Fantasy news and views
Week 1 of the regular season is in the books. What are the latest roster shakeups and how will, or should, they affect your lineup? Let's take a look.
Views: I've never been a card-carrying member of Burleson's fan club. But there was no disputing his value in the Seattle passing game -- especially with
Verdict: If I had to choose between bolting the bandwagons of the Patriots (without
Views: Cassel hasn't started a meaningful game since high school (he languished behind
Verdict: Cassel is a must-have for the Brady, Moss or Welker fantasy owner. In relief duty against the Chiefs, Cassel completed 13-of-18 passes for 152 yards and one touchdown. As a full-timer with the Pats, Cassel owners can safely project minimum numbers of 215 yards passing and 1.75 TDs per game.
Views: Sure, Young has a tendency to be mediocre at times (he's never thrown three TDs in a game) ... and his Week 1 performance against Jacksonville (12 of 22 for 110 yards, 1 TD) had a stronger resemblance to
Verdict: Collins racked up 114 TD passes from '00-05 (Giants, Raiders), so it's not like he's fantasy roadkill, in the discussion of backup QBs. Collins has a career passing percentage of 55.5, so fantasy owners can expect proficiency with short, safe passes to RB
Views: At first blush, it's easy to give the Bengals a free pass for struggling against the typically stout Ravens ... that is, until the memories of
Verdict: There's no way around this one, folks. The Palmer-Houshmandzadeh-Chad paradigm is just too dysfunctional to bring success on a consistent level. Sure, they could all rise up and play great at home in Week 2 against the Titans -- Ocho scored three touchdowns against Tennessee last year -- but I don't expect this once-vaunted trio to be together in '09. Consider last Sunday's silent meltdown to be the proverbial "beginning of the end."
Views: The lifeblood of every successful rushing attack is great guard play, and Jacksonville will be hard-pressed to replicate the Maunwai-Williams combo.
Verdict: This is a major red flag for