Fantasy Football Week 2: Players Who Proved Their Worth with Week 1 Domination
Where there were once questions, we now have answers.
Some of the players who were the biggest risks and could simultaneously provide the biggest rewards have proved themselves with their Week 1 performances. Now we know we should have started them in the regular-season openers, but even if we didn't, there is still time to make up for it.
Here's hoping that their Week 1 performances weren't flukes.
QB Tony Romo (Dallas) vs. Seattle Seahawks
The Giants were not a preferable team for anyone to be facing in the official NFL season opener, especially on the road—and yet, against all odds, Tony Romo succeeded.
Against New York, Romo went 22-for-29 for 307 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Eli Manning has never been the most consistent of quarterbacks either, but for what it's worth, Romo showed him up on his home turf. Anyone who saw that coming is a supe of the True Blood variety.
There are very few current quarterbacks whose careers have been as up and down as Romo's, but when he's been healthy, he has been solid (as long as there's nothing important on the line). In all seriousness, it's hard to say with certainty that this is the year Romo is going to live up to the potential he's shown in flashes over the last six years. But if Wednesday's big win was any indication, he is finally ready.
RB Stevan Ridley (New England) vs. Arizona Cardinals
Ever since the days of Corey Dillon came to a conclusion, the Patriots haven't had the most intimidating running game in the world. Part of that, clearly, is because Tom Brady is their quarterback. But as Phil Simms informed us during Sunday's broadcast, you need a running game to be a tough team, and the Patriots seem to be living by that credo in 2012.
Who is most likely to be equally impressive in Week 2?
During his rookie season, Stevan Ridley showed flashes of potential. Now, the LSU product seems committed to firmly establishing himself as New England's No. 1 guy now that BenJarvus Green-Ellis is gone—and head coach Bill Belichick seems committed to allowing him to be the No. 1 guy. Against the Titans in Week 1, Ridley got 21 carries for 125 yards and a touchdown.
Before this season started, Ridley was just about as risky a player as you could come across. He was transitioning from an unproven rookie into a starting running back. Week 1 proved he's up for the challenge.
QB Robert Griffin III (Washington) vs. St. Louis
There was no Week 1 rookie performance as encouraging as that of Robert Griffin III. The Dallas Morning News' Tim Cowlishaw tweeted an interesting stat after Sunday's games:
RG III - 2 TDs, 0 ints. Luck, Weeden, Tannehill - 0 TDs, 8 ints.— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) September 9, 2012
Even when he lost his No. 1 receiver after just one quarter, RG3 still managed to lead the Redskins to victory—on the road, against one of the top teams in the NFC, no less.
Very few rookie quarterbacks prove that they have what it takes right off the bat, and RG3 has done precisely that. The Saints—even without their coach—were a big test, and Griffin passed with flying colors. Now, the Rams—who allowed 429 total yards in Week 1—will be a breeze.
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