Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/14/12
Let's not get ahead of ourselves. The first week of preseason games are over. And the speculation begins. As Marcelllus Wiley of ESPN said on NFL32, "In the first week when it is good it's good, but when it is bad it is not so bad."

So here are four games that were good.  And four players that were better and could be the best bet for your fantasy football team.

4. Houston Texans vs. Carolina Panthers

This is the fourth most interesting game because we are going with defense instead of offense. Everyone knows that offense is sexy. But hey, Luke Kuechly playing weak side linebacker is bringing sexy back.

Kuechly, the No. 9 overall pick of this year's NFL Draft, is out of Boston College. For the first play of his first NFL game, Kuechly lined up on the wrong side of Jason Phillips.

Kuechly explained, "For me it was fast. That's the biggest thing I remember. The first play of the game I lined up on the wrong side of the ball. It was a learning experience. The speed of the game is a lot faster, even in practice. Practice moves at a certain pace, but even the tempo of the previous play is a lot quicker." That was the only mistake Kuechly made.

Playing less than a quarter Kuechly had four tackles and a forced fumble. One of the tackles, with Houston threatening to score from two yards out, Kuechly stopped running back Ben Tate for no gain that forced a third down.

On the forced fumble, Kuechly forced two time Pro Bowler Arian Foster to cough up the ball.

It is not like Kuechly was stopping the third stringers. Kuechly played with the first team against the first team and he showed up. It's early but Kuechly appears to be the real deal.

3. Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears
The game was delayed due to lightening strikes, a storm was brewing in Chicago. Besides the final score that was the only turbulence that was seen.

Peyton Manning played one series. Let's not be naive. Manning taking four snaps is not the same as Manning playing four quarters. But Manning reminded people of Manning. And that is enough to believe that he is back. He still hasn't taken a hit yet. Which is what everyone is holding their collective breaths for. But Manning finished the night 4-for-7 for 44 yards with one interception.

It will take Manning and his receivers a few games to get their timing down. But Manning being a sliver of the old Manning is worth, at the very least, a bye week replacement.

2. Minnesota Vikings vs. San Francisco 49ers
The first preseason game and the 49ers' fans still believe in the magic of Jim Harbaugh. Alex Smith went 3-for-3 for 16 yards. But this wasn't the quarterback everyone was talking about.

Colin Kaepernick, from Nevada, was drafted 36th overall last year. The Jets wanted him last year for the Wildcat formation before Tim Tebow. Harbaugh drafted him first. Harbaugh's magic with quarterbacks may not be limited to Smith.

On Kaepernick's second play from scrimmage, Kaepernick made the highlight reel. Out of the shotgun, Kaepernick sprinted down the right side of the field almost uncontested. He ended his sprint with a 78 yard touchdown. He also completed 5-of-9 passes for 40 yards. He had three rushes for a total of 92 yards.

Now, I am not advocating you draft him in the second round on your fantasy draft. But keep an eye on Kaepernick.

1. St. Louis Rams vs. Indianapolis Colts
Just two days after I professed Andrew Luck is overrated, he plays anything but. In his first NFL game, Luck took the Colts on three touchdown drives.

On the first snap of his professional career, Luck tossed a short pass to Donald Brown.  Brown turned it into a 68-yard touchdown pass. Yes, Luck's next series was three and out, but he recovered. He completed his day with 188 yards on 10-of-16 passes, and two touchdown passes.

Luck never looked rushed or like a rookie.

If you are in a dynasty league and you don't grab Luck, should you really be playing?

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