Fantasy Feedback: Week 2

  • Eric Decker will be a popular waiver wire pickup this week. With Brandon Lloyd and Eddie Royal out of action, Decker is over 100 yards receiving and has a pair of touchdown catches. If Denver is short-handed again next week at Tennessee, Decker is a solid play. – MG
  • Daniel Thomas is in the lineup this week and taking all the carries. Early into the third quarter, Thomas has 13 carries for 59 yards. Reggie Bush? Two carries, two yards. – MG
  • Frank Gore has touched the ball on 14 of the 49ers first 24 plays. His average yards aren’t great so far — just 3.0 yards per touch — but if this keeps up, he’s likely to wear down that Cowboys defense. – MG
  • If we haven’t told you before, we’re telling you now … stay away from all Seahawks.
  • Dustin Keller has become Mark Sanchez’s favorite target. After five catches last week, Keller had six more on Sunday. The Jets aren’t going to stretch the field a lot with their passing game and if Keller can be consistent as a security blanket in the middle of the field, he could be a big play in PPR leagues.  – MG
  • It appears that C.J. Spiller is no longer a threat to take carries from Fred Jackson. Jackson went over 100 rushing yards for the second straight week while Spiller had just four carries in the ballgame. Chan Gailey may still try to work Spiller into the offense, but there’s no doubt that Jackson is the man in Buffalo. – MG
  • Neither Matt Forte (41 rushing yards) nor Jonathan Stewart (5 rushing yards) did much on the ground for their respective teams. But both were big in the passing games. Forte had 10 catches for 117 yards while Stewart caught eight passes for 100 yards. Being a receiver out of the backfield is becoming the norm for Forte and with the Panthers’ abandonment of the run game, it could be Stewart’s future as well. It may not be the way fantasy owners drew it up, but points are points. – MG
  • LeGarrette Blount may have saved his fantasy value and resurrected the Buccaneers offense all at the same time. Blount’s big second half got him to a so-so 71 rushing yards, but the two touchdowns give fantasy owners (and Raheem Morris) a reason to believe in him again. – MG
  • Since the Carolina Panthers apparently don’t believe in running the football, Cam Newton is becoming a weekly fantasy start. The rookie posted another 400-yard passing game — this time against the vaunted Packers defense. With the woeful Jaguars next up on Carolina’s schedule, it could be another big week for Newton. – MG
  • Jim Schwartz loves your fantasy football team. No other reason to go for it on fourth down, other than to give fantasy enthusiasts another crack at a Megatron touchdown. – AR
  • It’s been another lackluster day for Chris Johnson (11 carries, 23 yards) and the fans in Nashville are starting to boo him. So Javon Ringer is starting to get more touches in the second half and already has a touchdown run. Keep an eye on this developing situation. – MG
  • Beanie Wells has been a non-factor with six yards on three carries in the first half. The Cardinals haven’t bothered running the football so far. They’re still in the game, so hopefully Wells will be a bigger part of the game plan in the second half. – MG
  • For a second straight week, LeGarrette Blount is a non-factor as the Bucs fall behind big. The fantasy value of Tampa Bay runners is slip sliding away. – MG
  • Welcome back to fantasy relevance Peyton Hillis. We missed you. — AR
  • We may have to add one more name to an already deep list of tight ends. Jeff King scored for the second straight week. He’s not a top-tier TE just yet, but it’s becoming apparent that Kevin Kolb is not afraid to look his way. Look for King to be a solid backup fantasy tight end in the weeks to follow. – MG
  • Shonn Greene is already more effective than he was last week. Greene’s rushed for 25 yards on his first five carries today. He had 26 yards on 10 carries all last week. – MG
  • With two interceptions in the first quarter, Rex Grossman has come back to earth. As long as Washington can stay close, it could become Tim Hightower’s game. – MG
  • Jamaal Charles was carted off the field in Detroit with what appears to be a serious left leg injury. Things have gone from bad to worse for an already struggling Chiefs offense. Expect a big dose of Thomas Jones in the running game with Dexter McCluster seeing some work. – MG
  • Earl Bennett went to the sidelines with an injury. With Roy Williams already inactive it could put a crimp in Jay Cutler’s effectiveness. It could, however be a help for Johnny Knox. – MG
  • Cam Newton may make a lot of people (us included) eat their words. A 6-for-7 start for 90 yards and a touchdown against the Packers defense is nothing to sneeze at. We’ll keep an eye on it as the day goes on, but the rookie is turning doubters into believers. – MG
  • Donovan McNabb is off to another slow start (1-for-4, 16 yards). Looks like Adrian Peterson will have to carry a heavier load again this week. – MG
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