So what exactly if anything did we learn from week one of the preseason? From a fantasy perspective, there were a few little nuggets that we were able to mine from a typical non newsworthy week.
Objects in your mirror:
We're not by any means saying that Ray Rice shouldn't be considered as a top 10 fantasy back but with the continuing rise of Bernard Pierce (3 carries 21 yards TD) in the Ravens backfield, owners should pause before rushing to take Rice in the top five.
Pierce saw his opportunities increase in the last six weeks of the season last year as he averaged 11 carries per game over that time. While we still believe Rice will get the lions share of the workload, Pierce is going to eat into his carries and cut into his production.
Everyone hates Chris:
I had sent out a tweet saying he was in mid season form following Chris Johnson's first run from scrimmage that netted him 2 yards. His second carry, he busted off a 58 yard touchdown. That has been the biggest issue for CJ2K owners the past two seasons and all too often his good came with his backside riding your fantasy bench. He's sort of like the girlfriend you absolutely hate, but for some reason keep coming back to. I'm done with her…him.
Birds of a feather:
Remember two years ago when Michael Vick was pegged as the overall number one pick in fantasy drafts? Oh how the overrated have fallen. Vick (24th ranked QB) took the lead by a nose over Nick Foles after his 4-for-5 94 yards and one TD performance against the Patriots on Thursday. Foles stat line wasn't awful (5-for-6 43 yards).
How the world would look if A-Rodg got hurt:
The Packers were shutout at home in their preseason opener. Not that it has any fantasy relevance, but the mighty Packers offense would look pedestrian without Rodgers in the lineup. Rodgers finished 3-for-5 with 62 yards passing in two series.
The running game was again non-existent with 29 attempts for 89 yards (3.42 average).
Give him the damn ball:
Matthew Stafford completed 3-of-8 passes for 58 yards and his favorite target, Calvin Johnson finished with 3 catches for 58 yards. That completely blows Mike Tice's Randy ratio out of the water. While it isn't known if there is a Johnson ratio in play in Detroit (and even if there is, our site might not be the place to talk about such things), Stafford appears to have his security blanket in play early.
Meet me in St. Louie:
From a chic pick, everyone seems to be on the Rams. While I am still not a big believer in Sam Bradford, I am intrigued in their running game. In a two horse race between the receding hairline of Daryl Richardson and Isaiah Pead, Richardson seems to be a tick ahead of Pead who lost a fumble against the Browns.
How the top 10's fared:
1. Drew Brees: 7-10-65 yards
2. Peyton Manning: 2-4-13 yards
3. Aaron Rodgers: 3-5-62 yards
4. Cam Newton: 3-6-16 yards-TD-INT
5. Matt Ryan: 6-9-89 yards
6. Tom Brady: 7-8-65 yards-TD
7. Matthew Stafford: 3-8-58 yards
8. Colin Kaepernick: 4-4-38 yards
9. Andrew Luck: 4-6-51 yards
10. Russell Wilson: 2-6-23 yards
1. Adrian Peterson: DNP
2. Doug Martin: DNP
3. Jamaal Charles: 5-13 yards- TD
4. CJ Spiller: 4-36 yards
5. Arian Foster: DNP
6. Marshawn Lynch: DNP
7. Trent Richardson: DNP
8. Ray Rice: 3-7 yards
9. LeSean McCoy: DNP
10. Alfred Morris: DNP
1. Calvin Johnson: 3 rec 58 yards
2. AJ Green: DNP
3. Julio Jones: DNP
4. Brandon Marshall: DNP
5. Demaryius Thomas: 1 rec 7 yards
6. Dez Bryant: 3 rec 55 yards
7. Roddy White: 1 rec 4 yards
8. Larry Fitzgerald: 2 rec 21 yards
9. Randall Cobb: 0 rec 0 yards
10. Marques Colston: 0 rec 0 yards