The Cracked Rear View Mirror: Week One NFL Fantasy Recap
Raise your hand if you had Kevin Ogletree in your starting lineup this week. If your hand is raised, you are not winning your league this year.
Is Ogletree this year’s Laurent Robinson for the Cowboys? Last year, Robinson scored 11 TDs in 10 games while Miles Austin and Dez Bryant dealt with injuries. Of course, with both WRs healthy and with Witten apparently none the worse for suiting up with his spleen spilling out of his jersey on Wednesday, catches may be a bit sparse moving forward. Especially in leagues where free agents cost money, I’d keep my powder dry.
And what to make of Robinson himself? In the off-season he signed a $32 million contract with Jacksonville, but forgot to make sure Tony Romo was included in the deal. Should have read the fine print Laurent, because now it’s Blaine Gabbert chucking you the ball. Add to that, Jacksonville’s grab for Justin Blackmon in the draft and it’s looking a bit bleak for one of last year’s free agent wonders. Robinson finished the game with 5 catches for 65 yards (on 9 targets), so he bears watching, but Blackmon is probably the guy there.
What a shocker Beanie Wells was a game-time decision Sunday. Probably an ankle this time, or maybe it was a knee. Does it really matter? Wells seems to injure himself brushing his teeth. I know I’ve had it with him and I suspect the Cardinals are looking lovingly at Ryan Williams these days. You should too. For those who held their nose and started Wells, he rewarded you with 7 rushes for 14 yards and no catches. Of course Williams had 8 rushes for 9 yards (along with 2 catches for 17 yards) so perhaps the Seattle defense is solid. The pain Wells inflicts is only intensified by his late game schedule, which makes his game-time decision status even more troubling.
Pain alert #1:
If you own Roddy White, pull up a chair and watch the Julio Jones show. The targets for the two were similar (Jones 9, White 8), but Jones is clearly the playmaker of the two. Wait until White goes off and then try to sell high or expect to be annoyed with regularity this year.
Pain alert #2:
The same might be true for Hakeem Nicks owners. Victor Cruz got 11 targets, while Nicks got just 6. Cruz seems to be the go-to guy for Eli Manning.
Pain alert #3:
If you own Matt Forte, Michael Bush is Public Enemy #1. On three first-half drives, Forte was instrumental in getting the team inside the Red Zone (once to the 1 and once to the 3) and then he trotted off the field to watch Bush score two easy TDs. Goodbye 12 points.
Can someone get some tequila for Larry Fitzgerald. He’s going to need something strong to get him through the season with Skelton/Kolb. And while we’re at it, I’m sure Demaryius Thomas (5-110, 1 TD) and Eric Decker (5-54) are popping the champagne over trading out Tebow for Peyton Manning. Ditto for Jacob Tamme (5-43, 1 TD), who dropped Curtis Painter for Manning.
Speaking of those happy to see Painter gone, how about Reggie Wayne? Andrew Luck threw to him 18 times Sunday. If/when Luck’s preseason favorite Austin Collie returns, Wayne will certainly see fewer balls, but Wayne is relevant again. And while Luck is being taking his lumps for tossing 3 INTs, he still managed over 300 yards and may be a solid backup. If Sunday was indicative of the Indy defense, Luck will be throwing a lot this year.
Thanks for stopping by, Rashad Jennings.
Despite his knees turning 50 this week, it appears the demise of Frank Gore (16 rushes, 112 yards, 1 TD) was greatly exaggerated, but the demise of Michael Turner (11 for 32) is right on schedule.
Amazing the Darren Sproles remains relevant without one rushing attempt. Although you might have expected much more in a game where the Saints trailed big the entire time, he still checked in with 5 catches for 35 yards and 1 TD.
Where can I bet the under on the Jets next week? Consider me not convinced.
RGIII’s day was even more impressive when you consider his #1 WR Pierre Garcon left in the second quarter with a foot injury.
Don’t look now, but you could do worse than Alex Smith as your backup, especially in leagues where INT’s count against you. Last year he threw 17 TDs and only 5 INTs and he started this year with 2TDs and 0 INTs in the Niners impressive win over Green Bay. With the additions of Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, Smith appears to have even more upside.
And finally…Repeat after me Ryan Fitzpatrick (4 INTs) owners, “I will never again draft a quarterback with a bushy beard, I will never again draft a quarterback with a bushy beard.”