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article imageOp-Ed: Fantasy Football Week 2 Breakdown

By Kim Hartman     Sep 22, 2009 in Sports
A fantasy football rundown of the past week in the NFL. Highlights certain players with a dash of analysis and advice along the way.
In Week 2, the Giants rained on the Cowboys’ new stadium parade. A Bengals defensive end set a single-game team record in sacks. The Jets held the Patriots in single digits. A certain charged quarterback had a career-high game in passing yards. Two Giant receivers came up big, with Plaxico Burress sentenced to two years in the pokey and Amani Toomer’s lapse into free agency. And the last two games of the week were decided by the final play.
Here were some standout Fantasy Football performances in Week 2:
Super Mario
Mario Manningham, New York Giants, WR
Oh the Manning to Manning-ham jokes I could make. But I won’t. Well, I guess I just did. Anyhow, talk about contribution to the Giants’ offense – in Week 2 alone, the 23-year-old out of the University of Michigan had 10 catches for 150 yards with a 22-yard TD reception.
But his impact went beyond the numbers (I know, I know, the numbers are all that matters in fantasy football. But I have a point, I swear.) Manningham proved that he can be a threat in all areas of the field: he exploded off the ball in the backfield, showed the agility to handle passes with ease in the secondary and locked onto the deep ball, even in clutch moments. Manningham’s TD catch -- with under a minute left before halftime -- had bounced off of his foot before making the grab. Great hands, great concentration.
Advice: It’s evident that Manningham can be productive in a versatile way, so Manning can depend on him in a spectrum of situations and play types. This could lead to consistently good statistics. However, if you’re concerned about his lasting success because he’s young, I would suggest picking him up as an addition to your more experienced WRs.
Remember the Titan
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans, RB
A titanic day for Johnson: 284 total yards with 3 TDs. All three of his scores came off of big play production: a 57-yard rush to the left, a 69-yard reception in the first quarter, and a monster carry up the middle from Tennessee’s own 9-yard line in the third.
Advice: Some fantasy owners may be skeptical because the bulk of Johnson’s production was off breakout plays (if you subtract the three plays, the RB is left with a mediocre 67 yard game.) Also, it was against the defensively-fragile Houston Texans. But yardage is yardage, and a three TD game is always a good performance. Just don’t expect those kinds of numbers every week, especially in Jets’ territory next game.
Rivers Flows with the Current
Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers, QB
Rivers was electric this past Sunday (although he did have two INTs.) By throwing for 436 yards (a career-high) and two TDs, he is on track to reach 1,000 yards in his first three games of the season, averaging 344 Y/G. He was pressured all game long by the Ravens’ defense but still led the week in passing yards against one of the most threatening defensive teams in the NFL. Rivers’ Week 2 performance also put him atop the NFL in passing yards, edging out Drew Brees by 19.
Advice: Rivers is chalk full of talent. Of course, having reliable targets at three different positions always helps too. Just look at what it did for Kurt Warner. Chargers’ WR Vincent Jackson, RB Darren Sproles and TE Antonio Gates combined for 343 receiving yards against Baltimore. We’ll see if Rivers’ can keep up the torrid pace once LT is healthy.
The Gods Are Smiling at Odom
Antwan Odom, Cincinnati Bengals, DE
Odom put up God-like numbers in the sack category this week. He had five – yes, FIVE – on Sunday. The 2004 second-round draft pick (Tennessee Titans) also had two in Week 1, giving Odom seven sacks on the season. He could very well be the rejuvenation that the often-lethargic Bengals’ defense needs.
Advice: If you own him on your team, you could have yourself the highest-scoring defensive player in fantasy football this year. That is, if sacks are a point category in your league.
Blood, Guts and Gore
Frank Gore, San Francisco 49ers, RB
Coming off of meager Week 1 stats, Gore displayed 248 yards with two 80-plus-yard TD runs.
Advice: Good yardage gain is pretty reliable with Gore, but he doesn’t get into the end zone as much as one would think. However, he already has half the number of rushing TDs (3) that he did in all of last season (6.)
Where’s Mine?
Panthers’ WR Steve Smith, Bengals’ RB Cedric Benson and Bills’ RB Fred Jackson all had over 130 yards but no TDs this week.
Defensive Surprise
The Denver Broncos. The team that finished 29th in total defense in 2008 has given up just 6 points this season and has sacrificed just over 253 yards. Also notable is that the defense has committed only 8 penalties in 119 scrimmage plays.
Get Him Now
Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars, WR
Troy Williamson is out for the season, so Sims-Walker is the player to pickup off of the waiver wire. He caught for 106 yards, capped off by a fourth quarter 19-yard TD reception, in Week 2.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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