Same drill as the primary receivers, except this is secondary receivers. Do keep in mind, the players considered for this change based on who plays and who doesn’t in the games (i.e., if Anquan Boldin isn’t playing, Steve Breaston is a secondary receiver rather than a tertiary one).

vs. No. 2 Wide Recivers
TEAM FP OVRL TEAM FP HOME TEAM FP RD
Panthers 3.33 Bills 1.48 49ers 1.88
Bucs 3.65 Panthers 2.45 Cardinals 1.88
Steelers 4.26 Ravens 2.85 Giants 3.20
Eagles 4.46 Bucs 2.93 Steelers 3.42
Colts 4.80 Bengals 3.25 Colts 3.80
Bills 5.03 Eagles 3.50 Panthers 4.22
Titans 5.24 Packers 4.82 Bucs 4.37
Redskins 5.58 Colts 5.30 Titans 5.08
Patriots 6.10 Titans 5.35 Redskins 5.12
Vikings 6.27 Steelers 5.53 Eagles 5.42
Bengals 6.46 Patriots 5.70 Saints 5.60
Giants 6.51 Texans 6.03 Jaguars 5.72
Texans 6.52 Redskins 6.28 Vikings 5.77
Bears 6.83 Vikings 6.77 Jets 5.78
Saints 6.88 Cowboys 7.25 Bears 5.90
49ers 7.57 Raiders 7.50 Broncos 6.13
Cardinals 7.57 Saints 7.51 Patriots 6.37
Raiders 7.59 Chiefs 7.88 Browns 6.55
Lions 7.87 Falcons 8.65 Lions 6.63
Ravens 7.95 Bears 8.68 Texans 6.85
Chiefs 7.96 Giants 8.72 Rams 7.03
Broncos 7.98 Dolphins 8.90 Bills 7.40
Packers 8.00 Broncos 8.91 Raiders 7.65
Cowboys 8.38 Lions 9.73 Chiefs 8.02
Rams 8.56 49ers 10.41 Bengals 8.06
Browns 9.32 Cardinals 10.41 Cowboys 9.50
Jaguars 9.47 Rams 10.85 Chargers 9.93
Jets 10.39 Seahawks 10.87 Seahawks 9.98
Seahawks 10.51 Browns 11.17 Packers 11.18
Chargers 10.61 Chargers 11.28 Falcons 13.27
Falcons 10.96 Jaguars 13.22 Ravens 15.60
Dolphins 13.29 Jets 13.47 Dolphins 16.22

Week 1 Fantasy Highlights

September 10, 2008

For the first time in four years, I spent the opening Sunday of the NFL season watching games from the comfort of my couch. It was just as glorious as I remembered.

 

I still had my computer close by, though, obviously keeping track of my fantasy squads (I’m down to five from six last year, but that’s still entirely too many) and my pick ’em selections. I’d prefer not to get into my individual teams much more than to say I only selected Tom Brady in the first round in two of my five leagues, so my year isn’t completely f#@*ed, but trading up in one league to get him digs the knife a bit deeper.

 

But I digress, here are some of the fantasy highlights that stuck out to me the most…

 

Donovan McNabb looked plenty good, and double points for doing it with his top two receivers on the sidelines. However, Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown aren’t exactly Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, and the rest of the Eagles receivers fall in line at least above average competency. Then there’s the part about the Eagles playing at home against a Rams team that I thought would be fighting for next year’s No. 1 pick before I witnessed them shredded into Philly Cheesesteak. So, before the Eagles apologists and McNabb backers get too giddy, let me remind you that McNabb last played 16 games in 2003 and has only thrown more than 20 touchdown passes in a season three times since becoming a starter in 1999. His career-high of 31 came courtesy of Terrell Owens, with his other high-water mark a respectable 25 TDs. McNabb shouldn’t have a problem hitting 3,500 yards if he can play a full-slate, which I certainly wouldn’t bank on, but don’t kid yourself into thinking he’s going to surpass, or even reach, the 20-touchdown mark.

 

Eddie Royal certainly opened some eyes with his 9-catch, 146-yard and one-touchdown performance against what has been a stout pass defense the last couple of years. As an owner of the rookie in a few leagues, I was certainly pleased with the results. However, I picked up Royal in those leagues with the sole intention of selling high to a knee-jerk owner. Brandon Marshall will be back next week, and Marshall was fifth in the NFL in receptions and sixth in receiving yards last season. And this is a guy who has only been playing the position for a few years. In other words, Royal just had what will likely turn out to be his best game of the season, so don’t rely on him as anything more than a No. 3 receiver.

 

Michael Turner busted out in a big way for an offense that I didn’t expect to have much pop this season in Atlanta. Tougher defensive tests certainly await, as do road games, but on first glance I wish I would’ve stuck to my guns on my cheat sheet and taken Turner over Jamal Lewis in the two leagues I flip-flopped last minute. I knew the guy had talent, but if Matt Ryan can simply be Kyle Orton-esque, Turner could be in for a big year.

 

Speaking of the Bears, I had Chicago’s defense penciled in at No. 1 when the preseason began because it is virtually the same unit as 2006 with everyone healthy. The final preseason games gave me pause, and I have to admit, my faith was shaken. But the same reasons I trusted them to bounce back are the same reasons I’m now confident that their undressing of the Colts on Monday night wasn’t a fluke. Yes, Peyton Manning wasn’t at 100 percent and Chicago benefited from it, but this could very easily turn out to be the best fantasy defense in the league.

 

I’ll check in after every week with some fantasy analysis of what stuck out to me the most. I’ll also have broken down weekly rankings in some capacity soon, although probably not for Week 2. My bad…