St. Louis Rams and Atlanta Falcons
Jared Cook – If the Rams’ tight end can string together a set of highly productive games he’ll quickly become one of the best options at the position. Atlanta is very capable of running up the score, especially with Steven Jackson playing with a little extra something to prove. This could force St. Louis to throw to stay in the game. Cook could finally live up to the hype that’s surrounded him for the last couple of seasons and would benefit greatly by finding consistency.
Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens
Jordan Cameron – Much like the Rams’ Cook, Cameron could become a top-five option at the position if he can put together back to back good outings. Brandon Weeden is looking for someone to trust and Greg Little certainly doesn’t fit that mold. If the Ravens trip up Trent Richardson and Weeden needs to air it out, Cameron would be in for another big fantasy day. If not, he could fall back down into the rest of the pack of hit and miss tight ends.
Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills
E.J. Manuel – The Bills’ rookie quarterback didn’t look half bad last week. Granted, the Patriots defense isn’t exactly top of the class, but they do offer exotic looks and can get pressure on the quarterback. The effectiveness of Manuel was even more evident as fellow rookie Geno Smith got smashed by that same Patriots defense four days later. If Manuel can finish the week with 200 yards and two touchdowns against the Panthers he’ll find himself climbing toward the head of the QB2 rankings.
Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears
Greg Jennings – There was a big fantasy day for a Minnesota wide receiver last week, but unfortunately it wasn’t Jennings. Jerome Simpson went off, helping no one in fantasy. Christian Ponder looked a little better than expected as he was able to compile more stats than his talent would leave you to believe, so not all is lost for Jennings, just yet. If Ponder can just be an average NFL quarterback, which will be tough for him, there is still a chance for production. This week against the mighty Bears defense likely leads to two bad games in a row, leaving Jennings’ value at an all-time low if he doesn’t show something.