There were plenty of surprise performances, both good and bad, in week 1 of the fantasy football season. Peyton Manning throwing a few touchdowns was no surprise; throwing for 7 touchdowns and over 450 yards against the defending Superbowl Champions certainly was.
We saw more than a few running backs have some serious issues, specifically New England RB Steven Ridley fumbling on his first carry of the season while David Wilson fumbled twice, one that resulted in a defensive score for the Cowboys. Marshawn “Beast Mode” Lynch wasn’t able to produce for the Seahawks, only putting up 43 yards on 17 attempts. CJ Spiller had a hard time rushing, but was targeted 6 times as a receiver. If it wasn’t for his fumble, he would have had on OK fantasy day. But Ok isn’t good enough for a top 5 running back. Owners will have to wait and see if he can bounce back against Carolina but his receiving targets are a positive sign.
Anquan Boldin spent the previous three seasons in Baltimore, averaging around 880 yards per season. On Sunday, he hauled in 13 catches on 17 targets for 208 yards and 1 touchdown. Really makes you question the passing abilities of Joe Flacco beyond his deep ball. Look for Boldin to be a steady fantasy option at the FLEX or WR2 spot the remainder of the season. The other surprise performance was the 3 touchdown, 118 yard performance from Victor Cruz. Considering how horrible the first half to this game was, the fact that Cruz was the week 1 scoring leader at WR is baffling. If the Giants can play a full game, Cruz will continue to put up solid fantasy numbers.
Julius Thomas, Jordan Cameron, Vernon Davis, Jared Cook, Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham. I could keep going and list all 16 Tight-ends that found the end-zone in week 1 (5 of those found it twice). Veteran or rookie, it didn’t matter as quarterbacks were finding the big men many times for big plays. Specifically, Julius Thomas and Jordan Cameron, two young Basketball Tight End University graduates who are looking to become NFL superstars and regular starters in your fantasy lineup.
As far as defense performances go, the 6 takeaways for the Dallas Cowboys showed a tremendous improvement where they only totaled 16 all of last season. Monte Kiffin has created a very aggressive defensive package and with the talent at his disposal, they could only become more dangerous for opposing offenses. The Giants did put some pressure on in the second half, but the two defensive scores (best in week 1) were too much to overcome. The Chiefs were the top fantasy defense in week 1, but let’s face it, they were playing Jacksonville. They’ll get a much better test this week when Dallas comes to Arrowhead. It’ll be loud, but expect a different performance from the Chiefs in week 2. The surprise sub-par performance of week 1 was the Houston Texans allowing Phillip Rivers to complete 4 touchdown passes. Look for a quick bounce back against Tennessee in week 2 for the Texans.
Week 1 Sleeper Results
- Ty Hilton, WR – 3 receptions, 20 yards
- Lamar Miller, RB – 10 rushes, 3 yards, 1 reception, 7 yards
- Daryl Richardson, RB – 20 rushes, 63 yards, 5 receptions, 33 yards
- Jordan Cameron, TE – 9 receptions, 108 yards, 1 touchdown
- Terrelle Pryor, QB - 19/29, 217 passing yards, 13 rushes, 112 rushing yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions