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Monday, September 13, 2010

Fantasy football: Quick snaps for Week 1

Let's take a quick trip down the field after a hectic first full day of the (cue any ESPN analyst) National Football League season.

-- He only threw 10 passes before suffering a concussion, but I'm not feeling very good about my Kevin Kolb prediction. With a game at Detroit looming in Week 2, expect Michael Vick to be the most popular player on the waiver wire this week. Vick threw for 175 yards and a touchdown and ran for 103 yards on 11 carries Sunday against the Packers.

-- If Matthew Stafford does, in fact, miss 4 to 6 weeks with a shoulder injury, as is reporting, Calvin Johnson's value takes a significant hit. Stafford should have been viewed as a fantasy backup, but if you need help at QB in a 12-team league, it's OK to cut him for another option.

-- Packers running back Ryan Grant ran for 45 yards on eight carries before suffering an ankle injury. He says he'll be back this week, and we should believe him since he's never missed an NFL game due to injury. But the Pack will play the Bills at home in Week 2, and backup Brandon Jackson (63 yards rushing, two receptions for 12 yards) is more than capable of filling in for a back who rushed for 1,253 yards and 11 TDs last season.

-- Speaking of bad predictions, how about Texans running back Arian Foster? Third round doesn't seem so bad.

-- Stock up: Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, Bucs receiver Mike Williams, Jags receiver Mike Thomas, Jags QB David Garrard, Colts receiver Austin Collie, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, Cardinals receiver Steve Breaston, Redskins receiver Santana Moss, Rams receiver Mark Clayton (the former Raven, not Buccaneer).

-- Stock down: Panthers QB Matt Moore, Jags receiver Mike Sims-Walker, Colts receivers Pierre Garcon and Anthony Gonzalez, Redskins QB Donovan McNabb, 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree.

-- Don't get too excited about Broncos receiver Brandon Lloyd, who had five receptions for 117 yards.

-- Do be encouraged by Broncos receiver Eddie Royal's numbers Sunday (eight receptions for 98 yards). He might be back to his 91-catch 2008 self.

-- I'd say Maurice Jones-Drew (23 carries for 98 yards, three catches for 15 yards) is fine.

-- Don't worry about Michael Turner yet. The Steelers allowed 89.9 yards rushing per game last season, and they should be better this year, provided Troy Polamalu plays more than five games.

-- Welcome back, Matt Forte.

-- Wes Welker, you are amazing.

-- Do the Raiders have wide receivers?

We'll get into the running back messes, er, situations, later this week.

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