Justin Forsett, RB, Ravens- Week 1 Stats: 11 car, 70 rush yds, 1 rush TD, 5 rec, 14 rec yds
It looks like journeyman back Justin Forsett has found himself a comfy new home. The seven year NFL vet racked up 84 total yards and a score Sunday in the Ravens 23-16 loss to the Bengals. Forsett got the green light after interim starter Bernard Pierce fumbled away his chance at fantasy glory. The former seventh round pick is expected to get the start Thursday against the Steelers, and possibly longer, in the wake of Baltimore’s decision to part ways once and for all with Ray Rice. Rice was originally only slated to be suspended two games this year following a domestic abuse incident with his then-fiancé in an Atlantic City casino. But after video emerged of the brutal attack itself, it became clear that he could never step on the field in purple and black again.
Forsett has flex upside, but will have Pierce and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro breathing down his neck, waiting for him to slip up.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers- Week 1 Stats: 23 of 34 for 365, 1 pass TD, 1 INT
Unless this is your first year playing, chances are you’ve added and dropped Big Ben from your fantasy team no fewer than a dozen times over the course of his 10+ year career. He’s always been the steady, not sexy, pick. The guy you know you can plug in on a bye week or when injuries strike. But this year feels different. Roethlisberger started out his contract year campaign on the right foot Sunday, torching the division-rival Browns for 367 yards in the Steelers 30-27 victory. He’s got an slew of weapons to throw to including last year’s #6 fantasy receiver Antonio Brown (5 rec for 116 yds and a TD on Sunday), second year speedster Markus Wheaton (6 rec for 97 yds), bruising back Le’Veon Bell (197 all-purpose yards and a score) and the always reliable Heath Miller at tight end. There’s a good chance he may already be rostered in your league, but if he’s still sitting there than Romo, RG3 and Brady owners should definitely be putting in their insurance waiver claim come Tuesday.
Terence West, RB, Browns- Week 1 Stats: 16 car, 100 rush yds
The third round pick out of Towson University cracked the century mark in his NFL debut Sunday, filling in nicely for first string running back Ben Tate, who (predictably) went down with knee injury early on in the team’s loss to the Steelers. Teammate Isiah Crowell made the most of his five carries, finding the end zone twice, but it was West who saw the majority of the post-Tate workload. He remains in line to get the start in week 2 should Tate miss any time. Knowing his injury history, that seems like a safe bet to make.
Allen Hurns, WR, Jaguars- Week 1 Stats: 4 rec, 110 rec yds, 2 rec TDs
The undrafted rookie from The U got the start for the Jaguars this week, after Cecil Shorts’ dental floss-thin hamstrings sored up heading into the weekend. The 6’3 receiver caught four balls for 110 yards and two touchdowns, putting Jacksonville up big early, and putting everyone’s Survivor Pool on red alert. Ultimately, the Eagles soared back to win it, scoring 34 unanswered points in the process. But Hurns left his mark on his coaches and fantasy owners across the country in the process. He’ll undoubtedly be the most universally sought after waiver wire add this week, and though there’s no guarantee he will repeat his week 1 numbers anytime soon, the potential is there. But I’d like to see it one time before entrusting him with a WR3 or Flex start.
Malcom Floyd, WR, Chargers- Week 1 Stats: 4 rec, 50 rec yds, 1 rec TD
M-80 went off Monday night in Arizona, catching four passes for fifty yards and a touchdown in San Diego’s heartbreaking 18-17 loss to the Cardinals. It was clear that Rivers’ trusted Floyd from the get-go, targeting him early and often, connecting on a handful of drive-extending plays. This was Floyd’s first game back from a broken neck, but his fearless play makes him a passable WR3 heading into a brutal week 2 battle versus Seattle.
Dwayne Allen, TE, Colts- Week 1 Stats: 4 rec, 64 rec yds, 1 rec TD
Despite seeing two less targets than teammate Coby Fleener, Allen was the most productive Colts tight end in their week 1 loss to the Broncos. The third year man out of Clemson caught four passes for 64 yards and a touchdown, but most importantly didn’t seem at all bothered by a hip injury that cost him the 2013 season after just 32 snaps. Allen has big time upside as the potential #3 target in Indy’s high powered offense and is a high end TE2 fantasy play. Perfect insurance for owners of injury risk guys like Gronk and Gates, or unproven up-and-comers like Travis Kelce and Ladarius Green.
Josh Gordon, WR, Browns- Did Not Play Week 1 (suspended)
Are you sick of the Josh Gordon “Will He Or Won’t He Play?” carousel? Well, that makes two of us. However, the ride is picking up steam again after word got out that the NFL and NFL Players Association are working to negotiate a new drug policy. If an agreement is reached, current drug related suspensions could possibly be reversed. Josh Gordon and Wes Welker have the most to gain from this revelation, and you’ve got nothing to lose by stashing last year’s #1 fantasy wide out at the end of your bench until this legal matter is straightened out.