The early games have been played today and we were treated to some big surprises. The Patriots lost after being 13-point favorites against the Cardinals! Moreover, the Giants came back against the Buccaneers in a great fourth-quarter shootout chock full of big plays.
Some guys really had great games and may have broken into our fantasy radar. Here are some of the more impressive performers from the early games:
Andre Brown, RB, Giants: Brown toted the rock for 71 rushing yards on 13 carries and caught another two passes for 19 yards. His 90 total yards and game-winning touchdown helped the Giants defeat the Bucs 41-34. He represents a good change-of-pace back in lieu of Ahmad Bradshaw; look for him to get more carries as the season progresses.
C.J. Spiller, RB, Bills: As the Bills crushed Kansas City 35-17, Spiller had 170 total yards (123 rushing and 47 receiving) and two touchdowns. Due to normal starter Fred Jackson’s injury, Spiller has received the main workload for Buffalo’s running game, and he has delivered. A long touchdown run marked his season debut against the Jets last week as well. This guy seems like the real deal.
Trent Richardson, RB, Browns: The first-round draft pick broke out today, chalking up 109 rushing yards and 36 receiving yards in addition to scoring two touchdowns. With one TD on the ground and one in the air, Richardson seems to be Cleveland’s bright spot on offense as the multi-dimensional back of the future.
Brent Celek, TE, Eagles: Although he didn’t score a touchdown, Celek hauled in 8 catches for a whopping 157 yards. Which is ridiculous for a tight end, really. He is a reliable tight end who provides a great complement to the Eagles’ receiving duo of DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin.
Danny Amendola, WR, Rams: This game isn’t over yet, but Amendola had 12 catches for 133 yardsand a touchdown in the FIRST HALF. Amendola is Sam Bradford’s favorite target but injuries kept him out of significant action last season. You can still buy relatively low for this guy.