Fantasy football week 2
Week 2 is history and all is well throughout the league. Players have normalized a bit leaving me satisfied with my 3 victories this week. Aaron Rodgers had a bounce back week like I had hoped he would and threw for 255 yards and 2 TD’s. Minnesota RB Adrian Peterson didn’t disappoint either. He ran 28 times for 145 yards and 1 TD in a losing effort against Miami.
Houston RB Arian Foster came back to earth. For good perhaps? The mediocre Redskins defense held Foster to just 69 yards without any TD’s. But only time will tell if the Foster we saw run rampant in week 1 will return, or if is this it. Foster and the Texans are going up against a winless Dallas who are sixth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game.
A couple players to watch next week are the Detroit Lions QB Shaun Hill and RB Jahvid Best. Hill is not your typical passing QB but he racked up the stats last week against Philly throwing for 335 yards and 2 TD’s. Best only rushed for 78 yards, but he scored 2 TD’s on the ground and caught 9 passes for 154 yards and 1 TD. Look for best to be more active on the ground next week against a tough Minnesota passing defense and if you don’t have him already go ahead and make that pickup because Best is going to be a solid all purpose back this season. As for Hill, don’t click the “add” button yet because I wouldn’t expect much from him every week. Hill is available in 99% of ESPN leagues and Best is available in 52.5% of ESPN leagues.
Let’s play a little guessing game. You decide who earned the stat line:
Player A: 20-36, 248 yards passing and 2 TD’s
Player B: 21-34, 284 yards passing and 2 TD’s
There isn’t much of a difference in the two players statistically speaking, but after I reveal the two identities you will be surprised. Player A is New England Patriot QB Tom Brady. Player B is none other than Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick. Brady is a 3-time super bowl champion, while Vick hadn’t started a game for 4 years until this past Sunday. I’m not saying the two players are and will be identical each week, but the point is that you won’t have to pay the price for Vick that you will for Brady. Vick is available in 12.6% of ESPN leagues. Vick was just named the starter for the Eagles after Kevin Kolb suffered a concussion on week 1 so it looks he could already be gone in your league. Brady on the other hand, is at 100% ownership and is a starter on almost every fantasy squad. Bottom line: Go get Vick.
Raiders RB Darren McFadden had a great game. He ran for 145 yards on 30 carries despite scoring a TD. He did run against the lowly Rams, however, he made the most of his chance with Michael Bush being out so keep an eye on McFadden as the Raiders take on the Cardinals in week 3.