Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em Week 1

Sep 14, 2009

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

QB
Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia Eagles
- Kolb gets his chance next week to show what he can do against the big boys.  Good thing for him, he faces New Orleans, who isn’t known for their strong D.  You can take a shot on him in 2-QB leagues.  Rely on your McNabb backup for next week though.  Hopefully, knowing McNabb’s track record you protected yourself.
Ruling:  Get ‘em in 2 QB leagues, otherwise Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Mark Sanchez, New York Jets – Pretty impressive debut for the Jets Rookie.  He’s in a good situation with a good line, and a solid D.  He may not wow you, but he could be steady as the season rolls along.  Clearly his debut went better than Stafford, who I feel should be learning on the sidelines. Considering he played a pretty tough Houston D, I’d say his 272-yard effort was worth taking notice in deep leagues.  If you have a bad backup QB, I’d think about swapping him out for Sanchez.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

RB
Mike Bell, New Orleans Saints
- Bell had a huge 28 carry, 143 game against Detroit.  Pierre Thomas should be back soon.  Bell could be the starter again next week, but Philadelphia is a much different animal than Detroit.  He’s probably worth grabbing and stashing, or holding on to as he was snatched up when people saw the cake matchup, but I wouldn’t use him next week.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

WR
Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans
- Britt had a nice game with four catches for 85 yards, including a 57-yard grab.  Pittsburgh’s run defense was tough though, limiting the Titans to 86 yards and 25 carries.  Take away Chris Johnson’s 32-yard run and they mustered up 2.25 yards per carry.  That’s not going to happen every week, and Kerry Collins isn’t going to throw the ball 35 times too often.  Justin Gage and Bo Scaife were his favorite targets.  Nate Washington was limited and Jared Cook missed the game.  The odds of Britt repeating this performance regularly seem quite slim.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Michael Clayton, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Clayton turned in a nice effort in a loss to Dallas with five catches for 93 yards.  I don’t think it’s the norm that Tampa passes 42 times in a game.  Unless you have an obvious drop, give him a whirl, but I wouldn’t dump someone you were high on coming into the year from one big game in a shootout.
Ruling: Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Mark Bradley, Kansas City Chiefs - The Chiefs are a bad team.  They are going to have to pass a lot this year.  Bradley will see his share of targets.  He actually led the team with 7.  He finished with four catches for 73 yards.  He’s worth a spot on your bench.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Isaac Bruce, San Francisco 49ers - The old man still has it.  He led the Niners with 8 targets, catching four for 74 yards, including a 50-yard gain.  There are worse WRs on fantasy teams.  If you have one of them, grab Bruce.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Laurent Robinson, St. Louis Rams – Those Rams are smelly.  No doubt.  They are going to have to turn to the air.  Sorry S-Jax owners.  Robinson led the team with 10 targets.  He caught 5 for 87 yards.  I’m a little on the fence because I don’t see him scoring often.  I suggest you follow him a couple of weeks to see if this was a fluke.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CCC
    September 14th, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    those Chiefs impressed me yesterday against the Ravens

    the D wasn’t bad and the O actually moved the ball a few times

  2. LestersLegends
    September 14th, 2009 at 9:36 am #

    Maybe they’ll surprise a few teams. I just don’t see them winning many yet.

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