Obviously with news that Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant is done for the season, Brandon Jackson is the hot pickup this week. He’s a solid play against Buffalo this weekend, but don’t be expecting a huge day out of Jackson. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers aired it out 31 times last week and it would have been a lot more, but Green Bay chose to run the ball much of the second half with a big lead. I still see Jackson getting about 15-18 carries on Sunday, but he’ll be hard pressed to top 100 yards or find pay dirt.
After his Week 1 struggles, Jets starting running back Shonn Greene has already let down his owners. I understand that he did go up against a top five defense in the Baltimore Ravens, but five carries for 18 yards with a lost fumble is not a good way to start the season. That being said, head coach Rex Ryan has already stated that he is going to split carries down the middle with Greene and LaDainian Tomlinson, each expecting to get around 15. This really hurts those people who drafted Greene in the Top 20 expecting a breakout season. If I need to choose between the two, I’m going with Tomlinson this week primarily because he’s the better receiver. Green dropped a swing pass on third down last week, while Tomlinson had a couple catches. Even against a decent New England defense, expect Tomlinson to be right around 100 total yards and maybe even sneak in a score.
Fantasy owners who already lost faith in New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs should consider starting him this weekend against Indianapolis. Yes he lost his starting job in the offseason to Ahmad Bradshaw, but he is still going to get double-digit carries most games and a lot of goal line work. In Week 1, the carries were split up 20-12 with Jacobs obviously getting the latter, but look for a more even divide Sunday night. Remember, the Indianapolis Colts run defense is not impressive at all and is coming off a week where they allowed the Texans to run for more than 250 yards on them. Jacobs could be a nice flex play.
Malcolm Floyd, San Diego Chargers
If Floyd is a free agent in your league then you need to grab him immediately and start him in Week 2. His totals last week were disappointing, but there is a lot to be encouraged about. The three receptions for 48 yards was not what owners were looking for out of the 6-foot-5 wideout, but the weather conditions were horrible and quarterback Philip Rivers was off all night. The good news is, Floyd was targeted by Rivers 12 times, including three straight red zone attempts late in the fourth quarter. This duo is only going to get better as the season progresses and their chemistry builds. Look for Floyd to have a big game against a weak pass defense in Jacksonville.
Fred Jackson, Buffalo Bills
Jackson is still getting worked into the Buffalo offense as he’s recovering from a broken hand so his Week 1 numbers were very subpar. He only received four carries, but ran for 19 yards. He also made two modest catches. Come Sunday, Jackson has a few things going for him: his hand is fully healed and starting rookie running back C.J. Spiller was less than impressive in his debut running for six yards on seven carries. His work load is going to increase in Week 2 so look for Jackson to contribute solid work in the run and passing game.
Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys
I don’t know how much of a sleeper owners consider Bryant, but I’m very high on the rookie out of Oklahoma State. Miles Austin is the clear No. 1 receiver in Dallas and will be all season, but it’s just a matter of time before Bryant establishes himself as the No. 2 and top red zone target for Tony Romo. In Week 1, Bryant was targeted 12 times by Romo and was able to pull down eight of those. Although he only recorded 56 yards, Bryant is still getting accustomed to the NFL and should start to see a spike in his yardage and touchdown totals. If I own Bryant, I’m starting him every week.
Lock of the Week
Santana Moss, Washington Redskins
I love Moss in his Week 2 matchup against the Houston Texans and you should too. Though he and Donovan McNabb weren’t exactly on the same page last week, Moss still managed six catches for 77 yards. We all know that wherever McNabb is he always makes a star out of his No. 1 receiver and it’s just a matter of time before Moss begins to shine. He should see double-digit targets all season and his speed will also enable McNabb to air it out to him a few times a game. Moss is a lock to top 100 yards and a score this weekend home against Houston.