The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, and The Sleepy of Week 2
The theme this week is “Do not overreact.” There were surprises all over the NFL last week. Raise your hand if you had the Bills beating the Bears. Keep your hands up if you knew Jamaal Charles would score less than 5 points (In standard scoring). You also probably had a few bench guys light it up while those high draft picks struggled. Week 1 can be frustrating, but do NOT overreact. There is no reason to sit someone you drafted high (yet) for someone who could be no more than a one week wonder. Don’t turn a bad week one into a horrible week 2. One week does not a season make. Just some food for thought before we get into it; and as always you can get a hold of me @PatrickJudis on twitter.
Toby Gerhart JAX: This is entirely based upon Gerhart being healthy. Had an ankle injury against the Eagles, that he came back from, but keep an eye on his injury report. Other than that, he’s going up against a Washington team that allowed Foster to gain over 100 yards. That might be a trend going forward for Washington. The Jags are committed to pounding the rock with Gerhart, and Henne did enough throwing the ball last week to make teams have to account for them throwing it a little bit.
Knowshon Moreno MIA:
I can admit when I’m wrong. I thought that Miami offensive line would look bad because they essentially are playing with an entirely new one. I also thought Moreno was good, but that most of his production last season was due to the Manning factor. As I said before, I was wrong. He had 24 carries on his way to 134 yards and a TD against the Patriots. This week he’ll be going against the Bills, who just let Matt Forte go off on them.
Gio Bernard CIN:
Last week wasn’t a great matchup, but Bernard delivered, especially in PPR leagues. He tied for the team lead in receptions with 6. He will be facing an Atlanta defense that didn’t do much to slow down the New Orleans stable of RBs last week. For standard league owners it will be hard for him not to find the endzone next week.
Eddie Lacy GB:
Last week I had Lacy in “The Ugly” and he was exactly that. After his first 2 carries he had 21 yards, but after that was just not good. Seattle held him to just 13 yards on his next 10 runs before he left the game with a concussion. I still think Lacy will be a solid option, but in week 2 they’ll be going up against another tough run defense in the New York Jets. They held Oakland’s RBs to just 26 yard on 13 carries.
Rashad Jennings NYG:
I’m actually writing this while watching the Giants play the Lions. Jennings is actually running fairly well, given that the offensive line looks awful; but aside from getting the TD on the goal line, his night is forgettable. He’ll be trying to find running lanes this week against the Cardinals. SPOILER ALERT: There aren’t going to be many, especially with that line blocking for him.
Ryan Mathews SD:
Mathews had a decent outing due to his 20 yard TD run, but playing Seattle won’t help anyone’s fantasy value. Mathews is nothing more than a flex, if you really have no other options. It really is as simple as that.
Shonn Greene TEN:
I’ll be honest, it is hard for me to write this one. I have my personal demons with Greene, but being matched up against Dallas will make anyone look attractive, even Greene. He led all 4 of their backs with 15 carries, while the other 3 combined for 17; and because of that he is the guy who I’d pick to be an attractive flex option this week.
Kendall Wright TEN:
Wright is a PPR monster. He made a great play for the TD, but don’t expect that to be the norm for him. That said, if you hadn’t heard, the Titans are going up against Dallas, so it is entirely possible Wright can repeat his performance from week 1.
Kelvin Benjamin CAR:
I love this guy . If you drafted him, odds are he’s your 3rd or 4th best WR; which will likely turn out to be unbelievable value for this guy. He had 6 catches for 92 yards, including a ridiculous TD catch with DEREK ANDERSON throwing him the ball. I can’t imagine that Cam will slow him down. Going up against a Lions team that isn’t very strong in the secondary, he might have an even better game.
Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb GB:
This is a week you can expect Aaron Rodgers to be Aaron Rodgers. The Jets are strong in that front 7, but when you spread them out and throw it, they have no answers.
Keenan Allen SD:
Allen is basically the Eddie Lacy of WRs. A very good player, but has started out the year with two rough matchups in a row. Seattle is about the worst matchup, but hopefully they line him up on the other side of Sherman, much like the Packers did with Nelson, because he finished Monday night with 5 catches for 37 yards on 11 targets against that Arizona secondary.
Dwayne Bowe KC:
Last week I had Bowe as a sleeper, even though he was suspended (Whoops). I don’t know if it was because Bowe wasn’t out there or because the Chiefs refused to give the ball to Charles, but they looked extremely bad on offense, especially Alex Smith. This week they’re up against a Denver defense that really defended the Colts’ WRs very well, and I expect them to show us pretty much the same against the Chiefs.
Any Baltimore WR:
Baltimore is coming off a let down game against the Bengals; then the next day the Ray Rice situation climaxed with him being criticized by members of the locker room and then released. If there ever was a distraction, it’d be this. What makes it worse is they have to go back out there on Thursday night. The Steelers aren’t necessarily dominant against the pass, but this whole Rice thing could linger into Thursday.
Victor Cruz NYG:
Listen, I like Cruz as a football player, but if that offensive line can’t help their running game or protect Eli, his opportunities are limited no matter who they play. It doesn’t help that Patrick Peterson will be shadowing him all day.
Allen Hurns JAX:
This guy will likely be the hottest waiver wire pickup this week. Had a monster game against the Eagles with 110 yards and 2 TDs. This week the Jaguars are up against a Washington defense that let Fitzpatrick have a very efficient day against them. Dare I say Henne>Fitzpatrick? I dare.
Greg Olsen CAR:
Olsen is taking advantage of a lack of receiving options. He scored against Tampa Bay and if Anderson makes a better throw he would have had 2 TDs. He’ll likely become a guy who you feel confident starting every week soon.
Zach Ertz PHI:
This guy had a pretty big week 1 against Jacksonville. This week he’ll be up against a Colts’ defense that couldn’t cover Denver’s Julius Thomas. I know, Ertz is no Thomas, but D’qwell Jackson showed he struggled keeping up in coverage; so expect the Eagles to take advantage of that.
Antonio Gates SD:
Gates is on his way out in San Diego, with a far more talented Ladarious Green breathing down his neck, but that will be the least of his worries going up against those Seattle secondary who shut down opposing TEs.
Dwayne Allen IND:
First of all, if you only look at the stats Allen had a good week 1; but most of his points came on a weird sideline run where the defense thought he stepped out. The Eagles only allowed 3 TDs to opposing TEs last year and last week they didn’t allow any. Also he’s fighting for snaps with Coby Fleener. He’s a good spot start when your starting TE is on a bye, or has a very bad matchup, but don’t get cute with him this week.
Jake Locker TEN:
I’m not looking forward to people thinking Locker is a good QB after 2 good matchups to start the year. He’s playing Dallas, don’t start him if you have a choice (which I hope you do), so he could have a very good day.
Andy Dalton CIN:
Atlanta’s defense was shredded by Drew Brees; and I think Dalton could have a similar performance with his weapons. I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up in the top 10 scoring for QBs in week 2.
Philip Rivers SD:
Playing Seattle will put your QB in this section real quick. I’d avoid starting any QB against Seattle if I can help it.
Tom Brady NE:
This one is going deep. The last time Brady went up against a Mike Zimmer defense his passing TD streak ended (you’re welcome Drew Brees). While I don’t think this defense is capable of shutting Brady out of the endzone, don’t expect him drive the Patriots up and down the field.
Again these are defenses you can likely grab off the waiver wire.
The Cardinals @ The Giants
The Bucs vs The Rams
The Texans @ The Raiders
The Packers vs The Jets