Five Things I Know
It’s been a couple days since Week 1 of the NFL has wrapped up. I’m usually a patient guy when it comes to what I’ve seen early in a sports season. The worst thing we can do as fans is overreact. This applies to not only our real teams, but also to those out there that play fantasy. Here are five takeaways from Week #1.
Number One- Messy Denver
We won’t get clarity on the Broncos backfield for some time. Knowshon Moreno started and got 12 touches, rookie Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman six. Just a couple weeks ago Hillman was running with the ones and now he gets six touches? Ball has the most upside of any of them, but until John Fox figures out what he wants, I’m avoiding at all costs.
Number Two- Soaring Eagles
The Eagles really put on a show in the first half against Washington, didn’t they? 53 snaps and we saw how explosive the Chip Kelly high octane offense can be. Will Michael Vick make it through an entire season? That’s the question. I don’t see Nick Foles and Matt Barkley running the offense the same way. I said going into the season DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy could have MONSTER years if healthy. Bryce Brown, Jason Avant, Riley Cooper and Brent Celek could be nice plug and plays during the season as well.
Number Three- What can Browns Do For You?
Jordan Cameron is the real deal. Brandon Weeden loves him and I love the skill set. Week one against a good (not great) Dolphins yielded a solid fantasy day (9-108-TD). This week he should be the primary target once again with Josh Gordon out. But when Gordon comes back in week three that will only help him by stretching the field. That combined with Trent Richardson gives Cleveland three very good offensive weapons. Don’t laugh. The Browns are going to be a good team in no time at all, and not just from a fantasy perspective.
Number Four- Patriot Games
Coming into the season 90 percent of fantasy players were on the “Danny Amendola will be PPR machine if he’s healthy”. Um, yeah... IF. We broke down secondary and third options for the Patriots, which included Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins. But lest we forget about Julian Edelman, who went for 7-79-2. Not bad, and that combined with Stevan Ridley’s fumbling wasn’t the best day for those who drafted Patriots high. The best thing for Ridley’s stock is Shane Vereen’s broken wrist, but he HAS to get it together. And fast.
Number Five- The Steelers are a hot mess
I’ve gone on record over the past couple years of being a fan of the Pittsburgh passing game. But man, what a mess they’ve become. But with the banged up Steelers heading to Cincinnati the task is a little more difficult with the loss of all-pro center Maurkice Pouncey for the season with a knee injury. The Steelers struggled as Roethlisberger threw for just 191 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The questionable offensive line, lack of running game, off-season losses of Mike Wallace to Miami and Heath Miller to injury, all add up to early Steeler troubles.
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