RB Brandon Jackson, Green Bay
Can’t say that I think Jackson is very good or that he’ll succeed if given the lead role in the Packers explosive offense. However, Ryan Grant was in a walking boot after the game and Jackson played reasonably well against the Eagles in Week 1, finishing with 63 yards on 18 carries and 12 receiving yards.
This is a short term deal since Grant is assured of moving back to the top of the depth chart as soon as he is healthy.
(Updated: Grant has been placed on injured reserve, leaving Jackson as the team's current lead back. Look for the Packers to add a veteran player to bolster their depth at the position.)
QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia
With Kevin Kolb out with concussion, all Vick did was complete 16 of 24 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown and rush 11 times for 103 yards. He led the Eagles to 17 of their 20 points despite entering the game after halftime.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid commented that Vick was “phenomenal” although he also noted that Kolb would start next week against the Lions if he is healthy. However, if he is able to go and struggles, there is now ample evidence of Vick’s ability to lead the offence. Definitely worth stashing if you have a roster spot available.
WR Mike Thomas, Jacksonville
The 2009 fourth round pick had the best game of his career in Week 1 against the Broncos. Thomas finished with six receptions for 89 yards, failing to catch only one of the passes thrown his way.
While the Broncos clearly focused on shutting down Mike Sims-Walker, using Champ Bailey to keep him off the scoresheet, Thomas took advantage of the opportunity. The Jaguars were impressed with his preseason play and Thomas has enough speed and agility to produce if opposing defences focus too much attention on Sims-Walker.
WR Mario Manningham, New York Giants
Manningham is clearly he forgotten one of the Giants impressive trio of wide receivers. Despite finishing 2009 with 57 receptions for 822 yards and five touchdowns, Manningham was mostly an afterthought in this year’s fantasy drafts/auctions with Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith getting all of the fantasy love.
Manningham put up 85 yards on four receptions in Week 1 against a Panthers defence that finished fourth in the league in passing yards against in 2009. The Giants morphed into a passing team in 2009 and they appear ready to duplicate that in 2010.
WR Devin Aromashodu, Chicago
Aromashodu was listed as a backup entering the season but he emerged as Jay Cutler’s go-to guy in Week 1. He was targeted 10 times, catching five passes for 71 yards and dropping a pass in the end zone.
While Devin Hester and Johny Knox were tabbed as the Bears wide receivers most likely to breakout under new offensive coordinator Mike Martz’s offense, after Week 1, it looks like Aromasho is the player to own of the Bears receivers.
QB Matt Hasselebeck, Seattle
While I’m certainly not sold, Hasselbeck and his cast of questionable wide receivers came through in Week 1 against a 49ers defence that came out inexplicably flat.
Hasselbeck went 18 of 23 for 170 yards and two touchdowns and chipped in a rushing touchdown to boot (note that it’s a sad commentary on your running backs when you’re running a quarterback sneak with a 34-year old, injury-prone quarterback with a history of back problems).
Other Players to Consider:
TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville
Lewis has always had decent talent but his fantasy value heading into the season was low based on his lack of touchdowns (never more than two in any season) and the emergence of Zach Miller as a receiving threat. However, he scored touchdowns on both of his receptions in Week 1 against the Broncos. So, the question – has he used up his touchdown allotment for the season or is he on his way to a decent season? Might be worth a look if you’re in the market for a backup on your roster.
QB Shaun Hill, Detroit
If you're in a two-quarterback league or in need of a backup before Roethlisberger returns, Hill could be your guy.
WR Brandon Lloyd, Denver
Nice game for Lloyd in Week 1 with five receptions for 117 yards. Lloyd is a talented player who has been maddeningly inconsistent for his entire career so this one is for deep leagues only.
TE Tony Scheffler, Detroit
Posted decent numbers in Week 1 with six receptions for 43 yards. Had seven targets compared to two for Brandon Pettigrew so he appears to be the team's top pass catcher at tight end, at least for the early part of 2010.
Week One Review:
If you’re looking for accountability, here it is.
The Key Guys
RB Kareem Huggins, Tampa Bay – Thumbs down. No touches. Ouch.
WR Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Thumbs up. Five receptions for 30 yards and a score. The nine targets were also nice.
WR Mark Clayton, St. Louis – Thumbs up. Targeted 16 times, caught 10 for 119 yards.
WR Jacoby Jones, Houston Texans – Half empty, half full. Only caught two of his six targets for 29 yards and had a drop. Kevin Walker scored a touchdown but had only two touches so Jones remains the player to own.
WR Mike Williams, Seattle Seahawks – Thumbs up. Four receptions for 64 yards including one play where he was tackled inches shy of the goal line.
RB Peyton Hillis, Cleveland – Thumbs up. Split times with Jerome Harrison, finishing with 65 total yards and a touchdown.
The Other Players to Consider:
WR Legedu Naanee, San Diego - Thumbs up. Five for 110 and a touchdown. Clearly outplayed Malcolm Floyd so there's an argument that he's established himself as the Chargers top fantasy wide receiver.
QB Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams – Thumbs up. The rookie chucked it 53 times, completing 32 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown. The three interceptions weren’t great but two were explained by late game circumstances, including a hail mary. Definitely a better option in leagues that don’t penalize picks.
WR Steve Johnson, Buffalo Bills – Half empty, half full. Caught all three of his targets for 40 yards. Unfortunately, Trent Edwards is still the quarterback.
WR Jordan Shipley, Cincinnati Bengals – Thumbs up. Caught five of seven targets for 82 yards in a blowout loss to in New England.
WR Brian Hartline, Miami Dolphins – Thumbs down. No receptions. Ouch.