Totally Biased Fantasy Frenzy: The Five

Welcome to the first installment in Totally Biased’s “The Five”! In an effort to cover the most important box score bits of the weekend, you’ll be able to find The Five every Sunday, right before the Sunday night game kicks off! 

Below, you’ll find a stud, a dud, a play, a waiver wire pick-up for next week, and a look at what big match-ups are on the horizon for week two. Make us your number one stop for all things fantasy related!

The first fantasy stud of the season, Matty Ice is lookin' good early.

The first fantasy stud of the season, Matty Ice is lookin’ good early.

1. The Stud

There were more than a few considerations for our first category, The Stud. A couple honorable mentions: Le’Veon Bell was a PPR monster, snagging six catches for 81 yards on top of his 109 rushing yards. Bell found the endzone, and even had one called back on a penalty. Knowshon Moreno continued his trend of rushing well against the Patriots, gaining 134 yards on the ground the most of anyone so far. Moreno looks to have an early edge over Lamar Miller for bell-cow in Miami.

Nobody however could hope to touch Matt Ryan, who was on fire this afternoon, finishing with 448 yards and three TD’s, leading the Falcons to a big victory in OT over the division rival Saints. With a healthy Julio Jones (7-116) and Roddy White (5-72-1 TD), Ryan could have his best season yet. Atlanta takes on Cincinnati on the road next Sunday, and Joe Flacco’s 345 yards is evidence that they can be beaten.

Matt Ryan: 31/43, 448 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT – 30 points (standard scoring)

2. The Dud

For the most part, the guys who were chosen in the first couple rounds did a great job of at least giving their owners hope that they might get a good return for the investment. Sure, Zac Stacy’s 45 yards didn’t exactly catapult you to pure bliss, but at least he was more productive than the Kansas City ball-carrier.

Jamaal Charles was a consensus top-3 pick this season, regardless of scoring format, and his owners will most certainly be hoping that this is a one-week anomaly. Charles was only able to muster 19 yards on the ground, or, less than every one of Cordarelle Patterson’s three rushing attempts, and less than one of Percy Harvin’s on Thursday. Charles draws a tough match-up next Sunday, heading to Denver to take on the defending AFC champs. The Chiefs will have to stay in the game if Charles hopes to get his usual 20+ touches. Still, it’s too early to overreact. 

Jamaal Charles: 7 carries, 19 yards – 4 catches, 15 yards – 2 points

Silly Rams, Patterson cannot be brought down my one man alone.

Silly Rams, Patterson cannot be brought down my one man alone.

3. The Play

Darren Sproles taking one to the house, completely untouched, and AJ Green’s juggling-juke-score made a hard run at our eventual champion, but alas, came up just a bit short.

[Editor’s Note: Late addition, CRAZY snag by Kelvin Benjamin as well.)

The aforementioned Cordarrelle Patterson was a big mid-round selection in fantasy drafts, and rewarded his owners immediately, showcasing speed and skill in a 67 yard touchdown run against the St. Louis Rams. The five targets are a bit worrisome, but Patterson proved that the Vikings have to find a way to get the ball in his hands. If he continues to carry the ball the way he did this week, he could potentially finish with 20-30 rushing yards on any given Sunday, and fantasy owners know that every point counts.

Cordarrelle Patterson: 3 catches on 5 targets, 21 yards – 3 carries, 102 yards, 1 TD – 18 points

4. Waiver Wire Wonder

The easiest award to hand out this week, Allen Hurns turned heads early and often in the Jacksonville Jaguars game, torching the Philadelphia Eagles to TD’s on his first two receptions of his career, making him only the second player to do so in NFL history. Hurns finished with 9 targets on the day, which is a good sign for those looking to add him this week. However, Hurns’ success is directly tied to the health and availability of Cecil Shorts, who sat out Sunday’s game.

Don’t be afraid to at least put in a waiver for Hurns, but I wouldn’t be slotting him into my lineup until we see what he can do with Marquise Lee and Shorts both on the field.

Allen Hurns: 4 catches on 9 targets, 110 yards, 2 TD’s

This about sums it up.

If Benjamin looks good with Derek Anderson, fantasy owners should be salivating over Cam Newton + KB.

If Benjamin looks good with Derek Anderson, fantasy owners should be salivating over Cam Newton + KB.

5. What’s On Tap?

Here, we’ll take a look forward at three important fantasy plays for next week!

Adrian Peterson vs Pats Def. – Knowshon Moreno did some heavy damage to the Patriots, and Peterson had a strong 75 yards against the league’s best defensive line in St. Louis. With the Vikings playing at home, Peterson could be in line for a big week against NE.

Rookie WR’s – More than a few rookie wideouts were rostered in fantasy leagues this year, including Brandin Cooks (NO), Kelvin Benjamin (CAR), Sammy Watkins (BUF), and Mike Evans (TB). Well, in week one the rooks went 2-for-4, with Kelvin Benjamin being the best of the bunch, hauling in six catches for 97 yards and one crazy score. Cooks wasn’t too shabby either, with 7 catches for 77 yards and a TD, which came from four yards out, proving he can score from in close as well. 

Watkins and Evans will have to wait for their breakout performances, combining for 8 catches for 67 yards. Evans however, led the Bucs in targets with nine, so he might be right on the edge of his coming-out party. 

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That’s it for week 1 folks, make sure to check out the Broncos and Colts match-up tonight, which is sure to be filled with fantasy studs from both rosters. Check back here in week 2 for another Fantasy Five!

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