Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top Backups Who Will Produce Big Numbers

James ShimCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 9: Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers returns a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 49ers won 30-22. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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With Week 1 of football in the books, fantasy owners are either happy with the performance of their squad, or wondering what went wrong. 

Robert Griffin III blew up the stat sheet, Adrian Peterson returned from a knee injury and Michael Vick's four interceptions were only some of the headlines after Week 1. Injuries have already taken place and some backups have filled in nicely. 

As lineups are now ready to be set for Week 2, some are trying to go on a winning streak, while others are attempting to avoid a losing streak. As we enter the second week of the football season, will there be backups that will produce huge numbers? 


C.J. Spiller

Although the Bills were blown out by the New York Jets, Spiller was able to rush for 169 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries. He also had 25 receiving yards and was targeted three times. 

Spiller broke a 56-yard score in the second quarter and later had a 49-yard run. There's no denying that he has big play ability, and he can prove to be dangerous while Fred Jackson is out.

Spiller may indeed get the start in Week 2 against the Chiefs, as ESPN reports starting running back Fred Jackson may be out at least three weeks


Dexter McCluster

In Week 1, Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster was targeted 10 times out of the slot and was able to haul in 82 yards.

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel and McCluster showed great chemistry, and look for that once again against a Bills defense that was torched by a Jets offense that didn't score a single touchdown in the preseason (Third-string QB Greg McElroy threw a TD to fourth-string RB Terrance Ganaway). 


Randall Cobb

Another backup who may be poised to have a big week is Packers receiver Randall Cobb. ESPN reports that Greg Jennings' status is uncertain for Thursday's game against the Bears. Jennings is dealing with a groin injury he suffered late in the loss against the 49ers. 

Cobb had 77 yards in Week 1, but with Jennings' injury, Cobb may be targeted even more in the spread offense the Packers run. Rodgers is almost guaranteed to throw the ball 40 times, and with an opening loss against the 49ers, you've got to believe that Rodgers and Co. will come out firing. 

The Packers may get creative in using Cobb in order to utilize his great ability to make runs in space. Whether that may be out of the backfield or through short passes, Cobb's ability to make plays in space makes him a threat on offense. 

As you set up your lineup for Week 2, players like Spiller, McCluster and Cobb should be targeted or at the very least looked at in your waiver wire.