Week 2 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

Randy Moss will likely do a weird dance like this in the end zone Sunday against the Jets.

And some picks of my own(based on standard league scoring systems):

Week Two's Best

QB: Aaron Rodgers... Just 184 passing yards and one passing touchdown last Sunday against the Bears, although he was victorious. Still, he was disappointed in his effort and will look for a big game to bounce back. He gets a Bengals pass defense that is better than most realize(15th against the pass last year, and great last week against the Broncos if you take away the Brandon Stokley miracle), but I think he has a big game.
RB: Adrian Peterson... The best running back on the planet(and probably best overall player) gets the Detroit Lions. In his first game, he ran for 180 yards and three touchdowns to accumulate 37 fantasy points in standard leagues, the most of any player. There's no way you could convince me to go with anybody else here.
WR: Randy Moss... He and Tom Brady looked amazing all preseason, and they looked that way again Monday night in Buffalo, as Moss reeled in 12 catches for 140 yards. He didn't have a touchdown though. That changes this week against the Jets.
TE: Dallas Clark... With Anthony Gonzalez out, the only targets Peyton really feels comfortable with are Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. I'm feeling a touchdown here.
K: Stephen Gostkowski... Against the Jets in 2008, Gostkowski had 13 and 11-point efforts.
D/ST: Minnesota Vikings... The sixth ranked defense in 2008 hosts the Lions. Their run defense is particularly spectacular thanks to the Williams wall, and that most likely means rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford will have to throw the ball a lot to put up points for the Lions. Expect a few turnovers and possibly only single-digits scored from the Lions offense.

Sleeper Picks

QB: Trent Edwards...
Tony Romo threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns at Tampa Bay last week. The Bucs' secondary looked terrible. Now Edwards gets them at home, after a very good performance in New England Monday night. I think he can have a top-five quarterback week.
RB: Correll Buckhalter... It appears he could be the #1 running back in Denver at the moment after getting 46 yards on eight carries in week one against Cincinnati . Now that could EASILY change at any moment. Knowshon Moreno figures to get the most carries as the year goes on, and the team is very confident in Peyton Hillis after he did a great job last season.

In Denver this Sunday, Buckhalter will get a Browns run defense that ranked 28th in the league last year. It's a gamble, but I like his chances to be a good RB3/flex option this weekend, and maybe even have a very nice game. He's more valuable in PPR leagues as he's a good receiver, and Kyle Orton likes to check down in the backfield a lot as we saw with him last year in Chicago with Matt Forte.
WR: Earl Bennett... The Bears' second-year wide receiver was basically red-shirted last season. Now he's reunited with Jay Cutler, who was his college quarterback for a year at Vanderbilt where they were terrific together. Cutler apparently feels most comfortable going Bennett's way now, evidenced by Bennett's 13 targets last Sunday in Green Bay. Only Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Calvin Johnson had the ball thrown their way more than Bennett in week one.

Now, he's not going to reel in many throws over 15 yards from Cutler and will mainly be a possession receiver, particularly being effective in PPR leagues. But this week against Pittsburgh, the Bears will likely struggle to run the ball. Again, Cutler seems most comfortable throwing Bennett's way, so even though seeing his name next to Pittsburgh this week is intimidating, he should have a solid week.
TE: Greg Olsen... He was my week one best tight end and flopped significantly, catching just one pass for eight yards. With that game in mind and a matchup against Pittsburgh this week, most fantasy owners will overlook him. I wouldn't make that mistake.

Cutler and the Bears know that Olsen is the most talented and biggest target in this offense. Not looking Olsen and Forte's way enough is what the Bears think was a big reason Cutler threw four interceptions in Green Bay. Also, backup tight end Desmond Clark is out, so Olsen will without question be the main guy Cutler looks to over the middle of the field.
K: Matt Prater... The Broncos' kicker made both field goal attempts in Cincinnati. One was from over 40 yards, and the other was a 50-yarder. His problem is accuracy, as he made just 25 of 34 attempts last season and even missed an extra point. I'm going to ride his little hot streak though and think he has a nice week at home against the Browns. The Broncos should at least get plenty of scoring attempts. He's available in a lot of leagues and I'd start him over some better known kickers this week. He's more valuable in leagues that give extra points for kick attempt length(four for 40+, five for 50+, etc.), as he hit six from over 50 yards in 2008.
D/ST: Atlanta Falcons... They're facing Jake Delhomme. Until he comes anywhere close to resembling even an NFL backup quarterback, start whoever is playing against him.

Shit Picks


QB: Carson Palmer...
You all saw what the Packers defense did to Jay Cutler last week, and Carson Palmer really struggled against a Broncos defense that 26th against the pass in 2008. It might surprise you that even last year the Packers were tied for third in the NFL with 22 interceptions. With new defensive coordinator Dom Capers bringing in the 3-4 defense to Green Bay, they're really flying around out there. I expect Palmer to have a good season, but I don't see it going very well in this one, no matter what Esteban tells you.
RB: Willie Parker... 13 carries for 19 yards against the Titans last week. Yikes. Even though Bears linebackers Brian Urlacher and Pisa Tinoisamoa are out(Urlacher for the season of course), I think the Bears will still be able to do a good job to stop the Steelers' run game. The Steelers should have more success passing the ball, and not sure if you've noticed... but the Steelers are a pass-first team these days. I don't know if Willie even gets 13 carries in this one.
WR: Dwayne Bowe... He'll be facing the Raiders which probably doesn't seem like a bad thing to most of you. What this means though, is that he'll have Nnamdi Asomugha all over his ass. In 2008, only 27 passes were thrown in Asomugha's direction, and only eight of those passes were completed. That's why Asomugha is the best cornerback in the NFL, and why I can't see Bowe doing much this week.
TE: Owen Daniels... His quarterback, Matt Schaub, doesn't seem to be healthy(shocking!). Going into Tennessee to face their terrific defense doesn't help things.
K: Jay Feely... This is my hunch pick of the week, and I think people are getting a little too carried away with the Jets' offense after one game(and I'm a big Mark Sanchez fan).
D/ST: Indianapolis Colts... The Dolphins are pissed after scoring just seven points in Atlanta in week one. They'll put up some points in their home opener against a Colts defense that is still without their best player, safety Bob Sanders.

My Week One Picks(scoring based off ESPN standard league settings)...

Best: Drew Brees(36 Points), Adrian Peterson(37 Points), Marques Colston(9 Points), Greg Olsen(0 Points), John Carney(8 Points), Baltimore Ravens(2 Points).

Sleepers:
Carson Palmer(5 Points), Fred Jackson(19 Points), Donald Driver (3 Points), Jeremy Shockey(15 Points), Steven Hauschka(8 Points), Seattle Seahawks(15 Points).

Shit: Brett Favre(8 Points), Chris Johnson(6 Points), Brandon Marshall(2 Points), Visanthe Shiancoe(2 Points), Adam Vinatieri(1 Point), Chicago Bears(6 Points).

Green shows it was a notably good pick, red shows it was a bad one. I did a good job picking crap this week. That's always been one of my special talents.

I'll continue to add projections, rankings, update the injuries to watch, and provide more articles from around the web until the early games start on Sunday. So keep checking back for updates.

If you come across any good articles that aren't on here, or have any yourself, don't hesitate to e-mail me: sharapovasthigh@gmail.com.

UPDATE(9/18, 8:00 PM ET): Added a start em/sit em from Souvenir City, and made many changes to the injury concerns.

LaDainian Tomlinson will not play against the Ravens. Darren Sproles will start in place of him, and now moves into the 20-25 running back range for this week. Even against the Ravens, Sproles is a problem for any defense. I think he'll have a solid week especially in PPR leagues.

I had Willie Parker as my running back shit pick, and that was before I found out that he's apparently going to be in a rotation at running back with Rashard Mendenhall. Mendenhall was very unimpressive in the preseason so this is a bit of surprise to happen so quickly. As I mentioned when talking about Willie, the Steelers are absolutely a pass-first team now. I'd avoid both Parker and Mendenhall as anything more than a flex play.

Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Bryant is "Doubtful" for the game in Buffalo Sunday, as he is dealing with a knee injury. After him, the Tampa wide receiving corps is very weak. Tight end Kellen Winslow could be targeted a lot by Byron Leftwich.

Running back Jamal Lewis was removed from the injury concerns, as he's listed as "Probable". His teammate, running back James Davis, is officially "Questionable".

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is "Questionable" and a game-time decision to face the Raiders at home Sunday.

Anquan Boldin is listed as "Questionable" as we're used to with him, and so is the Texans' wide receiver and red zone stud, Kevin Walter. I think at least Boldin will play. I'd keep Walter out of your lineup, as even if he goes, he'll be facing a great Titans defense.

UPDATE(9/20, 11:25 AM ET): Matt Cassel will start today for the Chiefs against the Raiders. I'd still have him on the bench though.

Pierre Thomas apparently will be active, but is unexpected to be much of a factor. Start Mike Bell and Reggie Bush over him.

UPDATE(9/20, 11:42 AM ET): Jason LaCanfora just said on NFL Network that Wes Welker will not play today. That's a big surprise to me and most everybody. That's also a big loss for Tom Brady, but I'm sure he'll do just fine.

Adam Schefter tweets that wide receivers Anquan Boldin and Steve Breaston are each a go for the Cardinals.

UPDATE(9/20, 11:55 AM ET): Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter is inactive.

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