» Alfred Morris had a good day, running for 89 yards on 16 carries. But his final rushing attempt came with more than eight minutes remaining and the Redskins trailing by just three points. Unless he was injured and no one knew about it, it’s baffling why the Redskins would stop giving him the ball. On second thought, no it’s not.
» This is the state of Pittsburgh’s running game right now — Jonathan Dwyer: 8 rushes, 10 yards; Isaac Redman: 6 rushes, 5 yards; Chris Rainey: 2 carries, 3 yards; Antonio Brown: 1 carry, 9 yards. Yep, it’s pretty awful. But I’m still not sure that Rashard Mendenhall is the answer for this group. Just avoid ’em all.
» Nevermind that Steven Jackson was having a nice day with 58 yards on 9 carries. It appears he was benched by coach Jeff Fisher after picking up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty (though Fisher said after the game Jackson was not benched). Jackson spiked the ball in disgust after believing he was in the end zone but was ruled down at the 1-yard line. It’s worked out well for Sam Bradford and the passing game, though.
» I’m trying to find something of fantasy value in the Seattle Seahawks’ offense, but it’s just not there. Sidney Rice has 3 catches for 33 yards and Marshawn Lynch has 10 carries for 22 yards. If it weren’t for the Seahawks’ defense, there would be nothing of note in the Pacific Northwest.
» Sam Bradford has 13 completions for 152 yards. Danny Amendola has 11 catches for 132 yards. Notice a trend?
» Once again, Michael Vick is risk/reward for fantasy owners. He turned the ball over three times today (two INTs and a fumble) yet still managed to post more than 20 points, thanks to 405 yards of total offense (371 passing) and two TDs (one rushing). If he can protect the ball better (seven TOs in two games), he’ll be the fantasy QB everyone thought they were drafting.
» Vincent Jackson is being Vincent Jackson again. One week after a mediocre 4-catch, 47-yard game, he explodes for five catches, 128 yards and a TD today. This one-up, one-down thing is common for Jackson. Fantasy owners have to pray that he can shake that trend and post back-to-back solid outings.
» Remember when we were calling Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz options 1 and 1A for the Giants? Yeah, it still holds. Nicks made 10 catches for 199 yards and a TD while Cruz had 11 receptions for 179 yards and a TD. Carry on.
» Add the New York Giants to the list of teams with hard-to-figure running back situations. After Ahmad Bradshaw left with an injury, it was Andre Brown, not David Wilson, that saw the bulk of the carries. If Bradshaw is forced to miss any time, Brown could be the RB to target.
» Were it not for the three interceptions he threw, Eli Manning would have had an insane day. Still, 510 passing yards and three touchdown passes aren’t too shabby.
» Lost amid Reggie Bush’s huge day was a pretty nice afternoon from Brian Hartline, who caught nine passes for 111 yards. It’s too soon to suggest running to grab him off the waiver wire, but it’s at least worth paying attention to. If he can back it up next week, then we can talk.
» It could be about time to note the name Brandon Myers. The Raiders tight end had six catches for 86 yards in Sunday’s loss, but now has 11 receptions for 151 yards in the first two weeks. That’s not a bad guy to target on the waiver wire.
» If you landed the Arian Foster-Ben Tate handcuff, congratulations! You may have the best one-two fantasy RB punch in the league right now. They combined for 184 rushing yards and three touchdowns. There’s no reason to think that train is slowing down any time soon.
» What a difference a week makes. Brandon Weeden bounced back to throw for 322 yards and two TDs while Blaine Gabbert came crashing back to Earth with 53 yards and one TD. It’s hard to imagine anyone started either of those guys, but we could be starting to zero in on what to expect from them week to week.
» Well, whaddya know … the Panthers remembered that they can run the ball. DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert all scored touchdowns, while Cam Newton also had a rushing score. If they can maintain that sort of balance, it will do wonders for the fantasy value of that entire offense.
» He didn’t score a touchdown this week, but Darren Sproles might be the Saints receiver to target. He snagged 13 passes for 128 yards and now has 18 receptions in his first two games. He’s officially a PPR monster.
» Similar to last season, Scott Chandler is off to a quick start, catching a touchdown for the second straight week. He did this last season as well, but disappeared right about the time he became a hot waiver wire property. I’m keeping a measured optimism about his fantasy value.
» It could be time to stop consistently counting on Larry Fitzgerald. Fitz has been missing-in-fantasy-action this week with just 1 catch for 4 yards. It’s the second straight week he’s been a no-show. Meanwhile, Andre Roberts has 2 touchdown catches in two weeks. Looks like the sands are shifting in the desert.
» Never look down your nose at garbage points. With the game out of reach, Matt Cassel and Dwayne Bowe exploded for huge totals. Points are points. It doesn’t matter when they come.
» Officially cross Jamaal Charles off your list for this week. With the Chiefs down 35-3 and looking perfectly awful offensively, there’s little reason to think Charles (and even Peyton Hillis) will have anything to do with the game plan for the rest of the day.
» Another back showing signs of life … Reggie Bush broke off a 23-yard TD run.
» DeAngelo Williams finally shows some life with a three yard score.
» Andy Dalton connects with Brandon Tate for a 44-yard TD. Dalton now has 178 yards with 2 scores.
» We’d like to extend an official “Welcome to the NFL” to Trent Richardson. 13 rush, 83 yards and a TD through the first half against Cincinnati. That bodes well for any other RBs playing the Bengals.
» Brandon LaFell could be changing the wide receiver pecking order in Carolina. LaFell leads at halftime with 5 receptions (no one else has more than 2) for 70 yards. He also has a 25-yard run. It could be that Steve Smith isn’t the only receiving weapon for Cam Newton.
» We’re all still waiting for the Patriots’ passing game to explode. Tom Brady has just 75 passing yards and an INT. Wes Welker has 1 catch for 25 yards, Rob Gronkowski has registered 1 grab for 9 yards while Brandon Lloyd has posted just 2 receptions for 7 yards. Sure, losing Aaron Hernandez hurts, but we all expected more from this group. Could it be that Arizona’s secondary is better than we’ve given it credit for?
» Eli Manning tosses his third pick of the day. The Buccaneers’ defense takes it to the house, courtesy of Eric Wright.
» You know why Blaine Gabbert doesn’t belong in your lineup? Thirteen yards passing.
» Don’t look now, but Carson Palmer is having a nice first half with 239 yards and a TD. Pinpointing a favorite receiver is hard to do, however. Palmer’s connected with eight different receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey leads with 3 catches but just 33 yards.
» Andrew Luck just made Reggie Wayne owners happy with a 30-yard TD connection.
» Mike Tolbert gets in the mix for Carolina with a 2-yard score. He now has more fantasy points than DeAngelo Williams.
» Hard to tell what to make of this, but Andrew Luck has 92 passing yards. Seventy five of them have been to Donnie Avery.
» Texans RB Ben Tate made sure this one wasn’t called back. Took it up the gut for an 8-yard score.
» Bills QB Ryan Fitzpatrick connects with Scott Chandler. That’s two straight games with a score for the TE. Could be a viable bye-week pick-up.
» Doug Martin scores his first career rushing TD.
» Eli Manning gets picked off the the second time today. The Buccaneers’ defense could be for real.
» Joe Flacco connects with Jacoby Jones for a 21-yard score. Sure, he’s on your roster. That helps no one.
» Trent Richardson scores his first career TD. Nice 32-yard run. Guess Rey Maualuga is regretting saying he saw nothing special about the rookie.
» Mike Vick continues to take two steps forward and one back. Fumbles on his own 30-yard line. One pick and one fumble so far.
» Ahmad Bradshaw owners could have seen the extent of his production for today. He’s in the locker room getting an X-ray on his neck.
» Jamaal Charles is trending toward fantasy disappointment. After a so-so Week 1, he’s starting Week 2 with just one yard on four carries. He does have 2 catches for 12 yards, but this is far from the production fantasy owners expected. For the record, Peyton Hillis hasn’t been much better (3 rushes, 8 yards, 1 reception, 15 yards).
» Eagles TE Brent Celek is the man of the hour so far, leading all receivers with 68 yards.
» Andy Dalton connects with WR A.J. Green for a 10-yard TD.
» C.J. Spiller is just going off. Just scored his second TD of the day. One hundred and four total yards and two scores … 22 fantasy points and it’s only the second quarter.
» Welcome to Tampa, Vincent Jackson. His first Buccaneers TD.
» Ben Tate’s TD was brought back after he stepped out of bounds. Who benefits? Arian Foster takes it in from a yard out.
» Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez leaves with an ankle injury. Questionable return. He needed help off the field, so it doesn’t look good.
» Cam Newton already has 56 yards rushing. DeAngelo Williams … only 15 yards.
» C.J. Spiller off to a nice start with 61 total yards and a touchdown. Fred who?
» Vonta Leach vultures a 5 yard score. Say it with me … That helps no one!
» Carson Palmer hooks up with Mike Goodson for a 64-yard touchdown. Carson is loving his running backs.
» Andy Luck tosses his first TD of the day to TE Dwayne Allen.
» Carolina defense intercepts Drew Brees and takes it to the house. Tie game.
» LeSean McCoy takes it up the gut for a 1-yard score.
» Darren Sproles is making up for a slow start last week. He caught 5 passes for 54 yards on New Orleans’ first drive. It looks like Mark Ingram could receive the bulk of the carries, but fantasy owners shouldn’t care how Sproles gets his yards … only that he gets them.
» Tannehill scored the touchdown, but Reggie Bush did plenty of work, running the ball six times for 29 yards. The way Miami moved down the field on its opening drive, Bush could be poised for a nice afternoon.
» Ryan Tannehill doing it with his feet for a 2-yard score.
» Here’s a new one … Drew Brees connects with Jimmy Graham for a score.
» Adam Jones returns an 81-yard punt return and puts the Bengals on the board. Good start for those who started the Cincinnati defense/special teams.
» LeGarrette Blount will be back in the lineup today, but Doug Martin is the obvious play for the Buccaneers. They will also have Arrelious Benn back in action, but he should be on a snap count.
» For Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson owners, both are ready for today’s game, but the Ravens’ defense has only allowed 1 TD reception in 19 games. Mike Vick could do better than expected if he’s forced to use his legs to move the chains.
» For the Saints, Devery Henderson is out. Both Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham should see plenty of targets. Lance Moore could be a sleeper choice for those in deeper leagues looking for a No. 3 WR or flex option.