What a weekend of football! Lots of good games, big injuries and fantasy football developments to take note of, so let’s get started
- Back-up running back were running rampant! Knile Davis and Bobby Rainey proved more than capable of filling the shoes of the more high profile players above them on the depth chart, and had big games this weekend. Jonathan Stewart, Terrance West, Darren McFadden and Matt Asiata showed that when given the primary ball carrying role in the offense they can produce good fantasy results, with each tallying at least 10 fantasy points.
- There were three huge games by tight ends over the weekend, but two of the three weren’t who you were probably expecting. Jimmy Graham played his part and had a monster game against the Browns, but the other two were Antonio Gates and Delanie Walker. Gates, torched the Seahawks and looked more like the unstoppable player we remember in his prime than a 34 year old tight end fighting off Ladarius Green for his starting job, Gates had 3 TD’s and 96 yards on 7 catches against the vaunted Seahawks defense, tack that on to a strong week 1 and Gates should be considered a top 5 Tight End until he proves otherwise. Walker going off says two things to me. 1. The Cowboys can’t cover the tight end and any tight end playing them should be considered a must start. 2. Walker is the #1 option in the passing game for Jake Locker. I, along with others, assumed that Kendall Wright would get back to business as usual being a great PPR receiver who had good sleeper potential with Locker, but it looks like both him and Justin Hunter are behind Walker in the pecking order in Tennessee. Walker should be considered a top 10 tight end play going forward.
- QB is a little confusing- waiting on QB was a popular tactic during drafts this year but a couple of the players targeted in the later rounds of the draft are giving owners headaches after the first two weeks. Robert Griffin got injured and will out indefinitely with a dislocated ankle. Tony Romo(9 and 11 fantasy point totals in his first two games) and Tom Brady(scored 9 fantasy points in both games) have struggled mightily out of the gate. The biggest source of confusion is Drew Brees mediocre fantasy performances in the first two games of the season(15 points in both games). Meanwhile guys like Derek Carr, Geno Smith and EJ Manuel have proved they are viable fill in options or even back-up QB’s for teams, and week 1 darlings Matt Ryan, Jake Locker and Chad Henne fell flat.
- Injuries, injuries, injuries- There were so many I’m just going to list off all the big ones. Jamaal Charles, Robert Griffin, AJ Green, Knowshon Moreno, Mark Ingram(Monday revealed to have a broken hand), Carson Palmer, DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery(played hurt, didn’t look 100%), Ryan Matthews, and of course the Adrian Peterson situation
- Receivers fell flat- A lot of startable receivers had bad games. Michael Floyd, Pierre Garcon, Torrey Smith, Kendall Wright, Marques Colston, Roddy White, Alshon Jeffery, Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin all had less than 50 yards receiving last week. Cordarrelle Patterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Vincent Jackson and Keenan Allen all had less than 60 yards. That’s 13 top 30 receivers not including AJ Green and DeSean Jackson who left due to injury.