If you came out of Week 2 unscathed, consider yourself lucky! Injuries hit hard last week, leaving some owners now scrambling for a contingency plan, especially at quarterback. For some of you, it could be time to explore some trade options to avoid falling out of contention in your league early. Outside of the horrors of seeing one of your starters staying down on the field, there were some performances to hold your head up about. It is only Week 2, but what you have to keep reminding yourself is that this is a weekly game. It’s all about winning your matchup week to week. Focus on your opponent, and not being the top scorer for the week. You’re looking for wins, and in the end, that’s all that counts. Let’s look at the good and bad from Week 2, as well as look ahead to Week 3.
It was the week for the old veteran signal-callers. Tom Brady continued his assault on the NFL, with an amazing performance against one of the league’s toughest defenses in the Buffalo Bills. He made throwing for 466 yards and three TDs look easy, as he carved this secondary up. Next, Brady draws the Jacksonville Jaguars. I would look for the Patriots to get up big early, and start to lean on the run. So I wouldn’t expect the gaudy numbers this week.
Carson Palmer was impressive yet again on the road vs. the Bears. Palmer seems to have found the fountain of youth with this team, as he is utilizing his weapons well and should be considered a weekly QB1 until further notice. In Week 3, he gets the 49ers secondary that will be on their heels after a poor performance in Pittsburgh.
Just when the whispers were stirring over Peyton Manning being done, he backs out of Gary Kubiak’s under center offense and goes back to the well of the shotgun style that has done him well for years. It’s obvious that behind this offensive line, being in the shotgun is what is best for Manning. It gives him the time to read the progressions, keep an eye on the defense, and hit the open receiver. Expect him to continue utilizing this until the offensive line shows improvement. Denver goes on the road to Detroit in Week 3, where I would expect to see the Broncos to continue using three receiver sets in an attempt to open up the run. Should be another good day for Peyton.
So many options to go with here for Week 2. Could it be the continuing disappointment of the first round RB C.J. Anderson, who now has 56 yards rushing, no touchdowns, and is dealing with turf toe. You possibly could go with the entire Eagles offense, that could not get anything going against Dallas and looked out of sync all day. I will be going with Andrew Luck this week. You could call it a slow start against two of the better defenses in the league, but Luck has not looked like quarterback that most experts had as their No. 1 coming into the season. He has been taking a beating behind this line, which has led to turnovers aplenty (six through two games). Monday night, Luck looked shaky at best only managing 250 yards, mostly in a comeback effort. This week, Luck should finally find his form as he travels to Tennessee to play the Titans – a team that just made Johnny Manziel look like a halfway decent pro. I would expect Luck to tee off early, hitting a deep ball to Moncrief, as well as sneaking in a rushing touchdown in Week 3. Stay patient owners, he’s about to come around.
Injuries were UGLY in Week 2. Tony Romo goes down for a minimum of eight weeks with a broken clavicle and so do the prospects of this Dallas offense. I’ve seen the Brandon Weeden show, and trust me when I tell you, I’m changing the channel. This offense will now become very run heavy, with Joseph Randle being the primary beneficiary. With the Falcons coming to town, the Cowboys will be doing everything they can to keep the red hot Julio Jones off the field. I envision Randle getting in the neighborhood of 25 touches in this game, but facing eight men in the box, predicting the outcome is a crapshoot. Cowboy’s receivers will be largely irrelevant in this game, unless they are playing from behind and against soft coverage.
Eddie Lacy suffered an ankle sprain on Sunday night, again looking to cost him games. Reports are still unclear on if he misses this week’s game or not, but I would lean towards him sitting. In comes James Starks, who ran with authority on the Seahawks. The Packers get a very tough Chiefs team in Week 3, but Starks could fill in as a nice RB2/Flex play in this home game.
Drew Brees is another tragedy coming out of Week 2. Going in for MRIs to determine whether or not there is a torn rotator cuff never sounds good to a Fantasy owner. Although the tests came back negative, it’s very likely that he will miss time. Brees himself insists that he will play in Week 3 vs. the Panthers, but against this rough defense, taking the week off could be best for his season. The Saints haven’t exactly been tearing it up on offense anyways, which is very surprising considering the talent on this team. The struggles of Brees has adversely affected the upside potential that a lot of us saw in Brandin Cooks. I can’t see this offense getting things together on the road against Carolina minus Brees.
Predictions for Week 3
Good: Le’Veon Bell- Making his 2015 debut after suspension, look for the Steelers to put the ball in his hands a ton this week vs. the Rams.
Bad: Andy Dalton- The Bengals offense has looked good thus far, but a road game in Baltimore, I see BAD Andy Dalton showing up.
Ugly: Jaguars defense- Matched up against Brady on a mission? Whew, good luck! You may need to report a crime by the end of this one.