What a great week of Week 1 NFL action! Great performances and thrilling games made for a great Sunday. Let’s see who made some headlines or disappointed this week and who we will be talking about next week. Let’s Dive In!
1) C.J. Anderson (RB) Denver Broncos – What a start to the season last Thursday night for C.J. Anderson and the Broncos. 20 rushes for 92 yards and a TD; and 4 receptions for 47 yards and a TD. The crazy part was that they went against one of the best front sevens in football with Carolina. Gary Kubiak flashed us back to his Houston days of Arian Foster being an absolute fantasy stud week-to-week. Can he repeat his performance against the Colts? Theo Riddick (27 PPR points) and Ameer Abdullah (22 PPR points) dominated the Colts in Week 1, so I imagine C.J. will have another solid performance.
2) Brandin Cooks (WR) New Orleans Saints – 6 receptions for 143 yards, 2 touchdowns. He dominated the big plays of the game in Week 1 versus the Raiders. Does that tell us more about Cooks’ potential or the Raiders’ defense against slot receivers? He plays the Giants in Week 2 who let rookie Dak Prescott pass to slot receiver Cole Beasley for 65 yards on 8 receptions. Expect another solid outing from Brandin Cooks next week.
3) Spencer Ware (RB) Kansas City Chiefs – In relief for Jamaal Charles as he continues to try and find himself healthy again, Ware owned the touches out of the backfield and racked up 199 total yards of offense. I think it’s a fair bet that the Chiefs have found a reliable replacement for Jamaal Charles and will continue to ride his hot hand. Charles may return next week versus a better defense in Houston. Do not expect the same kind of numbers from Spencer Ware next week with his touches possibly being reduced while also facing a better front-7.
4) Jameis Winston (QB) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – After throwing an early interception, he followed up with 4 passing touchdowns against the Falcons. I felt that he would make a jump this year with healthier skill players around him and a better offensive line. Can he repeat this performance against a tough Cardinals’ secondary next week? Mike Evans will likely find himself matched up against Patrick Peterson for most of the night, which makes the supporting cast very important in this game. I don’t expect another 4 touchdown performance, look for just an average performance on the road in Arizona.
5) Theo Riddick/Ameer Abdullah (RB) Detroit Lions – A 2-for-1 here as they terrorized the Colts all day long Sunday. I mentioned them above with their combined 49 point outburst after the Lions couldn’t get anything consistent from their running backs last season. Could they have find a dynamic duo here for this season, or is this just a one week fluke? They play a Tennessee team that held Adrian Peterson to 31 total yards. They did stack the box knowing that Shaun Hill wasn’t going to beat them through the air. Will they also contain these two from Detroit? I think they both have decent days catching the ball out of the backfield.