Well, the NFL season is now five weeks old, and there sure have been some interesting things happen so
far. Several rookies came into the NFL this year with a chance to make an immediate
impact. Several veterans were coming off serious injury and had something to
prove. A few stars even changed teams in the offseason. Now, let's take a look back at the "first quarter" of the NFL season from a fantasy standpoint.
Donovan McNabb is right now the leading candidate for fantasy
MVP. He is having a career year, coming off a poor season and an injury, plus losing his best
receiver. He's shrugged it all off and has carried the Eagles and many fantasy teams to the top of the
standings. Right on his heels is Peyton Manning, no surprise there. He has the Colts undefeated and is atop the stat
too. Carson Palmer, fresh off his bye week, looks to turn the corner and hopefully cut down his interceptions and get back in the
groove. Rex Grossman is also having a fine start to his season and has the Bears
5-0. Look out '72 Dolphins.
Can you tell me, without cheating, who leads the NFL in rushing
yardage? If you said Frank Gore, nice
call. I loved this guy from day one, even if he is a University of Miami
grad. If he stays healthy, look for Gore to have a break out
season. Stephen Jackson is taking advantage of no Marshall Faulk and less passing and is having a fine start of the
year. Reggie who? Deuce McAllister is running just fine in the Big Easy, his knee showing no ill
effects. Julius Jones is also having a nice beginning to 2006. Rudi Johnson has four scores already and has had his bye week to
boot. Look for him to top the rushing chart by season's end.
What can you say about Marvin Harrison that hasn't already been said? The guy is just
great. It helps to have Peyton Manning as your QB, but the guys just keeps doing it year in and year
out. Laveranues Coles is happy to have Chad Pennington back for the Jets. He's
second overall in receiving
yardage. Andre Johnson sure has loved having Eric Moulds line up on
the opposite side of the field in
Houston. Who is Bernard Berrian? Only Rex Grossman's deep threat. If he's still on your leagues
waiver wire, quit reading this article now and go get
him. Greg Jennings is the best rookie wideout so far this year, giving Brett Favre a nice new target.
So, with the season five weeks old, there have been a few surprises, both good and bad. One thing I have been impressed with are some team defenses, most noteably Chicago, Denver, Baltimore, and New Orleans. How's your team looking? Hopefully, better than mine! Anyways, we'll see you in four weeks for the next installment, the "Second Quarter" of the season.
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