Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Backups Movin’ Up
Breakdown: These are guys who are likely on rosters, but are on the bench for the most part unless in deep leagues. Circumstances are favorable for them to move into the starting lineup for your fantasy team, at least for the coming week.
Mark Sanchez (NYJ) – Mark Sanchez seemed to be drafted in most of the leagues I was in, though late in the draft of course, so warranted ranking in this section as opposed to Matt Stafford who was largely left undrafted in most non-dynasty leagues. When all was said and done, Sanchez proved he was up to the job. While his numbers weren’t amazing, they were solid enough. It wouldn’t seem as though any Jets quarterback is going to be a gunslinger with comparisons to Drew Brees, but their relatively conservative offense is very well balanced, and with a good defense, should have plenty of time on the field. If you are looking for help after seeing how your quarterback situation played out in week one, Sanchez could be a solid backstop if he’s still available.
Waiver Wire Radar
Breakdown: These are guys who more than likely are not residing on many, if any, rosters. They are in situations that are favorable for possible fantasy impact in the not too distant future.
Kerry Collins (TEN) – This much became very clear Thursday night: Tennessee is going to try very hard not to be as one-dimensional on offense as they were last year. After a conservative start to the game Collins finally let loose, demonstrating the cannon arm that he had used so much earlier in his career. Tennessee seems ready to let loose, with a good tight end and three or four very fast receivers that have solid talent. This could become a surprise breakout passing game with a lot of waiver wire gems…starting with Collins. Unless you’re in a very deep league, he is probably still sitting out on the free agent list.
Mathew Stafford (DET) – Detroit didn’t win, nor were they expected to. However, they did get a chance to see the number one draft pick from last year in real game action, and he didn’t look too bad. He had a couple of unfortunate plays that weren’t (such as the 64 yard touchdown toss to Calvin Johnson that ended up being a botched ref call and an out of bounds at the three) that would have put him in a different fantasy light when all was said and done. He had a pretty decent outing for a rookie, but there is a lot of room to improve. The thing is, he is on a team that is going to get behind in a lot of games, so he’ll be throwing a lot, and he’ll get better. So, when all is said and done, depending on how your league treats interceptions, his weekly numbers could be better than many more established starters. It should be remembered, Matt Ryan’s stats last season were considered pretty good from a fantasy standpoint, and the five starters for Detroit, with their stats combined, had better numbers than Matt Ryan. Moral of the story? Stafford should finish in the top 20 at the very least this season, and in most leagues wasn’t drafted.
Shaun Hill (SFO) – Hill didn’t put up flashy fantasy numbers. He didn’t do anything that set him apart from any other second, or even third, tier quarterbacks for the most part. What he did do was this. He threw for a couple hundred yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. The no interceptions part is important because there were a few quarterbacks this week that had stats that would have been at least palatable, but they tossed two or three picks to go along with it, which in some leagues can eat into the quarterback’s stats quite significantly. With a good running game and a fairly decent defense, this team is beginning to look Ravenesque in a manner of speaking, and while Hill won’t be your starter in most situations, he’s proven that he can be a solid number two guy over all.