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Week 1 NFL Fantasy Football Studs + Duds


Each week, the CappersPicks.com staff brings you players you need to be paying attention to: Remember – fantasy football championships are often won by those who live eat and breath fantasy football.

Here are the Week 1 Fantasy Studs & Duds for NFL games that went on in week 1.

After all of the weekly games are finished be sure to check our waiver wire column, cheatsheets, a who’s hot, and who’s not report plus more in our fantasy football guide. Without wasting any more of your time, here are the Week 1 Fantasy Football Studs & Duds plus key player stats for the NFL games that went on on this week (Week 1).

Good Luck!!!

Stud Of the Week

Drew Brees (358 Yards Passing – 6 TD’s + 1 INT) – Whaaaat?  What can you say about that performance?  He was hitting EVERYTHING!!!!  Absolutely lights out – could easily be the best day that anyone has this year.  Drew made everyone on his team look good – the measure of a True Fantasy Stud!!!

Dud of the Week

Jake Delhomme (73 Yards Passing – 4 INT’s – 1 fumble) – Oh my!!!  The Carolina Brass really wishes that they had a mulligan in signing Jake to a HUGE contract at the beginning of the season.  Absolutely brutal play at home in the season opener.  I have a feeling that Jake is going to appear regularly in this column this year!!!

More Studs

Tony Romo (353 Yards Passing – 3 TD’s) – Slow start for Tony against the Bucs, but he was truly aided by the big play.  All of his TD’s. Came on huge plays.  Credit a confident QB for finding the right guy in the right situations.

Ben Roethlisberger (363 Yards Passing – 1 TD- 2 INT’s) – Took control of the game on Thursday and made the fantasy world take note that he is going to be huge this year.  Without a running game, Ben was able to recognize that he had to shoulder the load.  He did in a huge way.

Joe Flacco (307 Yards Passing – 3 TD’s – 1 INT’s) – I knew that Joe was good, but this good?  Monster game in which he was able to make Todd Heap and a questionable receiving corps look all-world.  Any other questions?????

Adrian Peterson (25 Carries -180 Yards – 3 TD’s) – Not much of a shock here, but to start the year off with a career game for 99% of other RB’s. lands him on this list.  It appears that All Day will be able to do what he wants when he wants. AP is a monster and even dehydration can’t slow him down.

Thomas Jones (20 Carries – 107 – 2 TD’s) – Really helped Make Sanchez’s debut one to remember.  Any back with 2 TD’s. will land on this list.  What a luxury for a rookie QB to be able to count on a good running game.

Mike Bell (28 Carries – 143 Yards) – No TD. For Mike, but the fact that a backup can come in and put up 143 Yards. Makes him a true stud.  Then again, John Goodman would be a stud as a feature runner in that offense!

Tim Hightower (8 Carries – 15 Yards 12 Receptions – 121 Yards) – Ugly rushing #’s but look at the receptions.  In a PPR league, you are loving Tim right now.  It isn’t Beanie Wells time yet!!!!Mobile Betting at Sportsbook.com

Reggie Wayne (10 Receptions – 162 Yards – 1 TD) – With Gonzales leaving early in the game, Manning was able to find this stud early and often.  Most consistent WR in the game continues to impress and if Gonzales is out for an extended period, he will be the only game in town.

John Carlson (6 Receptions – 95 Yards – 2 TD’s) – Week 1 was the Week of the Tight End indeed.  John proved to be a Huge matchup problem for the Rams.  He has the trust of his QB, and an amazing ability to get open.  Carlson will be on this list again.

Jeremy Shockey (4 Receptions – 31 Yards – 2 TD’s) – Thanks Drew!!!!!

Tony Gonzalez (5 Receptions – 73 Yards – 1 TD) Think Matty Ryan had fun with his new toy today?  Tony makes Atlanta a better team for sure.  He is as sure handed as they come and will sell out his body in order to get his!

More Duds

Willie Parker (13 Carries – 19 Yards 1 Reception – 5 Yards) – All right, we know he has a bad history with the Titans but come on!!  Coaches, commentators, scouts and fans were all in awe of the brutality of a one prolific runner.  Looks like another Shaun Alexander to me!

Steve Slaton (9 Carries – 17 Yards   3 Reception s – 35 Yards) – All purpose back that seemed to play without a purpose.  Yuk!!!!  Ugly, ugly game against a team the Texans should have handled with ease.

Braylon Edwards (1 Reception – 12 Yards) – Another player that has the potential to end up on this list a lot this year.  Drops, poor route-running, and a seemingly desire to get home for dinner makes Edwards a true Dud!!

Steve Smith (3 Receptions – 21 Yards) – You would think that 1 of the 3 Qb’s that the Panthers used would be able to get Steve the ball!!! – Nope.  This one is on Jake – I hope you’re happy!

Anquan Boldin (2 Receptions – 19 Yards) – Anyone see this one coming?  Could be a long year for the Cards.  The way I see it is if Kurt can’t get the ball into his playmaker’s hands they won’t win.  Another WR Dud that can’t really be blamed on him.  Boldin will bounce back, but he was truly one of this week’s biggest disappointments.

Top Performers Week 1


D. Brees, NOR
T. Romo, DAL
J. Flacco, BAL
M. Hasselbeck, SEA
D. McNabb, PHI

Running Backs

A. Peterson, MIN
T. Jones, NYJ
W. McGahee, BAL
J. Jones, SEA
M. Jones-Drew, JAC

Wide Receivers

R. Wayne, IND
P. Crayton, DAL
G. Jennings, GNB
S. Holmes, PIT
D. Henderson, NOR
D. Hester, CHI


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  1. There is no doubt that Drew Brees is the fantasy stud of the week. The fact that he threw 6 touchdowns is amazing on its own right, but the fact that RB Mike Bell ran for 143 makes this Saints offense down right scary