Admit it, you shook your thing and did all the moves to the Macarena. You rapped along with Vanilla Ice, cruising slow down the boulevard with the slick lean in the driver’s seat. You ran up your steps throwing punches to Eye of the Tiger, even bought a snappy hat like Lou Bega and did a little karaoke Mambo No. 5 at the local watering hole.
All the rage, then gone in a cloud of dust. The infamous One-Hit Wonder.
It happens every year. A player comes out of nowhere, gets fantasy owners all excited, and ** POOF ** he’s gone. It’s not to say that every player who explodes onto the fantasy scene in week one will disappear, but before you throw all your free agent bucks at a guy that you never heard of before yesterday afternoon, take a deep breath and relax. About 70% of these guys will crawl back under their rocks and disappear from the fantasy radar.
They’ll likely be the guys you eventually release from your squad to pick up that next BIG thing.
It’s only week one, people.
Here are some standout players from week one that you might want to keep an eye on and/or make a play for.
QB Mark Sanchez, New York Jets – Maybe the presence of Tim Tebow is having a positive effect on Sanchez, or maybe it was just a horrendous Buffalo Bills defense. Either way, Sanchez put up some solid numbers on Sunday, leading the New York Jets to a convincing 48-28 win over the Bills. With 266 yards passing, three touchdowns and only one interception, Sanchez made a quality attempt to silence his legions of critics. Of course the true test comes in week two as the Jets face the Steelers in Pittsburgh but if Sanchez is able to perform again, his fantasy stock will rise considerably. Keep on your radar for sure.
RB Michael Bush, Chicago Bears – I’ll preface this by saying that Bush should have been drafted by your league’s Matt Forte owner. Not only is he a must-have handcuff option for Forte, but as evidenced in Sunday’s game against the Colts it looks like Bush will get a lot of goal line love. Bush only had 42 yards rushing on the day, but he punched in two scores from the one-yard line. If he is available, grab him and make sure you send your league’s Forte owner a thank-you email.
RB CJ Spiller, Buffalo Bills – After starting tailback Fred Jackson left the game in what is reported as an LCL injury, Spiller took over in a huge way. He carried the ball fourteen times for 169 yards and a touchdown and added another 25 yards receiving against the Jets. If Jackson missed any time, Spiller more than made a case for the starting gig. Fred Jackson owners, can you say handcuff? If you didn’t, shame on you.
RB Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins – You are strongly advised to proceed with caution. Allow me to run some names by you. RB Ryan Torain. RB Tim Hightower. RB Keilland Williams. RB Roy Helu. All were highly touted waiver wire options, and all have or have had the same head coach in fantasy owner’s nightmare incarnate Mike Shannahan. While Morris had quite a nice afternoon with 96 yards rushing and two touchdowns, with Shanny you just never know. He’s more than worth the gamble, but don’t be surprised if you are shaking your head next Sunday afternoon as Roy Helu goes bananas.
RB Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots – Being the starting running back in a pass happy offense left Ridley largely ignored in the earlier rounds of many fantasy drafts. In some leagues, he even went undrafted. Well, if you are in a league that promotes that type of lunacy, practice some common sense and hope Patriots head coach Bill Belichick took notice of Ridley’s fine week one performance. Some offensive balance would be refreshing, no? Rushing for 125 yards, a six yard per carry average and a touchdown is more than worth noting. While I doubt he is available in the vast majority of leagues, if he is snap him up.
WR Kevin Olgetree,, Dallas Cowboys - Before you empty your wallet to obtain the fantasy services of Ogletree, step back a bit. With receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin largely unavailable throughout the pre-season, QB Tony Romo definitely locked in on Ogletree in week one, with 11 targets. However understand that as Bryant and Austin assert themselves into the lineup and in Romo’s field of vision, Ogletree’s opportunities could diminish. I say that if you are looking for week one production out of him moving forward. But if you are looking for a guy to place on your bench and utilize if and when Bryant or Austin fall to injury, then Ogletree is your guy.
WR Stephen Hill, New York Jets – Yes, another rookie thrust into fantasy consciousness with one game under his belt. But with 89 receiving yards and two touchdowns, he’s turned enough heads in New York to be the rumored week two starter lining up across from teammate WR Santonio Holmes. In that matchup they’ll go up against Pittsburgh, a far cry from the saloon-door defense the Jets faced against Buffalo. Grab him and play the wait and see.
WR Aldrick Robinson, Washington Redskins – It’s important to monitor a young quarterback and pay close attention to the receivers that he favors. The guys he seems lock in on, time after time again. After Garcon left the game with a foot injury, Robinson stepped up and actually led the team in targets. Garcon’s injury is reportedly not serious, but it kept him on the sidelines, so that is a cause for concern. Robinson is certainly worth keeping tabs on and if the chemistry continues to develop, you could have something.
WR Kendall Wright, Tennessee Titans – Truth be told, I like this guy with WR Nate Washington in the lineup. Should Washington miss any time due to his leg contusion (a fancy word for bruise) Wright could really turn some heads. It would be wise grabbing Wright before he becomes all the rage.
WR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs – We’ve seen this over the past few seasons. Dexter McCluster pops his head out of his fantasy hole, tosses up some nice numbers and is subsequently mentioned for waiver wire consideration. However be cautious as consistency is not one of McCluster’s stronger attributes. That said, he did catch six passes for 82 yards and was targeted by Chiefs QB Matt Cassel a team high ten times. That in itself makes McCluster worth keeping an eye on. Again.
WR Randy Moss, San Francisco 49ers – Turn back the clock, baby! Moss was targeted four times in his debut with the 49ers and performed admirably. Pretty remarkable when you consider it was his first regular season game since 2010. If Moss is able to carve out a niche’ with San Francisco and develop that nose for the end zone, he could be a nice serviceable option off your bench.
TE Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts – Fleener didn’t get into the end zone, but his ten targets are hard to ignore. Also hard to ignore is he grabbed six of those targets for 82 yards. Young Colts QB Andre Luck is setting up a nice early rapport with his tight end and if this continues, Fleener could be a nice sleeper option.
TE Owen Daniels, Houston Texans - Look, Joel Dreessen is off to Denver, and Daniels is finally healthy. In week one against the Dolphins, he was second in targets only to wide receiver Andre Johnson. If this love continues, Daniels could re-emerge as a top performer in 2012. If he is available in your league, grab him.
TE Marcedes Lewis, Jacksonville Jaguars – At 6’ 6” and 272lbs with good hands, Lewis is a God send. Yes indeed, Lewis is a quality talent sadly stuck on a team with a challenged quarterback. Lewis was targeted five times, and reeled in all five thrown his way, including one for a touchdown. It would behoove Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blaine Gabbert to find this guy early and often – more than five times preferably.
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