At long last we are into the new NFL season.
Week one was not ordinary week, with injuries galore (due in large part to a shortened training camp), some unexpected big weeks from players (i.e. Cam Newton,Chad Henne) and disappointing weeks from others (i.e. Dwayne Bowe, Pittsburgh D/ST).
So let's jump right in to this week's ups and downs.
↑ Devery Henderson, WR, New Orleans Saints
While Henderson did have an unexpected big week against the Packers last Thursday, including six catches for 100 yards and a touchdown, that is not the main reason his stock has risen for me. The Saints receiving corps is quite depleted with Lance Moore injury and last week's loss of Marques Colston for the next month. So suddenly Henderson becomes possibly the second most attractive target in the receiving corps behind just Robert Meachem in an offense with Drew Brees and a coach in Sean Payton who loves to throw the rock. If he's available in your league, pick him up. I don't know if I would start him this week against a potent Chicago defense, but stash him away on your bench because there will be favorable matchups in the future.
↑ Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
Benson had a very impressive performance in the first week against Cleveland, carrying the ball 25 times for 121 yards and a touchdown. Benson had somewhat of a letdown last year after a big 2009 breakout season. But with a rookie quarterback, Cincinnati has put their eggs into the Benson basket and looks set to run the ball this season. As long as Benson's body can take the beating, look for Benson to put up some very productive numbers this season.
↓ Autin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts
Until Peyton Manning returns from injury I might as well just throw the entire Colts offense here after Sunday's performance against Houston, other than Reggie Wayne, who actually put up decent numbers. Collie was healthy and on the field last week but you wouldn't know it from his goose egg stat line. With Kerry Collins at the helm, Collie won't get the ball too much at all. And until Manning is back I wouldn't let Collie near my starting lineup, possibly even my bench. There are better options out there.
↓ Sam Bradford, QB, St. Louis Rams
I really like this guy and think he will be a star someday, but for the time being I would keep him away from my lineup. Not only did he get banged up Sunday (bruised finger, throwing hand) but so did the rest of his team. Starting running back Steven Jackson suffered a strained quad Sunday and is likely out for week two. And that is one of those nagging injuries that can stick with a player for some time. Plus, Bradford's favorite target Danny Amendola went down this week with a dislocated elbow and could miss substantial time due to that injury. Furthermore, the defense was also hit with injuries, with starting cornerbacks Ronald Bartell and Bradley Fletcher going down. With this whole team being depleted right now, I would advise to stay away from Bradford and the rest.