Fantasy Football Week 1 Reactions/Week 2 Preview
The first week of the NFL season and fantasy football season is in the books and there were some surprises. The Jets offense for one. Who saw that coming? After what we saw during the preseason who would believe the Jets would come out and hang 48 points on the Bills? Not too many people. I doubt anyone expected to see Matthew Stafford throw 3 interceptions and the Lions struggling to escape with a win over the Rams at home either.
The most important thing to take away from week 1 is don’t overreact. You won’t see Mark Sanchez or Matt Ryan throw for 3 touchdowns every week and I don’t expect Matthew Stafford (3 Int) or Michael Vick (4 Int) to play that bad on a consistent basis. Before you give up on a guy or proclaim a player to be the next fantasy stud, give it a couple more weeks. Let’s see Alfred Morris (96 rush yds, 2 TDs) or Kevin Ogletree (8 rec 114 yds, 2 TDs) put up some consistent numbers before we get carried away. I’m not saying you shouldn’t add them or even start them. Just don’t expect those type of numbers every week until we see otherwise.
Keep playing your star players, regardless of their matchup. You drafted them early for a reason. Stick with them. With that said, here are a few players I think have a good matchup and could put up good fantasy numbers this week.
Benjarvis Green-Ellis (Bengals-RB) Despite being blown out by the Ravens week 1 Green-Ellis actually had a good game. He put up 91 yards and scored a touchdown against a pretty good Ravens defense. With the Browns coming to town in week 2 Green-Ellis should see a lot of action.
Randall Cobb (Packers-WR) The Packers have made it clear they want to get the ball in Cobb’s hands. He is extremely fast and has the ability to pick up yards after the catch. The fact that Cobb has also caught passes out of the backfield shows the Packers dedication to giving him a significant role in the offense. With Greg Jennings doubtful for Thursday’s game against Chicago, Cobb may see even more targets.
Coby Fleener (Colts-TE) The rookie Tight End from Stanford had a solid game in the Colt’s loss to Chicago. He was tied for second among Tight Ends in targets with 10 and hauled in 6 catches for 82 yards. With a suspect pass defense in Minnesota coming to town you can expect Luck to continue to look to his former college teammate in the passing game.
Cincinnati (Defense/Special Teams) The Bengals gave up a lot of points to a good Ravens team week 1. Up next is rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns. Expect a much better performance from the Bengals defense this week at home.
More often than not, you’re going to start your star players despite their matchup. In some cases you may have a better option on your bench, especially if you have a flex position where you can start a receiver or a running back. Here are a couple players with tough matchups that you could consider benching if you have a good replacement.
Shonn Greene (Jets-RB) Coming off a big game at home against Buffalo (94 yds, TD), I think the Jets running game struggles this week. The Jets travel to Pittsburgh, never an easy place to play and they were the best defense in total yards allowed and 8th against the run. Safety Ryan Clark will return after sitting out the opener in Denver and linebacker James Harrison hopes to return to the lineup as well. It’s likely you didn’t draft Greene as your first running back and maybe not even your second. In this case you could definitely sit Greene for the week if you have a player with a better matchup on your bench. The Jets’ use of Tim Tebow in the running game is still up in the air, any goal line work the Jets backs see could go either way.
Beanie Wells (Cardinals-RB) The Cardinals face another tough rush defense as they travel to New England this week. The Patriots allowed just 20 rushing yards to Chris Johnson and the Titans last week. The Cardinals have some issues with their offensive line and could struggle against a revamped Patriots defense. While there is always the opportunity of a goal line touchdown, I don’t expect a lot of total yards for Wells this week.
Cleveland Browns (Defense/Special Teams) If you’re looking for a defense to play this week, look elsewhere. The Browns may jump out as one of the top scoring defenses week 1, but you shouldn’t expect that to continue. Michael Vick had a bad game throwing 4 picks and the Browns just lost their top cornerback Joe Haden to suspension for 4 games. The Browns travel to cross-state rival Cincinnati this week and I expect the their defense to struggle.