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NFL fantasy football: Matt Ryan shines in Week 1

The first Sunday of the 2012 NFL and fantasy football season is now history, which makes this the perfect opportunity to take a look back at some of Week 1's top fantasy scorers.

Points based on standard scoring in fantasy football leagues

T-5. Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas Cowboys (23.40 fantasy points)

If you caught last week's Waiver Wire piece, you saw Kevin Ogletree on the list. But not even we expected this type of production. The Dallas Cowboys receiver made the first big statement of the 2012 season with eight catches for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his team's 24-17 win over the New York Giants. It continues a trend of Tony Romo's No. 3 receiver producing well (see: Austin, Miles and Robinson, Laurent). Next week, the 'Boys visit the Seattle Seahawks who have a slightly better secondary. Still, Ogletree is worth owning in just about all fantasy football leagues. Just don't expect this level of production lately.

T-5. C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills (23.40 fantasy points)

After Fred Jackson left the game early with a knee injury, Spiller took full advantage of his chance. The third-year RB stampeded for 169 rushing yards, including a 56-yard touchdown. He also added another 25 receiving yards. With Jackson possibly out for an undetermined length of time, Spiller will slide into the starting role. Next week, the Bills welcome the Kansas City Chiefs to town. K.C. limited the Falcons to just 84 rushing yards Sunday ... but that's mostly because Atlanta was so efficient throwing the ball. Spiller still has value as a mid- to low-end No. 2 fantasy RB.

3. Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys (23.48

Romo shook off an early interception to register 307 passing yards and three touchdown passes -- two to Ogletree -- in Dallas' win. For Romo, it was a case of picking up where he left off last season on his road to becoming an elite fantasy football QB. He might find the going a little bit tougher next week against the Seahawks, but there's no reason he shouldn't be in 100 percent of Week 2 starting lineups.

2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins (25.00 fantasy points)

Most people believed RG3 wouldn't take long to be productive. But almost no one could have imagined his NFL debut would end with 320 passing yards, two touchdowns and 42 yards rushing in a 40-32 win over the New Orleans Saints. Perhaps most impressively, the rookie didn't turn the ball over (he fumbled once, but recovered it himself). Next week, he faces the St. Louis Rams, who intercepted Matt Stafford three times but also gave up 355 yards passing. There's little reason to worry about putting him in your starting lineup.

1. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons (32.46 fantasy points)

Throughout the preseason, I was pretty high on Matt Ryan's fantasy potential in 2012. He exceeded my expectations by throwing for 299 yards and three touchdowns, then rushing for 25 yards and another score. That outburst makes him the fantasy football #KABOOM of Week 1. Next on the schedule is a date with the Denver Broncos. At this point, Ryan deserves to be a starter until he shows otherwise.

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