Who’s hot, who’s not
1. Lions Running Backs – The shiny new toy that Matthew Stafford received this offseason (Reggie Bush) wasted no time in endearing himself to his new teammates. He had over 100 receiving yards and 90 rushing yards. Meanwhile, bruiser Joique Bell carried the ball 6 times for 25 yards and 2 touchdowns. I highly recommend picking him up as a handcuff to anyone who already has Reggie Bush. Bell received the majority of the goal-line touches and is a solid waiver-wire pickup, even if you don’t start him every week.
2. Terrell Pryor – This guy is the NFL’s leading rusher right now, which is crazy to think about. He showed that he has enough poise to lead the Raiders to only a 4 point loss which is actually a notable accomplishment. Don’t expect Pryor to bring you consistency every week, but what he does have is upside, and lots of it. I like him more than guys like Philip Rivers, Matt Schuab, Jay Cutler, and Andy Dalton.
3. Anquan Boldin – He couldn’t have possibly made a better first impression in San Francisco yesterday. Some worried if he would be able to take over for Michael Crabtree but his 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown wipe away most of that fear. Boldin becomes a must start option for the rest of the season.
1. Patriots running backs – Stevan Ridley is officially in the doghouse after fumbling twice in the opening half against the Bills on Sunday. Shane Vereen filled in admirably and was the only running back to rush for over 100 yards on Sunday. However, Vereen broke his wrist (on the very first play!) yesterday and will be out for the next few weeks. Tough blow for the Patriots and Vereen fantasy owners. Ridley should see more action than normal on Thursday against the Jets. Sportscenter also makes an appearance on the “Not” list…
2. David Wilson – Another week one, another trip to the doghouse for the talented New York running back. He fumbled twice and was immediately sent to the bench and did not return the rest of the night. I would not be surprised if Wilson doesn’t play for the next few weeks, so definitely stay away from him in week 2.
3. Steelers Offense – Let me list everything that went wrong for the Steelers in italics and everything that went right in bold. Maurkice Pouncey tore his ACL. Ben Roethlisbeger threw for less than 200 yards. As a team, they rushed for 32 yards and starter Isaac Redman fumbled twice. Notice that nothing is in bold.