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Fantasy Land: Week 1 Remembered



    Never has one play toyed with so many people's fantasy football hearts.

    The New England Patriots were backed up at their own 1-yard line in Monday night's game against the Miami Dolphins, which was a shootout between New England's Tom Brady and Miami's Chad Henne.

    Brady took the snap, saw his go-to, possession receiver Wes Welker in the slot and hit him perfectly over two defenders at about the 20-yard line.

    Welker proceeded to make one guy miss, break one tackle and then it was off to the races for the former Texas Tech great that conjured up memories of Welker running untouched down the sideline at Kyle Field in a 48-47 Tech win over Texas A&M (whoop?).

    It was one for the history books as Welker became one of a handful of players in NFL history to score from 99 yards out. It put him into elite territory for fantasy wide receivers with 160 yards and two touchdowns, and it put Brady in rarified air as the Patriots gunslinger finished the night with 517 yards through the air.

    If you had one of those guys, it was near impossible for you to lose this week. If you had both, only God's fantasy team would beat you, and even then it'd be a crapshoot.

    As for disappointments, these two guys weren't so much downright disappointing, but got off to great starts then faded into nothing: Steven Jackson and Dez Bryant.

    Jackson, the St. Louis Rams bruising running back had two carries for 56 yards and a touchdown before leaving with an injury. He's questionable to return this week and would give way to Cadillac Williams.

    Bryant, the Cowboys young, beastly, but immature wideout, looked like a world beater on the Cowboys' first drive. He finished the game with three grabs for 71 yards and a score with the score, two grabs and the majority of the yards coming on the Cowboys' opening drive. Then he banged up his quad on a punt return because he doesn't wear thigh pads (neither do any other wide receivers, don't get me started on that).

    If you had Brady or Welker, enjoy your week. If you had Jackson and Bryant, better luck next week.