Is your team still breathing after Week 1? Well, your answer should be “yes” as all fantasy teams are still in contention even after a tough Week 1 loss. Additionally, there were no major injuries to report, which is always a blessing. If your team had the unfortunate assignment of battling Peyton Manning, you are more than likely looking to rebound from a potentially lopsided loss last week. Manning led all fantasy players with a career-high performance of seven touchdowns, no interceptions and 462 passing yards. Other names, including Anquan Boldin, Colin Kaepernick, A.J. Green, Victor Cruz, Jared Cook and Julius Thomas were among the top performers in a high-scoring opening week on the gridiron.
With a full slate of action ahead beginning this Thursday for Week 2, let’s take a dive into a few names that may make a difference for you.
Russell Wilson was one of the biggest surprises in 2012. His success combined with Seattle’s strong defense is a key reason why Seattle is a Super Bowl contender this year. Don’t be reluctant to start Wilson as your quarterback, especially this week against San Francisco. The 49ers do own one of the top defenses against the run as Green Bay only managed 44 rushing yards, but were able to do damage in the air. Wilson posted a career high in passing yards in Week 1, which was even more impressive with his running game hitting a block. Wilson threw four touchdowns last time the 49ers visited, so look for another strong performance as his confidence grows and the chemistry between he and his receivers strengthens.
Week 2 Forecast: 300 passing yards, 50 rushing yards, 2 TD, INT
Stevan Ridley failed to impress his owners as well as coach Bill Belichick when he lost a fumble in the second quarter. With injuries to backup running back Shane Vereen as well as wide receiver Danny Amendola and tight end Zach Sudfeld, the New England Patriots may be forced to lean on the run with Ridley more than usual in Thursday’s divisional battle against the New York Jets. On the bright side, Ridley did find running room and averaged more than 5.0 yards per carry. Expect a rebound and a lot of touches!
Week 2 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD
Many Atlanta Falcons were targeted in drafts due to their high-octane offense. Wide Receiver
Harry Douglas was generally not one of those names. However, with Roddy White hobbled with an ankle sprain, Douglas was targeted six times and caught four passes for 93 yards. If White is limited again this week, Douglas will be a strong play against the St. Louis Rams defense, which just allowed more than 325 passing yards to the Arizona Cardinals.
Week 2 Forecast: 80 yards, TD
Brandon Pettigrew displayed sparks of success last season, but also disappointed owners with dropped passes. His Week 1 performance also fell short of expectation. If you are shallow at tight end, give Pettigrew one more shot as he takes on the Arizona Cardinals, who just allowed 10 receptions, 166 receiving yards and two scores to the Rams’ tight ends (mostly Jared Cook).
Week 2 Forecast: 60 yards, TD
Is it just me or did the
Dallas Cowboys defense look better than ever minus Rob Ryan? Although the New York Giants posted 31 points, Dallas’ defense strongly impressed with how aggressive it played. With three sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles and two touchdowns, Dallas was one of the top scoring defenses along with Kansas City in Week 1. Ironically, they will be playing Kansas City, who played well against Jacksonville, but should be inferior offensively to the Giants. Kansas City generally plays better at home, but I still highly recommend the Dallas defense for Week 2.
Week 2 Forecast: 12 points
Week 1 Results
Quarterback: Terrelle Pryor
Week 1 Forecast: 200 passing yards, 25 rushing yards, TD
Week 1 Results: 217 passing yards, 112 rushing yards, TD, 2 INT
Running Back: Isaac Redman
Week 1 Forecast: 100 total yards, TD
Week 1 Results: 16 total yards, 1 lost fumble (Fail!)
Wide Receiver: Riley Cooper
Week 1 Forecast: 80 yards
Week 1 Results: 14 yards (Fail!)
Tight End: Brent Celek
Week 1 Forecast: 75 yards, TD
Week 1 Results: 56 yards, TD (Good Call)
Defense/Special Teams: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 1 Forecast: 13 points
Week 1 Results: 10 points (Good Call)
Good luck in Week 2!