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Fantasy Football Report: Week 1

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Week 1 is in the books. There were plenty of upsets and some significant injuries. But more importantly, this Tuesday in history marks the launch of Halo: Reach for the Xbox 360. I have my copy and will be starting my epic journey this evening. As for football, well, Week 1 is officially old news, so here I am to report on it before Noble Team and I fend off wave after wave of Covenant forces.

Who was this week’s Master Chief of offense? Save the comments, I am well aware that I am single.

Injury Bug

  • Ryan Grant’s season is officially over after the Packers RB suffered what is called a “significant ankle injury”. Coming off two straight 1,200 yd seasons, Grant was slated to do some major damage in an elite Green Bay offense. Brandon Jackson will assume the starting role for the rest of 2010.
  • Lions QB Matthew Stafford is seeking a second opinion on his throwing shoulder. Initially, it was thought to be a torn labrum that would sideline him for 4-6 weeks. Shaun Hill would start in his place if Stafford misses significant time.
  • The Colts defense is once again ripe for the picking as Safety Bob Sanders is out indefinitely with a torn bicep. This means a few things. First off, Indy’s defense is historically terrible with Sanders out of the game. Second: With the defense in shambles, this means the offense will be scoring more than they already do.

Who’s Making Noise?

  • There were a lot of questions surrounding RB Arian Foster before the season. Well, we know the answer now. Foster tore up a Bob Sanders-less Colts defense and rushed for a franchise record 231 yds and 3 TD. All you Steve Slaton lovers need to accept reality. With a resurgence in the Houston running game, this could mean that Matt Schaub will be passing less.
  • Michael Bush was Oakland’s starting rusher, but injuries forced him aside and Darren McFadden took the reigns and looked impressive, totaling 150 yds with a score. You should give serious consideration to starting him next week against St. Louis.
  • Who says Arizona needs Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin? They have Derek Anderson and Steve Breaston, and they looked just fine. Anderson was 22-41 with 297 yds and a TD. Breaston was his favorite receiver with 7 receptions for 132 yds. Is Breaston the new Boldin? It’s not like he has no credibility; Breaston had 1,0006 yds during the Cardinals Super Bowl season.
  • Speaking of NFC West duos, rookie Sam Bradford is going to throw it a lot this season, and he got off to a huge start by tossing 55 passes and compiling 253 yds. He threw 1 TD and 3 INT, but he is going to be piling up yardage in 2010. Oh, and who will he throw it too? Well, Donnie Avery is done for the year, and Laurent Robinson already injured himself, so Mark Clayton is the last man standing. Clayton hauled in 10 catches for 119 yds and he was the 2nd most targeted receiver in the NFL on Sunday with 16.

Big Busts

  • Rookie Ryan Mathews carried 19 times for 75 yds and lost a fumble in his debut. LT’s replacement failed to attack the Chief’s defense and it has left owners worrying.
  • Speaking of LT, he outrushed and outcarried Shonn Greene on Monday night. Greene was hyped up in the fantasy world, but it looks like the veteran Tomlinson could end up as the Jets leading rusher this season.
  • If it wasn’t for the 2 TD, Detroit’s Jahvid Best would be an afterthought with his 20 yds on 14 carries.

QB Controversy

Michael Vick vs. Kevin Kolb

When Kolb went down, Vick stepped in and it looked like he had never missed a game. In typical Vick fashion, he rushed heavily (103 yds) and passed occasionally (175 yds, 1 TD). However, he didn’t make mistakes, he was a pass-first QB, and he gave Philly a chance to win.

Kolb could definitely miss this Sunday’s game against Detroit while still recovering from a concussion, in which case, Vick could have fun against the poor Lions defense. Head coach Andy Reid is putting his foot down, repeatedly proclaiming that Kolb is the team’s #1 QB. If Vick turns in another great game, then there will be serious controversy in Philadelphia.

The Final Word on Week 1: Eddie Royal

Broncos WR Eddie Royal is on track for a major bounce-back season after catching 8 passes for 98 yds on Sunday. Royal is no longer the #2 WR in Denver and he has been put into the role of slot receiver. New England fans should already know that Josh McDaniels turned Wes Welker into fantasy gold, so now it looks like Royal is on the same path. Don’t be shocked if Royal approaches his rookie numbers of 91 receptions and 980 yds this season in his new role.

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One comment for “Fantasy Football Report: Week 1”

  1. Who is this week’s Cortana?

    Posted by KC Downey | September 15, 2010, 2:53 am

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