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Week 2: Running Backs Will Bounce Back

It’s now Week 2 and the season is starting to roll along. Before you know it we all will be scrambling to fill our bye week needs. The fantasy season started with a bang this year with Peyton Manning almost single-handedly winning fantasy games on his own. The lead he generated for owners before the Sunday games even began was enormous. Don’t expect Manning to keep up his pace of 112 touchdowns, but Tom Brady’s record of 50 touchdowns could very well be obtainable. Remember, back in 2004, Manning threw for 49 touchdowns so I wouldn’t be surprised if he did break the record.

Tight End vs. Running Backs

Week 1 was a good week for tight ends. Going into the season, many felt that the tight end position was weak, but, as we’ve seen this past weekend, the tight end position played very well. Looking more closely at the stats, there were eight tight ends with 20-plus fantasy points and Jared Cook had more than 30 fantasy points. There were 12 running backs with 20-plus fantasy points with three running backs having 30-plus fantasy points. There were more tight ends with 100-plus yards (three) than running backs (two). I was surprised that we went all day Sunday with only one running back rushing for more than 100 yards. Adrian Peterson, after his monster run of 78 yards, managed just 15 yards rushing the rest of the game. Tight ends also outshined running backs when it came to multiple touchdowns, tight ends had five while running backs had just two. I’m sure you were disappointed in your running backs this week but you can expect better in Week 2 as coaches will look to get guys more involved.

One Week Wonders

Every year we have undrafted players go off in Week 1 then they end up stinking the rest of the season. Last year we saw players such as Alshon Jeffery and Kevin Ogletree put up big numbers in Week 1 only to disappoint the next game. Players such as Eddie Royal and Jerome Simpson come to mind after their Week 1 performance. Julian Edelman might be the exception as he has the opportunity to continue playing well given the injuries the New England Patriots have sustained. Unless you have a player such as Shane Vereen, I would hold off before dropping players that stunk in Week 1. Leonard Hankerson is a guy that I think will be up and down from week-to-week so don’t expect multiple touchdown games too often.

The Golden Mug Award

Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.

Peyton Manning

– 27/42, 462 yards, 7 TD. Fantasy bliss! How awesome was it to be a Manning owner and have those stats? Then again, how awful was it if you were playing Manning to see those stats? Manning set the highest fantasy total for a single game. This is the highest fantasy point production since Michael Vick in 2010.

Anquan Boldin

– 13 receptions, 208 yards, TD. No one saw that coming from Boldin, who had just one 100-plus receiving yard game all last season. It looks as if he is a good fit for this San Francisco offense and should be in your lineup this week. I feel sorry for owners who had Boldin as their WR3 and had him on the bench. Ouch.

A.J. Green

– 9 catches, 162 yards, 2 TD. This is the reason Green was ranked as one of the top wide receivers heading into the season. Could Green outproduce Dez Bryant or Calvin Johnson this season? He is off to a good start.

The Urinal Cake Award

Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well, you know.

Lamar Miller

– 10 carries, 3 yards; 1 reception, 7 yards. I think some running backs could trip and fall for more yards than Miller posted last week. With all the preseason hype around Miller being a top RB2 in most leagues, he was a big no show for Week 1. He is now in a full running back by committee situation until he can prove that he should be the featured back.

David Wilson

– 7 carries, 19 yards, 2 fumbles. Fumble once, shame on me. Fumble twice and you’re back on the bench. Seems like deja vu for Wilson as he fumbles and gets benched in Week 1 for the second year in a row. Many were expecting big things this season for Wilson, and, with Andre Brown out with an injury, Wilson was looking like a big play in Week 1.

Zach Sudfeld

– 1 target. Those who used Sudfeld in their lineup hoping for some Rob Gronkowski magic were disappointed when he didn’t even have a catch. It’s safe to say he should be dropped in every league.

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