NFL.com Staff | Tags: Fantasy Feedback, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Dez Bryant, Hakeem Nicks, Laurent Robinson, Mario Manningham, Marshawn Lynch, Matthew Stafford, Ray Rice, Roy Helu, Ryan Torain, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo, Victor Cruz
- Until the Lions find some kind of a running game, the sledding will get tougher for Matthew Stafford and crew. Detroit rushed for a total of 80 yards Sunday (44 of them from Maurice Morris), and until they can threaten people with their ground game, teams will continue to sit back and wait to pick off Stafford.
- BeastMode was in effect Sunday with Marshawn Lynch posting a combined 167 yards (109 rushing) and a TD against the vaunted Ravens defense.
- To their detriment (and the detriment of fantasy owners), the Ravens gave just five carries to Ray Rice, who ended the game with 27 rushing yards. If it wasn’t for Rice throwing a TD pass in the second quarter, the day would have been totally worthless from a fantasy perspective.
- It’s another week that sees Victor Cruz with a large chunk of the Giants’ receiving numbers. Sunday, he caught six passes for 84 yards — tied with Mario Manningham for the team lead. Hakeem Nicks was mostly held in check, although he pulled in a 32-yard TD catch in the fourth quarter to finish with two catches and 41 yards.
- The Saints played three running backs Sunday. None of them produced. Meanwhile Drew Brees did his thing, throwing for 322 yards and a pair of touchdowns — one to Robert Meachem and one to Jimmy Graham. It was also a great day for Marques Colston, who caught eight passes for 113 yards.
- We can’t stress this enough … avoid all Redskins! No one would have guessed Leonard Hankerson would lead the team in receiving Sunday with eight catches for 106 yards. Ryan Torain took most of the carries, finishing with 11 rush for 20 yards. Finally, Roy Helu got a look and ran six times for 41 yards. If you’re thinking about starting a Redskin, don’t. Just don’t.
Observations throughout the early games
- The Titans have been searching for a WR to step up ever since Kenny Britt went down for the season. At least for today, that guy is Damian Williams, who has three catches for 94 yards and a touchdown late in the third quarter.
- Count LeGarrette Blount among this year’s biggest fantasy frustrations. In the first half, he had nine carries for 25 yards. Once again the Bucs are down big, which will likely limit his carries in the second half.
- Foster is reminding folks why he’s one of the best fantasy backs around. He hasn’t run a lot in the first half (six carries, 23 yards), but he has three catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. Versatility equals value.
- There has been very little noteworthy about the Eagles’ offense in the first half. But their defense has a sack while Asante Samuel has returned an interception for a score.
- Looking for another NFL running back rotation? Check Kansas City where Dexter McCluster is starting to take carries from Jackie Battle. Late in the second quarter, both backs have four carries.
- The Texans appear to be headed back to a running back rotation. Through one quarter, Ben Tate has four carries, Arian Foster has five. Both have been effective so far, making it hard to figure out who will see the lion’s share.
- Your weekly #shanahanigans update: Through one quarter Ryan Torain has six carries for nine yards, Roy Helu has one catch for two yards.
- Tony Romo is off to a flying start, completing his first 10 passes for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns. One to Dez Bryant, one to Laurent Robinson.
- R.I.P. to the fantasy value of any Denver WRs. On the Broncos’ opening drive, Denver ran eight plays — all runs — ending with a Tim Tebow 7-yard TD rush.
— Marcas Grant