It seems a little... Empty(?) to be writing about Fantasy Football right now, so soon after the day-that-will-not-be-discussed-by-me. Frankly, I don't know how our real (read: non-fantasy) writers at WCG got up and got it together... But, there is no reason our fantasy teams have to get the same treatment that can only be provided by dominant blockers like JWebb, owner of a nation. I digress.
Let's get to the jump, and off to the world of make believe, where our teams can win every week, if we are just savvy enough... Make sure to drop in your questions for week 2 fantasy advice in the comments section below!
Well, I am cheating again, because Thursday night football is past (don't worry, I'll remember to address some stuff Tues. in regards to Thurs. games. from now on).
Top 12 QBs This Week (in order): Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Philip Rivers, Matt Ryan, Eli Manning (rebound game), Matt Schaub, Andrew Luck, Matt Stafford, Michael Vick. I am gambling on Luck this week, but the defense is a lot weaker and he has already shown big play power. RGIII had his turn, I think now Luck gets his. He has the offensive toys. Stafford & Vick have tough match-ups this week after bad weeks last week, or they'd be further up. I cheated and left Rodgers and Cutler off, and both probably would have made the list otherwise, at 3 & 12 respectively.
Top 30 RBs This Week (in order): Arian Foster, Adrian Peterson, Darren McFadden, Ray Rice, Jamaal Charles, DeMarco Murray, Frank Gore, CJ Spiller, Ahmad Bradshaw, Stevan Ridley, LeSean McCoy, Maurice Jones-Drew, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Reggie Bush, Marshawn Lynch, Ryan Matthews (if he plays), Alfred Morris, Willis McGahee, Donald Brown, Doug Martin, Cedric Benson, Shonn Greene, Darren Sproles, Kevin Smith, Matt Forte, Trent Richardson, Michael Turner, Michael Bush. I think the top group against weak defenses might rampage this week, while some redemption happens for teams that want to run (Giants, Titans, Cleveland). I included those who already played to give you a feel of how I think others will turn out.
Top 30 WRs This Week (in order): Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Julio Jones, AJ Green, Victor Cruz, Demaryius Thomas, Steve Smith, Reggie Wayne, Hakeem Nicks, Dez Bryant, Larry Fitzgerald, Marques Colston,Torrey Smith, Roddy White, Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, DeSean Jackson, Dwayne Bowe, Antonio Brown, Brandon Lloyd, Miles Austin, Mike Wallace, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Steve Johnson, Kevin Ogletree, Malcolm Floyd, Michael Crabtree, Pierre Garcon, Nate Washington, Vincent Jackson, Stephen Hill. No GB/Chi receivers needed, there are enough impact players left to not need the gauges we used in RBs. Some guys are going to come down to earth a little (Garcon, Washington, Hill) and others are going to rebound after last week (Bowe, Jackson, Torrey Smith), but a lot of the guys we should expect showed up already. I think Ogletree has some staying power. Those who started Nelson came out okay, Marshall not so much. Cobb continues to produce some.
Top 12 TEs This Week (in order): Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, everyone else...Just kidding! Vernon Davis, Antonio Gates, Jacob Tamme, Aaron Hernandez, Jared Cook, Coby Fleener, Brandon Pettigrew, Dennis Pitta, Martellus Bennett, Owen Daniels. Gronk and Graham, then Davis, Gates and Hernandez, then its kind of a mixed bag until Witten heals and someone else emerges as a weekly go to - but Fleener, Pettigrew, Pitta, and Daniels all had enough targets last week to make me believe.
Top 12 D/ST This Week (in order): Packers (Sorry), Patriots, Texans, Cowboys, Steelers, Ravens, Bears, Giants, Bengals, 49ers, Browns, Jets. Back to earth for the Jets, as their D/ST scores less and Pittsburgh takes out their frustration on the Jets O. Patriots & Texans might be the best defenses this season. 49ers are good enough for the Packers, then they are good enough for the Lions.
Injury Tracker: Ryan Matthews, Rashard Mendenhall, Pierre Garcon, Jeremy Maclin, Steve Smith, Nate Washington, DeSean Jackson, Antonio Gates...and our pride Bears fans, and our pride.
What to REALLY watch for this Week: Is Kevin Ogletree for real? How about RGIII? Was Miles Austin's production a 1 play fluke? Are Tamme, Fleener, and Pitta going to contribute as TEs are be more in & out 500 yard players? Can the Patriots, Texans, and Cowboys defense stay strong? Is that Jets offense coming crashing back down? Will Arizona figure out how to get the ball to Fitz? Can Stafford and E. Manning recover? These things might make big differences on a lot of fantasy teams in the near future.
Time to ask away! What do YOU want to know about Week 2 Fantasy Football?