Terrelle Pryor, QB, Raiders — 19-29, 217 pass yds, 1 pass TD, 2 INT, 112 rush yds
Pryor’s best Mike Vick imitation wasn’t enough to beat Indianapolis, but it was enough to turn some heads in the fantasy world. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 217 yards, and his 112 rushing yards set the Raiders record for most ever by an Oakland QB. With a favorable matchup thisweek against the pathetic Jaguars, it might be time to hop on the Pryor fantasy train before it leaves the station.
Julius Thomas, TE, Broncos — 5 rec, 110 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
Thomas played an integral part in Peyton Manning’s historic opening night performance, catching five balls for 110 yards, as well as the first two touchdowns of his career. Sure, the addition of Wes Welker means there’s a few less balls to go around in the Broncos potent offense. But the third year player out of Portland State has solidified his starting spot in the lineup and fantasy owners should follow suit.
Joique Bell, RB, Lions — 6 car, 25 rush yds, 2 rush TDs, 67 rec yds
Bell was the beneficiary of a few goal line opportunities in Detroit’s 34-24 win over the division rival Vikings. The undrafted back finished up the afternoon with 25 rushing yards and two touchdowns to go along with five catches for 67 yards. Afterwards, Bell paid homage to teammate Reggie Bush, the man responsible for putting the team in those aforementioned goal line opportunities, saying, “I’d like to throw out a big shout-out to the big homie for donation to the Joique Bell Touchdown Foundation.” Bush dislocated his thumb and pulled his groin in the contest. If either of those injuries flare up again Bell could wind up being a waiver wire steal.
Brian Hartline, WR, Dolphins — 9 rec, 114 rec yds, 1 red TD
Mike Wallace who? It was Hartline, not the high priced free agent, who lead the Fins in both receiving targets and yards in Miami’s 23-10 win over the Cleveland Browns. A lot of that may have had something to do with Joe Haden’s constant blanketing of Wallace, but there’s no denying Hartline’s repertoire with second year QB Ryan Tannehill. There’s also no reason to believe that Hartline can’t make for a serviceable WR3 or flex option for fantasy owners moving forward.
Andre Roberts, WR, Cardinals — 8 rec, 97 rec yds
It was Roberts, not Michael Flloyd, who saw the lion’s share of non-Larry Fitzgerald targets in the Cards’ 27-24 loss to St. Louis. Bruce Arians’ high octane passing offense saw Palmer throw the ball 40 times, with Roberts hauling in 8 of the 9 balls that came his way. There is plenty of potential for garbage time stat-padding this year in the desert, and look for Roberts to have a break out season.