Arian Foster, Texans –
Evidently you CAN diagnose an MRI via Twitter, as Foster sat out Week 1 with the hamstring tweak. There's no guarantee he'll be ready for Week 2, and in the interim both Ben Tate and Derrick Ward more than carried the mail. Best case Foster resumes his usual workload, but given Gary Kubiak's lineage and track record some sort of job share wouldn't at all surprise.
Felix Jones, Cowboys –
More than just the touchdown against the vaunted Jets, the lack of touches (and productivity) from Tashard Choice and DeMarco Murray solidifies Jones' claim on the bulk of the touches. Plus, anything the Cowboys can do to keep the ball out of Tony Romo's hands can only help the team.
LeGarrette Blount, Buccaneers –
We knew Blount wasn't going to play in third-down packages; we didn't know the Bucs would treat the entire game like third down. Maybe Blount needs to start throwing punches around...
Mike Tolbert, Chargers –
Not that Ryan Mathews struggled, but Tolbert turned his goal line/third down/change of pace role into three touchdowns. The knee injury apparently isn't serious, so Tolbert will be back on the field this week reprising his roles.
Danny Woodhead, Patriots –
It feels like we'll be chasing the Patriots' primary ball-carrier all season long. But for now at least we know it'll be Woodhead and Green-Ellis... until it's time for Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen..
James Starks, Packers –
He's the better runner, so if he can demonstrate any sort of competence in the passing game--specifically pass protection--he'll render Ryan Grant useless for fantasy purposes. The downside, however, is that John Kuhn lurks to swipe goal line touches.
Joseph Addai, Colts –
The absence of Peyton Manning dings the fantasy value of all things Indy, and the expected backup plan of relying on the ground game a little bit more has yet to materialize.
Carnell Williams, Rams –
The Rams' offseason decision to finally put a known quantity behind Steven Jackson on the depth chart pays dividends immediately. With S-Jax nursing a quad injury, Williams has immediate value and long term could give Jackson more than an occasional breather the rest of the way.
Knowshon Moreno, Broncos –
So much for John Fox turning the Broncos into a running team. Trouble is, they weren't that adept at throwing, either, and Moreno received just eight touches on the night. He also limped off late in the Monday night loss and could be injured... again.
Earnest Graham, Buccaneers –
Graham was expected to hold a third-down role, but he saw much more than that in Week 1. It was probably an aberration, but that doesn't help Blount owners sleep any better.
Ryan Grant, Packers –
At best he'll be on the field in passing situations, where his blocking ability makes him more valuable than James Starks. But he doesn't project to get a bunch of carries, and John Kuhn already swiped one goal line look.