Fantasy Football: Week One Notes & Top Pick Ups


Derek Anderson

The first week of the fantasy football season is over.

Whether your fantasy team won or if it was defeated, here are the top and worst performers, notable injuries, pickups of the week, and much more you should be aware of after week one.



  • Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons: 448 Passing Yards, 3 Touchdowns, 0 Interceptions
  • Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts: 370 Passing Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions
  • Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers: 365 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception


Running Backs:

  • Knowshon Moreno Miami Dolphins: 134 Rushing Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys: 118 Rushing Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks: 110 Rushing Yards, 2 Touchdowns


Wide Receivers:

  • Calvin Johnson: 7 Receptions, 164 Receiving Yards, 2 Touchdowns
  • AJ Green Cincinnati Bengals: 6 Receptions, 131 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown
  • Steve Smith Baltimore Ravens: 7 Receptions, 118 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown


Tight Ends:

  • Julius Thomas Denver Broncos: 7 Receptions, 104 Receiving Yards, 3 Touchdowns
  • Dennis Pita Baltimore Ravens: 10 Receptions, 83 Receiving Yards, 0 Touchdowns
  • Greg Olsen Carolina Panthers: 8 Receptions, 83 Receiving Yards, 1 Touchdown


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  • Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers: 189 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown, 1 Interception
  • Josh McCown Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 183 Passing Yards, 2 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions
  • Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs: 202 Passing Yards, 1 Touchdown, 3 Interceptions


Running Backs:

  • Zac Stacy St. Louis Rams: 46 Rushing Yards, 0 Touchdowns
  • Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs: 19 Rushing Yards, 0 Touchdowns
  • Bernard Pierce Baltimore Ravens: 14 Rushing Yards, 0 Touchdowns




Wide Receivers: 

  • Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens: 3 Receptions, 50 Receiving Yards, 0 Touchdowns
  • Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 4 Receptions, 34 Receiving Yards, 0 Touchdowns
  • Justin Hunter Tennessee Titans: 3  Receptions, 63 Receiving Yards, 0 Touchdowns


Tight Ends:

  • Travis Kelce Kansas City Chiefs: 3 Receptions, 49 Receiving Yards, 0 Touchdowns
  • Tyler Eiffert Cincinnati Bengals:  3 Receptions, 37 Receiving Yards, 0 Touchdowns
  • Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys: 2 Receptions, 17 Receiving Yards, 0 Touchdowns





  • Tyler Eiffert Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals believe that Eifert dislocated his elbow Sunday against the Ravens.  Jermaine Gresham figures to see more snaps if Eiffert is out.


  • Jordan Reed Washington Redskins: Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Jordan Reed could be sidelined for some time with a hamstring injury.  His history of being injury prone makes his fantasy value going forward questionable.


  • Ben Tate and Jordan Cameron Cleveland Browns: Cameron left with a shoulder injury while Tate departed from Sunday’s game with a knee injury.  Both of their time tables of how long they will be out are unclear.  Terrance West instantly has value if Tate does miss any extended time.


  • Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans: Clowney is out 4-6 weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his knee.  This is a huge loss for the Texans defense, and they can be drop-able in all fantasy formats.




 In what was an overall great fantasy day for Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, he hurdled and kicked Spencer Lanning of the Cleveland Browns during a return in the second quarter of the season opener.  It was  a remarkable thing to behold.  Check out the hilarious video below.              


Here are top players you should target in your league’s waiver wire.    

  • RB Terrance West Cleveland Browns: When Ben Tate went down with a knee injury, West rushed 16 times for 100 yards.  He looked much better than he previously did during the preseason.  Isaiah Crowell did vulture two touchdowns away from West and his presence is something to keep in mind as well if Tate is out an extended amount of time.


  •  RB Justin Forsett Baltimore Ravens: In Ray Rice’s absence, Bernard Pierce was supposed to be able to fill in admirably.  However, he struggled and Forsett was able to shine during his eleven carries.  Forsett rushed for 70 yards with a rushing touchdown.  Rice was released by the Ravens and it appears the Ravens prefer Forsett over Pierce.  He holds RB2 and flex value.


  •   WR Allen Hurns Jacksonville Jaguars: Hurns caught four passes for 110 yards with two touchdowns in Sunday’s Week 1 loss to the Eagles.  Initially, I figured Marquise Lee would have a huge day with Cecil Shorts out, but Hurns was.  Once Shorts is back, Hurns will not be holding the number one wide receiver job in Jacksonville.  However, enjoy the ride while you can.


  •   RB Ahmad Bradshaw Indianapolis Colts: Trent Richardson continued to struggle in his second season with the Colts, and the veteran Bradshaw appeared fresher than ever.  Despite only rushing for 17 yards, Bradshaw did have  5 catches for 70 yards.  If he continues to outperform Richardson, expect his involvement in the Colts offense to increase, too.




A collection of highlights of the NFL plays of the week.        


Steve Smith’s Touchdown Reception




Cordarrelle Patterson’s 67-yard rushing Touchdown





A.J. Green’s 77-yard TD catch





Fred Jackson throws two stiff arms