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5 UP/5 DOWN: Week 2

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Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City – I know that some of you are sitting there thinking, “Robinson wasn’t drafted, and he had ONE good game, so how can he lead off this list?” The answer is simple … with Tyreek Hill slated to miss several weeks due to an injured clavicle, the door swung open for Robinson, and he stormed through it … to the tune of six receptions for 172 yards and two touchdowns. Could Robinson be a flash in the pan? Sure, but with Hill out someone was going to get an opportunity, and Robinson now seems to have a stranglehold on that spot. He’ll undoubtedly be the top waiver wire darling this week, so unless by some fluke he’s already rostered in your league, you need to get him on yours … NOW.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, San Francisco – The problem with looking at Garoppolo as a starting quarterback is that there just aren’t that many games to provide for a fair sample size. Having only played five games last year before tearing his ACL and only two so far this year, there just isn’t much to go on. Having said all that, I’m sticking to my guns and putting him on this list. After a so-so opener in Tampa Bay, he quieted a lot of critics with Sunday’s outing where he finished 17-of-25 for 297 yards and three touchdowns. Up next for San Francisco is the home opener against a Pittsburgh defense that so far has struggled this season.

Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati – With an already bad reputation as a below average quarterback and a rookie head coach leading the charge, it was widely assumed that Dalton’s success would once again be limited. However, to this point in the season that is hardly the case. Dalton put a Week 1 stat line together that read 35-of-51 for 418 yards and two touchdowns, then followed it up on Sunday by going 26-of-42 for 311 yards and two touchdowns … all without the services of his No. 1 wide receiver A.J. Green, who is still recovering from recent ankle surgery. The only thing keeping Dalton from becoming a bona fide superstar is his penchant for mistakes. He fumbled twice in Week 1 and then had an interception on Sunday. If Dalton can learn to limit those mistakes, he just might become a hot waiver wire pick-up one of these weeks.

Jason Witten, TE, Dallas – Witten was destined for the Hall of Fame in four more years when he suddenly decided that he wasn’t done playing football. So he un-retired and rejoined Dallas this summer, providing quarterback Dak Prescott with a familiar security blanket. Most of Witten’s numbers through the first two weeks of the season won’t jump out at you: seven receptions for only 40 yards. However, he is clearly one of the first (if not the first) guy that Prescott looks for in the red zone, having already notched two touchdowns on the young season. You don’t want to be counting on Witten as an every week tight end, but as a bye week fill-in or flex play you could certainly do worse.

New England D/ST – With so much attention paid to quarterback Tom Brady and the rest of the offense, the New England defense seems to get forgotten about from time to time. Not this year … at least if you’ve been paying attention. After a so-so performance at home against Pittsburgh in Week 1, New England stormed into south Florida and humiliated an absolutely horrible football team (Miami). The defense logged four interceptions (including two pick-6s), seven sacks and pitched a shutout, beating Miami 43-0. The nice thing is that New England has a very favorable schedule through the next five weeks. Next week New England play host to a New York Jets team who will be without their starting quarterback. They follow that up with road games against Buffalo and Washington and back home to face a dismal New York Giants franchise, before welcoming the Jets into Foxboro in Week 7. After that, things get a bit tougher. If New England is somehow still available on your waiver wire, go get it and you can set it and forget it for five more weeks.

About David Verbanac

Hi guys, I've been a member of Fantasy Sharks since September of '08. If you've been a member here for the past few years, you have no doubt seen a few of my posts. Like most, I can usually be found trolling about in the Main Tank, commenting on all the hot topics involving fantasy football and the NFL. I am honored to be one of the "newbs" among the writing staff, and I hope that you find my columns to be both entertaining and informative. I have been a member of a private, 12 team PPR re-draft league for over 20 years. It is a league made up mostly of guys that I used to work with. I'm proud to say that I made the playoffs last year, finishing in the money in 3rd place. I, of course, am aiming for a shot at the title this season!!