NFL Fantasy Stars - Week 1

The first week of the 2005 NFL season kicked off with a few surprises to go with our expectations. We examine the fantasy stars from week one.

QUARTERBACKS

 

   Mark Bulger and the Rams may have lost to the Niners in week one's biggest upset, but his 362 passing yards earned him top passing honors and a spot on our top fantasy QB grid.  Raiders' off-season acquisition Randy Moss caught a 73 yard touchdown pass from Kerry Collins against New England on Thursday as Collins threw for three TDs with the new look Oakland offense.  Tom Brady looked like a legend against the Raiders, making his 306 passing yards look effortless.  Peyton Manning's two TDs may not put him on pace for 49 touchdowns in 2005, but his performance against the toughest defense in the NFL will have his future opponents scratching their heads.  Gus Frerotte looked solid as the Dolphins surprised the Denver Broncos in Miami.  Drew Bledsoe became only the 10th player in NFL history to throw for 40,000 yards as his two touchdown strikes to Keyshawn Johnson pushed the Cowboys over the Chargers in a 4th quarter victory.  The Bengals and Browns didn't play the shoot-out that was expected, but Carson Palmer's two touchdowns were enough to solidify the victory.

 

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks - Week One

QB

Pass Att

Pass Comp

Pass Yards

TDs

Kerry Collins

18

39

265

3

Drew Bledsoe

18

24

226

3

Mark Bulger

34

56

362

2

Tom Brady

24

38

306

2

Carson Palmer

26

34

280

2

Gus Frerotte

24

36

275

2

Peyton Manning

21

36

254

2


 

 

RUNNING BACKS

 

Willie Parker busted out for 209 yards and a TD while filling in for ailing Pittsburgh running backs Jerome Bettis and Duce Staley.  Dick Vermeil stuck to his plan to use Larry Johnson on every third series and Johnson made good use of his playing time to gain 110 rushing yards and two touchdowns.  Deuce McAllister ran for two scores as the Saints added comfort to many New Orleans' natives with the upset the Panthers in Carolina.  Cadillac Williams made his NFL debut with the Bucs in Minnesota as Tampa Bay spanked the favored Vikings on the road.  Corey Dillon and his replacement Rudi Johnson both had solid games as New England and Cincinnati each won.  Brian Westbrook is as much of a wide receiving threat as a running back in Philly.  Priest Holmes was impressive in KC's rout of the Jets, but will continue to lose carries to Larry Johnson.  Willis McGahee and the Bills ran all over the Texans.  Clinton Portis looked solid in Washington as he pounded against a tough Bears' defense for 121 yards.  Warrick Dunn was steady for 117 yards as the Falcons beat Superbowl runner-up Philadelphia on MNF.  Edgerrin James was not to be denied against the Ravens and Ray Lewis.  Bill Parcells may have found his all-around back in Julius Jones as Jones had 26 touches against the Chargers.

  

Top Fantasy Running Backs - Week One

RB

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rcptns

Rec Yards

Total Yards

TDs

Willie Parker

22

161

1

48

209

1

Larry Johnson

9

110

1

11

121

2

Corey Dillon

23

63

2

30

93

2

Deuce McAllister

26

64

2

5

69

2

Carnell Williams

27

148

0

0

148

1

Rudi Johnson

26

126

1

2

128

1

Brian Westbrook

12

47

7

64

111

1

Priest Holmes

22

85

1

5

90

1

Willis McGahee

22

117

3

15

132

0

Clinton Portis

21

121

0

0

121

0

Warrick Dunn

21

117

1

0

117

0

Edgerrin James

23

88

3

26

114

0

Julius Jones

26

93

3

18

111

0

 

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

 

Larry Fitzgerald was definitely Kurt Warner's number one option as he hauled in thirteen receptions for 155 yards and a touchdown in an impressive performance.  Veterans Jimmie Smith and Keenan McCardell both were the keys in their respective offenses on Sunday as they put up big yardage and two touchdowns apiece.  Steve Smith and Randy Moss showed that they are two of the league's top receivers with 130+ yards each in losing efforts.  Who is Frisman Jackson?....he caught eight balls for 128 yards and a TD for Cleveland after being 5th on the Brown's depth chart this pre-season.  Torry Holt is the man in St. Louis, win or lose.  Miami's Marty Booker may have successfully held off David Boston with his five grabs for 104 yards and a TD.  Keyshawn Johnson caught his second TD of the game with three minutes left in the 4th to lead the Cowboys to a narrow victory over the Chargers.

              

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers - Week One

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Jimmie Smith

7

130

2

Keenan McCardell

9

123

2

Larry Fitzgerald

13

155

1

Steve Smith

8

138

1

Randy Moss

5

130

1

Frisman Jackson

8

128

1

Torry Holt

10

125

1

Marty Booker

5

104

1

Keyshawn Johnson

5

65

2

Deion Branch

7

99

1

Patrick Crayton

6

89

1

Antwaan Randle El

2

89

1

Terrell Owens

7

112

0

Derrick Mason

8

99

0

Joey Galloway

5

97

0

Santana Moss

4

96

0

Chad Johnson

9

91

0

Rod Smith

7

90

0

Brandon Stokley

7

83

0

 

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

 

Chris Baker's seven receptions for 124 yards may help him emerge from a relatively unknown to become a favorite of Chad Pennington.  Anthony Wright replaced injured Kyle Boller and targeted Daniel Wilcox for the Ravens' only score against the Colts.  Courtney Anderson took advantage of the multiple covers on Randy Moss and made two of his three catches count for touchdowns.  Joey Harrington often looked Marcus Pollard's direction resulting in five grabs and a touchdown. 

                            

Top Fantasy Tight Ends - Week One

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Chris Baker

7

124

1

Daniel Wilcox

8

78

1

Courtney Anderson

3

18

2

Marcus Pollard

5

58

1

Ernie Conwell

6

71

0

Jeb Putzier

7

67

0

 

 

 

News and Notes -  The Green Bay Packers learned that favorite receiver Javon Walker's right knee injury was indeed a torn ACL and placed him on IR for the season…New York Giants' special teams returned a kick-off and a punt for touchdowns…After suffering a tough pre-season, Pittsburgh Steelers' QB Ben Roethlisberger scored a perfect quarterback passer rating of 158.3 in their 34-7 rout of the Tennessee Titans…Previously thought porous defenses of the Kansas City Chiefs, Indianapolis Colts, Detroit Lions all led their teams to victories while giving up a combined total of 17 points against formidable opponents…New England's performance last Thursday night was convincing enough to again make them a Superbowl favorite…The Buffalo Bills' defensive unit held David Carr and the Houston Texans to 120 total yards, ultimately winning the game 22-7 on five Ryan Lindell field goals…LaDainian Tomlinson scored a rushing TD in his 13th straight game…Former Superbowl MVP Kurt Warner was more impressive in the Cardinals' losing effort to the Giants than indicated by the 19-42 score   


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