We’re through the first quarter of the NFL’s regular season and if your fantasy football record is 4-0 or 3-1, you’ve got a good shot at making the playoffs. If you’re 2-2, you’re still alive but will have to make some good calls the rest of the way. If you’re 1-3 or 0-4 then you might want to start working on some NBA mock drafts.
If you have a winning record then you probably had some great performances on Sunday, and there were plenty of them.
Julio Jones became the sixth receiver to have a 300-yard game in NFL history as he finished the day with 12 catches, 300 yards and a touchdown. If you have him on your team it was nearly impossible to lose this week, especially if you had him linked up with Matt Ryan.
Ryan had the biggest game of the week as a passer, throwing for 503 yards and four touchdowns.
Ben Roethlisberger was amazing as well. He had four touchdown passes by halftime and ended the game with 300 yards and five TDs.
Russell Wilson turned in his first good game of the season. He threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns, which was the first time he threw for at least 300 yards or more than one touchdown in a game this year. The reemergence of Jimmy Graham is helping as he had his second straight 100-yard game.
On the down side of quarterback play was Matthew Stafford. He had two interceptions and no touchdowns against the Bears. He’s been hit-or-miss this season.
Jameis Winston’s poor performance was a little more understandable since he faced the Broncos. A rushing touchdown saved him from having the worst week by a QB.
Ryan Fitzpatrick’s turnover nightmare continued as he threw three more picks to go along with the six he threw last week.
In addition to those busts, Cam Newton, Carson Palmer and Trevor Siemian all went down with injury. Newton and Palmer are in the concussion protocol while Siemian has an AC joint sprain, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.
Looking on the bright side, owners were happy to see the return of Le’Veon Bell, who’s suspension ended after Week 3. He had the most rushing yards (144) on Sunday, followed by Ezekiel Elliott who had another good week, rushing for 138 yards and a touchdown.
DeMarco Murray had the best week among running backs as he totaled 119 yards and scored twice. Not far behind him was Isaiah Crowell who continues to be a bright spot, along with Terrelle Pryor, on the Browns’ offense. Crowell had 112 yards and a touchdown.
Pryor had a good game (46 yards, TD), as did the Bears’ Jordan Howard and the Bucs’ Cameron Brate, all of which I suggested as waiver claims last week.
Latavius Murray, who was on my sit list, had a terrible game. Chris Ivory and Matt Forte were other starting backs that had bad weeks.
No other receiver came close to Jones’ game, but A.J. Green was great on Thursday night as he made 10 catches for 173 yards and scored. Michael Crabtree continues to impress as he had 88 yards to go along with three TDs.
Among Sunday’s receivers who should’ve done better were DeAndre Hopkins, Brandin Cooks, Alshon Jeffery and Julian Edelman.
At tight end Jordan Reed (73 yards, 2 TDs) and Greg Olsen (76 yards, TD) set the pace while Coby Fleener continued to frustrate owners after seemingly breaking out last week.
Players to claim on the waiver wire:
Brian Hoyer, Bears (302 yards, 2TDs)
Paxton Lynch, Broncos (170, TD)
Terrance West, Ravens (21 touches-119 yards, TD)
Bilal Powell, Jets (10-80)
James White, Patriots (9-62)
Dontrelle Inman, Chargers (7 catches-120 yards, TD)
Brian Quick, Rams (2-69, 2TDs)
Jeremy Kerley, 49ers (6-88, TD)
Brice Butler, Cowboys (5-41, TD)
Hunter Henry, Chargers (4-61, TD)