A MUST READ! Week 2 Sleepers and Start’ems!

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Week 2 Sleepers/Start’ems at the bottom.

Tons of early round picks failed to show up on the score board this week. Big names with big expectations failed to produce and instead of helping teams they hurt quite a bit. Have patience, your big name studs will turn it on hopefully sooner rather then later.

 

Week 1 Sleeper’s and Start’ems RECAP!

  • DA GOODZ! Recommended starts that made us look good!
  •     Quarterbacks

Eli Manning NYG @ Dal – 27 of 42 for 450 yards 4TDs – 3Ints
Matt Stafford Det vs Min – 28 of 43 for 357 yards 2TDs
Colin Kaepernick SF vs GB – 27 of 39 for 412 yards 3TDs, 7 carries 22 yards
Andrew Luck Indy vs Oak – 18 of 23 for 178 yards 2TDs, 6 carries 38 yards 1TD
Matt Schaub Hou @ SD – 34 of 45 for 346 yards 3TDs – 1 Int
Tony Romo Dal vs NYG – 36 of 49 for 263 yards 2TDs – 1Int
Tom Brady NE @ Buf – 29 of 52 for 288 yards 2TDs – 1Int
Alex Smith KC @ Jax – 21 of 34 for 173 yards 2TDs

  •     Running Backs ( Rec = Reception)

Jamaal Charles KC @ Jax – 16 carries 77 yards 1TD, 3 rec for 33 yards
Steven Jackson ATL @ NO – 11 carries 77 yards, 5 rec for 45yards
Reggie Bush Det vs Min – 21 carries 90 yards, 4 rec for 101 yards 1TD
Darren McFadden Oak @ Indy – 17 carries 48 yards 1TD, 3 rec for 18 yards
Daryl Richardson STL vs ARI – 20 carries 63 yards, 5 rec for 33 yards

  •     Wide Receivers ( Rec = Reception)   

DeSean Jackson Phi @ Was – 7 rec for 104 yards 1TD on 9 targets
Vincent Jackson TB @ NYJ – 7 rec for 154 yards on 13 targets
Anquan Boldin SF vs GB – 13 rec for 208 yards 1TD on 18 targets
Vincent Brown SD vs Hou – 2 rec for 13 yards 1TD on 4 targets
Antonio Brown Pit vs Ten – 5 rec for 71 yards on 7 targets

  •     Tight Ends (Rec = Reception)

Vernon Davis SF vs GB – 6 rec for 98 yards 2TDs on 9 targets 
Jason Witten Dal vs NYG – 8 rec for 70 yards 2TDs on 9 targets
Jordan Cameron Cle vs Mia – 9 rec for 108 yards 1TD on 13 targets
Owen Daniels Hou vs SD – 5 rec for 67 yards 2TDs on 7 targets
Brandon Myers NYG @ Dal – 7 rec for 66 yards 1TD on 9 targets
Jermichael Finley GB @ SF – 5 rec for 56 yards 1TD on 8 targets

 

  • NOT so Goodz/ Recommended starts that made us look bad.

RB Marshawn Lynch Sea @ Car – 17 carries 43 yards, 2 rec 9 yards
RB Stevan Ridley NE @ Buf – 9 carries 46 yards
RB Maurice Jones-Drew Jax vs KC – 15 carries 45 yards
RB David Wilson NYG @ Dal – 7 carries 19 yards 2 Fumbles Lost
RB Ahmad Bradshaw Indy vs Oak – 7 carries 26 yards, 1 rec 7 yards

WR Roddy White ATL @ NO – 2rec 19 yards on 3 targets
WR Kenbrell Thompkins NE @ Buf  – 4 rec 42 yards on 14 targets!
WR T.Y Hilton Indy vs Oak – 3 rec 20yards on 5 targets
WR Cecil Shorts Jax vs KC – 3 rec 40yards on 10 targets
WR Golden Tate Sea @ Car – 4 rec 51 yards on 7 targets

TE Zach Sudfeld NE @ Buf – stat-less/pulled hamstring
TE Kyle Rudolph Min @ Det – 2 rec 27 yards on 4 targets

 

  •     WEEK 2 SLEEPERS and START’ems!
  •     Quarterbacks

Cam Newton Car @ Buf - Brady didn’t have his best performance with 288 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. When you consider Newton managed just 125 yards passing Week 1 against Seattle, you wonder if he’s going to be able to put up big production against the Bills. Still, the Panthers know they must open up the game plan and that should mean plenty of running and a ton more deep throws for Newton Week 2. The Bills are not the Seahawks defensively and should allow for a better game for Newton. He should remain a No. 1 Fantasy QB in most formats for Week 2.

Robert Griffin III Wash @ GB – Who was intercepted twice after only being picked off 5 times all last season, refused to blame his performance or the loss on his missing the preseason. Griffin finished the game going 30 for 49 for 329 yards with two touchdowns as the Redskins made a furious second-half comeback. Down 33-7 in the third quarter, Griffin led the charge to 20 unanswered points. He threw both his touchdown passes to Leonard Hankerson in the fourth quarter. The Packers just allowed 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick to pick them apart for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. The potential for another high scoring game is in the works!

Matt Ryan ATL vs STL - Falcons coach Mike Smith told the multiple reporters after the game that they need to do a better job of protecting their QB “He was hit entirely too many times.” Smith said the entire offensive line was at fault, noting that the pressure came from the “right side, left side and up the middle.” The Rams have 2 proven pass rushers in Chris Long and Robert Quinnn and sacked Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer 4 times in Week 1. Of course, they also allowed 327 yards and 2 touchdowns through the air in a game that became something of a shootout. Look for Ryan to get back on track at home this week.

Carson Palmer Ari vs Det – Flourished in Bruce Arians’ offense Sunday against the Rams, hitting 26 of 40 throws for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns with an interception. It was his 28th career 300-yard game. Palmer was able to find 8 different receivers in posting a 96.6 rating. He’ll face the Lions at home in Week 2. Leading WR Larry Fitzgerald caught 8 receptions for 80 yards and 2touchdowns as Palmer targeted him a team-high 14 times against the Rams. Last year, Arizona quarterbacks went 0 for 9 throwing to Fitzgerald in the end zone. Palmer is already 2 for 2 on the year.   

Other Quarterbacks with nice matchups - Josh Freeman TB vs NO, Ryan Tannehill Mia @ Indy, Jay Cutler Chi vs Min, Terrelle Pryor Oak vs Jac   

 

  • Running Backs

Chris Johnson Ten vs NO - Titans running back CJ2K prepares to face a familiar foe Week 2, as Tennessee makes the trip to face AFC South rival Houston. Johnson has averaged 89.3 rushing yards per game in 10 career games against Houston, eclipsing the 100-yard mark four times, including a 141-yard rushing performance last season at Houston. Johnson averaged 2.8 yards per carry in a tough Week 1 win at Pittsburgh. He did carry the football 25 times, with Tennessee showing a committment to 6-year veteran back and the run game.

Matt Forte Chi vs Min - Forte had 19 carries, and finished with 50 yards. He made an impact in the passing game, with 4 reception for 41 yards. He was able to plunge into the end zone in the third quarter for a one yard run. Michael Bush did not play a role until late in the game, when the team was trying to run out the clock. He’ll face off against the Vikings this week that just allowed Reggie Bush a monster week of 90 rushing yards, 101receiving yards and 1TD on 25 total touches.

Trent Richardson Cle @ Balt – Has never gone more than 2 games in his young NFL career without scoring a touchdown. He hasn’t scored in his last 2 games dating back to last season, so he seems due heading into Week 2 at Baltimore. Richardson’s last 100-yard rushing game came against Baltimore in Week 9 last season. Richardson performed well against the Ravens as a rookie, totaling 152 rushing yards, 88 receiving yards and one touchdown in 2 games. Browns coach Rob Chudzinski said Monday Richardson was held to 15 touches Week 1 against the Dolphins because Cleveland couldn’t extend drives due to a poor 3rd-down conversion rate (1 for 14). It sounds like the Browns will run Richardson early and often Week 2.

Darren McFadden Oak vs Jac – Totaled 66 yards on 17 carries and 3 receptions. He would have had a second touchdown from 30 yards out had he kept two feet inbounds on a 4th -quarter catch in the back-right corner of the end zone. The Raiders have a very nice matchup as the Jags’ defense that struggled against the Chiefs at home. Kansas City running backs totaled 97 yards on the ground and 34 yards through the air with 1 score.   

Other Running Backs with nice matchups - Doug Martin TB vs NO, DeAngelo Williams Car @ Buf, DeMarco Murray Dal @ KC, Ray Rice Balt vs Cle   

 

  • Wide Receivers

A.J Green Cin vs Pit- Green was the Bengals’ top offensive weapon, as usual. He was targeted a team-high 13 times, and finished with 9 receptions for 162 yards. He scored twice, once on a 2-yard pass from Andy Dalton, and then from 45 yards, both in the first half. Green will face a familiar foe in Week 2, when the Bengals open their home scheduled against the Steelers. Green had 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in 2 games against Pittsburgh last season.

Steve Smith Car @ Buf - The Bills struggled against Patriots wide receivers Week 1. They gave up the 6th-most Fantasy points to the WR position in the first week of the season as Julian Edelman scored twice and Danny Amendola went over 100 yards receiving with 10 receptions in the game. The veteran will once again be the most targeted option for Newton in the passing game heading into the second contest in Buffalo. Smith last played against the Bills in 2009 and went for 6 receptions for 99 yards in that game. In 3 career games against the Bills, dating back to 2001, Smith has nine catches for 154 yards.

Larry Fitzgerald Ari vs Det – Carson Palmer flourished in Bruce Arians’ offense Sunday against the Rams, hitting 26 of 40 throws for 327 yards and 2 touchdowns with an interception. It was his 28th career 300-yard game. Palmer was able to find 8 different receivers in posting a 96.6 rating. He’ll face the Lions at home in Week 2. Leading WR Larry Fitzgerald caught 8 receptions for 80 yards and 2touchdowns as Palmer targeted him a team-high 14 times against the Rams. Last year, Arizona quarterbacks went 0 for 9 throwing to Fitzgerald in the end zone. Palmer is already 2 for 2 on the year.

Pierre Garcon Wash @ GB – Garcon caught a team-high 7 receptions for 64 yards on a team high 11 targets. Garcon started off slow but got going late in the game as the Redskins tried to make a late last minute comeback as they scored 20 unanswered points.  Garcon was clearly Griffin’s favorite target. He’ll look for his first touchdown Week 2 at Green Bay.

Brian Hartline & Mike Wallace Mia @ Indy – Wallace was taken out of the game by Browns CB Joe Haden, who held Wallace to 1 reception for 15 yards on 5 targets. Hartline turned out to be the star with nine catches for 114 yards and a touchdown on 15 targets. The Dolphins have to improve their running game, but if not it appears like this receiving corps will be fine. Everyone hopes Hartline can continue to play like this because he could turn into a quality addition off the waiver wire.   

Other Wide Receivers with nice matchups - Wes Welker Den @ NYG, Andre Roberts Ari vs Det, Julio Jones ATL vs STL, James Jones GB vs Wash, Hakeem Nicks NYG vs Den, Julian Edelman NE vs NYJ, Leonard Hankerson Was @ GB, Mike Williams TB vs NO, Marlon Brown Balt vs Cle   

 

  • Tight Ends

Julius Thomas Den @ NYG - The Giants did not defend the tight end well in their opener, allowing Jason Witten to catch 8 of his 9 targets for 70 yards and 2 touchdowns. Broncos TE Julius Thomas will try to take similar advantage Sunday at New York. Thomas, a 6-5, 255-pound former college basketball player, had his coming-out party against Baltimore as he caught 5 receptions for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns on 7 targets. Peyton Manning says Thomas “is a big guy that can really run” and expects the 25-year-old to continue having a big role in Denver’s potent offense.

Jared Cook STL @ ATL- Cook showed flashes of potential during his time in Tennessee, including back-to-back games late in 2011 in which he eclipsed 100 yards, but with the Rams, he seems to have found a team that appreciates his big-play potential and aims to make the most of it. In Week 2, he’ll face the Falcons, who limited the Saints’ Jimmy Graham, another big-play tight end, to just 4 receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown last week. But the Falcons allowed the 7th-most Fantsay points to TE’s last season, giving you every incentive to stick with Cook in Week 2.

Jordan Cameron Cle @ Balt - Coming into the season, Cameron was a top Fantasy sleeper following a strong preseason. He didn’t disappoint Week 1 and could be a breakout player in 2013. Cameron had a career day, totaling nine catches for 108 yards and one touchdown. Cameron will look to keep the momentum going Week 2 at Baltimore, and he might have a very good chance to do it after Broncos tight end Julius Thomas shred the Baltimore secondary for 5 receptions for 110 yards and 2 touchdowns Week 1.

Greg Olsen Car @ Buf - Olsen didn’t score Week 1 against Seattle, but did manage 5 receptions for 56 yards. More importantly, he was targeted 10 times in the passing game by QB Cam Newton. Newton is looking his tight end’s way early and often and that should translate into more than a few TDs this season, hopefully beginning Week 2 against the Bills. Buffalo was stout against TEs Week 1 as New England struggled without Rob Gronkowski in the lineup.   

Other Tight Ends with nice matchups - Martellus Bennett Chi vs Min, Brandon Myers NYG vs Den, Fred Davis Wash @ GB, Jermichael Finley GB vs Wash

 

  •      ATTENTION TEAM OWNERS – If your players are not listed it is NOT because I don’t like them. They could have a better match-up within the next 2 weeks and I could be saving them for another weeks article. Good luck and enjoy!