It is only week two and a lot of our players have some explaining to do. I am sure a lot of you drafted Chris Johnson somewhere around the latter part of the first round and thus far he has been a complete bust. Don’t panic just yet, he plays the Lions this week! I’m sure a lot of you selected Michael Turner as your second or third running back and so far he looks like a complete plodder. Don’t panic Just yet, he scored once and should have scored twice! We could go on all day but for now lets take a look back and see if we can figure out what the heck happened in week two.
Green Bay vs Chicago -
The absence of Greg Jennings surely should have meant an up-tick for Jordy Nelson and Jermichael Finley. This notion however, proved to be not entirely true. Nelson had his usual 80-ish yards but again failed to score a touchdown while Jermichael Finley had one of his more forgettable game in recent memory catching just 4 passes for 26 yards and losing a fumble. Both should benefit from Jennings’ return as he should draw a lot of the heavy defensive coverage. Something to keep an eye on, Cedric Benson had a decent game rushing 20 times for 81 yards. On the other side of the football Matt Forte suffered what appeared to be a high ankle sprain as was replaced by Michael Bush. It is likely Forte will sit out next week but could be back sooner than we all initially thought. Either way grab Bush if you can. Brandon Marshall followed up his stellar week one show with a terrible outing last Thursday night. Look for him to rebound in week 3.
Buffalo vs Kansas City -
If you expected to see Jamaal Charles back to his pre-injury form your expectations might be a bit premature. He sat most of the second half after tweaking his surgically repaired knee and was replaced by a combination of Peyton Hillis and Shawn Draughn. At any rate this Chiefs offense looks terrible and struggled to move the ball early on in 2012. I am not selling J-Mail just yet but stay tuned. If you are looking for production out of a running back look no further than the opposing sideline in this game. C.J. Spiller has been electric early on this season and could easily be fantasy football MVP if he keeps it up. At any rate there is little doubt that Spiller will hold onto the starting gig once Fred Jackson returns to the lineup.
Cincinnati vs Cleveland -
Both Benjarvis Green-Ellis and Trent Richardson had solid games with Richardson showing some outstanding tackle-breaking ability during his touchdown run. If you can get your hands on either I would recommend buying both as number two fantasy running backs. Green-Ellis may be obtainable but I highly doubt you will be able to get your hands on Richardson unless he has a couple of down games. Despite Mohamed Massaquoi’s good game, I am still not touching any wide receivers on this field aside from AJ Green.
Indianapolis vs Minnesota -
Another terrible game for Donald Brown. If you can find a buyer, I am selling him right away. The surprise of this game was Donnie Avery who reeled in 111 yards on 10 targets. He now has 18 targets through two games and should be owned in all leagues. For the Vikings, I was expecting much more out of Adrian Peterson who just seemed to have an off day. He should be fine in week 3.
Carolina vs New Orleans -
Another loss for the Saints but lets not forget we are playing fantasy football here, I do not care what the teams record is as long as the players do what they are supposed to! Darren Sproles has been an interesting running back this season in that he has yet to carry the ball even once but still has double digit points each week! Continue to start him with confidence, Drew Brees leans on him. Pierre Thomas crossed the century mark for what will probably be the only time this season. All three of Carolina’s running backs scored (Jonathan Stewart had a receiving touchdown while Deangelo Williams and Mike Tolbert both scored on the ground) but its anyone guess as to which one to start, I say none of them.
Houston vs Jacksonville -
Ben Tate stole two goal line carries from Arian Foster giving them both nice fantasy outings. Ben Tate could do this sort of thing any given Sunday so he could be used a flex option in deep leagues. If you play in standard leagues be sure to start any defense opposing the Jacksonville Jaguars, they cannot move the ball at all.
Miami vs Oakland -
Reggie Bush appears to be picking up right where he left off in 2011. Thus far he is showing great vision and rushing ability and putting together some outstanding fantasy football numbers. Your opportunity to obtain him has sailed, he could and should be top ten from here on out. Surprise of the game was Brian Hartline who caught 9 balls for 111 yards. He will be this weeks hottest waiver wire claim and will consequently get shut down by Darrel Revis in week 3. If you miss out on him this week grab him next week when he gets dropped after a terrible week 3. He is only Dolphins receiver worth owning in standard leagues. For Oakland, Darren Mcfadden looked ok running the ball, he just couldn’t find any room. Keep trotting him out there, he will get it going any day now.
Arizona vs New England -
Crazy game here with New England losing at home to the Cardinals. Stephen Gostkowski missed the game winning field goal but otherwise had an excellent game for fantasy football purposes. Aaron Hernandez went down with an injury and should be sidelined a few weeks giving all Patriots pass catchers added value until he returns. If you have an opening you might take a flier on Kellen Winslow Jr who was signed by the Pats this morning to fill the void. Don’t expect anything right away, but you never know.
NY Giants vs Tampa Bay -
What a shootout! I hope you had a piece of this one, if not go out and get one! You will have a hard time trading for Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz or Vincent Jackson but check your waiver wire for Martellus Bennett (if you didn’t listen to me last week) or Mike Williams (TB) It should be noted, Ahmad Bradshaw left with a next injury, his week 3 status is up in there air so grab Andre Brown if you need a fill in. He ha s a nice match up against the Panthers in week 3.
Philadelphia vs Baltimore -
As expected, Ray Rice and Lesean McCoy both had nice outings and continue to be must starts regardless of match up. Brent Celek had a huge game amassing 157 yards on 11 targets. He is a sneaky tight end play and someone I am buying if I need a tight end. I am not worried about Michael Vick’s play thus far, we should know what to expect when starting him at this point.
St. Louis vs Washington -
Story of this game had to be Danny Amendola who finally went off. Amendola piled up 160 yards receiving with a touchdown. Expect him to draw top corner coverage from here on out and grab him off your waiver wire if he is still there.
Seattle vs Dallas -
The Cowboys must have a hang over from their big Thursday night victory over the reigned super bowl champs. Almost all Cowboys players fell flat aside from Miles Austin who has scored in both games this year. They will bounce back but it could be an up and down kind of year. Marshawn Lynch had a nice fantasy outing rushing for 122 and a score.
Pittsburgh vs NY Jets -
As expected, Mark Sanchez came back down to earth as did Stephen Hill. The leading rushing in the game was Balil Powell which means I am officially cutting bait on Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer and maybe Shonne Green. Green gets one more week before I sell him for pennies on the dollar. I do not expect much from him but 40 yards and a touchdown would be nice. Ben Roethlisberger continues to sling it all around the field as he continues to be an interesting number two fantasy football quarterback in all formats.
San Diego vs Tennessee -
Antonio Gates was a late scratch leaving many of his owners screaming at their TV sets as they scrambled to find an afternoon kick off replacement. If you found Donte Rosario you did not regret it. The no name tight end caught 3 touchdown passes, all of which he was left wide open. I expect Gates to return to action next week making Rosario someone to watch but not to be added just yet unless you want an Antonio Gates handcuff. Kenny Britt returned to very limited action but had no set backs with his knee through 19 snaps. His workload will continue to increase and his presence should only help Chris Johnson find room. Chris Johnson once again struggled in this one but don’t sell him off just yet. His potential is too great. Wait for a big game and then sell high and be done with it!
Detroit vs. San Francisco -
The Lions offense was kept pretty much in check by the stellar 49er’s defense. Matthew Stafford looked a bit jittery but should rebound with a nice match up against the Titans in week 3. On the other side of the ball Frank Gore had an excellent game hitting pay dirt and amassing 89 yards on the ground. Vernon Davis showed why is one of the leagues best tight ends taking the lions to school with 73 yards receiving and two touchdowns. He is Alex Smith’s favorite target and a true fantasy football stud.
Denver vs. Atlanta -
Peyton Manning had a rough outing which included 3 picks in the first quarter alone. He bounced back with a nice touch down pass to Demayrius Thomas just before the half but did not score after that. Willis Mcgahee had an excellent game scoring two touchdowns and reaching the century mark for the first time this season. For Atlanta, Roddy White reasserted himself as the top fantasy wide receiver on the team with over 100 yards and a touchdown. The Julio Jones hype wont and shouldn’t die down this week. Expect Julio to bounce back next week when Champ Bailey is not covering him like a blanket. Michael Turner looked terrible but did punch in a goal line carry to save his fantasy night. He would have had two touch downs but the first one was reversed. Michael Turner continues to have value and should sniff 10 touchdowns once again this season but the yardage is gone. Tony Gonzales had an excellent game and is a must start at his position going forward. I am buying all parts of this Atlanta passing attack.