Before I go to the waiver wire report I want to talk about one player and he had an explosive week one. Actually he had one very explosive opening play and after that had only 15 yrds rushing yards with 17 attempts.
Adrian Peterson was the consensus number one pick in this season’s fantasy football draft but only paid off on one play in the rushing category. Peterson’s seventy eight yard opening play for a touchdown was impressive but that had the Lions lining up eight men in the box the entire rest of the game. That Lions defensive move neutralized Peterson and helped clinch a victory as the Vikings were forced to rely on quarterback Christian Ponder.
Ponder is clearly not qualified to be a backup on most NFL teams much less a NFL starter but the Vikings are still convinced he has the skill set to not lose a game. Sunday was another example of how awful Ponder really is and why he can lose a game as the Lions secondary is capable but not threatening.
If you have Peterson you can sell him as much as three starters that will pay off huge dividends by the end of the season. If you can trade him straight up for another player such as a runningback, receiver, or quarterback make certain you are getting the maximum value.
Just remember one thing the Lions gave other teams the blue print (especially 7 games in the NFC North) to beat the Vikings; simply shutdown Peterson and let Ponder make his mistakes.
Peterson will now not be coming anywhere near his 2012 numbers but he is great trade bait in week one.
WAIVERS-Who to Add in Week 2
Add Fred Jackson runningback Buffalo Bills - Is Buffalo running a two headed monster? Absolutely and Jackson led the pair in first down conversions which sustained the drive against the Patriots. Jackson had 13 carries with an average of 5.2 yards per a carry and this isn’t bad for the thirty two year old. Jackson had limited action in the preseason but clearly hasn’t lost a step and will continue to contest Spiller for carries.
Add Jackie Battle runningback Tennessee Titans - While Battle is a rollercoaster player who has ups and downs it appears that the Titans may utilize the running game and call on Battle for more endzone carries. While Battle isn’t going to impact your PPR league he can be a useful bench player in TD heavy leagues. Remember it isn’t what his numbers are in the past what matters is the Titans are going to commit to the run and Battle will be called to spell Johnson.
Add Julian Edelman wide-receiver New England Patriots - If you catch the ball Tom Brady will come back to you. That simple. This is the beginning of what could be an awesome year for a guy who has been buried on an NFL depth chart for years. Edelman was the drafted 232 in the 2009 NFL Draft and the scouts were very impressed with his speed and athletic ability. Now Edelman has his shot to breakout. Take him quickly.
Add Brent Celek tight-end Philadelphia Eagles - By the look of it Chip Kelly’s fast tempo offense that has a lot of spread option play calling which is perfect for Celek. While not receiving more than three targets Celek is still the stand alone tight-end in this offense. While others are grabbing Julius Thomas from Denver just ask one question, did Julius peak and will his production be steady? I have more confidence in Celek’s production being more consistent.
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