Adam Rank | Tags: Robert Griffin III, Aaron Rodgers, Alfred Morris, Cam Newton, Chris Johnson, DeAngelo Williams, Drew Brees, Hulk Hogan, King Kong Bundy, Matthew Stafford, Michael Bush, Michael Turner, Mike Shanahan, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Wes Welker
So let me see if I have this straight, Mike Shanahan said Alfred Morris was going to start for his team and then he went out and had the most carries of the weekend? Surprisingly, that’s not the biggest Washington Redskins’ story of the weekend.
Fantasy super star of the week
It seems like we spent much of the summer tempering expectations for Robert Griffin III because there was no way he could match the incredible debut of Cam Newton a year ago. It just didn’t seem humanly possible.
Turns out we were selling him short.
RG3 had a memorable debut against the New Orleans Saints with 25 fantasy points. Apparently #shanahanigans hasn’t permeated other parts of the Redskins offense. Griffin is going against the St. Louis FC next week, and unless you’re rolling with Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers, you should probably start him.
For the record, I have Newton in a pair of leagues and I don’t feel really good about it. Just over 12 points against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Terrible.
I was down on Dre Johnson to start the week, but the wily veteran actually had a good game against the Miami Dolphins. And yes, I used the word “actually” to show surprise.
Great start of the week
Dear friend Moma Dina was in a panic early Sunday morning when she asked if she should sub in RG3 for Newton. I wasn’t able to get back to her in time (I was on a little show we like to call NFL Fantasy Live! at the time) and she went with her gut and started RG3.
She obviously wasn’t disappointed.
And since a crisis was averted, there is no need to bring up what I would have told her to do.
Great start II
Michael Bush headlined Rank’s 11 this week and ended up with over 16 fantasy points, thanks to vulturing two rushing touchdowns. The Chicago Bears are at the Green Bay Packers this week. I reserve the right to change my mind, but I’m going to say avoid trying to capture the magic in back-to-back weeks.
You don’t want to take a doughnut on Thursday night and have to look at that point total for more days than you would like to.
What was that?
DeAngelo Williams was a must-start with Jon Stewart out, and facing one of the worst run defenses from 2011. Williams was good for only a handful of points. Probably the most disappointing start of the season thus far.
Matthew Stafford had a rather forgettable first half with three interceptions. It was as if somebody reminded him he was the quarterback of the Detroit Lions and he responded accordingly. Stafford, however, responded in the second half. And when it looked like the Lions were going to possibly drop the opener, Stafford was a cool as Joe Montana circa 1984 and he led the Lions to a win and finally added a touchdown for fantasy enthusiasts (and I suppose Lions fans, too).
Stafford finished the game with 12.5 fantasy points, obviously not what we were expecting going against the St. Louis FC. But don’t worry about that becoming a trend. Start him next week against the 49ers.
Michael Turner is no longer an elite fantasy option, and to be honest, he might not even be a good flex option for you this season. Don’t get mad at me, we warned you about this.
Let’s start with the offense; Turner just isn’t a good fit with what the Atlanta Falcons want to do through the air.
And if you watched the game, Turner looked slow. Even slow compared to last year, and let’s be honest, he wasn’t exactly a burner last year.
Turner is the leader in the clubhouse for the King Kong Bundy award for the biggest fall from grace in just over a year. (In case you’re not a WWE nerd, Bundy headlined WrestleMania II vs. Hulk Hogan and then was in a handicapped match against little people the following year.)
And if you’re holding on to Wes Welker and Chris Johnson, I don’t know why you would be laughing about any of this.
You need to get into this Perfect Challenge deal if you haven’t done so already. It’s a load of fun. Here is your perfect challenge team for Week 1:
QB Matt Ryan
RB C.J. Spiller
WR Kevin Olgetree
WR Julio Jones
TE Jimmy Graham
K David Akers
DST Jets or Browns
This is impossible to do, right?
That helped no one
Olgetree headlines your THNO all-stars of the week. The rest of the roster includes Joique Bell (which would have been Kevin Smith‘s third touchdown of the game), Kevin Boss, Stephen Hill (twice), Cecil Shorts and Clay Harbor.
Is it my imagination or does Clay Harbor sound like an indie band?
Like he never left
Peyton Manning looked like he never left on Sunday night. Well, except he’s playing for the Denver Broncos now. Other than that, of course. There was a big game from Demaryius Thomas, and I have to say, the Pittsburgh Steelers must really hate this guy. Plus, do any of you remember back in those days when the Steelers could actually tackle somebody? Seems like that was so long ago.
Still, Eric Decker owners shouldn’t be too concerned. Thomas went to the house after a broken play, so he’ll get a couple of those a season. Decker will be the long-term, consistent option.
Adrian Peterson isn’t human, he’s a machine. How is it possible to not only return from an injury this quickly? And this is fair to point out, but it is rather impressive to return from his knee injury this quickly. Just being able to suit up is unbelievable. But then he went out and scored two touchdowns.
Even if it was against the Jacksonville Jaguars, it’s still incredible.
Now, let’s be fair here. I know I recommended people stay away from the Minnesota Vikings’ running back situation. There was a chance (and a good one), Peterson could have ran a couple of plays and then called it an afternoon. So if you ended up starting Peterson, congratulations on the foresight.
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