Every week I’ll address five topics that have my head spinning after Sunday’s action:
The Redskins pulled off the upset of the day by knocking off the Saints at the Superdome and the rookie was a big reason why. RGIII started the game by completing eight straight passes, including an 88-yard connection for a TD to Pierre Garcon. He was the first rookie in the history of the league to have a perfect first-half QB rating (minimum 10 pass attempts). The final numbers were staggering – 19/26 for 320 yards and 2 PaTD along with 10 carries for 42 yards. I had RGIII at No. 13 entering the season as the top fantasy QB2. After another take he could have top six potential. It will be hard to keep him out of the lineup in Week 2 vs. St. Louis.
There weren’t many bright spots for the Bills on Sunday as they got smoked by the Jets and watched starting running back Fred Jackson forced from the game with a sprained LCL. That resulted in Spiller getting his chance to shine. He amassed 169 yards and a score on just 14 carries and a touchdown while adding three catches for 25 yards. Spiller’s role was perplexing coming into the season, but as long as Jackson is out of action he’s a viable fantasy force as he proved down the stretch last year. At this point, even if Jackson returns the team could start leaning on Spiller more.
Few players looked worst to me yesterday than Vick. The Eagles’ quarterback turned the ball over four times and appeared to be out of sync all day long. He only completed 29 of 56 passes and didn’t look good on many of them. While durability concerns caused me to temper my expectations on him heading into the season, this performance has soured me a bit more. I am willing to give him another shot next week, but in the end I am worried.
We figured Peterson would be limited and expected 10-15 touches. It was closer to 20 for him as he finished with 84 yards and touchdown on 17 carries. Peterson fell in many drafts because of the concern over his recovering from an ACL injury that ended his 2011 season prematurely. He pushed many of them concerns aside. While I expect the Vikings to mix Toby Gerhart in to the equation to keep AP fresh, owners can now view him a legit RB1 option moving forward with top 3 potential.
The Patriots may have found their running back in the second-year back. Ridley was running with force all day long and took full advantage of Shane Vereen being out and the increased workload. He finished the win over the Titans with 125 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries. I still have a tough time trusting Bill Belichick won’t pull him the first time he fumbles, but with each performance like this his leash is going to get longer. He’s a rock solid RB2 option with upside until further notice.
The only thing that looked weird to me with Peyton Manning was the fact he was in a Broncos’ uniform. He was 19-of-26 for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns and let the Broncos to four straight scoring drives. I still don’t consider him an elite fantasy QB anymore, but he’s definitely a decent QB 1 that if he stays healthy could easily lead the Broncos and fantasy owners alike to the playoffs this season.
--Cam Newton, Michael Vick Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, Wes Welker, and Larry Fitzgerald.
--Mark Sanchez, CJ Spiller, Frank Gore, Michael Bush, Kevin Ogletree (WED), and Stephen Hill.