Pickups & Drops - Week 1 / '13
Julian Edleman – WR – Patriots
The Patriots are looking for someone to step up in the receiving game and it was Julian Edleman who was the most impressive in week 1. Edleman was targeted 9 times and finished with 7 catches for 79 yards and 2 touchdowns. There is a lot of competition for targets in New England, but it seems that Edleman is a player that will be an integral part of this offense going forward.
E.J. Manual – QB – Bills
E.J Manuel did not light up the scoreboard in his first NFL game, but he showed some nice flashes of what is to come in his career. Manuel threw two 18-yard touchdowns to Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson. Manuel completed 66% of his passes, did not throw an interception and showed his ability to run with 23 yards on 3 carries. This is an encouraging start for the rookie, and while he only threw for 150 yards, you can see the potential.
Chad Henne – QB – Jaguars
Chad Henne lost the starting job to Blaine Gabbert in the preseason, but he may have handed the job back to Henne with his week one performance. Gabbert was awful; completing 16 of 35 passes for a putrid 121 yards and 2 interceptions. Then to add injury to insult, Gabbert got injured and required 15 stiches on his right hand. There is a good chance Henne will start next week and if he plays well be the starter the rest of the season.
Robert Woods – WR – Bills
Rookie Robert Woods only had one catch in his debut, but it was an 18-yard touchdown. Woods is a player that has a lot potential, and is getting the chance to play as a rookie. His chemistry with E.J. Manuel will continue to improve over the season and he will become a more viable threat in the coming weeks.
Kenbrell Thompkins – WR – Patriots
Thompkins did not have the most productive game with only 4 catches for 42 yards in his first NFL game. The big takeaway for Kenbrell is the fact that he was targeted 14 times in the game. Obviously he is going to need to improve on his catch to target ratio, but a few more weeks working on chemistry with Tom Brady should lead to a breakout game real soon.
Brian Hartline – WR – Dolphins
Brian Hartline was targeted 15 times and had 9 catches for 114 yards and a touchdown. There seems to be some chemistry issue between Ryan Tannehill and Mike Wallace and Hartline is the major beneficiary of this. Wallace is going to draw more attention every week, and Hartline will have a chance to be a more consistent player this year with Tannehill feeling comfortable looking his way.
Jerome Simpson – WR – Vikings
Greg Jennings may have signed a big contract to come to Minnesota, but it was Jerome Simpson who stole the show in the receiving game for the Vikings. Simpson hauled in 7 catches for 140 yards, and was the only receiver that was able to stretch the field for Christian Ponder. Simpson is better known for his ability to do flips over defenders to score a touchdown, but this may be the year he is fantasy relevant.
Terrelle Pryor – QB – Raiders
Pryor was one of our deep deep sleepers, who then became a deep sleeper, but now he is a hot waiver wire commodity. We had been all over Pryor who has the ability to run, which is so important when you quarterback the Raiders offense. Pryor showed amazing ability to make plays through the air and on the ground. Terrelle ran 13 times for a 112 yards, a day that Darren McFadden would love to have, and threw for 217 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions. Pryor is the next Tim Tebow, with better ability to throw the ball.
Kenny Stills – WR – Saints
Kenny Stills is the new deep threat target for Drew Brees. The Saints may have signed Robert Meachem back to the team, but rookie Kenny Stills is doing the job he used to have with the team. Stills showed his big play ability with 2 catches for 86 yards, including a long catch for 67 yards. Stills has a lot of upside and the Saints are always trying to pressure defenses and take shots downfield, and that means more opportunities await this rookie.
Kellen Winslow – TE – Jets
Kellen Winslow has remerged in New York and looked good as the safety blanket for Geno Smith. Winslow finished the game with 7 catches for 79 yards and a touchdown. Geno Smith is being forced into the starting role for the Jets and is in over his head right now. Smith is going to check down a lot, and Kellen Winslow is going to be the beneficiary of this.
Jermaine Kearse – WR – Seahawks
Jermaine Kearse was making plays all preseason and earned himself a role in the Seahawks offense. He is a playmaker who showed that ability on Sunday with 2 catches for 49 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown. Kearse is playing himself into more playing time and he and Russell Wilson are displaying nice chemistry. Kearse should see his role increase in the coming weeks.
Andre Roberts – WR – Cardinals
What difference a quarterback can make, and Andre Roberts took advantage of having Carson Palmer hauling in 8 catches for 97 yards. Roberts was able to work the underneath routes extremely well, while Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd stretched the field. Roberts should continue to be effective in the passing game, as Carson Palmer likes to spread the ball around.
Julius Thomas – TE – Broncos
Julius Thomas burst onto the scene with his 5 catches for 110 yards and 2-touchdown performance against the Ravens. There is no doubt he will be the hottest commodity on the waiver wire, and will have a chance to have some more nice games, although probably not as good as this one. The Broncos still have a ton of offensive weapons and Thomas just adds to that list now.
Knowshon Moreno – RB – Broncos
While Peyton Manning was having a career day, the Broncos running game looked lost. Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman both were unimpressive, while Knowshon Moreno made the most of his opportunities. Moreno ended up with 9 carries, the most on the team, for 28 yards, but added another 37 yards on 3 catches. Knowshown has a good chance to move up the depth chart, just like he did at the end of last season. His ability to be effective in the passing game, and his willingness to be a blocker will earn him more playing time.
Joique Bell – RB – Lions
Joique Bell had the second most carries for this Lions in week 1 with 6 for 25 yards, but also ran 2 touchdowns. Bell also added 5 catches for 67 yards and has secured himself the backup role to Reggie Bush. The Lions seemed primed to move away from Mikel Leshoure, who did not have even 1 carry in the game. Bell showed his ability to be effective in the passing game last season with 52 catches and is picking up where he left off. Bell is going to continue to get opportunities in the Lions offense and should be the goal line back to keep Reggie Bush healthy all season.
Pierre Thomas – RB – Saints
Pierre is in a crowed backfield in New Orleans, but he was the most impressive one running the football in week 1. Thomas had 9 carries for 43 yards, while Mark Ingram also had 9 carries that went for only 11 yards. Pierre also added 4 catches, as he continues to be a part of the passing offense. The Saints are still searching for who the running back will be to carry the ball inside the tackles and this the last chance Ingram had to hold onto the job and Pierre may be taking that away from him.
Andre Ellington – RB – Cardinals
Andre Ellington did not have a very big stat line in week 1 with only 1 catch for 13 yards, but his opportunity is going to come. Rashard Mendenhall is still the starter and it was Alfonso Smith who drew backup duty on Sunday and was not impressive. Smith had 10 carries for 26 yards and also fumbled the ball. When Ellington had his catch he showed his speed and elusiveness and it will only be a matter of time before he starts getting carries.
Le'Veon Bell – RB – Steelers
Le’Veon Bell should be grabbed off the waiver wire if you need help at running back and can wait a few weeks. The Steelers have nobody at running back, as La’Rod Stephens Howling led the team in rushing in week 1 with 19 yards on 6 carries, but he also tore his ACL and is out for the season. The Steelers have brought back Jonathan Dwyer, so it is clear that as soon as Bell is healthy he will be the man.
Marlon Brown – WR – Ravens
The Ravens may have found the receiver to play opposite of Torrey Smith in Marlon Brown. Brown had 4 catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in week 1, and the rookie from Georgia will look to continue this in week 2. Brown has all the measurable to be a force to be reckoned with standing at 6’5” and 205 pounds. Brown is also going to get more chances while Jacoby Jones is out for 4-6 weeks.
Ace Sanders – WR – Jaguars
Ace Sanders and the rest of the Jaguar receivers had a rough game in week 1, but this rookie slot receiver is going to be a bigger part of this offense as the season moves on. Blaine Gabbert, who looked good in preseason, looked horrible in week 1 and then injured his right hand and needed 15 stiches. If Chad Henne gets the start next week, which looks to be the case, this will give a boost to the Jaguar receivers and Sanders may be able to show a lot more. He is still worth a flier in deep leagues.
Rod Streater – WR – Raiders
Rod Streater was the leading receiver for the Raiders in week 1, hauling in 5 catches for 70 yards. Terelle Pryor was effective in week 1 and Streater was his most consistent threat on the day. With Pryor at quarterback you are not going to expect many, if any, 300-yard passing games which limits the impact that Streater will have over the season, as he may not many if any 100-yard receiving games, but he is going to be a favorite target of Pryor.
Nate Burleson – WR – Lions
Ryan Broyles was the name that being thrown around as the guy who will be the true second fiddle to Calvin Johnson, but it was the 11 year veteran receiver in Nate Burleson who still has something to say about that, and he had his chance as Broyles was inactive. Burleson was the most effective receiver in week 1 with 6 catches for 78 yards. The Lions are still a pass happy offense and Burleson is going to get opportunities each week. Calvin is still the man, but Burleson should be a consistent threat for points, just not the monster games.
Percy Harvin – WR – Seahawks
This is just another friendly reminder that if Percy Harvin is on our waiver wire you should grab him. He is expected back around week 12 or 13, but he feels that he will be back even sooner. There is not going to be another receiver on the waiver wire that will have the potential impact on your team that Harvin will when he comes back this season. If he does come back around week 8, which Harvin is predicating, he will be the waiver wire pick up that wins championships for owners who were smart enough to grab him.
Da’Rel Scott – RB – Giants
David Wilson must really hate opening days and the Dallas Cowboys as it was a double repeat of last season where he fumbled on his second carry. This time Wilson fumbled twice in 7 carries and was benched yet again. This opened the door for Da’Rel Scott, who came in and was effective with 5 carries for 23 yards and 5 catches for 51 yards. There is one thing that Tom Coughlin hates more than anything and that is fumbling. If Andre Brown was still healthy he would have the job, but Scott is going to see a lot of those carries until he returns. If Wilson does not fix the fumblitis then Scott will still see carries when Brown returns.
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