NFL Week Two Fantasy Football Player Rankings
It’s no surprise to see high scores early in the season when teams are fighting it out in hot weather conditions. This week we saw some wild games and some defense break down bad against the run.
If teams are playing like this in September, what will happen if the league goes to 18 regular season games and the season starts in August?
Below I have some observations from the second week of the regular season and how I see those points of interest playing out from a fantasy perspective.
- Bengals vs Packers
- Cardinals vs Jaguars
- Patriots vs Jets
- Texans vs Titans
- 49ers vs Seahawks
- Cowboys vs Giants
- Dolphins vs Colts
Regular Season Week One
Fantasy Football Regular Season Week Two Notes:
Peyton Manning Steals a Win
Manning started the game off with a bang as he found his tight end Dallas Clark for an 80 yard touchdown pass to start the game. For the night Manning had two touchdowns and 303 yards on only 14 completions.
The Colts were on the sidelines for most of the game as the Dolphins pounded out the yardage on the ground.
On the Colts last drive of the game Manning threw a quick pass to second year receiver Pierre Garcon, and he took it the distance for a 48 yard touchdown catch.
It looks like Garcon is very capable of filling Anthony Gonzalez’s shoe for now so this is a great sign for Manning’s fantasy value.
Look for Garcon as a nice fantasy waiver pickup this week.
Matt Schaub Saves the Day
I picked the Texans to make it into the playoffs as a wild card this offseason. If they were, in fact, finally going to get to the post season, they needed to win this game. Last week the Texans were embarrassed at home against the Jets and this week started out no better.
It did not seem to matter how many big touchdowns the Titans had, as Matt Schaub kept leading his team to touchdowns.
The Titans were obsessed with stopping running back Steve Slaton as he had two 100 yard rushing days against them last year. Seeing that Slaton was the only runner to have a 100 yard rushing day against them last year, it was understandable that they wanted to stop him.
Unfortunately, to stop Slaton meant leaving themselves susceptible to the big play down the field. Because of this, Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones had huge days.
Look for Slaton to get his year on track against the Jaguars suspect defense next week.
Frank Gore Runs Wild
Some doubted if Frank Gore could ever return to his great numbers he posted back in 2006. In this game, he showed the fantasy football world that he is still a very good fantasy running back.
In the first half, he busted a 79 yard touchdowns and in the second half he had an 80 yard touchdown. These two runs single handedly beat the Seahawks.
Now, it would be nice to see the 49ers do a better job in the passing game. If they can have a respectable passing attack than Gore may be one of the top five fantasy players for 2009.
Only time will tell if that can happen but for now, Gore is off to a great start.
NFL Fantasy Football Information writer Sean E. Douglas: fantasy-info.com