Monday’s Reflections: Week 1

After sitting down and watching football literally all day on Sunday, it often leaves me with several reflections on the day’s events. In this piece, I will chronicle those reflections.

  1.  Keenan Allen- My heart breaks. Last season through the first 8 weeks Allen was ranked as the 5th best WR in the league. He had 67 receptions, trailing only Julio Jones, and 725 yards with 4 TDs. He was on pace for a monster season until he lacerated his kidney. How many lacerated kidneys have there been in the NFL? No idea, but can’t be many. Fast-forward to this season, people were extremely high on Keenan Allen. With good reason. Through a quarter and half on Sunday afternoon Allen had already amassed 6 receptions for 63 yards, and then the dreaded non-contact injury happened. He went down in visible pain, and reports state that it is a major knee injury, ACL likely, and he will be done for the season. I feel so bad for Keenan Allen. He is a player that has so much potential, Top 5 NFL potential, and he can catch everything but a break. Those of you that spent a top round draft pick on him (myself included), I’m sorry, but at times like this we have to realize the impact outside of fantasy football on a individuals life and career.
  2.  Oakland Raiders- What a ballsy call. In the Super Dome, down 1, throw a fade to Michael Crabtree! Jack Del Rio with the call of the day! First off, it was a great game Sunday between the New Orleans Saints and the Oakland Raiders. It was a high scoring, back and forth affair just like we all thought it would be. Drew Brees was phenomenal. I hope you pulled the double stack in your DFS leagues with Willie Snead and Brandon Cooks. Yet, at the end of the day, Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Jack Del Rio had the last laugh in New Orleans!
  3. A.J. Green- Many have talked about the empty targets left behind in the Cincinnati offense after the departure of Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones. Most agreed that Brandon Lafell and rookie Tyler Boyd would be the main beneficiaries of those vacated targets. I remember jokingly saying, “Is it possible for A.J. Green to take all those targets!” Well, yesterday, it sure looked like it! A.J. Green finished the day with 12 receptions, 180 yards, and a touchdown! It is very possible that Andy Dalton could continue force feed A.J. Green and make him the top WR in the NFL this season.
  4. Spencer Ware- Do the Chiefs really need Jamaal Charles that bad? Don’t get me wrong here, we all know how dynamic Charles can be in the open field, but Ware did one heck of a job in his place Sunday. He was one of the main factors in the Chiefs historic comeback victory over the San Diego Chargers. Alex Smith depended on Ware both on the ground and through the air. He totaled 70 rushing yards and a touchdown to go along with 7 receptions for 129 yards. If I was Andy Reid, I would tell Jamaal Charles to take his time on his recovery.
  5. Carson Wentz- He is still a rookie, but I was really impressed with the play of Carson Wentz. I can’t imagine Sam Bradford dropping in a couple of those dimes that Wentz pulled off to Jordan Matthews and Nelson Agholor. It may be too early for Wentz to help you in your fantasy season, but I would definitely keep him on speed dial as the season progresses. He looks to have all the tools at QB to be a great one.

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