We learned a valuable lesson in Week 2 -- don't panic. Don't worry when standout players have a bad game.
It's something Fantasy owners with Tom Brady and Randy Moss should take solace in after they struggled against the Jets. And it's something Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson owners are well aware of after beating the Titans.
Schaub and Johnson couldn't do anything in Week 1 against the Jets. It made plenty of people start to question if Schaub was a starting Fantasy option and if Johnson was worth drafting as a Top 3 wide receiver. We even said to sit Schaub this week at the Titans based on the matchup and Schaub's terrible play against the Jets.
But Schaub proved us wrong. Maybe it's just the Jets defense under Rex Ryan improving and now taking down two impressive passing games. Or maybe the Titans pass defense isn't as good as last year after the Steelers and Texans dismantled them in back-to-back games (look out for Mark Sanchez vs. Tennessee in Week 3?).
Whatever the reason, you should stick with your stars. Schaub finished with 357 passing yards and four touchdowns, and Johnson hauled in 10 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns.
In the same game, Chris Johnson had a career outing with 16 carries for 197 yards and two touchdowns and nine catches for 87 yards and a touchdown. He also struggled in Week 1 at Pittsburgh.
Frank Gore had two touchdowns in Week 1 at Arizona, but he couldn't move thanks to poor offensive line play. He bounced back in Week 2 with 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns and five catches for 39 yards.
Kurt Warner had a dismal Week 1 against the 49ers, but he proved he can play on the East Coast for a 1 p.m. start with an efficient 24 of 26 performance for 243 passing yards and two touchdowns. Maybe his hip is starting to feel better.
|Chris Johnson had a record-setting day Sunday vs. the Texans. (US Presswire)|
Carson Palmer came back from a poor Week 1 against Denver with four touchdowns at Green Bay. And Jay Cutler looked like a franchise quarterback with 236 passing yards and two touchdowns against Pittsburgh after throwing four interceptions against the Packers in the season opener.
Those are the kind of outings we like to see. And believe me, we won't miss on the stars again unless the matchup is obviously not in their favor like it was with Matt Forte, who struggled against the Steelers with 39 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards.
Don't hit the panic button with Forte either. He gets the Seahawks in Week 3 and will start to look like a standout running back once again.
Start of the Week review: Fred Jackson lived up to his billing and played great for the second week in a row. He had 28 carries for 163 yards and caught six passes for 25 yards against Tampa Bay. His only blemish was a lost fumble, but he had the third-highest rushing total heading into Sunday night. Start Jackson again in Week 3 against New Orleans with Marshawn Lynch (suspended) still out.
Sit of the Week review: Cedric Benson proved us wrong with a big showing at Green Bay with 29 carries for 141 yards. He looks like a must-start every week after he gained 108 total yards and scored in Week 1 against Denver. The Packers missed rookie defensive tackle B.J. Raji (ankle) for this game, which didn't help their run defense, but Benson looked like he could run over anybody. We'll see if that happens in Week 3 against the Steelers.
Insane stat line of the day: We'll go with two guys since they set NFL records. Titans running back Chris Johnson is the first player in NFL history to record a 90-plus yard rushing touchdown (91), 50-plus yard rushing touchdown (57) and 60-plus yard receiving touchdown (69) in a game. And 49ers running back Frank Gore registered a 79-yard rushing touchdown and an 80-yard rushing touchdown to become the first player since Barry Sanders on Oct. 12, 1997 to record two rushing touchdowns of 75-plus yards in a single game.
Out-of-nowhere stat line of the day: Julian Edelman replaced the inactive Wes Welker (knee) against the Jets and caught eight passes for 98 yards. The Patriots just plugged Edelman into Welker's spot, and he did a great Welker impression. He was targeted 16 times.
Guy we were way right about: We expected Matt Forte would struggle against the Steelers, and he did just that with 13 carries for 39 yards and five catches for 33 yards. The receptions were encouraging, but Forte had a tough matchup against the Steelers and has now struggled for two weeks in a row. It's a good thing he faces Seattle in Week 3 after the Seahawks were just run over by Gore.
Guy we were way wrong about: So much for DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek needing a healthy Donovan McNabb (ribs) to play well. Jackson had four catches for 101 yards and a touchdown and Celek had eight catches for 104 yards. Granted, they were playing against the Saints, but Kevin Kolb (391 passing yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions) actually did a good job of getting Jackson and Celek the ball. Still, let's hope McNabb is back for Week 3 against Kansas City.
Overachieving defense of the week: The Browns might be the Browns, but the Broncos still had an impressive day in holding Cleveland to just six points with three turnovers and four sacks, all by defensive end Elvis Dumervil. The Broncos have now allowed just 13 points in two games against the Bengals and Browns, and they should be considered a good Fantasy option again in Week 3 against Oakland.
Underachieving defense of the week: The Steelers might have been missing safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and were playing at Chicago, but the Bears had no turnovers and only allowed one sack. The Steelers DST has now struggled to produce in two games against the Titans and Bears and is not looking like the best unit coming into the season in all Fantasy leagues. We'll see if they can rebound in Week 3 against the Bengals.
Names to add to your scout team ...
Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia (seven catches, 79 yards, one touchdown)
Correll Buckhalter, RB, Denver (nine carries, 76 yards, one touchdown, one catch, 30 yards)
Brent Celek, TE, Philadelphia (eight catches, 104 yards)
Julian Edelman, WR, New England (eight catches, 98 yards)
Trent Edwards, QB, Buffalo (230 passing yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 24 rushing yards)
David Garrard, QB, Jacksonville (282 passing yards, two touchdowns, one interception, 27 rushing yards, one fumble)
Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay (296 passing yards, three touchdowns, two interceptions)
Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago (six catches, 70 yards, one touchdown)
Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville (six catches, 106 yards, one touchdown)
Bobby Wade, WR, Kansas City (six catches, 72 yards)
Injury alerts ...
Matt Hasselbeck, bruised ribs, considered questionable for Week 3 vs. Chicago
Frank Gore, sprained right ankle, considered probable for Week 3 at Minnesota
Brian Westbrook, sprained right ankle, considered questionable for Week 3 vs. Kansas City
Mike Bell, right knee, considered probable for Week 3 at Buffalo
Jerious Norwood, head, considered probable for Week 3 at New England
Lance Moore, hamstring, considered questionable for Week 3 at Buffalo
Troy Williamson, shoulder, considered questionable for Week 3 at Houston
The last word: Darren Sproles played exactly like you hoped against Baltimore if you handcuffed him to LaDainian Tomlinson, who missed the game with a sprained ankle, or had him on your bench in case Tomlinson ever got hurt. He had 10 carries for 26 yards and caught seven passes for 124 yards against the Ravens. The Chargers get Miami in Week 3, and if Tomlinson remains out, Sproles should be considered a must start in all formats.
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