Welcome to the Week in Review column on FantasySharks.com in which I will be discussing the previous week’s NFL action. This article highlights the best and worst performers of the week, along with a waiver and shocker of the week. So strap yourself in and enjoy the season.
Ballers of the Week
Donovan McNabb, QB Philadelphia Eagles
McNabb started off ‘08 with a monster game, as he completed 21 of 33 passes for 361 yards and three touchdowns. As long as he’s healthy, Donovan is a great fantasy option at QB and he showed why on Sunday. The fact that his two best receivers are hurt right now didn’t even faze McNabb as he spread the ball around to everyone. Start him with confidence in week two, but don’t expect the same kinds of numbers against a solid Dallas defense.
Michael Turner, RB Atlanta Falcons
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the opening week was Turner peeling off 220 rushing yards against the Lions. He did this in just 22 carries as he broke off a few long runs including a 66-yard TD run. The former LT backup was on a lot of sleeper lists this year, but I don’t think anyone expected Turner to explode in week one like he did. He finished with two rushing touchdowns on the day and should continue to impress next week as he works his way up to RB1 status.
Willie Parker, RB Pittsburgh Steelers
What a shocker Willie Parker was in week one! After being a fantasy dud last season, Parker opened up the 2008 campaign with a chip on his shoulder. He went off for 138 rushing yards on 25 carries and three TD’s. He totaled two rushing touchdowns all of last season so you can see just how big of a game it was for Parker. Although it was a huge day for Willie, he was playing against the lowly Texans, who don’t have the greatest defense. Don’t expect too many more weeks like this from Parker, as I see him being no more than a decent RB2 option all season.
Busts of the Week
Chad Ocho Cinco, WR Cincinnati Bengals
After all the drama that Chad caused in Cincinnati in the offseason, it’s not surprising that he had a miserable first game. The artist formerly known as Johnson tallied one reception for 22 yards and that was it! It was a tough day for the Bengals in general, as no one did anything against the Ravens. Ocho Cinco is battling a serious shoulder injury and has not gotten much work in with QB Carson Palmer, so those could be the key reasons as to the slow start. I still seeing Chad fighting through the injuries and having a solid season as he is in a contract year and you know how greedy these players can get. Start 85 with confidence because he will only get better.
Braylon Edwards, WR Cleveland Browns
I have Edwards ranked in the top five for fantasy WR’s, but boy did he disappoint in week one. It was obvious that he’s still getting back into the flow of the game after being out with a foot injury. His timing was way off and he was dropping balls all day. Don’t look too much into his two catch, 14- yard performance though because he should get back on track next week against Pittsburgh
Carson Palmer, QB Cincinnati Bengals
The worst QB showing of the day had to go to Carson Palmer. He completed just 10 of 25 passes and threw for a miniscule 99 yards with an interception. Having a broken nose didn’t help matters for Palmer either. I’d like to think that he will get better as he gets healthier and builds the chemistry with his receivers so continue to start Palmer and hope that his line will block for him next week.
Matt Cassell, QB New England Patriots
It’s official: Tom Brady is out for the season with a knee injury, and that opens the door for Cassell, who appears to be getting the first crack at the starting job with one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. He did a decent job in week one, leading New England to a victory, but it was against the lowly Chiefs. Cassell is worth a pick up, especially if you were the proud owner of Brady.
Chris Johnson, RB Tennessee Titans
The youngster from the Titans was not supposed to have as good a day as he did against a stingy Jacksonville run defense. Though he only got 15 carries, Johnson was able to rush for 93 yards and also caught three passes out for 34 yards and a touchdown. It seems as though Johnson is gaining the confidence of his coaches and should continue to see most of the carries in Tennessee