Week 1 of the NFL season is almost in the books and what a wild one it was. From opening night on there were Quarterback performances for the ages. Just short of 500 yards and throwing 7 touchdowns Peyton Manning of the Denver Broncos set the world on fire. Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49er’s went for over 400 yards and 3 touchdowns proving that he does not have to rely on his legs to pick you apart. Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Matthew Stafford of the Detroit lions each threw for 357 yards and 2 touchdowns a piece while leading their respective teams to victory in gritty performances. All in all week 1 of the NFL season has been very exciting outside of the Jacksonville Jaguars offense which is just terrible.
Julius Thomas, Tight End Denver Broncos – I will be the first to admit that I was not sure where Julius Thomas would fit into the mix in Denver, but if his first game is any indication it looks like everywhere. While I don’t think he will finish the year with 1,760 and 32 touchdowns, but a 1,000 yard 12 touchdown season is not out of the question. If you have him on your fantasy team already you most likely added him in free agency or a very late round pick so it may not be a bad idea to test the trade market as his perceived value is through the roof. As I said before Julius Thomas will be targeted throughout the year, but with the likes of Wes Welker, Demaryius Thomas, and Eric Decker in town I would not expect that many of his performances will match week 1. All in all Julius Thomas is a great player to have on your team and if you are struggling at the tight end position he should be targeted. BOOM
Kellen Winslow, Tight End New York Jets – Another tight end that started with a surprise performance was Kellen Winslow. If this were 4 or 5 seasons ago there would not be much surprise to his week 1 performance, but his days have passed. While he may come close to this stat line a few more times this year his overall statistics and consistency will not make him a weekly starter. Not all of it is his fault however as the New York Jets are terrible. I suggest to stay away as far as possible from this fading star as his mediocrity should shine through sooner than later. BUST
Chris Ivory, Running Back New York Jets – Sticking with the New York Jets theme starting running back Chris Ivory was every bit as ineffective as I thought he would be preseason. With a stat line of 10 carries for 15 yards and 0 receptions on 2 targets he was far from fantasy gold. Yes he produced as the 3rd or 4th option in the running game when he was with the New Orleans Saints, but most of the time that was after the opposition had been crushed by their starters and either didn’t care or were to tired to do anything. Until the New York Jets can establish any level of consistency on the offensive side of the ball I would stay away from their running game entirely at all costs. BUST
Torrey Smith, Wide Receiver Baltimore Ravens – With the loss of Anquan Boldin the Baltimore Ravens will be looking to Torrey Smith for a greater number of targets and receptions. Torrey Smith is a dynamic playmaker with blazing speed and route running ability, but I feel that with the loss of Dennis Pitta and the aforementioned Anquan Boldin that owners may be disappointed at seasons end. NFL defenses will be able to drop back and throw two defenders on Torrey Smith just about every down as they lack a significant threat at the number 2 and 3 wide receiver slots. Granted the Baltimore Ravens do have a top running back in Ray Rice so that should free up Smith every so often, but I would not count on him as a number 2 fantasy receiver for most of the season. Unless the Baltimore Ravens add a receiver via trade or free agency Torrey Smith may wallow in mediocrity for much of the season. BUST
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