Week 2: 0-1 Is Not The End Of The Season
Sep 13, 2012
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We are now in Week 2 and already panic has set in for some owners. As I said for Week 1, don't overreact to the first week of stats. One of the biggest stories that came out of Week 1 that has owners panicking is Wes Welker getting only 5 targets and playing only 64% of the snaps. Don't go and drop Welker this week for Stephen Hill. Welker will be involved and get his touches.
Hold off on trading Greg Jennings for Alshon Jeffery. It's going to be a long season, so unless someone puts together a legitimate offer. Hold tight for another week to see how things go before you start overhauling your roster. Now, that is not to say that you can't pick up a player such as Kevin Ogletree if he's sitting there on the waiver wire or Alfred Morris if no one has him. What I am saying is to play a wait-and-see approach on players you have that disappointed in week 1.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.
Matt Ryan- 23-for-31 for 299 yards passing with three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown. Many targeted Ryan in drafts after the first couple of rounds hoping that he would put up Top 5 numbers this year and so far he has gotten off to a good start.
C.J. Spiller- 14 carries for 169 yards and one touchdown. With Fred Jackson sidelined, Spiller made the most of his touches. Those who used Spiller as a flex option were rewarded. Spiller has a chance to put up RB1 numbers until Jackson returns.
Kevin Ogletree - Eight receptions for 114 yards and two touchdowns. It looks as if Ogletree will take over the role that Laurent Robinson had last season. Ogletree will see single coverage most of the season but it is too early to tell if he will be an every week starter.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well you know.
DeAngelo Williams- (6 carries for minus-1 yard). Owners rushed to put Williams into their line-up when news hit that Jonathan Stewart was ruled out. Williams had as good a matchup as any to produce but laid a goose egg.
Chris Johnson- (11 carries for 4 yards). Johnson ran like it was Week 1 of the 2011 season where he was coming off a holdout. The six receptions for 47 yards help only if you play in a PPR league. Not a good start from a guy that is coming off a disappointing season.
Michael Turner- (11 carries for 32 yards). One of the worst things in fantasy is when you see a score of a game where a team has 40+ points and then you check the stats only to learn that your player wasn't involved. Turner is running in slow motion and it will be a matter of time before the team leans more on Jacquizz Rodgers.
MATCHUPSGood quarterback matchups this week:
Jay Cutler against the Packers. Last week Cutler put up 333 passing yards with two touchdowns. It was the first 300 yard game he had since he faced the Packers last season in Week 3. Cutler has more weapons to work with and has an opportunity to post back-to-back 300 yard games. Last week the Packers gave up two touchdowns to Alex Smith in a loss.
Cam Newton against the Saints. Newton posted his first 300 yard game since Week 3 of last season but rushed for just four yards. The fantasy numbers will be better this week. Robert Griffin III posted great numbers in Week 1 against the Saints as he threw for 320 yards with two scores on this defense.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Matt Cassel against the Bills. Cassel will face a Bills defense that was torched by Mark Sanchez. In the right matchup, Cassel can put up good fantasy points as he did last season against the Colts when he threw for 257 yards and four touchdowns.
Good running back matchups this week:
BenJarvus Green-Ellis against the Browns. Green-Ellis was limited before Week 1 and many thought he would see less touches because of it but he managed to rushe for 91 yards on 18 carries and punched in a touchdown. This week he will face the Browns who gave up 110 yards on the ground to LeSean McCoy. Expect a good game from Green-Ellis.
Doug Martin against the Giants. The Giants defense was ran on hard allowing 6.6 yards per carry as DeMarco Murray posted 131 yards rushing. Martin saw 24 carries in his rookie debut and put up 95 yards. With LeGarrette Blount not likely to play this week. Marin will put up a good amount of production.
Sleeper Pick of the Week: Trent Richardson against the Bengals. Richardson's first NFL game was nothing spectacular as he saw 19 carries but only got 39 yards out of it. This week you will see more opportunity for him to run and he will have a good game.
Bad quarterback matchups this week:
Michael Vick against the Ravens. Vick had a horrid game last week as he matched Branden Weeden in interceptions and almost lost the game. Vick looked like the old Vick with the Falcons, the year they went 8-8. This week he faces a team that is good at getting to the quarterback and will limit what Vick can do on offense.
Ben Roethlisberger against the Jets. Pittsburgh has offensive line issues and the running backs are banged up. I expect him to try and force the ball in this game and struggle to find time to throw. The Jets last week did give up three passing touchdowns but they also got three interceptions.
Blaine Gabbert against the Texans. Gabbert started the season well throwing for 260 yards and two scores but this week he will face a tough Texans defense that was 3rd in passing yards allowed last season. Last week the Texans forced Ryan Tannehill into throwing three intercpetions while keeping him from scoring a touchdown.
Bad running back matchups this week:
Cedric Benson against the Bears. Benson saw a limited amount of carries last week rushing for just 18 yards on nine carries. The Packers are a throw-first team and Benson will be a hit-or-miss from week-to-week. Another thing to consider, is that he struggled to find a team this offseason. He will face a tough Bears defense rankled 5th last season and limited the Colts to 63 yards on the ground as a team.
Chris Johnson against the Chargers. Many are hoping for a bounceback game from Johnson after posting just four yards in Week 1. Expect him to post better numbers, but don't look for a big game. The Chargers limited Darren McFadden last week to 32 yards rushing.
Steven Jackson against the Redskins. Jackson is running behind a very poor offensive line and was held to just 53 yards last week. The Redskins defense contained the Saints ground attack in week 1 and they will keep the Rams one dimensional this week as they stack the box.
Week 2: You should get a better feel for how players will produce this week.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 2.