The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Week 1
The Bad- As good of a game Matt Ryan had in week one Michael Turner was on the totally opposite side of the spectrum. He carried the ball 11 times for just 32 yards and often looked out of place in the new up tempo Falcons offense. Turner has been a reliable fantasy running back for most of the past 4 seasons but if things stay the same it looks like Turner owners could be in for a long, disappointing season…
The Carolina Panthers offense was less than stellar this week against the Buccaneers. In a matchup many people thought Cam Newton would excel in he looked flustered and forced passes routinely throughout the day as was apparent with his 2 interceptions. He did throw for 303 yards and 1 touchdown with Steve Smith and Brandon Lafell being the main beneficiaries and only decent fantasy contributors for them. With Jonathan Stewart out this was the chance for DeAngelo Williams to show he could handle the full rushing load and he rewarded his fantasy owners with 6 rushes for -1 yard. I apologize to the people I told to start him this week, WON’T happen again….
Honorable Mention- Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Matthew Stafford, Ryan Tannehill, Wes Welker, Ronnie Brown
The Ugly- Chris Johnson came into 2012 hoping to prove his doubters wrong and to show that his disappointing 2011 season was a fluke. Well that wasn’t the case on Sunday as he posted 4 yards rushing on 11 carries (0.4ypc) and his doubters have multiplied tenfold. I won’t put all the blame on Johnson as his offensive line didn’t help him much throughout the day but when you’re an ELITE running back as the saying goes “when life deals you lemons you make lemonade”.
I know he’s a rookie and I hate to pick on him also he’s fantasy irrelevant because I hope none of you were starting him but Brandon Weeden looked awful on Sunday. The rookie quarterback completed just 12 of his 35 passes (35%) with 4 interceptions and had a QB rating of….. wait for it…. 5.1. In his defense the Eagles have one of the top secondaries in the league but being a 28 year old rookie doesn’t allow much time for a learning curve… If I were the Browns I wouldn’t trade Colt McCoy just yet…
Honorable Mention- Buffalo Bills Defense, Kansas City Chiefs Defense
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