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Scott and I talk about our thoughts from Week 1, who we like on the waiver wire, and why Joique Bell’s celebration ranks among the best of all time.
3 things we learned this week
- This may be one of the best quarterback fantasy classes ever. Three quarterbacks threw for over 400 yards, including Peyton and Eli Manning and Colin Kaepernick. Last season, the most yards thrown in Week 1 was by Matt Stafford, who threw for 355. Of course, it’s only been one week, but it’s looking like passing is going to take on a whole new meaning in 2013. Who would have ever thought we’d see a quarterback throw for seven touchdowns in one game. Also, in 2011, Tom Brady famously threw for 517 yards and 3 other quarterbacks threw for 400 plus, including rookie Cam Newton.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers could be one of the worst fantasy teams in the league this season. LaRod Stephens Howling, Issac Redman, combined for just 28 yards rushing against the Tennessee Titans defense.
- On the flip side, the Eagles offense might be one of the most fantasy potent in 2013. LeSean McCoy ran the ball 31 times. This isn’t the typical hurry up offense where the quarterback runs up to the line and calls a yells a bunch of words. They simply get up to the ball and it’s snapped. It’s actually kind of exhausting to watch, but it offers incredible fantasy points especially based on the Eagles personel, which consists of a lot of fast and well conditioned athletes like Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson.
Waiver wire pickups
Julian Edelman — With Shane Vareen injured, the Patriots will likely opt to go pass-heavy with running back Stevan Ridley still unable to hang on to the ball consistently. Edelman caught seven passes for 79 yards against the Buffalo Bills and figures to see an increased workload in the slot, a position that has proven fruitful to Patriots’ receivers in the past ala Wes Welker.
Vick Ballard — Man, it seems people want to write this guy off because he’s kind of a boring running back but he was solid last season and was solid in the Colts first game this season. He’s got a tough matchup against the Miami Dolphins front four this week. But he’s worth a stash considering he looks to have the edge on Ahmad Bradshaw for the time being. Plus, coach Chuck Pagnano called his pass protection ‘unbelievable’ against the Raiders. Ballard rushed for 63 yards on 13 caries, good for 4.8 yards per carry. I know, did it against the Raiders, but he still showed a lot of promise.
Situation to monitor: Dwayne Harris —No. 3 Receiver for the Dallas Cowboys out of East Carolina. A guy who only caught two passes for 12 yards on Sunday, but is worth a pickup considering Dez Bryant has been battling a foot injury but Bryant should still be a go for this week against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Percy Harvin — Owned in 31 percent of Yahoo! Leagues. Harvin tweeted the other day that he might be back as early as Week 7, which would be right around thanksgiving. An seemingly insane statement since the Seahawks don’t expect him back until December, but if it turns to be true, he’d be one of the best stashes if your team is already stacked and you’re looking for a playoff run. He’s owned in our league as well, our guy, Gary Atkinson is smart for keeping him.