The wait was worth it as week one did not disappoint.
We had Calvin Johnson being a victim of those specific touchdown catch rules that only somehow seem to affect him. Clay Matthews was so determined to stop Colin Kaepernick that Matthews tried to tackle him while he was getting Gatorade on the sideline after running out of bounds. For those lucky few that selected Peyton Manning in their leagues his seven touchdown performance was nothing short of glorious. For those of you who had high hopes for that David Wilson breakout, well, it looks like you are the ones making the ‘Peyton-face.’ No matter how high or how low your week one was, just remember it’s only one week. Crazy things happen. Just ask Jets’ fans or those Colts’ fans that were on the edge of their seats rooting for their defense to hold off the Raiders.
The 10 Names… for Week 1 started off with a bang as Julius Thomas, Joique Bell, Kenny Stills, and Brandon Gibson all had solid days. Stephens-Howling looked like the most competent Steelers running back but his season came to an unfortunate end. There were a few misses last week too, but it’s a long season, right?
With Week 2 on the horizon and free agent acquisitions about to get underway in your league, let’s take a look at the ’10 Names You Should Know.’
Julian Edelman, WR Patriots
There was a lot of preseason hype about the Patriots rookie receivers and tight ends. But when the real game started it was old reliable 5th year Patriot, Julian Edelman, that Tom Brady looked to. Edelman secured seven catches for 79 yards and two TDs and looked to be the most consistent receiver on the field. Danny Amendola played well and gutted out his 10 catches to pace the Pats, but his groin injury is something that is very worrisome especially this early in the season. It would be extremely wise to add Edelman’s services this week as he looks as if he could step into any role Tom Brady needs him in.
Terrelle Pryor, QB Raiders
It wasn’t pretty but Terrelle Pryor’s performance was, dare I say, competent. At this point that is all Oakland is really looking for. Pryor had a few anticipated miscues that made the Colts defense a hot Week 1 commodity, but he made up for those by getting on the edge and doing his best Colin Kaepernick impression. The end result; 217 yards passing, one TD, two INTs and more importantly for fantasy purposes, 112 rushing yards. The Raiders have something to build on and fantasy owners have that rare Week 1 quarterback waiver add to look for.
Harry Douglas, WR Falcons
I missed the panic of Sunday mornings, didn’t you? Slowly waking up to start that pot of coffee, then lazily checking FantasySharks.com for some early morning updates and
seeing the phrase “Roddy White” and “High Ankle Sprain” together. Roddy White decoyed his way to two catches for 19 yards and Harry Douglas filled in against the Saints nabbing four catches for 92 yards. With Roddy indicating that it will take him “a few more weeks” before he can be himself, Harry Douglas will be charged with being Roddy until then. Grab him while you can.
Andre Roberts, WR Cardinals
Bruce Arians likes to throw the ball. The Cardinals also have Rashard Mendenhall at running back. So yeah, Bruce Arians likes to throw the ball. Larry Fitzgerald as you know will dominate the targets and the defense’s attention, but there will be plenty of balls to go around between Larry, Michael Floyd and slot man Andre Roberts. Roberts put in a workmanlike 8/97/0 line in Week 1 vs. the Rams. Sure Roberts had this solid game with sleeper tight end Rob Housler ruled out, but with Arians’ love for three wide receiver sets Roberts should be able to sustain some consistent value.
Jerome Simpson, WR Vikings
Simpson was the deep sleeper that never awoke last year so it only makes sense that he gets everyone in a tizzy with his first game this season going for seven catches and 140 yards. It should only be a matter of time before rookie Cordarrelle Patterson makes Simpson moot so I don’t see any long-term appeal here. In limited action, Patterson looked like the real deal. It’s only a matter of time before Simpson find himself on the outside looking in.