After a disastrous two-year stint with the Niners, Banta-Cain returned to the Pats, where he had a nice 2006 season as a rotational pass-rusher. The Pats are going with more of a hybrid 4-3, 3-4 this year, and Banta-Cain got the start at defensive end Monday night and delivered two sacks, three tackles, and spent a lot of time in Buffalo's backfield. But keep in mind that he'll be rotating with
After an impressive camp and an injury to rookie
Foote's fantasy value is more of a good news/bad news situation. The good news is that it looks like the Lions offense won't stay on the field. That means a lot of minutes for the defense, and a lot of tackle opportunities for Foote, their starting MIKE. The bad news is that Foote isn't particularly rangy, and eventually he's going to be pushed off the field on third downs. Foote had nine solo tackles against the Saints, a nice total. But that should be treated as his ceiling. He's a low-end LB2.
Leggett put up one of the best IDP lines of Week 1, with eight solo tackles and three passes defensed. That will happen when he starts, as opposing QBs will throw his was frequently (
It was great to see Ogunleye wreaking havoc Sunday night after a weak showing in 2008. But don't get too excited. While Ogunleye showed decent burst, Packers right tackle
If you didn't stay up for the late game Monday night (and no one would blame you if you didn't), then you missed Seymour making a lot of noise. Despite reporting to the Raiders last minute, he stepped right into the starting lineup and lived in the San Diego backfield. His final line was three solo tackles and two sacks. Seymour was a 3-4 end in New England, but looked right at home sliding inside in Oakland's 4-3. It's tough to project him as we're still not sure what Oakland is going to do defensively (their personnel looks a lot more 3-4 at this point). But based solely on talent, Seymour is a decent DL2 with 10-sack potential.
There are no Osi owners complaining about his Week 1 line, which included a sack-strip-score trifecta. Still, I'm not optimistic about a return to 2007 levels. He didn't exactly dominate, and there's no doubt the Giants will rotate him with