USA TODAY US Edition
WIDEOUT JONES’ HAPPY RETURN
The most difficult calls fantasy owners had to make with their Week 1 lineups involved injured wide receivers.
Randall Cobb, Alshon Jeffery and Mike Evans are No. 1 wideouts when healthy. But while Cobb (shoulder) and Jeffery (calf ) took the field for their early kickoffs, Evans (hamstring) was declared inactive later in the day.
Cobb caught five passes for 38 yards and a touchdown for the Green Bay Packers but was overshadowed by free agent pickup James Jones. In his return to the team, Jones looked remarkably similar to the receiver who caught 14 touchdown passes from Aaron Rodgers in 2012. Jones will likely be the top pick this week on fantasy waiver wires. CHIEFS TAKE TO AIR The Kansas City Chiefs ranked 29th in passing offense last season, but they’re off to an excellent start in 2015. Quarterback Alex Smith threw for 243 yards and three touchdowns, two of them going to tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce tied for the team lead with five TD catches a year ago, when Chiefs wide receivers didn’t have a touchdown reception all season. But the offseason arrival of speedy wideout Jeremy Maclin (five receptions, 52 yards) seemed to give Smith decent throwing lanes vs. the Texans. BROAD SHOULDERS AWARD Our first weekly honor for the player who did the most to carry his fantasy team goes to the Chicago Bears’ Matt Forte. Forte lived up to expectations by rushing for 141 yards and a touchdown as well as catching five passes for 25 yards. That was good for 27.6 points in formats that award points for receptions, like USA TODAY’s FantasyScore game.