Derek Anderson, QB, Arizona Cardinals, 2.8% owned
Two names come to mind when I look at Derek Anderson this week: Ronald Bartell and Bradley Fletcher. These guys are going to have their hands full with Fitzgerald duty. Sure Anquan Boldin is gone, and yes, this is THE Derek Anderson, the quarterback who somehow managed to win a game by throwing only TWO completions vs. the Bills last year…but there is a great stat-line brewing here, and nobody seems brave enough to say it. Ken Wisenhunt went with his gut and stayed with Kurt Warner over Matt Leinart, and it resulted in some prolific numbers out of the desert duo of Fitz and Warner. This time he was so set on Anderson that he straight up cut Leinart. But why even bother delving that deep into this Week 1 option? Fitzgerald is nasty, and he has proven over his career in Arizona that St. Louis can not stop him. So if you’re like myself, and drafted Joe Flacco to commandeer your fantasy team, do yourself a favor: steer clear of Revis Island and join the currently < 1% of NFL.com owners (which probably consist of Derek, Ken, and Fitz) and start this former Pro-bowl and now Cardinal quarterback.
Projected stat line: 250 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 interception.
Deon Butler, WR, Seattle Seahawks, 0.3% owned
Brandon Lloyd, WR, Denver Broncos, 0.2% owned