The first couple of weeks of the fantasy football season are when the most important waiver pickups normally happen. So who carried fantasy teams and who disappointed in Week 1? Who needs to be added and who should be dropped for Week 2? And while some perceived fantasy stars revealed they will be irrelevant, who seems ready to take on a bigger role? We answer those questions in the following video:
Goats & Trumps:
In this section, we tell you who were the heroes ("goats") and who disappointed ("Trumps"). This week, the goat was Tennessee quarterback Marcus Mariota. The rookie quarterback was passed over by Tampa Bay in part due to the fear that his style of play wouldn't translate well to a pro-style offense. Mariota put those concerns to rest (for now, at least) by torching the Bucs, going 13/16 for 209 yards and four touchdown passes (all in the first half). He had a perfect QB rating (158.3) and a QBR of 95.7. In fantasy numbers, that was the equivalent of 24.96 points,* the third best performance by a quarterback in week 1.
Our Trump of the week was Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco, who went 18/32 for 117 yards with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He gave his fantasy owners a measly .68 fantasy points in a dismal performance, and his apparent lack of weapons raises questions about his 2015 campaign in general.
Here we tell you who to add and who to drop. It's time to say "hello" to Terrance Williams, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, who is still only owned in 48.7 percent of fantasy leagues. We know that Tony Romo and company like to pass, especially with a far less intimidating ground game this year. And Williams moves into the #1 role with Dez Bryant sidelined for at least half the season.
And we say "goodbye" to Lions running back Joique Bell, who is still owned in almost 90 percent of leagues. Ameer Abdullah appears to be the more talented back (15.4 points for Abdullah and 4.1 for Bell in week 1). At the very least, Bell will split carries with Abdullah, though it is more likely Abdullah quickly becomes the focal point of Detroit's rushing attack.
So who should you start or bench in Week 2? If you are looking for options at wide receiver, go ahead and start Washington receiver Pierre Garcon. With DeSean Jackson out with a hamstring injury, Garcon will be the deep option for quarterback Kirk Cousins and, along with tight end Jordan Reed (11 targets in Week 1), his only real options in the passing game. And, while Cousins may be turnover prone, he does throw down field a lot (8.38 yards per attempt in 2014).
You can demote Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, who is still being started in 87 percent of leagues. He averaged an entire yard less per carry than Ronnie Hillman against the Ravens on Sunday. Anderson also rolled his ankle and will face a tough Chiefs defense in Kansas City on a short week, as the two teams play tonight.
* Fantasy numbers are given according to NFL.com's standard.