Most impressive performance: Tom Brady was clearly the most dominant fantasy performer in Week 1, but I was also really impressed with Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Bills. Fitzpatrick threw four touchdowns against the Chiefs.
Convinced strong performance will continue: LeSean McCoy (Eagles) rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown, along with a receiving touchdown. Defenses are worried about stopping Michael Vick and the passing game, which should allow McCoy to put up nice numbers every week.
Convinced he will improve: Shonn Greene (Jets) only rushed the ball 10 times against the Cowboys. The Jets put together a comeback win by using the passing game and Mark Sanchez. They shouldn’t have to do that every week, and Greene will be more involved moving forward.
Convinced poor performance will continue: LeGarrette Blount (Bucs) rushed the ball for 15 yards against the Lions. He had a great rookie season, but I think he’s going to be a big letdown this year. He was a steal for fantasy owners a year ago, but I’m betting he’ll be a bust this season.
Pleasant surprise: Cam Newton turned the NFL and fantasy world upside down with his surprising performance on Sunday against the Cardinals. He threw the ball all over the field and made Steve Smith (WR) relevant again. It was a fantastic performance with 422 passing yards, but we need to be cautious before raising our fantasy expectations too much, too soon.
Disappointing surprise: Matt Ryan and the Falcons are supposed to be a high-powered offense that gets into the end zone a lot this year. Ryan had over 300 yards passing, but no touchdowns, two turnovers and five sacks wasn’t what I was expecting from him in Week 1.
Week Two Predictions:
Best Matchup: I really like the Detroit Lions going up against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs gave up 41 points against the Bills last week and the Lions scored 27 against the Bucs. Look for the Lions to have a great scoring day with good production from Stafford, Johnson and Best.
Sleeper of the Week: Even though he’s a pretty big name, Jermichael Finley is a sleeper this week because he had a quiet Week 1 game, and he’s dealing with a small ankle injury. He should be fine, and the Packers are matched up against the Panthers defense, so expect a really strong game.
RB Studs: Rashard Mendenhall and Matt Forte
QB Studs: Joe Flacco and Philip Rivers
TE Studs: Ed Dickson and Brent Celek
WR Studs: Andre Johnson and Roddy White
Player I’m counting on this week for my own team: Santonio Holmes