Welcome to Week 2 of the Brew Crew Corner. The season is on a roll now, and before you know it, you’ll be gearing up for the playoffs. The season moves quick so enjoy it while you can. The first week of the season has passed and there were a ton of surprises. You always have players jump out of nowhere and produce such as Randall Cobb from the Green Bay Packers. You then have players disappoint such as Dwayne Bowe of the Kansas City Chiefs. The most important advice I can give you is to not overreact to Week 1 performances. If you had a player such as Steve Smith put up monster numbers, you need to curb your expectations. As teams get more film on Cam Newton, they will be able to take away his comfort zone and that will impact Smith’s stats. The Carolina Panthers also have one of the toughest schedules this season so they will be facing much better defenses then they played last week.
As expected with the shortened offseason, there were plenty of injuries in the first week. Hopefully you drafted good depth at the position to cover starts until your injured player returns. If you have a player like Danny Amendola or Marques Colston, it may be harder to hold on to these players if they will miss a good amount of time. Think before you drop them from your team.
Take the time this week to review your team and which players fit your roster. Make the necessary changes to your roster now. There was a player in one of my leagues who drafted Peyton Manning and had David Garrard as his backup. As you can see he didn’t have a starting quarterback for Week 1. Another team in a different league didn’t bother to pick up a kicker and was penalized all the points they scored with Tom Brady. It sounds silly but it happens all the time. If you want to win your league, you have to prepare accordingly. Look over your team this week. Don’t rush to make foolish trades or waiver pickups because a player did not perform well.
The Golden Mug Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who came through for their team.
Tom Brady – 32/48, 517 yards, 4 TD, 1 INT. Brady posted his best fantasy game since Week 6 of last year when he put up 380 yards and six touchdowns against the Tennessee Titans.
Ray Rice – 19 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD; 4 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD. Rice was the top running back in Week 1 and he did it against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense. Rice had 52 rushing yards combined last season when facing the Steelers.
The Urinal Cake Award
Awarded to the fantasy players who you would like to, well you know.
Chad Ochocinco – 1 reception, 14 yards. Ochocinco has been on a steep decline and now that he is on a team that won’t throw to him when he doesn’t run the right route, you can expect poor stats all season. For those who drafted Ochocinco expecting another Randy Moss type of season, expect to be disappointed.
Dwayne Bowe – 2 receptions, 17 yards. Bowe had a great matchup but couldn’t get it going in this game. The Chiefs’ offense as a whole let owners down.
Good quarterback matchups this week:
Matt Schaub against the Miami Dolphins. After giving up 517 passing yards to Tom Brady, the Dolphins have to be nervous about Schaub coming to town. Schaub had an average Week 1 performance with just 220 yards and should put up better numbers in this game.
Jay Cutler against the New Orleans Saints. Cutler played well against a good Atlanta Falcons team, putting up 312 passing yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Saints gave up big touchdowns to the Green Bay Packers, and Cutler will look to do the same this week.
Sleeper Pick of the Week:
Mark Sanchez – Sanchez had two 300-yard games all of last season. He starts the season with 335 yards and has an opportunity to put up similar numbers against a poor Jacksonville Jaguars defense. With Shonn Greene not running effectively, the New York Jets will have to count on the passing game more than they want to.
Good running back matchups this week:
Cedric Benson against the Denver Broncos. Benson is going to get the majority of the carries for the Bengals this season. He wasn’t a sexy pick on draft day but he will be serviceable as a RB2 or flex option. Andy Dalton is dealing with an injured wrist and may not play in this game. If he misses the start then they will turn to Bruce Gradkowski to fill in. Either situation will likely give Benson extra carries this week. Benson carried the ball 25 times in Week 1. The Broncos’ defense was crushed by the Oakland rushing attack last week as the Raiders put up 190 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Jahvid Best against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Lions were playing at a high level on offense in Week 1 and Best chipped in with 20 carries for 76 yards while adding 42 passing yards. The 20 carries shows that the Lions are committed to Best as their starter and will give him a bunch of touches. If he can stay healthy this season he could put up good numbers. The Chiefs defense was poor in Week 1 and they allowed more than 100 yards rushing.
Sleeper Pick of the Week:
Fred Jackson – The Buffalo Bills surprised everyone in Week 1 when they blew out the Kansas City Chiefs. Jackson is like Benson in that he’s not going to be everyone’s favorite to start but in reality they are both getting the bulk of their carries. in a league where splitting carries is the standard these days, you as many running backs that will touch the ball the most. Jackson put up good numbers last week, posting 112 yards on 20 carries. This week he will face an Oakland Raiders team that was awful against the run last year, allowing 133.6 rushing yards per game.
Bad quarterback matchups this week:
Eli Manning against the St. Louis Rams. Manning had a poor preseason and it carried over into the first game. He has yet to reach the endzone this season and he will likely be without Hakeem Nicks. Mario Manningham will draw double coverage. Look for the New York Giants to run the ball as much as they can as they do not want to rely on newly signed Brandon Stokley to be their go-to guy. The Rams held Michael Vick to 187 passing yards in Week 1.
Matt Ryan against the Philadelphia Eagles. I feel bad for Ryan, who will be playing at home but have fans cheering more for Michael Vick. If you remember last season the crowd went wild when Vick entered the game and scored twice. Ryan will have his hands full with the Eagles’ secondary so expect them to use Michael Turner more in this game. The Eagles defense had five sacks last week without giving up a passing touchdown.
Bad running back matchups this week:
Carnell ‘Cadillac’ Williams against the New York Giants. Williams may get the start in place of Steven Jackson so check the status of each before setting your line up. Last week the Giants defense did not play well but they may have Justin Tuck back this week. Expect the Giants to attack more this week to avoid falling behind in the NFC.
LeGarrette Blount against the Minnesota Vikings. Blount took a back seat to Earnest Graham and only had 15 yards on five carries. Blount also struggled in pass protection and that will lead to Graham playing more snaps. Last week, the Vikings held the San Diego Chargers to less than 80 yards and were a Top 10 run defense a year ago.
Use this week to really evaluate your team as most starters will make the adjustments for a poor first week and coaches will want to get their best players more involved.
Good Luck to everyone in Week 2.