NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Week one, as always in fantasy football, came with its ups and downs and a fair share of surprises. That includes teams league-wide and locally with the Saints.
RB C.J. Spiller:
For starters, I hope you didn't start C.J. Spiller, because the Saints certainly didn't. He was inactive in week one for what Coach Payton calls a numbers game. But that was only the start of a wild week for the black and gold. The Saints released Spiller on Tuesday afternoon. If you're in a 12-team league and can afford the spare spot for now, consider keeping Spiller. He's healthy and could be picked up by a team who needs him a lot more than the Saints did.
TE Coby Fleener:
Don't hang your head too much at Fleener's performance of one reception for just six yards. Remember that Ben Watson started slow last year as well, and we know how great of a tight end pick up he turned out to be. He'll be a big part of the game plan sooner than later. Willie Snead just happened to have the hot hand yesterday. If it's any consolation, Fleener was the first one to celebrate with Brandin Cooks in the endzone after his 98-yard touchdown. So at least we know he's got speed.
WR Willie Snead:
The Saints' third preseason outing against the Steelers showed us all we needed to see. Shame on any of us that didn't start him week one. Willie Snead caught all nine targets from Drew Brees on Sunday and put up a career-high 172 yards with a touchdown. He won't do that every week, but that's not a a half-bad start at all. Nine for nine on targets speaks volumes on the trust Drew Brees has and will continue to have in Snead.
Eye-openers across the league...
As for the rest of the league, Kansas City running back Spencer Ware certainly opened some eyes with seven catches for 129 yards to go with 70 yards on the ground and a touchdown. If you didn't start Ware, I'm not sure what you were waiting on. Jamaal Charles will return soon, and Ware's value shrinks. That being said, Jamaal Charles owners, congratulations. Alex Smith's affinity for the check down route could put you in the money in your PPR league.
And how about Jameis Winston? The Bucs' second year quarterback came out guns blazing with four touchdowns, one shy of tying a career-high of five that he set last season against Philadelphia. He torched the Falcons' secondary like they were the.... I won't go there, but I will say this. There are two teams in the NFC South that I would definitely start quarterbacks against if you're ever in a pinch with your go-to guy, or you're looking for a sure-fire touchdown or two.