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A new feature on the site will be the TSN Fantasy Player of the Week. We will evaluate everyone's performance, by position, and then make our overall selection at the end of the article.
Drew Brees, New Orleans (ADP 32.8) - Brees had an easy assignment, playing against the porous Detroit Lions, and he did not disappoint. Brees had 210 yards and four touchdown passes at halftime and finished with 356 yards and a career-high six scores.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore (ADP 127.5) - If you started Flacco, you are either psychic or didn't draft a quarterback in the first 10 rounds. Either way, it worked out well for you in Week 1 as he set personal highs in yards (307) and TD passes (three).
Adrian Peterson, Minnesota (ADP 1.3) - Peterson showed why he was drafted No.1 overall by destroying the Browns defense in the second half. He had just 25 yards and a score in the first half, but pounded the Cleveland defense for 155 yards and two TDs in the second half.
Thomas Jones, New York Jets ADP 27.3) - In 2008, Jones ran for 1,312 yards and 13 touchdowns, yet was being downgraded throughout the preseason. Perhaps fantasy owners felt that the addition of rookie Shonn Greene, or the fact that the Jets were starting a rookie quarterback worried them. Quarterback Mark Sanchez looked solid and Jones continued where he left off by posting 107 yards and two scores.
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis (ADP 19.5) - No Marvin Harrison and an injury to No.2 receiver Anthony Gonzalez had Peyton Manning targeting Wayne for most of the afternoon (14 times). With Gonzalez out for 2-6 weeks, and no great option to replace him, look for the trend to continue.
Patrick Crayton, Dallas (ADP 129.2) - Crayton didn't get much respect on Draft Day, despite the fact that he was a starting wideout in a good passing offense. Romo was balanced in his distribution throwing seven times to Jason Witten and Roy Williams and six times to Crayton. If that trend continues, Crayton will be a "best bargain" candidate in 2009.
John Carlson, Seattle (ADP 127.1) - Last year, Carlson was the Seahawks' only healthy receiving option, but with the addition of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the return to healthy status of Nate Burleson, it looks like Carlson was overlooked on Draft Day as a 10th-round pick. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck didn't overlook him on Sunday, as he beat single coverage for six receptions and two scores. The veteran Hasselbeck showed a nice distribution pattern targeting Carlson eight times and wideouts Burleson and Houshmandzadeh, 11 and nine times, respectively.
Ben Watson, New England (ADP 195.4) - Watson is the often overlooked part of the New England passing game and with Randy Moss and Welker getting all the attention took advantage for two late scores. Still, I'm not sure you can count on his production every Sunday.
Neil Rackers, Arizona (ADP 223.9) - The Cardinals offense was out-of-sync for most of the day with an injured-but-playing Anquan Boldin and No.3 receiver Steve Breaston sitting out the game. That set up Rackers for three field goal attempts and he connected on all of them. Rackers was 25-for-28 last year, so this is not a surprise.
Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants (ADP 247.6) - Tynes was injured (left knee) for most of 2008 and replaced by John Carney. But he won the job back in preseason and went 3-for-3 on Sunday. I suspect he'll get a lot of opportunities in 2009.
Josh Cribbs, Cleveland (ADP 250+) - If your league gives points for return yards, you should consider starting Cribbs in one of your wide receiver slots. He'll get a lot of opportunities to handle the ball as we saw on Sunday against the Vikings. Cribbs ran three times from the "Wildcat offense" all near the goal line, he's playing as the No.2 wide receiver opposite Braylon Edwards and was targeted three times, was back for punts and returned one 67 yards for a score and returned six kickoffs for 140 yards. That's a total of 14 touches for 223 yards and one touchdown.
Aaron Brown, Detroit (ADP 250+) - Brown is listed at running back and as the Lions kickoff return man will see a lot of action. Against New Orleans he had five returns for 180 yards and with the inept Detroit defense he's likely to get a lot more kickoff return opportunities.
Philadelphia Eagles (ADP 186.8) - I know the Eagles defense isn't this good, but they abused Jake Delhomme and his Carolina Panthers backups for seven turnovers, five sacks and two touchdowns. It will be much tougher "sledding" in Week 2 as they face Brees and the potent Saints offense.
Atlanta Falcons (ADP 230) - The Atlanta defense was pitching a shutout for the first 56 minutes and 38 seconds, but ended up with a solid 19-7 victory including four turnovers and four sacks.
TSN Fantasy Player of the Week
Brees earned anywhere from 40 points to 58 points depending on whether your league gives three points per touchdown pass or six points. He threw down the gauntlet to fantasy owners who drafted Tom Brady ahead of him (ADP 23) and at least in Week 1 proved he was the better choice. For that reason, Brees is our TSN Fantasy Player of the Week.