I wrote before Week 1 who I thought would be good pick ups of the players available in at least 80% of the fantasy football leagues. So, before getting to the players I believe will shine in Week 2 that are available, let’s review my Week 1 selections. I beleive most fantasy football “experts” tend to ignore all the bad advice provided to fantasy football players and exaggerate the correct selections.
Week 1 Review
QB – Jason Campbell – Overall not a bad selection. He scored more than Roethlisberger, Schaub, Ryan, McNabb and Bradford. I thought that the Raiders would score more being in Denver with the same offensive coordinator as last year. The inconsistency of Jason Campbell has been his strongest consistency.
WR – Danario Alexander, STL and Danarius Moore, OAK – I blew both of these calls BIG time!! I knew Alexander is injury prone but I thought he was healthy and would score some points. Moore was no where to be seen in the box score so all the pre-season hype was just that. Maybe the big lights and big stage got to him and he will settle in later in the season.
RB – Deji Karim, JAC and Montario Hadesty, CLE – I feel good about my Karim pick. Not enough of you are reading this information because he will show up again this week. Hadesty was a victim of his poor team. Cincinnati gave the Browns more than they could handle, which was very suprising.
TE – Ed Dickson, BAL – Another excellent pick as Dickson had 5 catches with a touchdown. He will continue to produce all year.
K – Olindo Mare, CAR – I was not expecting Cam Newton to make like Dan Marino and throw for over 400 yards in his first game and actually get the Panthers in the end zone. I think that is more a testimonial for poor Arizona defense.
Def – CLE – I lost my eliminator pool becuase of Cleveland and their lackluster performance against Cincinnati. Match ups and more games will lead to better defense picks, like the one this week.
Week 2 Line Up
QB – Rex Grossman, WAS – 14% ownership – Grossman played well against the New York Giants last week. The Giants are decimated by injuries but Grossman made some good plays. Arizona allowed a rookie that ran more than he threw in college torch them for over 400 yards. Grossman torches them again at home.
WR – Emmanuel Sanders, PIT – 13% ownership – The Steelers got embarrased last week in Baltimore and will get some revenge against Seattle this week. Big Ben will redeem himself and throw the ball all over the field, which will benefit Sanders.
Anthony Armstrong, WAS – 6% ownership – Grossman was looking Armstrong’s way quite a bit last week and he had the opportunity for more catches and yards but had a drop or two. He will be more open against Arizona and not have the drops. I see Armstrong breaking 100 yards and at least one trip to the end zone.
RB – Deji Karim, JAC – 13% ownership – You need to pick him up now before it is too late. Karim had 17 touches last week and will spell Jones-Drew to try and keep him healthy. If MJD gets banged up then all the carries and catches are for Karim. Don’t wait.
Dexter McCluster, KC – 18% ownership – McCluster has the advantage of being listed as a RB and WR so he can fill two voids on your team if needed. He had 9 touches last week in a lopsided loss. He can make people miss and is an exciting guy to watch.
TE – Scott Chandler, BUF – 17% ownership – I usually do not suggest grabbing someone after a one week breakout performance. Is this the norm or an aberration? Time will tell but you cannot ignore two touchdowns or else he will be scoring against your team instead of for it next week.
K – Nick Novak, SD – 2% ownership – San Diego signed Novak after Kaeding’s injury. San Diego will score some points and get the ball in position for field goals. Kaeding has always been a high scorer in fantasy because he gets lots of opportunities more than being a long range bomber. Last time I checked the weather is nice in San Diego so half the games will have no weather element.
Def – Washington – 9% ownership – The Redskins played decently against the Giants, had a defensive touchdown on a great play by their rookie lineman and are going against the Cardinals and Kevin Kolb. Kolb has started 20 games and has 22 interceptions and fumbles combined. Washington will be a top 5 defense this week and are available in over 90% of leagues.
The Week 1 line up was average with some great picks at TE and RB, an average pick at QB and some real busts at WR. I look for this week to be much better. You still have a chance to put some of these players on your bench and look like a genius when their time comes.