Hoo-wee. Week One of the NFL season brought plenty of exciting moments and undoubtedly delighted fantasy owners. The interwebs were aflutter with much rejoicing from those owners for whom their drafts paid dividends out of the gate-early affirmation is always satisfying, if premature. Why doesn’t football ever break Twitter on Sundays? Just curious.
ANYWAY each Tuesday, I’ll rundown the weekend’s best-and worst-fantasy football performers, then you can gloat in the comments about who you were savvy enough to draft or pick up.
- Peyton Manning-(QB, Ind) He wasn’t my first choice for quarterback, but he’s still a no-brainer, and I’m glad I reaped the benefits of his 433 passing yards and three touchdowns.
- Tom Brady-(QB, NE) Brady threw for three touchdowns just days after getting in a car crash in Boston. This could bode well for this week’s undoubtedly tougher match versus the Jets.
- Chris Johnson-(RB, Ten) Two touchdowns, 142 rushing yards, four catches for eight yards. There’s a reason he was 2009’s Offensive Player of the Year.
- Arian Foster-(RB, Hou) Foster barely played last season, but had a breakout opening weekend against the Colts, the second-highest rushing yards (231) in an opening game since 1933 (behind OJ Simpson, 250 in 1973) and scored three touchdowns. Dude scored three touchdowns all season last year, if this indicates what kind of surprise this was to fantasy owners. He’ll be exciting to watch this season.
- Matt Forte-(RB, Chi) This Bear had a promising rookie season in 2008, only to disappoint fantasy owners last year. But Sunday against Detroit, he scored three receiving touchdowns and caught a team-high seven passes for 151 yards despite rushing for only 50 yards during the controversial win over the Lions.
- Hakeem Nicks-(WR, NYG) Nicks rewarded fantasy owners with big points, scoring three touchdowns against Carolina.
- Mike Sims-Walker-(WR, Jac) No catches, not one. No points. Huge disappointment for fantasy champs hoping that Champ Bailey and the Broncos wouldn’t walk all over Sims-Walker.
- Kevin Kolb-(QB, Phi) Kolb suffered a concussion in the first half of Sunday’s game over Green Bay, and did not return for the second half. He may not play next week against Detroit, so owners need to make sure they’ve got a backup plan.
- Adrian Peterson-(RB, Min) The #2 consensus draft pick was a dismal non-entity in Thursday’s opening game against New Orleans, picking up only 87 yards on 19 carries. Fantasy owners everywhere shook their fists at the Saints impenatrable defense.
How’d your week one go, fantasy owners? What players served you well-and who failed you?