This summer, fantasy owners chose
On Sunday, Williams showed he belonged -- if not atop the Buccaneers depth chart quite yet, then certainly on a fantasy roster in every league. He gained 97 yards on 13 carries, averaging 7.5 yards per carry as compared to Ward's 5.2 average (12 carries for 62 yards). Like Ward, Williams also added a one-yard score to his first week statline.
If fantasy owners can buy into Williams' good health and restored role in the Buccaneers backfield, they can buy into him producing a handful of games this season like the one he had against Dallas on opening weekend. But those same fantasy owners should remain a bit wary of Tampa Bay's history of sharing the workload. Even under a new coaching staff, the Buccaneers are proving they prefer two over one in the backfield -- never a formula for success in fantasy play.
Remember Manningham, the one-time heralded college football star at the University of Michigan? Poor draft guides and a no-show rookie season prompted fantasy owners to dismiss him this summer. But Manningham showed up in Week 1 (three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown) and could factor into New York's passing game this season. Outside of
Make no mistake --
Murphy arrived on the scene Monday night with four catches against San Diego, including a 57-yard score on fourth down in the final quarter.
Hard to believe but Royal led all Browns receivers in yards (60) and he tied for the team lead in receptions (four). He was also the only offensive player for Cleveland to find the end zone on Sunday. The 30-year-old Royal has never been a strong fantasy prospect, but he does appear to have inherited the starting job for a club with a history of throwing to the tight end. In a year in which talent is thin at the position, Royal might be a worthwhile pickup to fill a backup role.
Johnson's low output in Week 1 (11 carries for 20 yards) will leave his owners looking for ways to dump the once elite fantasy back. But chalk up his poor day to a Ravens defense that hasn't allowed a 100-yard rushing effort since Johnson did it in December of 2006. Johnson is not the back he once was, but if he can be acquired for a reasonable asking price he still offers value to fantasy owners as a spot starter in most leagues.
As a group, the Bears receivers hung quarterback
The telling stat from Burleson's Week 1 effort against St. Louis wasn't his touchdown catch or 74 yards receiving but rather the 11 passes
This guy just won't go away. Arizona drafted
Fantasy owners debated whether Crayton or
Watson's game-winning grab and six catches for 77 yards will be fresh in the minds of fantasy owners this week, which is to say that if ever there is a week to unload the fantasy backup it's now. New England is a team that likes to spread the ball around to its skill players, with Randy Moss and Wes Welker being the only two to offer consistent production to fantasy owners. Watson probably will never come within a mile of the 25 points he scored in PPR leagues this past week.