Hello all.  I’m a new contributor to Guys Nation, and I will take time to do a proper introduction in the very near future, but now is the time for some useful fantasy football information.

Week 1 of the 2010 NFL Season is in the books, and here are my key recommendations moving forward:

  • Arian Foster is in for a very good season.  I was skeptical about Foster’s prospects at the start of training camp since he was really the only RB left after Steve Slaton fumbled away the starting gig last year, but I believe now.  For one, Houston’s offensive line looks reborn – they moved the defensive line of the Colts off the ball repeatedly, opening huge gaping holes for Foster to run through.  Secondly, this is Foster’s chance.  He knows it and looks prepared to take advantage of the opportunity to be a lead back.  Finally and most importantly, Foster has an elite QB, WR and passing game that will keep safeties out of the box and allow for him to run wild all season.  If you have Foster, he’s a must-play going forward as a fringe #1 rb in a 12-team league and a stud #2 RB.  You play him over Mendenhall, Shonn Greene, Javhid Best, etc.  That said, if you can find a sucker to trade you a top tier WR or RB for him, you do it in a heartbeat.  Not saying sell-high at all, but everyone has value, and if you can get AP, Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson or Randy Moss you must pull the trigger.
  • Use your waiver claim on Brandon Jackson!  With Ryan Grant out next week vs. Buffalo at a minimum, Jackson could be this year’s Jamaal Charles/Miles Austin.  He plays for arguably the best offense in the NFL with an above average offensive line and a team that loves to run screens.  Jackson should be gold next week vs. the Bills, and I think he has the potential to carry that momentum forward as Grant’s ankle injury lingers throughout the season.
  • Calvin Johnson owners, I’m sorry; you should have at least another 6 pts this week.  Not going to go into the rule, but I will say that Megatron will be fine going forward even with Shaun Hill at QB.  Johnson is just a physical freak and will deliver plenty of double-digit fantasy weeks.
  • Ray Rice owners – no reason to worry.  The Jets defense is just that good.  McGahee may keep getting goaline carries for the time being, but he fumbles enough that he will lose that role soon.
  • Now Shonn Greene owners, you need to worry.  LT looks much better than his last days in San Diego, and Greene keeps fumbling.  Rex Ryan won’t burry the kid permanently, but the Jets have Super Bowl aspirations, so the leash isn’t as long as you’d like.
  • Miles Austin proved he was no fluke.  10 catches for 146 yards and a score.  STUD.  Romo looked okay too, and they just need RT Alex Barron to stop holding/choking guys out every other play.  While I think you will see them get back to the running game next week (only 8 carries a piece for both Felix Jones and Marion Barber), the Cowboys will provide most of their scoring through the aerial attack.  Stay invested in Austin, Witten and rookie Dez Bryant.
  • I don’t own Wes Welker in any of my leagues, but boy I wish I did.  The little guy from Texas Tech never ceases to amaze.  8 catches and 2 TDs in his first game back from a torn ACL just , he is PPR gold and still a WR #2 status in standard leagues.
  • Hakeem Nicks looked pretty good and can quietly become a top 15 WR.  Eli has the arm to get him the ball, and the NYG defense looks like it may force the G-Men to throw a lot again this season.

Lightning Round:

  • Peyton Manning and the Colts are machines.  They lost by double digits and still put up video game numbers.  The demise of Reggie Wayne is a bit overblown, and I still like Pierre Garcon more than Collie – Peyton just went to the BYU standout because of the match-up this week.
  • Matt Forte still can’t run between the tackles, but he is a PPR stud in a Mike Martz offense.
  • CJ Spiller concerns me.  The Bills are horrible again and Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch still figure to play roles in the offense.
  • Thanks Mike Sims-Walker for not catching 1 ball…
  • Mike Williams caught 4 balls for 64 yards on the West Coast as well as 5 catches for 30 yards and a TD in Florida!  Obviously talking about 2 different Mike Williams here, but both are worth owning since they are the #1 WRs for their teams (Seattle and Tampa Bay, respectively).
  • Jabar Gaffney will be a 1000 yard receive in Denver this year.  I’m not a fan of Kyle Orton, but they have to throw the ball, and who else is there?  Eddie Royal?
  • San Francisco, Michael Crabtree, Frank Gore, Vernon Davis – ugh!  Just ugly.  But I have confidence that all 2 of these guys will be amongst the top at their positions.  Stay patient folks.   It’s only Week 1!

Feel free to chime in with your thoughts, observations or lineup questions for Week 2, and I’ll try to chirp back as quickly as possible.