Fantasy Impact: Week 2
Ken Pomponio
September 17, 2012

Bills 35, Chiefs 17
Ralph Wilson Stadium (Orchard Park, N.Y.)

  • C.J. Spiller: No. 1 fantasy RB? He continued stating his case Sunday with 18 touches for 170 total yards and two TDs and now has 364 yards from scrimmage and three TDs in two games this season. Oh, and he's only averaging 10.1 yards per rushing attempt.
  • Need a fantasy TE? You could do a lot worse than the Bills' Scott Chandler who has 91 receiving yards on six catches this season and has caught a TD in both of his games.
  • In the Chiefs' opener, Peyton Hillis was a fantasy flop. Week 2 was Jamaal Charles' turn as he gained nine feet -- that's 3 yards for the measures-challenged -- on six rushes and caught three passes for 19 yards.
  • Stay away from the K.C. D. The Chiefs have been scorched for 75 points in two games and didn't come up with a turnover or sack Sunday.

Panthers 35, Saints 27
Bank of America Stadium (Charlotte)

  • Panthers' QB Cam Newton rediscovered his legs Sunday. A week after rushing for a career-low 4 yards against the Bucs, Newton shredded the Saints for 71 yards and a TD on 13 carries.
  • RB Jonathan Stewart returned for Carolina after missing Week 1 with an ankle injury, and anyone who started a Panthers' RB was rewarded with a TD as Stewart, DeAngelo Williams and Mike Tolbert all found the end zone Sunday.
  • Darren Sproles is still listed as a RB, but he yet to record a rushing attempt this season while catching 18 passes for 163 yards, including a team-leading 13-128 Sunday.
  • Like the Chiefs' defense, you don't want any part of the the New Orleans D which has one takeaway, two sacks and has allowed 75 points in two games.

Bengals 34, Browns 27
Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati)

  • WR1 A.J. Green paced the Bengals with 12 targets and seven receptions, but all three of the team's top wideouts -- Green, Brandon Tate and Andrew Hawkins -- were on the receiving end of Andy Dalton TD tosses Sunday.
  • Bengals RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis = quiet fantasy production. The Law Firm was at it again in Week 2, rushing for 75 on 21 attempts and even catching three passes for 30 yards.
  • Nice bounce-back game for Browns QB Brandon Weeden. The rookie had the ugliest of openers last week with 118 yards, four interceptions and a 5.1 passer rating against Philly, but he came back to throw for 322 yards, 2 TDs -- and no picks -- versus Cincy. That was good for a 114.9 QB rating.
  • Oh, so this why the Brownies spent the third-overall pick in April's draft on RB Trent  Richardson. After being bottled up by the Eagles in his NFL debut, the rookie roared for 109 rushing yards on 19 attempts, caught four passes for 36 yards and had a TD via both the ground and air.

Colts 23, Vikings 20
Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

  • Rookie QB Andrew Luck felt right at home in Indy in Sunday. Seven days after giving the ball away four times (3 interceptions, fumble) in a Week 1 loss in Chicago, the top overall pick played selfishly Sunday, keeping the ball away from the Vikings while throwing for 224 yards and a pair of TDs.
  • Reggie Wayne gets all the WR hype in Indy, but don't overlook Rams castoff Donnie Avery, who led the Colts with nine catches, 111 yards on 10 targets vs. the Vikings.
  • Don't look now, but Minny QB Christian Ponder has completed 76 percent of his passes (47-of-62) for 515 yards, two TDs and no interceptions through two games.
  • After Sunday, Adrian Peterson has 37 touches to 14 for fellow RB Toby Gerhart, who was supposed to ease Peterson's early-season comeback from his ACL and MCL tears suffered last Christmas Eve.

Texans 27, Jaguars 7
EverBank Field (Jacksonville)

  • In blowouts, both of the Texans' top two RBs are going to have fantasy value. That played out again Sunday in north Florida with Arian Foster (28-110-TD; 6 rec.-37) and Ben Tate (12-74-2; 4-23) romping through the Jags' D.
  • As expected, the Houston D is a fantasy beast with five takeaways, six sacks and a league-low 17 points allowed through two games so far.
  • It looked a lot like 2011 on Sunday for Jags QB Blaine Gabbert, who was only 7-of-19 for 53 yards and a TD before leaving in the fourth quarter with an unspecified  leg injury that isn't believed to be serious.
  • If you have to own a Jacksonville WR, Laurent Robinson is the one you want. Through two games, Robinson has eight receptions for 115 yards while first-round pick Justin Blackmon has three catches for 24 yards after being shut out Sunday on four targets.

Eagles 24, Ravens 23
Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia)

  • Somehow, the Eagles are 2-0 despite turning the ball over nine times in two games. QB Michael Vick has committed seven of those turnovers, but he overcame his fumble and two interceptions Sunday by throwing for 371 yards and a TD and running for 34 yards and another score.
  • Two WRs who almost didn't play made the difference Sunday for Philly with DeSean Jackson (hamstring) finishing with seven receptions for 114 yards and running mate Jeremy Maclin (hip) catching a 23-yard scoring pass before re-aggravating his injury in the third quarter.
  • Hold off on the Joe Flacco-for-Fantasy MVP campaign as the Ravens' QB was held to 232 passing yards and a TD while turning the ball over twice.
  • Need a kicker? Take a look at Ravens rookie Justin Tucker who has six field goals so far this season, including five 40 yards or longer. He was good on a pair of 50-plus yarders Sunday, connecting from 51 and 56 yards.

Giants 41, Buccaneers 34
MetLife Stadium (East Rutherford, N.J.)

  • With Eli Manning throwing for 510 yards, 378 of them went to fantasy-WR studs Hakeem Nicks (10-199-TD) and Victor Cruz (11-179-TD). Guess Nicks' foot is OK after the wideout was listed as questionable entering the game.
  • Giants starting RB Ahmad Bradshaw left in the second quarter and didn't return with a neck issue and finished with five carries for only 16 yards. Still it wasn't first-round pick David Wilson taking up the slack, it was journeyman Andre Brown, who ran for 71 yards and a TD on 12 carries, had two catches for 19 yards and scored a 2-point conversion. Wilson had all of three rushing attempts for 6 yards.
  • Bucs WR Mike Williams had a TD reception for the second straight week and now is only one score away from matching his disappointing three-TD season of a season ago.
  • It was a tale of two halves for Tampa's defense, which had three interceptions, including CB Eric Wright's 60-yard TD return in the final 30 seconds of the first half, in the opening 30 minutes but had no takeaways and allowed 28 points in the second half.

Cardinals 20, Patriots 18
Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Mass.)

  • Don't look now but the Cards have themselves a defense. Stifling rookie QB Russell Wilson and the Seahawks in Week 1 was one thing, but limiting Tom Brady and the high-powered Pats to one TD -- and a late-game one at that -- is quite another. Arizona had a Patrick Peterson interception and a quartet of sacks in the Sunday shocker.
  • Paging Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals' top fantasy option was a no-show Sunday, catching one pass for 4 yards in five targets. TE Todd Heap -- remember him? -- led the team with five catches for 62 yards before leaving with a knee injury, while WR Andre Roberts had the Cards' lone TD catch for the second straight week.
  • Don't worry about Wes Welker. A week after the Pats' wideout induced some fantasy panic with only three catches for 14 yards, he posted a team-high 95 receiving yards Sunday on five receptions on 11 targets.
  • Do worry about Pats' TE Aaron Hernandez, who left in the first quarter with what is being reported as a high-ankle sprain. He was targeted once but didn't catch a pass.

Dolphins 35, Raiders 13
Sun Life Stadium (Miami)

  •  How many fantasy GMs overlooked Reggie Bush on draft day? The Dolphins' RB rushed for a league-high 172 yards and two TDs and added three receptions for 25 more yards Sunday a week after leading Miami in rushing (14-69) and receiving (6-46) in Week 1.
  • Dolphins' WR Brian Hartline was rookie QB Ryan Tannehill's main man, accounting for half of his 18 completions and 111 of his 200 passing yards on a team-leading 11 targets.
  • Darren McFadden needs some bacon to go with the fantasy egg he laid Sunday, finishing with only 22 rushing yards on 11 attempts and 19 receiving yards on two receptions. He has rushed for 54 yards on 26 carries in two games.
  • TE Brandon Myers -- who? -- led the Raiders in receptions (6) and receiving yards (86) in the game.

Rams 31, Redskins 28
Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis)

  • Apparently, Rams' RB Steven Jackson benching early in the second quarter wasn't entirely for disciplinary purposes after he drew an unsportsmanlike penalty protesting a non-TD call on a goalline run. Various reports said Jackson was hampered by either a groin or hamstring strain, but regardless, he didn't return after a strong start (9 rushes-58 yards). Daryl Richardson ably stepped in, gaining 83 yards on 15 carries and tacking on 19 more on two receptions.
  • If you haven't picked up Danny Amendola, it's likely too late after he hit career highs with 15 receptions and 160 yards Sunday and also added a TD catch.
  • Despite falling short on the scoreboard, RGIII showed he wasn't a one-week wonder, throwing for 206 yards and a TD and rushing for 82 yards and two more scores.
  • With Week 1 leading receiver Pierre Garcon out with a foot injury, Leonard Hankerson (2-68-TD) and Josh Morgan (5-50) were Griffin's top targets.

Seahawks 27, Cowboys 7
CenturyLink Field (Seattle)

  • So far, so good this season for Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch and his back spasms. Lynch started and led the team with 122 rushing yards and a TD on 26 carries a week after carrying 21 times for 85 yards in Arizona.
  • Seattle's top target was a Sunday surprise as third-year TE Anthony McCoy led the Hawks with 5 receptions for 41 yards, including a 22-yard TD in the third quarter.
  • The Cowboys' Jason Witten looked better than Week 1, but it still was a struggle for the veteran TE, who finished with 4 receptions for 58 yards and several drops on 10 targets.
  • Last week's top waiver-wire pickup, WR Kevin Ogletree, had only 1 reception for 26 yards on one target for Dallas after scorching the Giants with an 8-114-2 TD performance in Week 1.

Steelers 27, Jets 10
Heinz Field (Pittsburgh)

  • Isaac Redman came out ahead in Pittsburgh's lackluster fantasy RB battle, scoring on a 2-yard run among his 12 carries for 25 yards, while Jonathan Dwyer also had 12 carries, gaining 28 yards. Both backs also caught a pass.
  • Antonio Brown led the Steelers with 10 targets, seven receptions and 79 yards but fellow wideout Mike Wallace came out ahead on the fantasy stat sheet with an acrobatic 37-yard scoring reception among his five catches for 74 yards.
  • It definitely was a down week for up-and-down Jets QB Mark Sanchez, who was an ugly 10-of-27 for 138 yards. He did connect with ex-Steeler Santonio Holmes on 14-yard scoring pass.
  • For the second straight week, Tebow Time was almost non-existent as the ballyhooed backup QB registered only rushing attempt for 22 yards. He didn't attempt a pass.

Chargers 38, Titans 10
Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)

  • RB Ryan Mathews figured to be inactive, but the midday move to deactivate TE Antonio Gates (sore ribs) for the late-afternoon game left more than a few fantasy owners in a lurch. As late as Sunday morning, Gates still was expected to play as per various on-site reports. Kudos, though, if you took a fantasy flier on reserve TE/journeyman Dante Rosario who had three TD receptions among his four catches for 48 yards.
  • The Chargers' replacement RB dart landed on free agent-signee Jackie Battle, who paced the squad with 14 carries for 69 yards and scored on a pair of 1-yard plunges.
  • Chris Johnson owners, it's time for full-scale panic. Johnson's per-carry rushing average was six times better than in Week 1, but all that amounted to was 17 yards on eight attempts after a career-low 4 yards on 11 totes in the opener. He only added 11 yards on two receptions after semi-bailing himself out with 6 grabs for 47 yards in Week 1.
  • Titans QB Jake Locker started and gutted it out with his banged-up shoulder, but hardly dented the San Diego D or the fantasy stat sheet, completing only 15 of 30 passes for 174 yards, a TD and an interception.

49ers 27, Lions 19
Candlestick Park (San Francisco)

  • Last week, it was Aaron Rodgers. This week, Niners QB Alex Smith matched Lions counterpart Matthew Stafford stat-for-stat as Smith threw for 226 yards and two TDs without a pick in the San Fran win.
  • Your top fantasy TE after two weeks? Try the 49ers' Vernon Davis who had five grabs for 73 yards and two TDs Sunday night. Last week, Davis' stat line included 43 yards and a TD on a trio of receptions.
  • Stafford entered the game with four straight games of 350 or more passing yards, but fell well short Sunday night against the Niners' rugged D, throwing for 230 and a TD as well an interception.
  • Lions' second-year WR Titus Young was a preseason fantasy sleeper, but in the regular season, he's mainly just been asleep, catching only two passes for 25 yards on six targets so far.

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