Week 1 Notes:
The top 20 at the wide receiver position, point wise was up about 5-6 points on average compared to last year. It’s worth noting that last year started lower but rose a few points over the following weeks. The average this year could slide down over the coming weeks, putting it on par with last year… >There were 8 teams that had their #2 wideout finish in the top 25 – NE, Ind, Dall, Car, Cin, Det, Den, Pitt… >There were 3 teams that had their #3 wideout finish in the top 50 – Dall, Den, Det… >There was 1 team that had their #4 wideout finish in the top 50 – Det… >There were 4 players who as a team’s #2 wideout had more targets than the #1 wideout on the team –
T.J. Houshmandzadeh, R Wayne, A Battle, J Cotchery… >There was 1 player who as a team’s #3 wideout had more targets than the #2 wideout and had the same amount of targets as the #1 wideout on the team –
W Welker… >There was 1 player who as a team’s #4 wideout had more targets than the #1, #2 and #3 wideouts on the team –
S McDonald, while #1
R Williams, #2
M Furrey and #3
C Johnson all had 6 targets each.
SF at StL: Saint Louis finished 18th worst against receivers last season. That’s around middle of the pack, but starting corner Fakhir Brown was suspended the first 4 games of the season this year. Saint Louis finished 6th worst against the receiver position last week fantasy wise and gave up the 10th most passing yards to the receiver position. Saint Louis also was 4th worst against the run.
Frank Gore will keep the drives alive to allow more attempts for San Francisco.
GB at NYG: New York(N) finished 13th worst against receivers last season. Last week they got absolutely shredded by Dallas. New York(N) had the most passing yards allowed last week and gave up 4 touchdowns thru the air. New York(N) finished 5th worst against receivers last week fantasy wise and gave up the 7th most passing yards to the receiver position. With
Brett Favre attempting to pass 40+ times a game still, he could prove that New York(N) may have the worst secondary in the league. They also lost
DE Osi Umenyiora last week.
Pitt vs Buf: Buffalo finished 5th best against receivers last season. They lost
Nate Clements in the offseason and that is alot to overcome and it showed last week. Buffalo finished 7th worst against receivers last week fantasy wise and gave up the 3rd most passing yards to the receiver position. Buffalo allowed the 3rd most passing yards overall last week and was 5th worst against the run last week. I think Pittsburgh will put on a show for new head coach Tomlin’s home opener.
Bal vs NYJ: New York(A) finished 3rd worst against receivers last week fantasy wise and gave up the most passing yards to the receiver position. Was it because of the Patriots or because of memorex.
Mia vs Dall: Dallas finished worst against receivers last week fantasy wise and gave up the 2nd most passing yards to the receiver position.
Terence Newman did not play last week and that was a big part of it. He hasn’t practiced yet this week. If he were to play then all bets are off.
Oak at Den: Denver finished last season 3rd best against the receiver position fantasy wise. Denver finished 3rd best against receivers last week and allowed the 3rd least amount of passing yards to the receiver position. Denver only allowed 97 passing yards last week. With
Champ Bailey and
Dre Bly they have one of if not the best corner tandem in the league.
Buf at Pitt: Pittsburgh finished 7th worst against receivers last season fantasy wise. Pittsburgh finished 10th best against receivers last week fantasy wise and allowed the 12th fewest passing yards to the receiver position. Pittsburgh only allowed 46 total rushing yards, tied for the fewest rushing yards allowed last week. Buffalo will have a hard time against the swarming Pittsburgh defense. Buffalo’s offensive line did not look good in pass protection last week and
JP Losman seemed to break down against it.
Was at Phi: Philadelphia finished last season 7th best against receivers fantasy wise. Philadelphia finished 11th best against receivers last week fantasy wise and allowed the 13th fewest passing yards to the receiver position. Philadelphia tied with Pittsburgh by finishing with the fewest rushing yards allowed last week. Washington is playing a much better defense this week on the road. This will only be the 2nd time they’ve faced off with
Jason Campbell under center. They played at home last year and the receiver position as a whole had 159 yards and 1 touchdown among 3 players. They likely lost OT Jon Jansen for the season last week and those are some big shoes to fill.
NYG vs GB: Green Bay finished last season 14th worst against receivers fantasy wise. Green Bay finished in the middle, 16th worst/best against receivers last week fantasy wise and allowed the 15th fewest passing yards to the receiver position. They gave up 184 total passing yards and 103 total rushing yards to Philadelphia. Those are pretty good numbers against a team of that caliber. Their defense is very under rated. New York(N) will be without
QB Eli Manning and
RB Brandon Jacobs.
StL vs SF: San Francisco finished last week 14th best against receivers fantasy wise and allowed the 16th most passing yards. Saint Louis lost their best OT Orlando Pace and that will have an effect on the skill guys. Saint Louis could produce similiar numbers as last week because Carolina has a better defense, but I think San Francisco’s defense is a little under rated.
Week 1 players notes: Players that may be available.
Wes Welker-NE: If he’s still available in your league go get him, he’ll clean up underneath all year long. Week 1: 9 trgts 6 rcpt 61 yrds 1 td.
Arnaz Battle-SF: His targets have increased over the last 2 years and should increase again this year. He might not get alot of touchdowns, but should be consistent with the yardage and could have some big games with the right matchup. Week 1: 9 trgts 5 rcpt 60 yrds.
Patrick Crayton-Dal: Crayton has shown he could produce as a #3, if Terry Glenn is out for some time, Crayton will see more playing time. Week 1: Crayton, 4 trgt 3 rcpt 51 yrds.
Mike Furrey and Shaun McDonald-Det: These guys could get equal targets throughout the season with Mad Mike’s system. Week 1: McDonald, 7 trgt 6 rcpt 90 yrds 1 td. Furrey, 6 trgt 4 rcpt 52 yrds.
The old guys just won’t go away:
Derrick Mason-Bal: Can produce with right matchups. Week 1: 12 trgts 7 rcpt 76 yrds.
Amani Toomer-NYG: Can produce when he and Eli are healthy. Week 1: 10 trgts 9 rcpt 91 yrds.