A Royal headache

Each summer, people ask me for fantasy sleepers. This summer, I told a half dozen people to draft Denver wide receiver Eddie Royal.

I liked him so much that in early August, I even dropped Jacksonville’s Jerry Porter from my NFL.com fantasy team to pick up the rookie from Virginia Tech.

Well, Royal played his first NFL game Monday night. He finished with 146 receiving yards, more than any other receiver in Week 1. He caught nine passes. He scored one touchdown. He schooled Raiders high-priced cornerback DeAngelo Hall. He racked up 185 all-purpose yards.

His 146 receiving yards were the most by a player in his debut since Arizona’s Anquan Boldin piled up 217 receiving yards in his first game with the Cardinals in September 2003.

Today, the people who asked me about fantasy sleepers are celebrating. And I’m mourning.

Two weeks ago, after Royal was held without a catch in a preseason game, I dropped him. Instead, I picked up Royal’s former Virginia Tech teammate, Josh Morgan, who was lighting it up in San Francisco.

Morgan didn’t catch a pass Sunday. Royal caught fire. Now his secret is out. And I’m still trying to figure out how I missed out.

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