Week 1 Recap: The Unicorn and the Ogletree
September 6, 2012 | Jeff
The 2012 fantasy season is officially underway, so now we can spend the next three days hitting refresh on our matchup box scores in hopes that Hakeem Nicks disappears. An entertaining second half gave us some solid fantasy highlights and two names that will provide electricity to waiver wires.
DeMarco Murray: After a slow start to the game, Murray slammed on the gas pedal after halftime and smashed his way to 131 yards on 20 carries. Murray was running over everyone in his path, and looked downright beastly. Felix Jones was not involved, which is his favorite role. Big things on the horizon for Murray.
Kevin Ogletree: Well, the season isn’t even a full day old and we have our first waiver wire darling. Ogletree stepped up in a huge way against the G-Men, hauling in 8 of 11 targets for 114 yards and not one, but two touchdowns. With Romo tossing the rock like he was Wednesday night, the Cowboy passing game can support multiple fantasy starters, so Ogletree will be worth a pickup. The health of Austin is always in question, and with Witten still rounding into form, there should be opportunity for Ogletree to remain relevant.
Martellus Bennett: The self proclaimed “Black Unicorn” looked just as majestic as his name, as he caught 4 passes for 40 yards and a touchdown (that maaaaaaay have been a push off). For those of you who waited on tight end in your drafts, Bennett wouldn’t be a bad player to add for some upside depth. He might not turn into Gronk, but fantasy rosters are littered with MUCH worse backup tight ends right now. Worth a shot.
Victor Cruz/Hakeem Nicks: 10 catches for 96 yards for the NYG duo combined. Not the way they, or their fantasy owners, wanted to kick off the 2012 season. Cruz had some drop issues, and Nicks wasn’t incredibly involved. Both will be fine as Eli gets rolling, but a disappointing start.
Tony Romo: Romo looked great in his 2012 debut, cracking 300 yards and finishing up with three touchdown passes. Romo has a very capable crew of weapons at his disposal and as long as they stay healthy, Romo will be a nice reward for those who waited until the middle rounds of drafts to snag the Cowboy QB. I am looking forward to see how he handles a tough Seattle secondary on the road next week.
David Wilson: Wilson’s debut was similar to your first day of Jr. High when you cruised into the lunch room still rocking that New Kids on the Block lunch box. Wilson turned his second career carry into his first career fumble and was done for the night. He may have even caught a case of the boo hoos on the sideline. Rough start, but a bonus for Bradshaw owners.
Now hurry up, Sunday!