Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ – This is the pickup of the week for me, surprisingly. New York’s offensive line did a PHENOMENAL job of containing Buffalo’s brand-new and much improved front four. Their offense scored seemingly at-will in this game with Sanchez playing one of the better games of his career as far as I am concerned. I have SERIOUS doubts as to whether or not this game was indicative of what we should expect from both Buffalo and New York but mostly because what happened was drastically different than what most analysts, myself included, expected to happen. If we were wrong and the Jets can remain a highly productive offense behind their offensive line, Hill has more upside than anyone else on this list.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL – This one game for Ogletree stacks up against each of his season totals from the rest of his career. He had not had a single touchdown on his career but he had two in this one. These are telling stats and I am not huge on Ogletree down the line but he now has the upside to be every-bit as good as Laurent Robinson was as Dallas’ slot guy last season. He might just be a flex play for the season but regardless, he’ll be a quality guy to have for covering bye weeks and injuries throughout the season.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS – You’d have to be pretty desperate to play this guy next week but only CJ Spiller outscored Morris so far this week as running backs are concerned and you can’t leave a guy with this much potential on free agency. Leave him on the bench for certain until Shanahan gives us a reason to believe that Morris will be the lead-back for the season because he has a history of switching backs from game to game, regardless of their performance. He also has a history of taking a mediocre young talent and running him into the ground for a season or two and then cutting him loose, so there is a chance that Morris is a top 15 back on the season.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, CHI – The Bears offense struggled a bit early and Cutler did what he does, turned the ball over. But they rebounded nicely and won their week 1 match-up vs Indianapolis cleanly. Jeffery scored the insurance score on a long pass from Cutler in the 4th quarter. As expected, Brandon Marshall was the primary focus in the passing game with 9 grabs on a not surprising (though still absurdly high) 15 targets. Marshall also scored and got over 100 yards receiving while Jeffery was targeted just 5 times and two weren’t very catchable. He caught the other three though and should be able to rack up a fair few big plays with how much attention defenses are giving to Marshall. Next week they face a determined and 0-1 Packers team that will be hell-bent to keep from starting 0-2. The packers secondary looked weak as they were exploited by Alex Smith with regularity on Sunday and I think Jeffery has a decent chance at being worth a flex play.
Robert Griffen III, QB, WAS – His stats immediately jump out at you on paper; 19/26 for 320 yards and 2 TDs with 40 yards on the ground to boot. He currently sits as the #2 overall point-scorer of the opening week and really impressed a lot of people this week, including myself. He MUST be owned in all standard leagues and he should have been owned in them all already before this game but, he wasn’t quite owned in every one. Give a double check and if he’s available, scoop him up. I wasn’t too shocked to see him do so well this week, against a team missing a significant chunk of it’s coaching staff as well as defensive personnel to the bounty-gate suspension. You won’t see me overreact to this performance when I do my rankings next week but it was good enough to make me start to raise expectations.
Greg Little, WR, CLE – Little and really the entire Browns offense looked pretty bad in this game and they almost won! Little was targeted 4 times on the day and caught ZERO passes. Weeden didn’t look good and Trent Richardson couldn’t get anything going either and the Browns offense doesn’t appear to have any relevant fantasy guys. Dump Little ASAP and hope Jeffery or Hill are available.
LeGarrette Blount, RB, TB – This is a conditional call here. If Blount is not going to be needed for the foreseeable future, then hold tight and wait this out but if you need a starter and hoped Blount had flex-play value, cut him. I thought that Blount would be more involved in the run game and I still think he should be. Martin however saw 24 carries with 95 yards and the team won so there I haven’t seen a single thing to signal a change in the work load. Consider Martin the feature back and Blount the handcuff for the time being.
Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC – MJD was just going to “rotate in on third downs” and yet Jennings had just 40 all-purpose yards. He wasn’t being effective and Jones-Drew was so he got his workload limited severely. Unless you simply want MJD’s handcuff, there is no reason to own Jennings for another week.
Santana Moss, WR, WAS – I am not putting Moss here because he didn’t do well, I didn’t expect it after all… I’m saying dump Moss because he simply didn’t get an increase in targets or receptions after Garcon left this game. Pierre Garcon was a stud in the 1st quarter and was thrown to a LOT. He left the game in the 1st and the offense carried on just fine without him and Moss just had very little to do with their success. You can hold him if you want to, but I can’t see him coming on strong anytime soon.
Isaac Redman, RB, PIT – Jonathan Dwyer looked better than Redman did and Mendenhall is pushing to come back sooner rather than later. Get off this sinking ship now instead of in 2 weeks.
Felix Jones, RB, DAL – Jones is owned in over 1/4 of leagues and I can’t figure out why. He’s bad when he plays and he gets hurt when he plays. No statistical support needed here, GET RID OF HIM!