Redskins rookie RB Alfred Morris and Bills third-year RB CJ Spiller both had a spectacular games, putting them amongst the Week 1 fantasy points leaders. While the scores of many of the NFL games were surprising, most of the individual performances were what we expected. However, given the Week 1 outings by a few QBs and their Week 2 match-ups, fantasy owners should switch around some of their starters.
Here are the top three players to start and top three to sit for Week 2.
1. Alfred Morris, Redskins
Before the season started, Shanahan kept his mouth shut as to who would start at running back. Yet anyone who watched Alfred Morris in the preseason knew the rookie would get the job. Few knew, however, that he would open his career with such a bang.
The powerful Morris opened with 96 yards and two touchdowns. With RGIII stretching the field, Morris should continue to dominate against a subpar Rams squad that gave up 4.6 yards per carry to the Lions. Expect lots of points from Morris next week, and for the rest of the season.
2. Tony Romo, Cowboys
Romo doesn’t get as much hype anymore, and prior to Week 1, many analysts placed the Cowboys at third in the NFC East. However, Romo put up one of the best performances of the opening weekend, throwing for 307 yards and 3 TDs. He already had three huge receiving threats in Austin, Bryant and Witten, and then Ogletree showed up looking a lot more like a starter than a backup.
Dallas faces a weak Seattle team that gave up 20 to a weak Arizona team. Romo should have a huge game as the Cowboys route the Seahawks.
3. Christian Ponder, Vikings
Ponder and his Vikings were certainly a question mark coming into the year. People didn’t expect much out of the probable last-place team in the stacked NFC North. However, the Vikings won their first game—yes, the Jags aren’t great this year, but I think they’ll be better than expected—and Ponder looked solid at the helm, throwing for 270 yards with no picks.
Next week, the Vikings face the lackluster Colts, who gave up 41 points and 314 pass yards to the Bears. Ponder should grab a couple touchdowns to add to another solid yard total and have a big fantasy week.
1. Michael Vick, Eagles
Obviously, Michael Vick had a bad game with 4 interceptions—no need to harp on it. But I think he’ll come back and have a solid 2012-2013 season. The problem for his fantasy owners in Week 2, however, is that the Eagles play the Ravens, one of the best teams and best defenses in the NFL.
Vick will certainly be out to prove something, but I don’t think his will is powerful enough to overcome Ray Lewis and the Ravens' secondary. Wait for Week 3, when the Eagles face to Cardinals, to put Vick back in.
2. Cam Newton, Panthers
We were all thinking it: sophomore slump. Newton had an incredible rookie year, and I hoped he would back it up with something magical. However, his 2 interceptions against Tampa Bay left a lot to be desired.
Sure, Newton had 303 yards and 2 TDs in Week 1 against the Bucs, he had lots of incompletions and a couple picks. In Week 2, the Panthers face the Saints. That defense will be playing with a big chip on their shoulder after giving up 40 to RGIII and the Skins. Vilma most likely won’t be back to help, but you can still expect Newton to continue his woes in Week 2.
3. Mark Sanchez, Jets
Sanchez and the Jets had a great first game, but don’t forget that they were playing the Bills. Week 2 the Jets face the Steelers. Coming off a Week 1 loss to the Broncos, the Steelers will be ready to shut down an often-inconsistent Sanchez.
Sanchez throws a lot of TDs, but he also throws a lot of interceptions--18 in 2011--and the Steelers have been known to catch a lot of balls on defense--21 last year. Sit Sanchez this week, but perhaps against the Dolphins you can throw him back in the mix.