As you gear up for this weekend’s upcoming games by realigning your fantasy rosters to optimize matchups, let’s take a quick look back at last week’s studs. (Note: Points listed are directly from the First and Goal Fantasy League and may not represent point totals in your individual leagues)
*Fantasy Stud of the Week*
QB: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints — Last week, Brees completed 26-of-34 passes for an impressive 358 yards and a remarkable 6 TD tosses. Even with 1 interception counting against him, Brees easily outperformed all of his quarterback counterparts on his way to 41 fantasy points and earning Fantasy Stud of the Week.
RB: Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings — Picking up from where he left off last year, AP once again proved he is truly fantasy royalty. Gaining 180 rushing yards and 3 TDs (along with 18 receiving yards), including a legendary 64-yard scoring rumble in which he broke 5 tackles, Peterson was a force to be reckoned with last week, compiling a cool 37 fantasy points.
WR: Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis Colts — Stepping up after the off-season release of Marvin Harrison and the early injury to Anthony Gonzalez, Wayne reeled in 10 receptions for 162 yards and 1 TD. Currently the league leader in both major receiving categories, it is no wonder Wayne was last week’s best fantasy receiver, earning a respectible 22 fantasy points.
TE: John Carlson, Seattle Seahawks — Playing a position that tends to be overlooked by fantasy owners, Carlson proved to be a very valuable asset last week. He caught just 6 passes, but compiled 95 yards and 2 TDs on his way to 21 fantasy points and a best TE recognition from First and Goal.
K: Nick Folk, Dallas Cowboys — Technically in a three-way tie with 12 fantasy points (Lawrence Tynes and Neil Rackers being the other two), Folk got our nod for best kicker in week 1 for being the only one of the three to make a 50+ yard field goal, which should get recognition in any fantasy league. Folk also knocked in another shorter field goal and 4 PATs, proving that he is once again a reliable fantasy option.
D/ST: Philadelphia Eagles — A position that is usually an after-thought for fantasy owners, the Eagles’ D proved they should not be taken lightly. Allowing a stingy 10 points while racking up 5 sacks, 5 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries, and 2 TDs, the Eagles amassed a whooping 35 fantasy points, more than twice as much as the next defensive team, and more than a majority of offensive stars, earning them Defensive Team of the Week honors, hands-down.
ROOKIE: Percy Harvin, Minnesota Vikings — While technically not a fantasy position, I thought it would be interesting to track the best rookie performer of each week. Week 1’s award goes to Percy Harvin who pulled in 6 receptions for 36 yards and 1 TD, along with 22 rushing yards and 99 return yards. A multi-dimensional threat, it is not clear exactly how the Vikings will utilize Harvin. What is clear is that he possesses some serious fantasy potential, earning a healthy 15 fantasy points in his NFL debut.
Check back next week for another edition of Fantasy Focus as we recognize the week’s best fantasy performers. Best of luck to you in your respective fantasy football leagues!