Welcome to Week 2 of “On the Rise, On the Fall.” Throughout the season, I will discuss players whose stock is rising and others who are not having the same luck. I will avoid naming the obvious studs –
Brian Westbrook, etc – and will keep to players whose performance was not as foreseeable. Like I said last week, we are still early in the year so do not panic yet. Let’s check out what happened in a crazy, entertaining Week 2 …
On the Rise
Jay Cutler, QB, Broncos
: This is really a no-brainer so I will not expand on this too much, but Cutler and the Broncos passing game looks really good. Since they did it against a better defense in
Trent Edwards, QB, Bills
Lee Evans, who has put together solid back-to-back weeks. There is a good chance that
Derrick Ward, RB, Giants
: He is getting playing time behind Jacobs for now and with the Giants favorable schedule to start the year through about Week 7, he could be worth a spot on your team.
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers
: We were waiting for his emergence and it came in the 2nd half of
Steve Smith, who will return next week.
Chris Chambers, WR, Chargers
: After playing in a 39-38 shootout, how could there not be multiple Chargers and Broncos in this article. Chambers caught four balls for 82 yards with two scores on Sunday and continues to be a deep threat for Rivers. With a banged up Tomlinson, look for the Chargers to rely on Rivers to make big plays.