1. Jermaine Gresham
Dont get me wrong here, Andy Dalton still sucks, and I am pretty sure that whether it is him or Gradkowski under center, neither of them know how to throw the ball farther than 20 yards. Dalton tried throwing a bomb down the sideline in week 1 and Marvin Lewis had to put his physician on speed dial because his blood pressure went through the roof. Gresham had 8 targets in week 1 and a TD catch from a goal line package. He is slowly working his way up the TE food chain, mainly because his 10 yard routes are the only routes that Gradkowski or Dalton know how to throw. Since he is a red zone target, and the fact that the Bengals will probably be behind all game makes Gresham a top 5 TE this week.
2. Willis McGahee
Even typing his name makes me reflect on the amount of sleep I lost from watching his knee explode like a volcano in the Fiesta Bowl. I was really high on Knowshon Moreno this year, but after he fumbled last week, McGahee took the reins and looked much more suitable to carry the ground load. With Moreno banged up, his run as the starting RB in Denver might be coming to an end if McGahee can perform well this weekend. He is definitely the preferred back when it comes to the goal line carries considering he has the size advantage over Knowshon. Look for McGahee to be a top 10 RB this week if Moreno can’t go, and even if he does play, McGahee is still a decent option for a flex play this week. I posted the aforementioned video for your viewing pleasure:
3. Aaron Hernandez/Rob Gronkowski
Considering Tom Brady takes advantage of defenses like I take advantage of drunk females at the bar, both TE’s are borderline elite plays from here on out. Brady throwing for 511 yards didn’t even seem like a fluke, some of his precision passes that only a few people in the world can make were so nonchalant. Defenses have been trying to zone in on Welker, Branch, and Ochocinco when he stops tweeting and decides to actually play football, which leaves a ton of room for both TE’s to have prime enough stats to start on a weekly basis. I never thought I would see the day where in a 10 team league the same team has dual tight ends that can both start every week, but that day has come. New England also had the most 2 TE sets of any team last week.
4. Matthew Stafford
The Lions are for real, and believe me I have waited years to be able to say that. 305 yards and 3 TD’s last week is a sign of the future. Not to mention that this week the Lions are playing the Chiefs, a defense that gave up 4 passing touchdowns to Ryan Fitzpatrick of all people. The lions offense is much more dynamic than that of the bills and Stafford will be a top 5 QB this week. Calvin Johnson is just ridiculous, Pettigrew gives him a healthy option up the middle, and Jahvid Best is finally turning into a solid option as a check down back. If Stafford stays healthy, don’t be surprised if he ends the year as a top 10 QB for an underrated Lions offense.
5. Plaxico Burress
Plaxxxxxxx is back. He was shut out in the first half in week 1, but once Sanchez started looking his way he looked like the elite receiver he used to be. I don’t know what is in the jails that is making elite NFL players, but I feel like people are going to start getting arrested on purpose so that when they get out they will dominate. I would say that Burress is a solid number 2 WR this week, even though ESPN only has him projected at 14 points. He is going up against Jacksonville and there is not a single name on that defense that makes me worry about Burress not getting his targets. If you have him, start him.