Kellen Clemens, QB (NYJ): Kellen Clemens was a quick add as everyone watched New York Jets starting quarterback Chad Pennington limp off the field against the New England Patriots. Clemens, a second-year product and the future at the position, has superior physical tools but might not be a superior fantasy option right away. The Jets offensive line is struggling and the offense is complex scheme with a lot of no-huddling. The Jets wouldn't be crazy to start him this week, if Pennington isn't able to go with a sprained ankle, but you'd be crazy to start him on your fantasy team as the Jets head to Baltimore.
David Garrard, QB (JAC): In a disappointing season-opening loss for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter called 30 passes for Garrard and only 13 handoffs, even though the game was tight the hole way. Garrard's value has quickly spiked but expect head coach Jack Del Rio to have a heart-to-heart with Koetter, and tell him that if he is only going to be calling 13 running plays per week, he is going to be fired. Garrard is not better than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback once or twice a month.
Ronnie Brown, RB (MIA): If you were an owner that spent a first- or second-round pick on Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown, you might be feeling a little sea-sick after watching the preseason and Week 1. Head coach Cam Cameron made plenty of mention of backup runner Jesse Chatman, but fantasy owners derided the theory that the two would split carries. Cameron stayed true to his word, though, and Chatman had 13 touches in Week 1 to Brown's 17. Seeing Brown at fullback and Chatman getting two goal-line carries should cause further anxiety for Brown's owners. Now is a good time to pick up Chatman.
Kenton Keith, RB (IND) It might seem like a distant time ago now, but on the opening carry of the opening game Thursday night, Joseph Addai took a big lick and had the wind knocked out of him. Kenton Keith stepped in seamlessly, but then Addai returned and posted a monster fantasy outing. Most people have already forgotten Addai's early injury, but I haven't. If you have a roster spot, keep Keith stashed in case Addai goes down again.
Donte' Stallworth, WR (NE): There seemed to be a lot of uncertainty surrounding the production of Randy Moss heading into the regular season but it is another New England Patriots' free agent wideout that might disappoint. Donte' Stallworth was New England's fifth receiver in Week 1 and played 26 fewer snaps than Jabar Gaffney. Stallworth might have a couple of good games this year but it looks like he's at the back of a crowded lineup in New England.
Shaun McDonald, WR (DET): The fourth wide receiver on most teams doesn't usually boast much fantasy value, but in a Mike Martz offense, things are different. Roy Williams, Mike Furrey and Calvin Johnson are on most fantasy rosters but even with those three targets around, McDonald totaled 90 yards receiving and a touchdown in Week 1. The Lions have an awful defense and will be passing a lot to stay even on the scoreboard. With the big three in front of him, his ceiling is low but with an injury and a bump up the depth chart, his value will shoot up.
Eric Johnson, TE (NO): Johnson isn't a new name; you just haven't heard from him in a couple of seasons (or since I blogged about him after the Thursday night season-opener). In 2004, he led the San Francisco 49ers in receiving but spent 2005 on injured reserve. In training camp, Johnson was Drew Brees' favorite target near the red zone and led the Saints in receptions and receiving yards in the opening game of the season. I'm high on Johnson because I never invest heavily into tight ends on draft day and typically wait for one like Johnson to emerge on the waiver-wire. In a high-octane offense, he can be a quality fantasy tight end.
Minnesota Defense: Joey Harrington did throw two touchdown passes in Week 1 -- they just both went to the Vikings' defense. In 2006, Minnesota boasted the top run defense in the NFL but also had the league's worst passing defense. Their main fault was their inability to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks as they finished with only 30 sacks. They showed that their feeble pass rush has strengthened as they racked up six sacks in Week 1 to go along with two touchdowns, two interceptions and a forced fumble. Not only are they a good waiver-wire pickup, they could be a top-10 fantasy defense this year.