Studs and Duds: Peterson flops Week 1

Luke Garza

Sports Blogger

@LukeAGarza

The first week of fantasy football is over, leaving you either happy or sad about your team’s first performance of the season. Some players who were selected early in drafts disappointed their owners in Week 1. Others who were selected late, or not at all, shined. Here is a list of three players that flourished and three that flopped.

*All average draft positions are from ESPN*

 Studs

Spencer Ware, running back, Kansas City Chiefs

Ware, the 37th running back taken in drafts this offseason, finished second in fantasy points among running backs in Week 1. Ware shined in Jamaal Charles’ absence, amassing 199 yards on 18 touches. Last season he averaged over 16 fantasy points per game in which he carried the ball at least 10 times. If Charles is out of the Chiefs’ lineup, Ware should be in yours.

Theo Riddick, running back, Detroit Lions

The ‘Human Joystick’ put up Madden numbers in Week 1. After going undrafted in most leagues, Riddick proved why he should be owned in 100 percent of leagues moving forward. Ameer Abdullah got his fair share of touches, but that didn’t stop Riddick from tacking 22 fantasy points on the board. He scored a rushing and receiving touchdown on his way to 108 yards against the Colts defense. He’s not worthy of a start every week, but he’s certainly worth a stash on your bench in case his success continues.

Brandin Cooks, wide receiver, New Orleans Saints

Cooks began the third year of his career with a bang, scoring 27 fantasy points to lead all receivers in Week 1. Of course, 15 of those points came on a 98-yard touchdown, but let’s not underplay how well Cooks performed. He recorded over 150 yards while touching the ball a mere seven times. The Saints have a terrible defense, meaning quarterback Drew Brees will have to throw a lot. Look for Cooks to continue his impressive performances.

Duds

Adrian Peterson, running back, Minnesota Vikings

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson struggled Week 1. (Michael Eyob, Flickr)

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson struggled Week 1.
(Michael Eyob, Flickr)

Peterson is arguably the best running back in the NFL, but he didn’t perform like it against the Titans. Peterson carried the ball 19 times but failed to run the ball effectively, totaling 31 yards. Credit the Titans’ stout run defense and don’t worry about Peterson. He’s still one of the best running back options in the league and should play like it in the following weeks.

Dez Bryant, wide receiver, Dallas Cowboys

Bryant had a spectacular 2014 season as he led the NFL with 16 receiving touchdowns. His production instantly decreased, however, when quarterback Tony Romo sat out with an injury. Sunday’s game against the Giants exemplified Bryant’s struggles without his quarterback. Bryant saw only five passes thrown his way. One of which was caught for an 8-yard gain, another would’ve been a touchdown if he maintained control of the ball as he fell to the ground. Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott completed simple passes throughout the game, mostly to slot receiver Cole Beasley and tight end Jason Witten. Bryant is an elite talent but is hard to trust in your fantasy lineup with Romo out.

Russell Wilson, quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

Wilson was pegged as a top-flight fantasy option for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Unfortunately for those who started him, Wilson posted his lowest fantasy total since Week 7 of last season. The Dolphins’ defense was stellar over the course of the game. The Seahawks didn’t score their first touchdown until the final minute. Wilson and the Seahawks have had disappointing offensive performances in the past but don’t expect it to happen often.

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