After Thursday all I have to say is, “Wow.” Peyton Manning put on a show for the ages as he carved up the Baltimore Ravens for 462 yards and a record tying seven touchdowns. It was as dominating a performance that you’ll ever see. Those facing #18 in their week 1 match up are probably hanging on by a thread and if he happened to be coupled with a receiver that wasn’t Eric Decker they’re probably hitting the drawing board t for next week.
Owners expecting the decline of Wes Welker were in for a rude awakening as he continues to be a PPR stud. Catching nine passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns. What can we we say about this guy other than he continues to be a huge threat out of the slot, finding ways to get open early and often. While it’s still early, if you’re one of the many wifi GMs who took a pass on Welker this time around it might not be too soon to start kicking yourself.
Damarius Thomas and Julius Thomas stole the show with their huge games. Expect the latter to be a huge waver pickup come week 2.
But enough of the stuff you already know. Let’s get to the picks.
1. The Colts, all of them
It’s a little tongue in cheek, and the Raiders defense probably won’t be as bad as people expect, but if there was ever a game to take T.Y. Hilton or Andrew Luck for a test drive this would be it. I’m a a little leary of the running back situation between Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard but one of them is bound to have a breakout game. I’d go with youth in this circumstance.
2. Golden Tate
In the absence of Percy Harvin, it seems Mr. Tate has been handed the #1 receiver title. Which is great news for owners. Even better news for those in return-yardage leagues is that he’ll be getting the first shot at returning punts this season. While the Panthers defense has some heavy hitters in their midst I have serious doubts about their ability to stop the read option threat the Seahawks present.
I expect Amendola to pick up right where Wes Welker left off. If anyone can make this guy into a superstar it’s Tom Brady. He’ll get an ample amount of targets and find the endzone at least once in this match-up, guaranteed. Bonafide PPR beast.
Well that’s all for our double edition of our Damn Good Plays for week 1. Please take the time to comment and share any thoughts and opinions you may have whether it be here, on Facebook, as well as Twitter! As always thank you for your readership and best of luck to all of you tomorrow afternoon!