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Those who drafted Denver rookie running back Montee Ball in the early rounds are already scratching their heads in disappointment. Yes, he barely made an impact in his debut last week, but don’t worry, there are better days ahead. Ball is still learning the offense and how to pass block effectively, and once he improves on these things he will be a solid contributor on one of the best offenses in the league. Be patient with him and do not even think about dropping Ball from your roster. He’s still the best running back on the Broncos and
Peyton Manning is a big fan so it’s just a matter of time before he earns some starts and touches.
With the exception of Adrian Peterson and
LeSean McCoy, it was a rough day for most of the top fantasy running backs, especially C.J. Spiller. Spiller was a top-five choice in a lot of drafts and was picked to be the big breakout back in 2013. In Week 1, however, he rushed for just 41 yards on 17 carries, had five catches for 14 yards and lost a fumble deep in his own territory. It was clearly a game to forget about for Spiller and his owners. Although he doesn’t have an ideal matchup in Week 2 against a tough Carolina defensive line, look for Spiller to find the end zone and get his 2013 season on track with a solid performance at home.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland
Pryor definitely opened some eyes in his first game as the starting quarterback for Oakland. He made some great plays and also made some bad ones, but overall it was a solid game for the young signal caller. He ran for an incredible 112 yards on 13 carries and had the offense moving. Pryor threw for more than 200 yards with one touchdown, but did have two interceptions as well. It was a mixed bag, but he still should be taken seriously in fantasy when the matchup is right, and boy is it right on Sunday against Jacksonville. Although the quarterback position is very deep this season, take a shot with Pryor in Week 2 if you’re not sold on your current starter. He could put up 20-plus points.
Lock of the Week
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay
The rookie out of Alabama had a decent game out of the gate and should only get better as the season progresses. Lacy carried the ball 14 times for 41 yards and had one reception for 31 yards against a very tough San Francisco defense. He also scored on a nice 2-yard touchdown plunge, but did lose a fumble in the first half, too. Those who own Lacy should have him as your RB2 or flex player at the very least because he has the Washington Redskins defense this weekend. Washington just allowed more than 200 rushing yards to the Philadelphia Eagles and do not look like much of a force, so look for the Packers running back to see close to 20 touches and score a touchdown.