Who’s hot, who’s not – Week 2
1. Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay passing attack – Rodgers put up an otherworldly performance on Sunday, and he had a lot of help for his friends. As you can see from the graph below, the top 4 Packers’ receivers each put up fantasy-start worthy games, which is very rare from 4 players on the same team. Each one of those guys are must-starts in the coming weeks, especially if their quarterback stays as hot as he is.
2. DeAndre Hopkins – Many people pegged this guy as a sleeper before the season started, and his week 2 performance showed the reason why. 117 yards and a game winning touchdown in overtime will endear you to a lot of fans… and fantasy owners. Be careful with Hopkins the rest of the season though. If history is any guide, rookie receivers are extremely up and down.
3. Philip Rivers and Eddie Royal – Rivers has put together a sensational 2 week stretch to begin the season, especially from a fantasy perspective. It seems as though new coach Mike Mccoy (Peyton Manning’s offensive coordinator last year) has worked wonders for Rivers and the Chargers passing offense. Similarly, Eddie Royal has been an absolute stud. His 5 touchdowns through 2 weeks leads the NFL, and Rivers looks his way often so those scores should keep piling up, even though they may not be at that same rate.
1. Injured running backs – 4 crucial players got hurt on Sunday: Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew, Reggie Bush, and Steven Jackson. Rice will most likely miss practice all week, leaving his status for next game very uncertain. Jones-Drew has ligament damage in his foot and his prospects do not look good for Sunday… especially against the Seahawks. Reggie Bush seems to have avoided a serious injury, but with his history, one can never be too sure. And Steven Jackson’s thigh bruise will most likely be okay for next week, but he let fantasy owners down last week after he left in the first half. Make sure to monitor each of these situations as the week progresses.
2. The entire Jaguars team (minus Cecil Shorts) – The “football team” in Jacksonville would struggle to be competitive with Alabama or Texas A&M, the two teams that played the epic college football game Saturday afternoon. While I hate the argument that a college football team could ever beat a pro football team because Alabama has 15-20 future NFL players on their roster right now, while Jacksonville has 53, but the Jaguars are making me think. They scored their first offensive touchdown 114 minutes and 7 seconds into their season. Enough said.
3. Roddy White – To be fair, his high ankle sprain has been hampering him more than anyone thought, but give him credit for fighting through the injury. However, you do not get toughness points in fantasy football. He has 40 receiving yards in 2 games which is just not going to cut it. Start someone else in his place until he gets healthy. If you don’t have him on your team, I suggest buying low on him as soon as possible.