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Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers
There is absolutely no questioning the fact that all Matt Forte owners must start him all 16 games when healthy. Even losing rushing touchdowns to Bush doesn’t sway his value. But what about the owners who may have waited a while on draft day to snag a running back? Whether it be injury or a matchup against a stud defense, owners may be forced to look outside the Top 20 ranked options. Michael Bush could turn out to be a great option outside of the Top 20 that can quietly sneak you big points. In Week 1, Bush found himself in the end zone twice. This should work out to be a reappearing theme. It’s going to be interesting to see if the coaches can keep the points equal among their running backs. Week 2 offers the chance to establish consistency. Bush could work out to be the best No. 3 drafted runner in 2012 and a borderline No. 2 option.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Giants
The Giants’ loss to the Dallas Cowboys in the season opener was certainly not all his fault. Wide receivers that are usually quite reliable dropped pass after pass. On top of that, the offensive line of the Giants was completely demolished by the Cowboys' pass rush, sacking Manning three times and providing pressure all night. This could turn out to be the case all season long. Manning is going to need to bounceback in a big way in Week 2. Though his numbers were not terrible and he was indeed a victim of circumstance, he was drafted to be a team’s top fantasy option at quarterback. In order to retain his Top 10 status we’ll have to see his yards and touchdowns go up and the sacks go down. If Manning underperforms to our newly establish standards, owners could begin to push the panic button. You can’t spell elite with Eli but you also can’t spell elimination, which many owners would face with a letdown performance.
Oakland Raiders and Miami Dolphins
Bush put up much better numbers against the stout Houston Texans’ defensive in Week 1 than anyone was really expecting. He’s going to have a massive workload this season as the Dolphins break in rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The two things we can take away from Week 1 are that Bush is seemingly picking up right where he left off in 2011 and Daniel Thomas is doing the same. Thomas was injured in Week 1 and isn’t a lock to play in Week 2. Bush may be in for in an even further expansion to his already expanded workload. The Raiders’ run defense isn’t in the same category as the Houston Texans, that’s for sure. Bush should see even further attempts and success in Week 2. He’ll also continue to be the best receiver in the Miami passing game. We should begin to see him crawl up the rankings board after this week.
Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars
In Week 1, Jones-Drew was said to be limited solely to third down duty in order to get him back into football shape. When Rashad Jennings went down early with an injury, that game plan went right out the window. Jones-Drew was brought back into his usual role as the bell cow and put up good numbers for someone who missed the entire preseason. Most owners shied away from starting Jones-Drew in Week 1, as well they should have. But here in Week 2, Jones-Drew will be the unquestioned starter back in his usual role. Of course, it’s not all clouds and unicorns as he gets matched up against the Texans. But given the price tag you paid for him on draft day, you have to start him. Always start your studs when healthy, and when they aren’t relegated to third down duties. Jones-Drew has the opportunity to build himself back up to a Top 2 or 3 positional option starting in Week 2.
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