Week One Recap: What We Learned

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Things we learned from the first Sunday of fantasy football:

Hopefully you weren't starting Lions QB Matthew Stafford, who went out with a shoulder injury with just 85 yards passing against the Bears. It sounds like he could be out at least a few weeks, but I'm thinking if he was your Week 1 starter, you've got problems anyway.

Owners of Calvin Johnson would have been much happier if he hadn't gotten screwed out of that last touchdown. Instead, he had a paltry 45 yards and no scores. Ugh.

There were no real fantasy winners for the Lions. Jahvid Best scored two touchdowns, but ran for just 20 yards on 14 carries. A plus was his five catches out of the backfield, albeit for just 16 yards.

For the Bears, sleeper WRs Devin Aromashadu (71 yards) and Johnny Knox (52 yards) had encouraging days, even if they were overshadowed by Matt Forte's 89-yard touchdown catch and run.

Although he had four catches for 75 yards, Pierre Garcon didn't look good at all, especially in the first half. He dropped a couple passes, including a nice toss for what would have been a touchdown. Only a few late deep catches saved his day, and he was outgained by three other Colts receiver. The star of the playoffs last year better not Have too many more of these games, or he could see himself pushed out of a crowded receiving corps.

Speaking of the Colts, don't count on Peyton Manning throwing 57 passes (for 433 yards) many more times this year. Indy was in the rare position of having to come from behind, which probably won't happen all that often ... not that you would consider benching him or anything.

Another receiver who didn't play his way into his QB's heart was Bernard Berrian, who was supposed to be the Brett Favre's top option in Minnesota. But he dropped a couple of passes and only had 3 total yards on Thursday night. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is looking like he's going to be Favre's go-to guy.

Wes Welker came back strong for the Patriots with 64 yards and two TDs just seven months after ACL surgery. I was not high on him before the season, but he looks like he could be just fine. Add to that Randy Moss' post-game diatribe about not being appreciated by the team. Yeah Randy, way to alienate your teammates a game into the season - and a win no less. Great teammate.

I still wouldn't trust him as an every-week starter (nor would I any Pats) but Fred Taylor looks like the clear No. 1 with his 71 yards on 14 carries, more than double any other RB. But, yeah, New England backfield. Risky proposition.

I'm not worried yet if I'm a Michael Turner owner. The Falcons RB only had 42 yards on 19 carries, but I'm more worried about that offense, which didn't score a TD all day. Turner will get his numbers as long as they're somewhat competitive, which they should be against defenses that aren't the Steelers.

Pittsburgh RB Rashard Mendenhall's 120 yards and a score look good, but don't forget that 50 of those came on an overtime touchdown run. Just sayin'.

Darren McFadden made a good case for keeping the top job in Oakland once Michael Bush gets healthy. D-Mac ran for 95 yards and caught six passes, including a score. That will be a very interesting time share when/if Bush (who was inactive Sunday) from a thumb injury. Bush practiced on Friday, but apparently couldn't hold the ball with enough confidence to get the go.

Chris Johnson showed why should have been the overall No. 1 in any format with 142 yards and two scores. It looks like Javon Ringer (5 carries for 33 yards and a score) should be a must-handcuff for Johnson owners, if you haven't already.

You could do worse than Matt Hasselbeck at QB. He threw for just 170 yards, but had two TD passes and ran for another. Of course, you could also do a lot better ...

Hopefully you didn't start any 49ers, who had a terrible offensive day. TE Vernon Davis led all Niners with 73 yards, but that's the best they got. Going forward, Frank Gore is an obvious must-start, but I don't see much value anywhere else. Michael Crabtree should get into the offensive mix once he's healthy, I think, but no receiver other than Davis is worth starting right now.

Another good QB pickup would be Michael Vick, who looked real good after Kevin Kolb went out with a concussion. Vick threw for 175 yards and ran for 100 more, including a bunch of improvised scrambles resulting in big plays. If Kolb is out, it looks like Vick can put up some numbers.

Ryan Grant was just getting going for the Packers when he was sidelined with a sprained ankle. He never returned to action and was seen on the sideline in a walking boot. That's no good. Grant owners might want to look into Brandon Jackson, who had 18 carries but was unspectacular.

Don't sleep on Peyton Hillis. The Browns RB split carries with Jerome Harrison (9 apiece) but Hillis got into the end zone. Harrison had one nice run for 39 yards, but didn't do much else.

Conversely, you can go ahead and sleep on the entire Buccaneers offense. What a boring bunch, although they did put up enough points to beat the Browns. Look for Kareem Huggins to get a chance in the backfield sometime soon.

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