The first week of fantasy football is almost in the books. There were some clear busts, like the entire Pittsburgh Steelers offense, or Trent Richardson only getting 13 attempts. There were some surprises, like Julian Edelman grabbing two touchdowns, or Jerome Simpson going for 140 yards. I provide for you the week one All Fantasy Team for the first week top performers.
Quarterback: Peyton Manning
How could Peyton Manning not be the All Fantasy team quarterback from week one? Nobody else even came close. Manning threw for 462 yards and an incredible seven touchdowns, tying the single game record. If you had to play against Manning this week, I feel bad for you as your fantasy season started pretty rough.
Wide Receivers: A.J. Green & Anquan Boldin
A.J. Green is in the conversation with Calvin Johnson for the top wide receiver in the NFL. Facing off against a very good defensive back in Charles Tillman, Green exhausted the veteran to the tune of 162 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to drawing a 34 yard pass interference call. Tillman is one of the top corners in the game, and if Green make him look like a rookie, there is little hope for the rest of the league.
Anquan Boldin showed that he is worth more than the sixth round draft choice the Baltimore Ravens got in exchange for him via the trade this summer. Boldin was all over the Green Bay Packer secondary, hauling in 13 receptions for 208 yards and a score. With the San Francisco 49ers receiver corps currently thinner than the ice I’m on with my wife after watching football for the last 48 hours, Boldin should continue to see plenty of targets and make plays.
Running Backs: Adrian Peterson & Reggie Bush
The reigning MVP started his season off with a 78 yard touchdown run on his first touch of the day. While the Detroit Lions defense did a very respectable job of limiting his yardage the rest of the day, holding him to only 33 yards, Peterson was able to finish the game with three total touchdowns.
Reggie Bush was on the other side of that contest, and proved he can be the back the Lions have been looking for since Barry Sanders. Bush ran for 90 yards, and almost scored two touchdowns on the ground. He added four receptions for 101 yards and a score. The fact that he did all that with a dislocated finger makes it even more impressive.
Tight End: Jared Cook
While Julius Thomas got all the hype this week, Jared Cook showed that he is worthy of the $5 million deal he got this summer. Cook was Sam Bradford’s security blanket, hauling in seven catches for 141 yards and his first game with more than one touchdown (he finished with two). He was a yard away from a third before Tyrann Mathieu stole a touchdown on an incredible effort play.
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein The kicker with the big leg netted kicks from 48, 38, 36 and 25 yards. There’s not a lot more to say about it.
Defense: Kansas City Chiefs
The Chiefs defense destroyed the Jacksonville Jaguars, holding them to a miserable two points. Kansas City had six sacks, and two interceptions, including a 10 yard pick six from Tamba Hali. The Jags didn’t get into Chiefs territory until there was two minutes left in the game, and the Chiefs defense had more yards (80) than the Jaguars running attack (71).
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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