Week 1 of the NFL and most fantasy football seasons is in the books. No thanks to Tom Brady and Wes Welker, I got smashed in one of my leagues when my opponent owned both Patriots players, but elsewhere I did quite well.
Year after year I see people panic after Week 1 and sometimes make snap decisions that sometimes end up biting them for the rest of the year.
Each week I'll do Add/Drop columns just like this one to try and help alleviate the panic. Running backs, usually the most important fantasy position, will come each Tuesday. Wide Receivers and Tight Ends come along on Wednesdays and Quarterbacks on Thursdays. Be sure to subscribe to see them all each week.
Today, we hit Week 1 Running Back choices you might already find yourself mulling over.
PICK-UPS (i.e. go get these guys)
Ben Tate (Houston Texans) - Currently available in more than 50 percent of Yahoo! leagues, Tate went off in a timeshare last Sunday with 116 yards and a score on 24 carries. With Arian Foster's hamstring still a concern and Derrick Ward now also hobbled, Tate is in a good position to be a high-production timeshare back at worst and a fantasy stud at best should his teammate injuries keep them off the field.
Darren Sproles (New Orleans Saints) - I'd point out how wild it is to see Sproles still available in almost 40 percent of Yahoo! leagues, but then again I didn't draft him, either. It was clear Thursday night that the Saints plan to use him heavily in the passing attack and return duties much like they'd done previously with Reggie Bush when he was healthy. With explosive speed, Sproles appears to be a must-own in PPR leagues and a guy who could give you respectable numbers in standard formats as well.
IGNORES (i.e. don't freak out yet)
Carnell Williams (St. Louis Rams) - Yes, Steven Jackson may be injured and you may very well need to do something about that. Picking up Cadillac here isn't the best solution. There's a lot of miles on the odometer here and he's been very injury prone throughout the years. He might see a starting role for a couple weeks, but he's also just as likely to go down with an injury himself.
LeGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - One of last year's running back sleepers, I was a guy who owned him while I waited for Cadillac Williams to have his inevitable breakdown. The move paid off. Don't be the guy who panics over a weak first game and dumps him, as you'll likely pay for it later as he helps your opponent whip you down the road.
Shonn Greene (New York Jets) - One of last year's biggest fantasy disappointments, I'm already seeing people panic on a soft week 1 performance this year. Don't. Not yet. Hold on and wait to see how he does in a week where the Jets hold a lead for a while.
Drops (i.e. dump 'em!)
Pierre Thomas (New Orleans Saints) - It's clear that the Saints are sold on Mark Ingram, who had 13 touches Thursday night versus five for Thomas. With Sproles looking like he'll be the guy they wanted Bush to be, it doesn't appear Thomas will be any good to a fantasy owner right now.
Ronnie Brown (Philadelphia Eagles) - I could have told you he wasn't going to be in heavy rotation, but there are plenty who thought so anyway. LeSean McCoy is the guy on a team where the quarterback could be the leading rusher any given week as well. Add in an offensive line that looks shaky right now and you have a paperweight on your bench. Dump him and add someone who will produce something.
I'll be back tomorrow to cover WR and TE add/drop/ignores.
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