Week 2 Recap: What We Learned

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Let's break down each of Sunday's game from a fantasy standpoint and see what we can glean from them:

Bears vs. Cowboys
You don't need to put on your Bear Goggles to see that Jay Cutler's 277 yards and 3 TDs was a big day. But who is going to be his main target? I thought Devin Aromashadu stepped up last week and would have a big day, but he had nary a catch. Meanwhile, Johnny Knox and Devin Hester each had four catches and both looked good. Hell, Matt Forte and Earl Bennett had five catches each. I give up.
For the 'Boys, somebody's gotta figure out how to run the ball. Marion Barber and Felix Jones combined for 38 yards on 18 carries. Miles Austin is proving himself a superstar, with 142 receiving yards. And Roy Williams fumbled. Big surprise.


Steelers vs. Titans
What a bunch of crappy quarterbacks. In fact, aside from Chris Johnson, what a bunch of crappy offenses. And even Johnson only had 34 yards and a fumble. The morsel of fantasy goodness may be Tennessee WR Nate Washington, who scored for the second straight week. And, umm, Steelers kicker Jeff Reed had four field goals. Grggg.

Ravens vs. Bengals
What's wrong with Carson Palmer that he can't get the ball to two of the most explosive receivers in the game? Even with Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco, Palmer completed just 46 percent of his passes (16 of 35) for 167 yards. We'll give him a pass since he was playing the Ravens, but man, just throw it up there and let them get it. Another kicker is the star here, with Mike Nugent accounting for all of Cincy's points with five FGs. Grggg again.

Eagles vs. Lions
Now here's some fantasy fun! Three scores and 120 yards for LeSean McCoy. 232 and 3 TDs for Jahvid Best. 135 and a score for DeSean Jackson. Holy 20-point games!
If you want a buy-low candidate, see if you can trade for Calvin Johnson, as he's had two subpar games (50 yards on Sunday). Megatron will be fine, and will put up some explosive games going forward.
Is Michael Vick worth stashing away, even as Kevin Kolb is expected to return next week? I think so. Kolb looked super shaky in Week 1, while Vick has been stellar. I'd grab him, assuming you have room on your roster and don't have two solid QBs already. This guy is gonna produce when given the chance.

Cardinals vs. Falcons
If you haven't already, go and pick up Atlanta RB Jason Snelling right now. I'll wait. ... OK, now that we've got that out of the way, let's hope Michael Turner's groin injury is more serious than just a tweak. Either way, Snelling is a capable backup and should have some value down the road. For Arizona, Tim Hightower (110 yards and a TD) had good numbers filling in for Beanie Wells again, but remember he had an early 80-yard TD run and did little after that. But as long as Wells is out, Hightower should get some run in that offense.

Dolphins vs. Vikings
It has been good living for Brett Favre haters this year. The Wrangler had another three interceptions, fumbled in the end zone and has thrown just one TD pass so far this season. I don't understand what's going on with him and Bernard Berrian. They looked to be on the same page last year, but have yet to click in two games in '10. Two of the picks were Berrian targets. Ouch. Advantage Visanthe Shiancoe (six catches for a team-high 85 yards). That sound you're hearing is Minny coach Brad Childress calling Vincent Jackson's agent. For the 'Fins, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams both fumbled and neither saw the end zone. This is a time share you want no part of.

Chiefs vs. Browns
Jamaal Charles is like, "WTF, man" after Thomas Jones got twice the carries (22 to 11) even though Charles nearly hit the century mark last week and broke off a 20-yarder Sunday. Who knows? Looks like both might be worth owning, and that's probably it for KC's offense (unless you're rolling with Dwayne Bowe, in which case I hope you have a big bottle of Excedrin).
For the Browns, I'm big on Peyton Hillis, and he didn't disappoint by finding the end zone yet again. He had more yards in half the carries as Jerome Harrison, and I fully expect him to be the featured back sooner rather than later.

Buccaneers vs. Saints
Is Tampa the ugliest 2-0 team in the league? For sure. Better question: Is Josh Freeman worth owning? He is if he keeps putting up 180 yards and two scores (without a pick) each week. With all of the QB shakeups going on early this year, you could certainly do worse. For the Panthers, the two-headed monster of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart is becoming more of a hassle than anything. Williams is still the main guy, but he got just 54 yards, compared to Stew's 43 on eight carries. No scores for either. Ugh.
One more note: Mike Williams is making a case for being universally owned, with a TD catch and 54 yards. And really, who else are they gonna throw to?

Bills vs. Packers
Word on the street is Trent Edwards is out and Ryan Fitzpatrick will start at QB for the Bills this week. ... In other news nobody cares about, Buffalo is really, really bad. And they can only get C.J. Spiller one carry? Really?
For the Packers, Brandon Jackson (11 carries, 29 yards) did not impress in his first start after Ryan Grant went down for the season. Is John Kuhn (9 for 36) the first fullback to be owned in the league this year? Someone's gotta run the ball up there.

Seahawks vs. Broncos
Demaryius who? That would be Denver rookie WR Demariyus Thomas, who had eight catches for 97 yards and a score in his debut. Need a WR? Go for it. There are not that many options for Kyle Orton to throw to, and it's not like Eddie Royal or Jabar Gaffney are tearing up the league. For the Seahawks, I thought Justin Forsett (eight carries, 44 yards) would have a breakout year, which goes to show that even I can be wrong sometimes.

Rams vs. Raiders
What's the over/under for when Steven Jackson literally breaks in half? I'll go with Week 10. For the Raiders, it sounds like Jason Campbell is out and Bruce Gradkowski is in, but if you have any Oakland receivers in your starting lineup, you've got bigger problems already.

Jaguars vs. Chargers
San Diego receiver Legedu Naanee was the big pickup of the week after a huge Week 1. He rode that momentum all the way to one stinkin' catch for 14 yards. So much for that one. Antonio Gates is Philip Rivers' go-to guy, and that's just not going to change. Mike Tolbert was the star for SD's running game, overshadowing rookie starter Ryan Mathews with 82 yards and two scores. Mathews will be fine, but you hate to see his carries vulture like that - and not even by Darren Sproles.
For the Jags, make sure Maurice Jones-Drew owners have Rashad Jennings as a handcuff. Even if you don't have MJD, he's not a bad pickup, if available. MoJo's preseason injuries are nothing to sneeze at. Mike Sims-Walker, making his season debut, went for 105 and a score. Solid. Everyone else on the Jags: Inconsequential.

Patriots vs. Jets
A week after it looked like Fred Taylor would be the main back in the Pats' backfield, he gets just five carries for 11 yards. You should know this already, but just stay away from all New England running backs. Just not worth it.
On a related note, Aaron Hernandez led the Pats in receiving with 101 yards. I have no idea who that is, but I do know that Randy Moss had a sick one-handed TD catch. Too bad he only had one other catch all day. Seriously, who effin' knows with this team?
For the Jets, did you really sleep on LT? LaDainian Tomlinson led the team with 76 rush yards and went over 100 total yards for the day in a backup role. And it's not like Shonn Greene is bowling anybody over to start the season. Will their roles get flipped somewhere down the road. Don't be surprised.

Texans vs. Redskins
Houston RB Arian Foster was the MVP of Week 1 and it would be hard to argue against QB Matt Schaub taking the honor this week. He had 497 yards and three TD passes in a gutsy OT win. And those who took Andre Johnson with a mid-first round pick (myself included) have to be happy with the 158 yards and a score, after a pedestrian three points last week. Foster added 138 total yards, although he failed to find the end zone.
For the 'Skins, Santana Moss may still be available, and should be a good pickup. He had 10 catches and led Washington with 89 yards.

Giants vs. Colts
I will continue my Ahmad Bradshaw man crush until convinced otherwise. His 89 yards led the New York rushing game, and he didn't even throw his helmet into the crowd. And how about Hakeem Nicks grabbing his fourth TD of the season (although three were from last week).
Speaking of man crushes, I know Joseph Addai is the main guy in Indy's backfield, but I'm on the Donald Brown bandwagon. He didn't disappoint, putting up 69 yards and a score. Meanwhile the Austin Collie-Pierre Garcon debate heats up as neither has a great game, but Collie gets in the house. Winner: Reggie Wayne, but you already knew that.

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