Week 2 Fantasy Football Roundup | Sharapova's Thigh

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I'm making some changes to my picks in the roundup this year. In the past, I simply gave one player at each position for my week two "best", "sleepers", and "shit" picks. Now, I'm going to give five players for each position in my "best" picks, and I will rank them in order of how well I think they will do. And I'm going to put two players at each postion for my "sleepers" and "shit" picks, but will not rank them.

I've also decided to just get rid of kickers in my picks, as it's so much of a crapshoot that I'm not going to waste my time analyzing them.

Week 2's Best

QB:
1. Michael Vick- I expect a big-time performance in his return to Atlanta.
2. Aaron Rodgers- Coming off of a 312-yard, 3 TD, 0 INT performance, and now gets a crappy Panthers' pass defense.
3. Tom Brady- After throwing for 517 yards, I feel like I should have him ranked even higher. But, he faces a Chargers pass defense that allowed just 29 yards passing to the Vikings in week 1.
4. Philip Rivers- Chad Henne had success against the Patriots' pass defense, so you'd have to think Rivers will too.
5. Matt Stafford- Looked great against the Bucs in Tampa Bay, and now returns home to face a Chiefs defense that Ryan Fitzpatrick and company throttled on the road in week 1.

RB:
1. Adrian Peterson- Their passing game looked just pathetic in week 1. They'll try to fix that up, but let's be honest- This is Adrian Peterson's offense.
2. Ray Rice- 19 carries for 107 yards, and 1 TD against the Steelers, who RARELY allow rushing numbers like that. He also had 4 catches, for 42 yards and a TD.
3. Darren McFadden- Once again, McFadden owned the Broncos. Now he should be able to own a Bills run defense that ranked last in the NFL last year.
4. Rashard Mendenhall- The Steelers should bounce back and crush the Seahawks at home. Mendenhall is going to get a lot of carries, many of which should come in the red zone.
5. Jamaal Charles- Only had 10 carries in week one because the Chiefs fell so far behind so quickly. I think the Chiefs try to establish the run, as they don't want to get in a shootout in Detroit.

WR:
1. Andre Johnson- The Texans are well aware of what the Patriots' passing attack did to the Dolphins. They'll try to do the same thing, so look for arguably the best wide receiver in the world to have a huge game.
2. Calvin Johnson- This is set up to be a huge game for him, at home against the Chiefs.
3. Larry Fitzgerald- I've really liked what I've seen from the Kolb-Fitzgerald connection so far.
4. Mike Wallace- Faces a horrible Seahawks secondary, and you know Big Ben wants to get back on track after that embarrassing performance at Baltimore.
5. DeSean Jackson- If I think Mike Vick is going to blow up, I'm going to have to think his top wide receiver does as well. Also, you have to like DeSean and his speed/agility on turf.

TE:
1. Antonio Gates- 8 receptions for 74 yards in week 1. The veteran is looking as good as ever.
2. Jermichael Finley- Aaron Rodgers spreads the ball around to so many different receivers, but Finley is going to be his main red zone target. And the Packers should be in the red zone plenty at Carolina.
3. Jason Witten- 6 catches for 110 yards in week 1, and this is a better matchup.
4. Vernon Davis- The one reliable target for Alex Smith.
5. Dallas Clark- Is he going to be as productive without Peyton? No. But Kerry Collins is still going to go Clark's way a lot, and they have a great matchup against the Browns.

D/ST:
1. Pittsburgh Steelers- The Steelers' defense may be getting old, but they're MUCH better than the team we saw last week. They'll get their shit together against the Seahawks.
2. Baltimore Ravens- If the Ravens were that good against the Steelers' offense, how good are they going to be against an awesome led by Matt Hasselbeck?
3. New York Jets- At home against Luke McCown.
4. Green Bay Packers- The Packers' defense really wasn't that good against the Saints. They know they need to improve there, and they'll give Cam Newton his first look at what a -real- NFL defense is like.
5. Detroit Lions- The Chiefs scored 7 points at home against the BILLS.

Sleepers

QB:
Jay Cutler- Looked very good in week 1, and this may be a high scoring game in New Orleans. I think his numbers will be very similar to week 1.
Rex Grossman- 305 passing yards, 2 TD against the Giants. Now he faces the Cardinals, who just allowed a rookie to throw for 422 yards.

RB:
Cadillac Williams- Should be starting against the Giants in place of Steven Jackson. After Jackson got hurt in week 1, Cadillac got 24 touches.
Willis McGahee- May be starting if Knowshon Moreno can't go. Regardless, McGahee will get some goal line carries against the Bengals.

WR:
Johnny Knox- Roy Williams is a game-time decision, and if he can't go, Knox will start for him. Even if Williams does play, Knox will get targets and is very dangerous on turf with his tremendous speed. The Bears didn't go deep in week 1, but they likely will a few times in this game, and Knox is their main deep threat.
Jordy Nelson- Every Packers wide receiver could be played in deep leagues against the Panthers.

TE:
Brandon Pettigrew- The Bills put up 41 points on the Chiefs, so you'd think the Lions, at home, will get many red zone chances.
Fred Davis- 5 catches for 105 yards in week 1, and now gets the Cardinals.

D/ST:
Houston Texans- This pass defense is getting better, and I have a hard time predicting 2 straight good weeks out of Chad Henne.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Can the Vikings pass the ball? Until they show they can, I'm liking most any defense against them.

Shit

QB:
Cam Newton- He really did look great against the Cardinals, but he also had wide receivers open by 20 yards constantly. That won't happen against the Packers.
Josh Freeman- My weekly hunch pick. And I like Josh Freeman and hate the Vikings... so odd choice, but it's just how I feel.

RB:
Jonathan Stewart- 1. They're going to have to pass to keep up with the Packers. 2. He had just 7 carries for 26 yards in week 1.
Marshawn Lynch- I'm not expecting over 40 rushing yards for Lynch at Pittsburgh.

WR:
Dwayne Bowe- Was just absolutely terrible last week. Pro Football Focus scored him the worst wide receiver of the entire week.
AJ Green- Yeah, he had a touchdown, but it was on his only catch of the game, and against the Browns. Wait a few more weeks before throwing him into your starting lineup.

TE:
Marcedes Lewis- He may not even play this week, but even if he does, I hate the combo of facing the Jets' defense and having Luke McCown as the quarterback.
Zach Miller- As you can surely tell by now, I don't expect much from the Seahawks' offense against the Steelers. Of course, I don't expect much from the Seahawks' offense against anybody.

D/ST:
Atlanta Falcons- They looked bad against the Bears, and again, I think Mike Vick goes off.
San Diego Chargers- Usually a great play, but not against Tom Brady and the Patriots.


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