owned in 3.9% of leagues)

While his one catch for 29 yards doesn’t excite you, neither does the lethargic play of Bernard Berrian.

4. Mark Clayton, WR, STL (owned in 2.3% of leagues)

We suggested picking him up last week, so you may be a week late. The cat’s out of the bag after his 10 catch, 119 yard performance.

5. Evan Moore, TE, CLE (owned in 0.1% of leagues)

Most thought Ben Watson would make Moore an afterthought, but his three catches and 87 yards make him a worthy flyer.

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