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Quarterbacks were on point

By Ed Ryan
Globe Staff / September 16, 2011

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Tom Brady’s 99-yard touchdown pass to Wes Welker Monday ruined my night.

I’m in two fantasy leagues, and entering Monday I led comfortably in both. Everyone on my teams had played, but neither of my opponents had finished. In one league I was matched up against Brady. In the other, Brady and Welker.

You should have correctly figured by now that I’m 0-1 across the board.

I’m done whining. Brady and Welker’s absurd night (a combined 80 fantasy points) highlighted a weekend during which several players produced big numbers. Eighteen quarterbacks had at least 20 fantasy points, proving the point of those who said in the preseason that quarterback had replaced running back as the most valuable fantasy position.

On to the weekend forecast:

Three up:

Beanie Wells, RB, Arizona: Drafting Wells as a starter was a risk, based on his inconsistent history, but if you own him you were rewarded with 90 yards and a score. A healthy season from the former Ohio State star would be a huge bonus for those who didn’t draft two running backs in the first four rounds.

Fred Davis, TE, Washington: Davis is undervalued because Chris Cooley is a more heralded teammate at the same position, but Cooley has health issues even when he’s healthy. Davis is an emerging star.

Cadillac Williams, RB, St. Louis: Starter Steven Jackson won’t play because of a quad injury. Jackson’s got a history of being dinged up, and based on the 91 rushing yards and 49 receiving yards Williams produced after Jackson was sidelined, Williams needs to be owned.

Three down:

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina: Newton’s first game - 422 yards and two touchdowns - was impressive and shocking, considering he was last seen directing a junior high offense at Auburn. If your backup quarterback is questionable, Newton may be worth the gamble as a second-stringer, but you’d have to pay me to play him against Green Bay.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle: Lynch owners are better off hoping for consistency rather than expecting it. After the Bills discarded him last season, Lynch reestablished himself in the playoffs against New Orleans, but he was tossed aside by the Bills for a reason. Combining average ability with a poor offense typically results in disappointment for fantasy owners.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets: Greene may have a good day here and there, but he’ll also have too many of the “10-carries-for-26-yards’’ days he had against Dallas.

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