The 2011 week 1 fantasy football rankings were determined by what the fantasy football Week 1 players did. The Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton set a record for a rookie’s first game with 422 yards passing in Carolina’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals. Newton had two passing touchdowns, one rushing TD and one interception. If you had drafted Newton, his numbers could have already affected the fantasy football week 1 rankings. Having a great Week 1 is a good way to get started with the season, and see how the players you drafted are doing in their first time on the gridiron in the 2011 regular season.
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New England Patriots’ star quarterback Tom Brady threw for a team-record 517 yards with four TDs in the Patriots’ win over Miami, making a sweet week not just for Patriots fans, but for improving his week 1 fantasy football rankings. The Miami Dolphins’ Chad Henne threw for 416 yards. The 906 net passing yards for both teams set a National Football League record.
Not surprising, in fantasy football week 1, receivers in this game did well. New England’s Wes Welker had eight receptions for 160 yards and two TDs, while Miami’s Brandon Marshall had seven catches for 139 yards, helping his week 1 fantasy football rankings.
Week 1 fantasy football rankings for those who had Carolina’s Steve Smith were happy this week, as he enjoyed his first game with Newton, leading all receivers with 178 yards on eight catches, along with two TDs. Those fantasy football teams that had both of those players were doubly happy with their fantasy football week 1 rankings.
Filling in for the injured Peyton Manning, Kerry Collins was just 16 for 31 with 197 yards and one TD as the Indianapolis Colts put up just one touchdown in the 34-7 loss to Houston. Without Manning, Colt fantasy options could be in for a rough year. Anybody who played Collins saw their week 1 fantasy football rankings negatively affected. If you have drafted Collins, it’s time to find somebody else.
Fantasy football Week 1 rankings were affected by Oakland Raiders’ star Darren McFadden, who led all rushers with 150 yards, increasing Week 1 fantasy football rankings. Other top rushing performances were the Philadelphia Eagles’ LeSean McCoy with 122 yards and one rushing TD (McCoy also had a TD catch) and the Cincinnati Bengals’ Cedric Benson, who had 121 yards and one TD.
In fantasy football Week 1, Houston Texans kicker Ben Tate, filling in for the injured Arian Foster, ran for 116 yards with one TD. San Diego Chargers kicker Nate Kaeding tore the ACL in his left knee while trying to make a tackle on the opening kickoff against the Minnesota Vikings, and he is out for the year.
Anyhow, if you didn’t do well in Week 1, don’t worry. Next week is a new week, with new opportunities to score points.