NFL Players of Week 2

We’re a second week in and the next coming of Cam Newton has come in the form of RG3. Swapping places with Matt Ryan from #2 to #1 overall QB (both of which I have in my money league) we’re wondering if he can be stopped. While the Redskins ended up losing to the lowly Rams, this rookie is out to break records that Newton set last year.

A half-dozen teams are 2-0 (including the 49ers and Cardinals sharing the same division) with the Raiders (not surprising) and the (gasp!) Saints being winless at 0-2.

Read on to see last weekend’s hot players! 

  1. Robert Griffin III – RG3 completed 20-of-29 passes for 206 yards, with one touchdown and one interception Sunday against the Rams. He also added 11 carries for 82 yards and two rushing touchdowns. While the passing stats weren’t great, the rushing ones were phenomenal. It’s naive to think he’ll produce that much on the ground every week but fantasy owners have to love seeing the rushing touchdowns starting to come.
  2. Eli Manning – Little Manning completed 31-of-51 passes for 510 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions during Sunday’s win over the Bucs. An incredible output for Eli, who threw for 295 yards in the second half alone. His favorite targets were Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, as expected, although he also targeted tight end Martellus Bennett 10 times, including a touchdown for the second week in a row. He could be in for another big performance Thursday against the Panthers, who just allowed 325 yards to Drew Brees.
  3. Cam Newton – Last year’s Rookie of the Year completed 14-of-20 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown, and added 13 carries for 71 yards and another score, during Sunday’s win over the Saints. Newton was back to his old self Sunday after a very tough performance in Week 1 against the Bucs. He completed passes to six different receivers, although it was the rushing attack that paced the Panthers on Sunday, with Newton’s leading the way with his career-high 71 yards.
  4. Sam Bradford – The Ram’s QB completed 26-of-35 passes for 310 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception during the Week 2 win over Washington. Bradford looked great for a second straight week and had arguably his most impressive game as a Ram. The 117.6 rating was definitely a huge positive and the fact that he did most of his work behind a patchwork offensive line speaks volumes about the job he and his teammates did on Sunday against the RGIII-led Redskins.
  5. Andy Dalton – The red-headed second year QB took advantage of a secondary missing its top player in Week 2 against Cleveland, once again proving that given the right matchups, he can shine. With 318 yards including 3 TDs and only 1 pick, he led the Bengals to an easy victory.

  1. Reggie Bush – Being away from the Saints seems to be a good thing here. He had 26 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday’s win over the Raiders. He also added three catches for 25 yards. Bush was a monster Sunday, scoring on touchdowns of 23 and 65 yards during the third quarter. He remains the best fantasy option in Miami, although that doesn’t say a whole lot these days. While he is usually more successful for fantasy owners in PPR leagues, he was likely valuable for everyone Sunday.
  2. CJ Spiller – The Bill’s backup rusher had 15 carries for 123 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday’s win over the Chiefs. He also added three catches for 47 yards. Spiller was a monster Sunday, dominating on nearly every touch. With Fred Jackson out for another few weeks, C.J. has moved himself into the elite running back category and should be a must-start in nearly every league type.
  3. Trent Richardson – Have the Browns found something special? Trent registered his first career 100-yard rushing game Sunday at Cincinnati. He finished with 109 yards on 19 carries and one touchdown. Richardson also scored one through the air, and racked up 36 yards on four catches. This is the type of all-around performance that had experts projecting the rookie runner as high as a late-first round pick in fantasy drafts before his setback with his knee caused him to miss most of camp and the preseason. The Browns offense is very young, so some inconsistency should be expected from all their skill position players, Richardson included, but get this guy active in all leagues.
  4. Willis McGahee – This latest Broncos runner had 22 rushes for 113 yards and two touchdowns and added two catches for 11 yards Monday against the Falcons. McGahee is the clear feature back in Denver, with Lance Ball and Knowshon Moreno only touching the ball a combined six times to McGahee’s 24. However, he does have a difficult matchup on a short week against a Texans’ run defense only giving up 72 yards per game.
  5. Ben Tate – Beating out Arian Foster on points, Ben had 12 carries for 74 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday’s win at Jacksonville. He also added four catches for 23 yards. Tate scored on runs of eight and two yards, poaching a few touches from Foster, although the latter still managed to run for over 100 yards and a score. Tate will have games like Sunday, but it’s important to remember that Foster is still the lead back in Houston.

  1. Hakeem Nicks – The Giant’s top receiver had 10 catches for 199 yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s win over the Bucs. Nicks was targeted 15 times in a game where Eli Manning threw 51 passes. He was simply dominant throughout and was able to put up those monster numbers on the same day when Victor Cruz did the same. The Giants passing game is really clicking right now and there is clearly plenty to go around for Nicks and Cruz together.
  2. Victor Cruz – Oh my! The next Giant receiver in-line had 11 catches for 179 yards and a touchdown during Sunday’s win over the Bucs. A huge game for Cruz, who had an 80-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to solidify his big performance. Quarterback Eli Manning threw for 510 yards and Cruz was a big beneficiary, along with Hakeem. Cruz remains an elite wideout and could be in for another big game Thursday against the Panthers.
  3. Dwayne Bowe – The top Chief’s player had eight catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Bowe’s two touchdowns came with under seven minutes to go in a Bills blowout, so Chiefs’ fans likely weren’t as excited as Bowe’s fantasy owners. Dwayne was targeted a game-high 15 times and nearly doubled his yardage output from Week 1. If the Chiefs continue to fall behind in games, Bowe should get plenty of opportunities to produce for fantasy owners.
  4. Danny Amendola – Remember when Bradford had a great game? Amendola had 160 yards receiving and one touchdown on 15 receptions during the Rams win over Washington in Week 2. Danny had a ridiculous 16 targets on Sunday so the Rams clearly saw a major flaw in Washington’s defense they could exploit with the diminutive slot receiver. We think this game is an aberration…to a point. Amendola isn’t likely to see 16 targets on a weekly basis and the yardage was ridiculous. However, he should routinely see the most targets on the Rams every week and it should make for consistent yardage. If he’s still available in your league go scoop him up…now!
  5. Vincent Jackson – VJ had five catches for 128 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Giants. A monster performance for Jackson, who scored on a 29-yard pass in the second quarter from Josh Freeman. It was certainly a much improved output from Week 1 and after being targeted 10 times Sunday, fantasy owners surely hope his relationship with Freeman has quickly developed into something positive.

Also, a big shout-out to Dante Rosario as this week’s top Tight End in replacement of Antonio Gates. Rosario had four catches for 48 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against Tennessee. Rosario got the extra playing time with Gates inactive Sunday due to a rib injury. Randy McMichael got the start but Rosario clearly was the key beneficiary and he increased his career touchdown total from five to eight.

Good luck in your leagues, catch you next week!

Author: Jason Zajdel

Learning as I go along. It's an awesome ride. =-)