Stash or Trash: Week One Knee-Jerks
As I noted elsewhere, Week 1 in the NFL is a strange time. People are highly enthused about making knee-jerk reaction add/drops based on a very small sample size.
Whether it's a big game against a bad opponent, an early injury or a really random touchdown that resulted in big points, there are reasons to add, not to add, or drop certain players. We cover five after the jump, but you're encouraged to leave any requests for player analysis in the comments or to hit me up via Twitter.
Mike Bell, RB, Saints -- Bell generated some nice heat leading up to the first week of football -- Pierre Thomas' injury forced him into "starting running back" action -- we don't count Reggie Bush as a RB around these parts -- and he responded nicely with 143 yards rushing, albeit with one fumble lost. Now, Thomas isn't necessarily guaranteed back for next week's game against the Eagles. But it's the Eagles, and not the Lions. In fact, everyone remaining on the schedule is "not the Lions," and given that NOLA doesn't really have an "easy" game for the next few weeks, it's probably better to let someone else burn their waiver claim. Verdict: Trash
Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Colts -- Not gonna lie -- I drafted Gonzalez in a number of leagues this year. He was a readily available WR3 with the potential to play much, much higher, given Marvin Harrison's departure from Indianapolis. And then, CLUNK, before he could even make his first play for the Colts in 2009, his knee collapsed and he's out four to six weeks. Still, if he can get healthy quickly enough, he's going to be a valuable commodity on a team that isn't going to run away with a playoff spot. And since he's done (literally) nothing, now's a decent time to snatch him in a trade or the wire if someone drops him. Meaning ... Verdict: Stash
Devery Henderson, WR, Saints -- Henderson was one of approximately 40 different receivers that caught a touchdown pass from Drew Brees on Sunday, and as a result, he finds himself among the top scoring free agents in most leagues. There's just one problem, as I noted above with Bell -- the Saints played the Lions, who are not good. Now, New Orleans will continue to score and likely continue to pass. But that doesn't mean Henderson, given that Brees can target Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Jeremy Shockey first, can be anything resembling consistent.
Justin Gage, WR, Titans -- I also drafted this gentleman. Not because I believe in Kerry Collins so much, but because I know (for a fact!) that Nate Washington is injured and that Gage is the best option available in Tennessee. Now, the Titans will run most of the time, and you're not gonna want to start Gage as anything other than a WR3 or a flex, but mercy -- he did catch a few balls, including a touchdown, and the Titans can't run the ball every down. Verdict: Stash
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets -- Here's the thing: Sanchez, at this point, is relatively unowned -- 34% in all Fleaflicker leagues, in fact. That's less than Jake Delhomme, Kyle Orton and Chad Pennington. And given what I saw on Sunday from the aforementioned three signal-callers, I think I'd rather have the rook than any one of those guys, starting right now, for the rest of the season. (Note that Pennington is the exception there to a degree, but if he continues to struggle, it's Chad Henne time.) Hence, Verdict: Stash