Fantasy Football Recap: Week One Hits and Misses

By Dustin Manko
Peyton Manning
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The only way to know if you are good is to review your work. With that in mind, let’s take a look back at what I got right and wrong in fantasy football in week one.

Julius Thomas

I called Julius Thomas out as a potential sleeper for week one. Man, oh man, did he wake up. Racking up 110 yards and two touchdowns, Thomas emerged as a viable red zone threat. Even more, he showed he has enough speed to do damage from beyond the red zone.

Denver Broncos Over Baltimore Ravens

I correctly predicted that Peyton Manning would have his revenge on the Baltimore Ravens and he certainly did that on Thursday. Manning had an incredible seven touchdown passes, and set my fantasy team (and many others who played against him) in a deep hole to start their seasons. I was a little short on the score, but nobody saw seven touchdowns coming.

Alshon Jeffery

When I wrote about Alshon Jeffery, I told you that you were relying on the end zone for him to earn his money. I also predicted 3-5 passes for 40-60 yards, with the expectation of him getting closer to 40 yards than 60. Jeffery finished the day with 5 catches for 42 yards, and no scores. So while he may not have earned the sleeper status, I was pretty spot on with the production.

DeAngelo Williams

This sure was a strange game, wasn’t it? I didn’t expect much from Williams in this contest and he showed me wrong this week, rushing for 76 yards and adding 14 through the air. While 9 fantasy points in most standard scoring formats is a little low for an RB1, those are borderline decent numbers for an RB2/Flex spot.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers D/ST

This one didn’t quite pan out how I expected it to either. The Bucs D/ST was respectable, holding the New York Jets to 18 points, racking up five sacks and one interception. I have to give credit where it is due, and Geno Smith was pretty good, going 24-38 for 256 yards passing, another 47 on the run, and a touchdown. I thought the Bucs would hold the Jets closer to 10 points than 20. Still, in standard scoring the Bucs D/ST finished tied for third with the Houston Texans, making them worthy of the sleeper status.

Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III did look hesitant and rusty out of the gate, missing passes, holding the ball, and lacking confidence. He was sacked three times, but got better as the game progressed, finishing 30-49 with 329 passing yards, 24 on the rush, two touchdowns and two interceptions. I called on you to start him and in standard scoring he finished 10th in QB scoring for the week.

Terrelle Pryor

Pryor showed me wrong this week, posting 329 total yards, two interceptions and a touchdown pass. He made defenders miss, his passes were better than I expected, and he seemed to get better as the game went on. I’m interested to see how he will react now that oppositions have film and can put together a game plan on him, but Pryor does have some very real appeal as a QB2.

Tony Romo

On one hand, Romo finished 36 of 49 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns and one interception. Not bad numbers. On the other hand, he scored fewer fantasy points than Alex Smith, Pryor and Jay Cutler, among others. Depending on your scoring format, Romo finished around 20th for the week. I guess that alone puts this in the “I got this one wrong” category.

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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