Here is a look at which players shined in fantasy football in Week 1 and their prospects going forward.
Drew Brees, Quarterback, New Orleans Saints (358 pass yds, 6 TDs): If you can get NFL tickets to see Drew Brees, you definitely should. This guy is incredible and really spreads the ball around. He uses a variety of weapons and head coach Sean Payton has no problem letting Brees sling it around. He should be the top fantasy quarterback with relative ease this season.
Tony Romo, Quarterback, Dallas Cowboys (353 pass yds, 3 TDs): Most weeks this kind of stat line is good enough to get you top fantasy honors at the quarterback position, but Drew Brees had other ideas. Still, Romo experienced great success in his first game without Terrell Owens. He connected with each of his top three wide receivers for touchdowns and spread the ball around nicely. It looks like he’s going to be just fine.
Joe Flacco, Quarterback, Baltimore Ravens (307 pass yds, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 18 rush yds): It looks like the Ravens are ready to loosen the leash on Flacco in 2009. Last season, Flacco was looked to mainly for short passes and ball protection, but he’s got a big arm and should be allowed to unleash it this season. He’ll be a good play on a weekly basis as long as their game plan doesn’t change.
Tom Brady, Quarterback, New England Patriots (378 pass yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT): Brady is not going to throw the ball as much as he did in Week 1 every week, but his numbers should be reliably good week in and week out.
Adrian Peterson, Running Back, Minnesota Vikings (180 rush yds, 3 TDs, 18 rec. yds): Peterson is the best running back in the league and he was almost universally drafted number one overall in fantasy leagues. His owners are going to love him all season.
Thomas Jones, Running Back, New York Jets (107 rush yds, 2 TDs): Jones did not do much of anything in the first half of the Jets’ opener, but he looked really good in the second half. Still, Leon Washington got only one less carry than Jones, so proceed with caution in valuing him like an RB1.
Fred Jackson, Running Back, Buffalo Bills (57 rush yds, 83 rec. yds, 1 TD): Jackson showed his versatility against New England, but his workload will decrease significantly when Marshawn Lynch returns.
Julius Jones, Running Back, Seattle Seahawks (117 rush yds, 1 TD, 19 rec. yds): Jones will be leaned on heavily this season and I can’t see Edge James stealing too many carries when it matters. Jones should enjoy a good season, despite his struggles in the past to stay consistent.
Reggie Wayne, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts (162 rec. yds, 1 TD): Wayne had a huge day in Week 1 and it’s clear that he’s Peyton Manning’s go-to guy, especially with Anthony Gonzalez out.
Patrick Crayton, Wide Receiver, Dallas Cowboys (135 rec. yds, 1 TD): 80 yards and the touchdown came on one play, so beware.
Santonio Holmes, Wide Receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers (131 rec. yds, 1 TD): Holmes was targeted often by Ben Roethlisberger against the Titans. He could be making the transition to the number one aerial option in the Steel City.
Greg Jennings, Wide Receiver, Green Bay Packers (106 rec. yds, 1 TD): Jennings is going to have a good fantasy season, but watch out for some inconsistency.
John Carlson, Tight End, Seattle Seahawks (95 rec. yds, 2 TDs): Carlson had a great day and looks to be building a rapport with Matt Hasselbeck.
Benjamin Watson, Tight End, New England Patriots (77 rec. yds, 2 TDs): It’s hard to tell if Watson is going to remain relevant, but he’s worth a pickup if you’re thin at the position.