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Week 1 Recap (Bonus Browns Coverage)

(SF at ARI)

Looking Good

  • 1. Frank Gore (SF) - I have been telling you that Frank Gore is a stud and he made that look like an understatement in his debut as a starter. Gore punished would be tacklers en route to 87 yards and 2 TDs on just 16 carries. Oh yeah, he also added 83 yards on 6 catches for a total of 170 yards and 2 TDs on the day. Gore has an incredible burst and could easily challenge Brian Westbrook for the receiving lead among RBs. Remember Norv Turner is calling the plays in SF this year and he was the one calling the plays that led to a monster season and 70 catches for LaMont Jordan in 2005 with the Raiders.
  • 2. Antonio Bryant (SF) - Bryant is the vertical threat that the 49ers have needed since TO left town. He is the #1 option for QB Alex Smith when times get tough and finished the game with 114 yards on 4 catches. The Box Score won't tell you that Bryant also had a 52 yard TD catch called back due to a questionable holding call that had no impact on the play. Bryant is a must start every week as your 3rd WR and don't be surprised if he finishes in the top 20.
  • 3. Vernon Davis (SF) - Davis is an unbelievable combination of size and speed who will become a dominant force when he learns the nuances of playing TE in the NFL. He hauled in a 31 yard TD in the 1st Qtr and finished with 37 yards and the TD on 5 catches.
  • 4. Edgerrin James (ARI) - James fought for yards behind the Cards O-Line and will get plenty of touches every week under HC Dennis Green. With defenses having to try and slow down the Cards devastating passing attack, Edge will find more room to run as the season goes on. Still, he finished the game with 73 yards and a TD on 26 carries. He got the ball near the GL on 3 straight carries to get his 1 yard TD and will be featured prominently near the stripe. He might not be the total yardage producer he was in Indy, but he will score a lot of TDs and will be a fine #1.
  • 5. Cards Passing Game (ARI) - As long as Kurt is healthy, he will be a top 5 fantasy QB. He shredded the 49ers for 301 yards and 3 TDs on the day and looked nimble in the pocket as he was able to buy time on a couple of key plays that led to TDs. Fitz had 9 catches for 133 yards, while Boldin caught 4 passes for 62 yards and a TD. Bryant Johnson added 2 catches for 51 yards making this one of the most dangerous trios in the league. Warner, Fitz and Boldin are must starts every week.

Cause for Concern

  • 1. None Really - Great offensive game

  

(NO at CLE)

Looking Good

  • 1. Kellen Winslow (CLE) - As expected, Winslow is the clear top target in the Browns' passing game, because the Browns' O-Line does not give QB Charlie Frye enough time to throw it downfield. Winslow gets all of the dump of passes over the middle and then does the rest. He had a beautiful catch and run for an impressive 18 yard TD in the 3rd quarter. He finished the day with 8 catches for 63 yards and a TD making him a solid starting option at TE.
  • 2. Reggie Bush (NO) - The Saints want to get Bush 20 touches per week and they got him 22 in week one. He showed why he should have been the #1 overall pick with 119 total yards on those 22 touches. He carried the ball 14 times for 61 yards and added 58 yards receiving on 8 catches. Bush is a great flex option/low end #2 back in non 1pt per reception leagues. In 1pt per reception leagues, he is a must start #2 back for your team.

 

  • 3. Deuce McAllister (NO) - Deuce showed that you should not write him off despite the presence of Reggie Bush. He is the between the tackles, primary RB for the Saints and will handle the ball in short yardage and GL situations. He carried the ball 22 times for 90 yards against the Browns and will be a solid #3 back for your team.

 

  • 4. Marques Colston (NO) - This rookie is the reason the Saints traded Donte Stallworth to the Eagles and should be added in all dynasty leagues if he is on waivers. QB Drew Brees looked his way early and often as Colston was the team's #2 WR across from Joe Horn. The Saints went his way inside the RZ and Colston rewarded their confidence with a 12 yard TD catch.

 

Cause for Concern

  • 1. Reuben Droughns (CLE) - DOWNGRADE on DROUGHNS. The alert is out there,,,,if he has one good game try and trade him. He will struggle to run behind the Browns' O-Line, but should still be a solid yardage producer. However, the biggest cause for concern is that the Browns removed Droughns in short yardage and GL situations for rookie FB Lawrence Vickers. Vickers was stuffed on two 3rd and 1 situations early in the game, so hopefully he will lose that role. Still, it is not good for Droughns that rookie Jerome Harrison takes 3rd down duties and now Vickers is taking all of the short yardage carries. Consider Droughns a #3 back for now.

  

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