The bright lights of “Monday Night Football” bring extra hand wringing for fantasy enthusiasts hanging their hopes on big prime-time performances to push them over the top. But if you were waiting for Ryan Mathewss, Malcom Floyd or Shonn Greene to come through for you on Monday, well, I hope you were watching Chad Ochcocinco get punked by the Miz on “Monday Night Raw” instead.
Greene had always been a concern for me, as I wrote that he would be this year’s version of Matt Forte in our NFL.com Fantasy magazine. Nothing from Monday night changed my mind, as a negative performance will do that, but the Jets were playing one of the best teams in the league. At least one of the best defenses. That is a good excuse until you realize that LaDainian Tomlinson was running pretty good.
Greene will be challenged by the Patriots and Dolphins in the coming weeks, so we should have an accurate picture of him soon. There is no market for Greene at this point, so you are kind of stuck with him. Our rankings will be out later today and if you have room, maybe Packers RB Brandon Jackson should be in your future.
The hysteria in Southern California about the Chargers is deafening. Well, at least where I live. Many believe that Vincent Jackson cost the Chargers a win last night. But unless Jackson plays special teams and could keep Mathews from fumbling, I would say that is inaccurate. You want to argue Marcus McNeill, fine, but let’s not overrate Jackson.
Chargers QB Philip Rivers targeted Floyd 12 times, but the lanky receiver only had three receptions. Two of those misses came on the Chargers’ final two offensive plays. Still, I would wait to see how the Chargers play in the sunshine before writing off Floyd completely, as I still have a little bit of confidence.
Same goes for Mathews, who was good with 75 yards, but that fumble was troubling. The Chargers schedule is just too favorable to not believe that Mathews will make an impact this year.
So let’s take some time and relax, it is only the first week.
— Adam Rank
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