Week 1 Fantasy Football Studs

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Most of Week 1 is in the books and what a fantastic slate of games it was.  As they will do each Monday morning, the Fantasy Footballers have broken down the studs and duds from the week. Check out Monday’s show for the full studs and duds segment and much more. You can also jump to my Week 1 Duds article. Here we will take a look at the list of stud muffin performances for Week 1.

Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck vs. DET
-385 passing yards, 4TDs, 21 rushing yards

Drew Brees vs. OAK
-423 passing yards, 4 TDs

Jameis Winston vs. ATL
-281 passing yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT

alexsmithAlex Smith vs. SD
-363 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 15 rushing yards, 1 rushing TD

Matt Stafford vs. IND
-340 passing yards, 3 TDs

Matt Ryan vs. TB
-334 passing yards, 2 TDs, 10 yards rushing

It goes to show that the QB position is the deepest in football.  Aaron Rodgers and Cam Newton aren’t even on the list despite their solid performances.   The Vegas’ over/under lines appear to be good indicators for big QB production.

Wide Receivers

Brandin Cooks vs. OAK
6 receptions, 143 yards, 2 TDs, 11 rushing yards, 9 targets

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Willie Snead vs. OAK
-9 receptions, 172 yards, 1 TD, 9 targets
The Saints WRs absolutely toasted the Raiders’ secondary early and often in this one, the exclamation point being the 98-yard TD reception by Cooks.

A.J. Green vs. NYJ
-12 receptions, 180 yards, 1 TD, 13 targets
A.J. Green is a bad man.  He is absolutely matchup proof.  The Jets have a solid unit, A.J. Green was the focus and they still couldn’t stop him.

Larry Fitzgerald vs. NE
-8 receptions, 81 yards, 2 TDs, 10 targets
Old man strength was getting it done again. When Palmer needed a boost in the second half, he repeatedly went to Fitzgerald.

Jordan Matthews vs. CLE
-7 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD, 14 targets
No garbage time bump in this one.  Matthews was involved for the entire game and played about half of his snaps on the outside, which is encouraging after reports he would be exclusively be used in the slot.

themevans2Mike Evans vs. ATL
-5 receptions, 99 yards, TD, 7 targets
Evans did Evans things in this one. Using his big body to box out defenders and go up for some tough grabs.

Mike Wallace vs. BUF
-3 receptions, 91 yards, TD, 6 targets, 11 rushing yards
Wallace showed some downfield speed, some might even call him “D-Jax Lite”.  Even with Flacco looking unsettled, the two were able to hook up on a long TD pass.

Doug Baldwin vs. MIA
-9 receptions, 92 yards, TD, 11 targets
As shown by his 11 targets, Baldwin remains Russell Wilson’s go-to WR.  With Wilson under heavy pressure the chemistry these two have for when the play breaks down really shows.

Running Backs

Spencer Ware vs. SD
-11 carries, 70 yards, TD, 7 receptions, 129 receiving yards
Ware went from reports of being 3rd on the depth chart, to leading all fantasy scorers in points scored in Week 1.  Perhaps the most impressive part of Ware’s performance was his work in the receiving game as he more than doubled his career receptions (he only had 6 for his career before this game).

C.J. Anderson vs. CAR
-20 carries, 92 yards, TD, 4 receptions, 47 receiving yards, TD
C.J. showed that he deserves to be considered one of the few workhorse backs in the league. It only helps his cause that Hillman was shipped out and the rookie Devontae Booker fumbled on his first NFL carry.

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Theo Riddick vs. IND
-7 carries, 45 yards, TD, 5 receptions, 63 receiving yards, TD
Theo Riddick is known for his pass catching abilities but he also flashed in the running game and even got a few drives to himself in this one.

Ameer Abdullah vs. IND
-12 carries, 63 yards, 5 receptions, 57 receiving yards, TD
Choo Choo! The Abdullah Express looked explosive in this one.  He is an exciting play waiting to happen.  He used his talents to make the bad Colts defense look even worse.

Danny Woodhead vs. KC
-16 carries, 89 yards, 5 receptions, 31 receiving yards, TD
Woodhead benefitted from the absence of Keenan Allen.  Look for him to assume an even larger role in this offense going forward.

djrunDavid Johnson vs. NE
-16 carries, 89 yards, TD, 4 receptions, 43 receiving yards
The most important part of David Johnson’s performance doesn’t show up in the stat box.  He was the featured back in this offense.  Fears of Chris Johnson siphoning work were put to rest as the veteran only garnered 1 carry on 2 snaps.

Demarco Murray vs. MIN
-13 carries, 42 yards, 5 receptions, 35 receiving yards, 2 TDs
Exotic smashmouth became more of an aerial attack this week against a formidable Vikings defense. Murray’s 2 receiving TDs saved what would’ve been a mediocre performance.

Matt Forte vs. CIN
-22 carries, 96 yards, 5 receptions, 59 receiving yards
Familiar face in a new place, Matt Forte performed well in his new Jets uniform.  It doesn’t appear that Bilal Powell will pose as much of a threat to his workload as previously expected.

Tight Ends

doylerulesJack Doyle vs. DET
-3 receptions, 35 yards, 2 TDs, 4 targets
Doyle Rules!  In all seriousness, this one was a fluke.  Doyle’s second TD wasn’t even intended for the big TE.  Move along.

Dwayne Allen vs. DET
-4 receptions, 53 yards, TD, 6 targets
Good to see Allen involved in the passing game despite the Colts going to more 3 WR sets.  However, you’d like to see him squeeze Doyle out of this offense.

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Julius Thomas vs. GB
-5 receptions, 64 yards, TD, 5 targets
Pulling down all 5 of his targets, Thomas will continue to be the red zone threat he has been throughout his career.  Not a big yardage guy, though 64 yards will get it done most weeks.

Eric Ebron vs. IND
-5 receptions, 46 yards, TD, 5 targets
After speculation that he may not be ready for Week 1 following his Achilles scare, Ebron got in on the action in the Detroit-Indianapolis shoot out.

Defense/Special Teams

Vikings D/ST vs. TEN
-16 points allowed, 1 INT, 2 fumble recovery, 2 TDs
This defense looks fierce and opportunistic as they took advantage of a flustered Mariota, en route to 2 defensive scores. They will face a tougher challenge Week 2 against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Be sure to check out all of Episode #262 – Studs & Duds, Rising Stars, MNF Preview

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