Fantasy notes from Redskins-Giants opener

With one game in the books, what did we learn about the New York Giants and Washington Redskins?

Well, it’s pretty clear that Eli Manning is a more confident quarterback, but that’s not always going to equate to big fantasy points. Had he not rushed for a touchdown, his stat line would have looked pretty bad. Plus the Redskins dropped a number of interceptions.

Brandon Jacobs ran for 116 yards vs. Washington. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Brandon Jacobs ran for 116 yards vs. Washington. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

You could also tell that Brandon Jacobs was running with a purpose (just ask Redskins SS LaRon Landry). He’s playing for a contract and looked very impressive.

It’s also pretty evident that Ahmad Bradshaw is not Jacobs’ unquestioned fantasy handcuff. Derrick Ward had nine carries (Bradshaw had none), but I’d expect coach Tom Coughlin to go to the hotter hand between the two all season.

Plaxico Burress looked pretty darn good for someone who missed a lot of camp with an injured ankle. He’s an underrated No. 1 fantasy wideout.

As for the Redskins, it’s evident that the defense has some issues against the run. Their linebackers are small and were really overpowered by the Giants. However, LB London Fletcher (17 tackles) is still an IDP force.

Jason Campbell still has much to learn as an NFL quarterback, and learning yet another offense could mean a slow start to the season. I think Clinton Portis will be fine, and he’s the obvious centerpiece of that offense.

I’d also have to give Antwaan Randle El some serious consideration if he’s a free agent in PPR leagues. He had 7 receptions last night and should see more than his share of targets in coach Jim Zorn’s offense.

One last note — John Carney, the oldest player in the NFL, scored 11 fantasy points in leagues that reward bonuses for field goals of 40-49 yards.

You’ve got to love how unpredictable the NFL (and fantasy football) can be season in and season out.

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