Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings: Week 1 Duds That Will Be Studs

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2012

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With Week 2 of the fantasy football approaching fast—even faster considering we have Thursday Night Football this week—it is time to find the duds from Week 1 that will shine after being given another chance.

Whether it’s buying these stars low via trade or having the gumption to start them if they are on your roster, it’s imperative that you put them in your lineup in Week 2 to capitalize on your risk.

All of the following players had mediocre-to-terrible Week 1 performances, but the second week of the season is bound to yield far better results for these bona-fide fantasy studs.


Mike Wallace, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

After missing all of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ preseason games due to a contract holdout, there was serious risk around taking Mike Wallace in your fantasy draft.

With four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown, the high-powered Wallace was kept in check in Week 1; fantasy owners expect so much more from the Steelers star.

Pittsburgh will play the New York Jets and Darrelle Revis in Week 2, but Wallace will be determined to get back on the right track and will have a great game.

You should expect six catches for 75 yards and at least one touchdown.


Wes Welker, WR, New England Patriots

While there are serious questions about how much the Patriots will use Wes Welker this season with all of their weapons, it was Week 1 that lent serious credibility to the talk that the impeding free agent was being fazed out of the offensive puzzle.

Three catches for 14 yards on the day will do that to a player.

After snagging 122 catches for 1,569 yards in 2011, Welker was considered one of the biggest fantasy studs of the year. With a Week 2 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, Welker will have a chance to prove he can still be an elite player.

With all the attention on all the other weapons in New England, Welker will snag eight catches for 100 yards and at least one touchdown.


Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans

If you are one of the many Chris Johnson owners across fantasy football, the fact that the former 2,000-yard rusher only gained four total yards on the ground on 11 carries has to be the most maddening news of Week 1.

As much as his six receptions for 47 yards were nice, they didn’t come close to making up for the back’s lack of production on the ground.

As much as it looks like Johnson will continue his terrible pace from 2011, Week 2 will be different.

New England’s front seven is much better than it's given credit for, and Johnson will face a much easier task against the San Diego Chargers in his second opportunity to break out. If he can get going early, Johnson could reach the 100-yard mark and score at least once.


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