» Today is the reason why we shouldn’t ever worry about Colin Kaepernick. The Packers spent all offseason trying to prevent him from running the football. Instead, he throws for 412 yards and three touchdowns. Oh…and Anquan Boldin still has plenty left in the tank. He and Vernon Davis could be primed for monster seasons.
» In the event you weren’t 100 percent sure, Carson Palmer is better than all four of Arizona’s QB Quartet of Doom from last season. Just ask Larry Fitzgerald who has half as many TDs in this game as he did all of last season.
» The Rams said they were going to spread the ball around in the passing game and they’ve done just that. Sam Bradford has 13 completions spread among five guys — each with at least two catches. A new receiver roulette is emerging.
» Rumors of Anquan Boldin’s demise were greatly exaggerated. The veteran receiver has six catches for 73 yards and a touchdown in the first half alone.
» Until Bell comes back, avoid anyone in the Steelers backfield. The end.
» After Shonn Greene left the game with an injury, it was Jackie Battle that took the goal line carries and ended up scoring a touchdown. The takeaway is that it wasn’t Chris Johnson. And that’s all you need to know.
» Should we start paying attention to Kellen Winslow? Seven catches for 79 yards and a touchdown has the look of a tight end finding a rapport with a young quarterback. We’ve seen it so often. It might be happening again in Gotham.
» Look for New Orleans Saints Receiver Roulette to return next week. Robert Meachem should be back in action and it looks like Kenny Stills is a new option to go along with Marques Colston and Lance Moore. Good luck figuring that one out.
» Please tell us things will get better, Maurice Jones-Drew. 15 carries for 45 yards is not getting it done.
» It was a pretty nice day for Jamaal Charles, but his injury is concerning. Hopefully it’s nothing serious.
» As much as we harp on making sure you start your players against the Raiders defense, it might not be a bad idea to make sure you have your guys in against the Colts, too.
» Nice fantasy debut for Terrelle Pryor! It’s fair to be concerned that he could cut into Darren McFadden’s production, but even still … it was a decent day for Run DMC as well. This could turn into Carolina-lite.
» Just three catches for Greg Jennings is the manifestation of what we feared for him this year. However, it’s offset by Jerome Simpson’s 140 receiving yards. I don’t like Simpson to do this much this year. But I don’t really like Jennings to be much better.
» Okay, we swung and missed on Zach Sudfeld. We hit a home run with Jordan Cameron.
» Brian Hartline 1, Mike Wallace 0. The doubts continue to linger over Miami’s big free agent acquisition.
» Whither Trent Richardson this week? 13 carries for 47 yards isn’t helping anyone. The added 30 receiving yards were nice, but these aren’t the numbers you’re expecting from a workhorse.
» You might have expected a touch more out of Matt Forte (50 rush yds, 41 rec yds) but a touchdown helped. Nonetheless, Brandon Marshall gave you everything you wanted out of a No. 1 receiver this week.
» BenJarvus Green-Ellis got in the end zone today. That’s about the only thing that separated him from Giovani Bernard. That won’t make nervous fantasy owners feel better heading into next week.
» Fumble aside, it was a pretty good day for DeAngelo Williams against the vaunted Seahawks defense. The Panthers featured him quite a bit today. That sleeper value could be growing.
» If you had Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse as your leading Seahawks receivers, take a bow. Hard to imagine this happens all year, but it’s something for fantasy owners to think about.
» Fred Jackson outscored C.J. Spiller today. Didn’t see that coming.
» It wasn’t the Patriots fantasy bonanza that we expected. Tom Brady had a pick and a fumble. Stevan Ridley was benched after the second quarter and Zach Sudfeld was completely shut out. At least Amendola and Edelman were worthwhile and Shane Vereen had a productive day.
» Two of the top PPR running back options have been as advertised today: Reggie Bush has four catches for 101 yards and a TD while Darren Sproles has six catches for 88 yards.
» Add Doug Martin to the list of disappointing Week 1 running backs. A 5-yard TD run has salvaged an otherwise lackluster day in which he’s posted just 34 rushing yards.
» After his big run early, Adrian Peterson has been locked down. His first carry was a 78-yard touchdown. Since then, he’s had just eight yards on 13 carries. Might be the Christian Ponder Effect at work.
» Several fantasy running backs with big expectations have been no-shows so far today: Marshawn Lynch, Trent Richardson and C.J. Spiller have all been disappointments. You can add Chris Johnson to that list as well — if you had expectations for him, that is.
» Remember when the Bills said they were going to run C.J. Spiller until he pukes? I’d like to believe he could handle nine carries before having a reversal of fortune. And that he wouldn’t need Fred Jackson to take five of his carries.
» Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Danny Amendola is injured. If he can’t go next week, Julian Edelman is looking like a solid waiver wire option.
» Is it possible that we underestimated A.J. Green? No one doubted that he’d be a top five WR this year, but he’s busted out in a big way in the first half with 129 yards and a pair of TDs.
» This isn’t how Stevan Ridley wanted to start his season. He’s fumbled twice — one of which turned into a 75-yard TD return for the Bills defense — and now he’s out of the game in favor of LeGarrette Blount.
» Potential RB battle to keep an eye on – BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 7 rush, 22 yards; Giovani Bernard: 3 rush, 15 yards.
» Brandon Marshall already has five catches for 41 yards. Ya know, just in case you were worried about his hip.
» We all knew to start anyone going against the Raiders, but Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne and the rest of the Colts are giving us a good reminder.
» Apparently DeAngelo Williams didn’t get the memo that the Seahawks defense is tough. He’s picked up a quick 22 yards on his first five carries.
» Want more reasons to avoid a Le’Veon Bell-less Steelers backfield? Isaac Redman: 4 rush, 0 yards; LaRod Stephens-Howling: 1 rush, 2 yards; Antonio Brown (huh?): 1 rush, 4 yards.
» Three safeties so far?!? Three safeties so far!!!
» No Wes Welker? No big deal. Tom Brady is working heavily to Danny Amendola and found Welker stunt double Julian Edelman for a touchdown.
» Early on, it looks like White’s ankle injury is hampering him. Harry Douglas has become the de facto No. 2 receiver and already has a big catch and run. Keep an eye on this development.
» Just in case you forgot, Adrian Peterson is still very very good at football. He goes 78 yards for a TD on his first carry of the regular season. This is why he was the consensus No. 1 overall pick this preseason. I know it’s just one play, but is 2,500 yards a possibility? I have long since stopped doubting this man.
» If you had the Steelers defense, take a bow. Pittsburgh scored a quick two on the opening kickoff when Darius Reynaud had brain lock, took a step back and kneeled in the end zone for a safety. Derp.
» Among the notables on the inactives list – Roddy White is active; Marcedes Lewis is inactive. Beyond that, there weren’t many surprises. Le’Veon Bell (inactive) and Geno Smith (active) are what we expected them to be … and you won’t be playing either one of them.
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