It’s time to hand out our Game Balls for this week brought to you by Apex Awards…
QB Game Ball - Matt Ryan - 23/31 299 yards, 3 TDs, 25 rush yards, 1 Rush TD
Many experts predicted a breakout year for Matty Ice, and if his performance in the opening week is any hint, this could be his breakout year. Ryan did it all, and didn't even throw a pick. He threw, at will, it seemed, for three TDs, two to Julio Jones, and even ran one too. He absolutely abused the Kansas City defense.
QB Honorable mention - Robert Griffin III, 19/26 320 yards, 2 TDs (good for a rookie record, and RG3 just may be the real deal).
RB Game Ball - Steven Ridley, 125 rush yards, 1 TD, 2 catches for 27 yards
Lots of choices in this category as several RBs had stellar performances. But Ridley looks like another weapon for Bill Belichick. The Patriots running back got almost all the carries, and made the most of them. This looks like Ridley's job firmly, and this looks like the normal type of fantasy production for Ridley.
RB Honorable mention - Adrian Peterson, 84 yards and 2 TDs. Most were skeptical of what to expect from AP, but he proved everyone wrong who didn't start him.
WR Game Ball - Brandon Marshall, 9 catches for 119 yards, 1 TD
Reunited and it feels so good. That's how Marshall has to feel about being in a Bears uniform with Jay Cutler. Marshall is a must-start fantasy option from here on out.
WR Honorable mention - Stephen Hill, 5 catches, 89 yards, 2 TDs - If you started this rookie on your team, you should probably buy a lottery ticket, and give me your email as I'll look for your fantasy advice next week.
GAME-USED SOCK AWARD
RB - Chris Johnson - Tennessee - 11 rushes for 4 yards
A lot of people took CJ2K as the fourth RB off the board in their drafts. He was predicted to have a breakout year. And then today he does this - 4 yards. FOUR!! Owners of Johnson (I refuse to call him CJ2K any longer) who have him in PPR leagues at least got some redemption as he did manage 6 catches for 47 yards. But still, for someone taken so high, and with so much expected from him, for him to have had such a pathetic performance against a weak opponent in the Patriots, is well, worthy of a big, stinky game-used sock.