(WTNH)–Week 1 of the NFL season is over, and that means for Patriots, Steelers, Broncos, Eagles and Buccaneers fans, congratulations! Your team is going to the Super Bowl.
For Cowboys, Rams, Jets, Bears, Bills, and Browns fans (especially Browns fans), sorry. You might as well start watching college football to see who your team is going to take with the No. 1 overall pick. (Browns fans, we’re serious. You should probably start doing this).
For fantasy football players, you’re either really mad at yourself, Yahoo, or the football gods (how did I not realize that the Falcons cut Shane Graham?! And why was he still listed as active on Yahoo?! @#$#@^%#!). Or, you’re really pumped and bragging to your friends about how smart you are. Even if the computer picked your team for you (we’re looking at you, Dobratz).
If you’re one of the losers—er, unlucky ones in Week 1, don’t panic.
We’ve got your back with some pickups that’ll have you right back on track this week:
Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs.
Alright, so he may not have another week like he did in Week 1, when he went for 36.5 points and shredded the Chargers’ overmatched defense. But Smith, who’s available in most leagues, is a solid option if you drafted Kirk Cousins or for some other reason need a QB.
Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles.
When President Barack Obama gives you a shout-out, you know you’re balling. Wentz, who was playing at FCS dynasty North Dakota State last year, had an unbelievable debut with the Eagles, throwing for 278 yards and two touchdowns and putting up 20-plus points in most fantasy leagues. He’s probably not a great pickup in a league with less than 12 teams, but if you’re in a deep league with not many QB options, we’d snatch him now.
Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals.
He had a rough Week 1, and it’s possible someone in your league dropped him, so you should go ahead and pick up Bernard for the rest of the season. Sure, he’s been inconsistent and you’re probably frustrated if you own him, but he is the Bengals’ No. 1 running back, and still has the potential to be one of the most productive backs in the league.
Theo Riddick, Detroit Lions.
The former Notre Dame star exploded for 26 points in Week 1, and is a stud in PPR (points per reception) leagues. The Lions also have a soft early schedule, so he’s got a chance to go off early, which could make him valuable trade bait when you’re ready to unload him.
Victor Cruz, New York Giants.
Your boy is back! Man, it was great to see Cruz doing the salsa in the end zone after catching the eventual game-winning touchdown pass from Eli Manning on Sunday. He finished the game with 4 catches on 4 targets (perfect), 34 yards and that TD. The last time Cruz saw the field, he was one of the best receivers in the game. Now, he’s got another one of the best wideouts in the game lining up alongside him. If you’ve got an extra roster spot, you should go out right now and grab Cruz. It could pay off nicely.
Eli Rogers, Pittsburgh Steelers.
The other Eli had a nice Week 1–catching 7 passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. He could be in line for more big weeks with the Steelers’ high-flying offense and Roethlisberger’s willingness to sling it.
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets.
Enunwa was targeted as many times (8) by Jets QB Ryan Fitzpatrick as star wideout Brandon Marshall in Week 1, which is a good sign. He put up 18-plus fantasy points, and could be a breakout star next week.
Davante Adams, Green Bay Packers.
Aaron Rodgers seems to like Adams, who was targeted seven times, caught three balls for 50 yards and scored a touchdown in Week 1. As we saw with Demaryius Thomas in Week 1, a wideout’s quarterback makes a huge difference in their production, and anybody catching passes from Rodgers has a chance to go off. If you’re desperate for wide receiver help, he’s got a lot of upside.
The Ravens had a rough time last year, thanks to a devastating array of injuries, but they looked like they’re back in a Week 1 display of dominance over the Bills. Baltimore gave up just seven points, and while they only scored six fantasy points, many more could be in line in Week 2 against a horrendous Cleveland squad.
New York Jets.
They’re getting better and better under head coach Todd Bowles, and put up a solid 9 points in a Week 1 loss to Cincinnati despite the fact that A.J. Green absolutely torched Darrelle Revis. This is an opportunistic ‘D’ that should create turnovers and rack up sacks (they had seven in Week 1).