When the New England Patriots and Tennessee Titans faced off in Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season, the fantasy football favorites were names like Tom Brady, Wes Welker, Chris Johnson and the Patriots' tight ends. By the end of the game, the biggest fantasy performance came from a running back who is starting for the first time in 2012.
Stevan Ridley, the Patriots' new starting running back, finished the game with 125 rushing yards and one touchdown on the ground, while catching two balls for 27 yards. It was a surprising performance since the Patriots have never been a team to concentrate much on running the ball. The fantasy points for Ridley was 20 in standard leagues and 22 in PPR leagues, a quality start regardless.
Tom Brady was not bad in the game, but only threw for 236 yards with two touchdowns. It was a lower scored performance for the star, but still better than most quarterbacks. His two touchdowns, unsurprisingly, went to his tight ends. Rob Gronkowski caught six balls for 60 yards and a touchdown, while Aaron Hernandez caught six balls for 59 yards and a touchdown. Both New England Patriots tight ends ended up with 18 points apiece in PPR leagues.
Wes Welker ended up with only three receptions for 14 yards.
The Tennessee Titans continued to watch Chris Johnson free fall. The one-time top running back in the NFL finished the game with 11 carries for four yards. He also caught six balls for 47 yards. Fantasy football owners were saved in PPR leagues, as he finished with 11 points, but that is far from the number owners want from their starter.
Jake Locker left the game with an injury, but finished with 229 passing yards with one touchdown and one interception. It was double-digits in standard leagues for a quarterback that serves as a fantasy backup at this stage in his career. Jared Cook led the team in receptions, giving the tight end four catches for 64 yards.
The Tennessee Titans' team leader for fantasy football purposes was Nate Washington. The receiver only caught two balls, but gained 53 yards and a touchdown. It helped him reach double-digits in both standard and PPR leagues.