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Week 1 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  September 11, 2012 01:19 PM

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This was a great week to start…

Matt Ryan, Falcons – Passed for 299 yards and 3 TDs, and ran for 25 yards and another score, with no turnovers.
Tony Romo, Cowboys – Got a measure of revenge with 307 passing yards and 3 TDs, plus one early INT.
Drew Brees, Saints – Struggled much of the game, throwing 2 INTs, but finished with a solid 339 passing yards and 3 TDs.
Mark Sanchez, Jets – Shook off the Tebow distraction to record 266 passing yards and 3 TDs, with 1 INT.

CJ Spiller, Bills – Took advantage of his opening and rumbled for 169 yards and 2 TDs, and added a pair of catches for 25 yards, after an early fumble.
Arian Foster, Texans – What knee injury?  The consensus top pick scored twice while running for 79 yards.
Adrian Peterson, Vikings – What knee injury?  The freakish athlete looked like the AP of old with 84 rushing yards and 2 TDs.
Ray Rice, Ravens – Rushed for 68 yards and 2 TDs, adding 3 receptions for 25 yards.
Alfred Morris, Redskins – For one game, at least, he was the bomb, racking up 96 yards and a pair of TDs.
Kevin Smith, Lions – Had 62 yards rushing, 29 yards receiving, and a TD both ways.

Julio Jones, Falcons – Staked his claim to elite status with 6 receptions for 108 yards and a pair of TDs.
Brandon Marshall, Bears – Got back in the swing with Cutler, hauling in 9 catches for 119 yards and a score.
Andre Johnson, Texans – Racked up the same stats on one fewer catch than Marshall.
Lance Moore, Saints – Amassed 120 yards and a TD on 6 receptions.

This was a great week to play against…

DeAngelo Williams, Panthers – J-Stew sat out, so DeAngelo had -1 yard rushing? Oh yeah, he had a 5-yard catch, too.  Unbelievable.
Trent Richardson, Browns – The heralded rookie only managed 39 rushing yards and a 5-yard catch in his first action since his latest knee surgery.
Michael Turner, Falcons – Managed just 32 yards on the ground.
Chris Johnson, Titans – Taken out of the game as Tennessee played from behind, running for a paltry 4 yards and adding 6 catches for 47 yards.
Cedric Benson, Packers – When you run against the 49ers, you end up with 18 yards.  It just happens.
Peyton Hillis, Chiefs – Totaled just 24 yards rushing and receiving.
Rashad Jennings, Jaguars – Left with an injury after combining for just 40 yards.
Roy Helu and Evan Royster, Redskins – Neither contributed much, with just 37 total yards between them.
Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, Cardinals – Maintained Arizona’s pitiful rushing tradition with just 23 yards on the ground.  Williams added 2 receptions for 17 yards, and a fumble.
Fred Jackson, Bills – Left with a knee injury after just 15 rushing yards.
Robert Turbin, Seahawks – This is why you don’t drop a good player for a backup on mid-week speculation. Lynch played, Turbin totaled 7 yards.
Ronnie Brown, Chargers – Starting in place of Ryan Mathews, Brown mustered just 5 rushing and 26 receiving yards while Curtis Brinkley did little better with twice the carries.

Wes Welker, Patriots – Lost among a galaxy of stars, and yielding some snaps to Julian Edelman, he managed just 14 yards on 3 catches.
Greg Jennings, Packers – Played a bit role, catching 5 balls for only 34 yards.
Hakeem Nicks, Giants – Just 38 yards on 4 catches.
Vincent Jackson, Bucs – Only 47 yards on 4 receptions in his Tampa Bay debut.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars – It’s going to take the rookie a little time. He had just 24 yards on 3 catches.
Greg Little, Browns -- Targeted 4 times, but caught nada.

Jason Witten, Cowboys – Played courageously, just not productively, with 2 catches for 10 yards.
Dustin Keller, Jets – Just a 7-yard catch to show for his day.

We didn’t see them coming…

Kevin Ogletree, WR, Cowboys – Picked up where Laurent Robinson left off with 8 receptions for 114 yards and 2 TDs.
Stephen Hill, WR, Jets – It’s not that the rookie lacks talent; it’s just that we didn’t expect Mark Sanchez to make him a star.  His 89-yard, 2-TD debut means he’s worth a flier.
Jeremy Kerley, Jets – Caught 4 passes for 45 yards and a TD, and returned a punt for another score.

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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