What an exciting Sunday! Hopefully, your fantasy team(s) performed well and got you off to a good start to the 2012 season. If not, Pick Six has you covered with some hot names to consider acquiring this week to help bounce back in Week 2.
1. Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL
The fantasy football season kicked off Wednesday night, and if you didn’t notice, Kevin Ogletree posted a monster eight-catch, 114-yard, two-touchdown stat line on 11 targets in Dallas’s win against the defending world champion Giants. Last year, Laurent Robinson provided a tremendous spark for fantasy owners as the Cowboy’s third wideout, and I think Kevin Ogletree might be able to fill that void seamlessly. Tony Romo has a gift for finding the open man and delivering him the football, and when you take into consideration that defenses have to account for Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten, Kevin Ogletree just might be that open man more often than not.
2. Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
I simply can’t believe I am endorsing a running back coached by Mike Shanahan, but when you compile a 28-carry workload in Week 1 it kind of grabs your attention. “Alf” was an absolute workhorse for the Redskins, racking up 96 yards and two touchdowns on the day, leading the stable of Shanahan backs by a mile. We have seen this situation arise on multiple occasions, so I would not count on this type of work on a long-term basis, but with a good match-up in Week 2 against the St. Louis Rams, Alf is certainly worth the add if you need help at the running back position.
3. Coby Fleener, TE, IND
I thought Andrew Luck might have a little bit of chemistry with his former Stanford teammate during the season, but I did not think he would look his way so often this fast. Fleener was targeted an astounding 10 times in the Week 1 matchup against Chicago, resulting in six catches for 82 yards. If this is a sign of things to come, I would advise you to snatch up Coby Fleener while you still can if you’re looking for a high-upside tight end option.
4. Stephen Hill, WR, NYJ
This physical specimen of a wideout shined in his NFL debut, pulling down five receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns. The New York Jets are a team that doesn’t have a clear cut No. 1 option at receiver, so when you take into consideration the lack of weapons at the Jets disposal, Hill could make for a sneaky addition if your looking for a sleeper with upside.
5. Randall Cobb, WR, GB
Cobb joins the list of explosive weapons in Aaron Rodgers’s arsenal. The second-year pro has elite speed and flashed his home-run potential in Week 1 against San Francisco after he hauled in all nine of his targets for 77 yards and exploded down the field, returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. His role in this elite passing attack is something to monitor, as his skill can’t be denied, so Cobb could be an add that pays off down the stretch.
6. Cleveland Browns D/ST
When you look at your roster and the Browns are the opposing matchup, you usually lick your chops and like your chances. But on Sunday, Cleveland held its own against a potent Philadelphia offense. The Browns harassed speedy quarterback Michael Vick consistently, logging two sacks and four interceptions, one of which was returned for a touchdown. Joe Haden is one of the best corners in the NFL (though the league did just hand down a suspension for the talented defender), and when you look at Joshua Cribbs’s resume as a return specialist, it certainly adds intrigue to the unit as a whole. I wouldn’t consider them a weekly start, but if your searching for a matchup play or reserve defense with upside, the Browns are definitely worth a look.
Honorable mentions: Alex Smith QB, SF; Alshon Jeffery WR, CHI; Aldrick Robinson WR, WAS; Tampa Bay D/ST.
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