2012 Fantasy Football

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Week 1 Recap: The Unicorn and the Ogletree

posted by 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!


Jeff was the only 7th grader at Sumner Jr. High playing fantasy football in 1995. When he isn't on the diamond playing softball or on the couch watching NFL RedZone, you can catch him on Twitter @Jeff_Brubach.

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  • Thanks for the advise!

  • @Nick: I wouldn’t cut Bush, but if the rest of your receivers are good, I’d think about Crabtree.

    @iMP: Good question. Claiborne has quite the reputation already for just a rookie, so perhaps that was the case. I’m not too worried about Nicks, hopefully he bounces back next week.

    @Cole: I would go with McGahee and Davis. McGahee is assured of a bigger role and I think there will be a lot of points in that WAS game.

    • I think there will be a lot of points in that NE/Tenn game too (why I considered cook). Also, with the backlash from the bounty scandal, the vodoo of the superdome, and a rookie QB capable of being rattled, I have my doubts about davis this week. Love his potential for the season tho

  • I have two decisions this weekend. PPR league, Spiller(@nyj) or mcgahee(v. Pit)? Also fred davis or jared cook?

  • How much of Nicks lack of involvement would you attribute to Claibourne’s coverage? I wasn’t sure if the rookie was making Nicks look bad or if Nicks was making the rookie look good.

  • Hey Jeff, already grabbed Ogletree (dropped Daniel Thomas in 10team H2H league. Would you consider grabbing Bennett as backup TE to A Hernandez? I’d have to drop Michael Bush or Crabtree which I think is a no-no for a backup TE in a small league…opinions?

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