Week 2: Where’s Welker? Demise of Sanch-ise?
What I learned last week:
Don’t ever doubt Adrian Peterson when he says he’s ready to play.
I told you so:
I told you Maurice Jones-Drew wouldn’t be merely a third-down back. Nice try, Jacksonville coach, whoever you are, if anybody cares.
And, I’m not done: I told you to target the Cleveland offense if the defense the Browns are facing is available on the waiver wire. Keep doing it. Brandon Weeden might make Blaine Gabbert’s rookie season look Pro Bowl worthy.
Boy was I wrong about:
Toby Gerhart, but I did couch my recommendation of him with: If Adrian Peterson is limited or sidelined. Any owner worth a salt checks injury status Sunday morning, at which time Peterson was named the starter. If you didn’t adjust accordingly, disband your team now, and go back to your Dungeons & Dragons.
Dallas WR Kevin Ogletree, Jets WR Stephen Hill, Washington RB Alfred Morris and Jets QB Mark Sanchez are the hot waiver pickups this week. Who will continue to produce consistently?
• The best bet for consistency is Ogletree, if recent history means anything. Laurent Robinson consistently produced as the Cowboys’ No. 3 in the second half of last season even when Miles Austin returned from injury. Robinson took his talents to Jacksonville where he may never be heard from again. Instead, we’ll hear from Ogletree.
• Don’t drink the Mark Sanchez Kool-Aid just yet. Buffalo’s revamped defense ain’t so revamped. And it ain’t the Steelers in Pittsburgh.
• Hill will have more big days, but they will come with an equal amount of two-catch, 20-yard games. You ride the rollercoaster with him. Whee!
• Do you really trust Shanahan to stay with Morris? Really? One fumble, one ankle twist, and Roy Helu and Evan Royster might be the starting RB du jour. You can have Morris. Really!
Wes Welker caught three passes for just 14 yards in the Patriots win over Tennessee. Should you be concerned?
For crying out loud, Ben, take your finger off the panic button (Ben owns Welker). Welker has two or three of these games every year. He’ll be fine.
After Michael Vick’s awful Week 1 performance, do you take another chance on him Sunday at Baltimore?
For crying out loud, Ben, take your finger off the — actually, go ahead and panic (Ben owns Vick). He looked awful, and Baltimore isn’t exactly a team you get better against. But don’t bail on Vick. His first five weeks aren’t easy, but much softer defenses await midseason.
Peyton Manning had a good game against a tough Pittsburgh defense. Does he deliver more of the same Monday night against Atlanta?
You’ll get that and more, but he loses 45-42.
Which Week 1 stud will be a Week 2 dud?
I want to list Robert Griffin III because I don’t think Matt Stafford’s Week 1 struggle against the Rams was an accident. (Deep sigh) Instead, I’ll say Mark Sanchez and Stephen Hill and say: See above.
Which Week 1 dud will be a Week 2 stud?
Wes Welker. See above.