Start 'em Sit'em Week 2: Dynamic WRs Who Will Turn in Productive Performances

Ian Hanford@Ian_HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 12, 2012

September 9, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon (88) runs after a catch during the first quarter of a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

The days leading up to each week's NFL games are spent tweaking fantasy lineups, checking injury reports and trying to find that one hidden gem for that week.

This week's matchups are extremely favorable for wide receivers. 

I'm not talking about your league's marquee targets or your obvious fantasy starts either. I'm talking about players whose matchup you analyze every week before inserting them into your starting lineup.

Let's take a look at three receivers who will turn in productive performances in Week 2 of NFL action.


Demaryius Thomas

Thomas had five catches for 110 yards and a touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1. If you're a fantasy owner, don't expect those numbers to take a step back against the Falcons in Week 2.

Atlanta gave up 258 passing yards to Matt Cassel last week. Peyton Manning already showed that he is ready to produce with the Broncos, so expecting at least that much is completely realistic.

Manning likes to find Eric Decker and Brandon Stokley underneath, but Thomas is the home-run threat. Expect him to stretch the Falcons defense and grab another touchdown on Monday Night Football.

Fantasy owners are already happy they selected Thomas, so prepare to see that smile grow after this week.


Pierre Garcon

Garcon and Robert Griffin III established a relationship against the Saints in Week 1, and they won't slow down against St. Louis this Sunday.

Garcon hauled in four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. One of those catches accounted for 88 of his yards, but that doesn't take away from his big-play ability.

Washington's system fits RG3 well. It allows him to make quick decisions, and Garcon is excellent at working underneath a defense. His quickness allows him to run after the catch, and the Rams defense isn't very intimidating.

RG3 may not have the same game in Week 2, but Garcon will remain as his favorite target. If you're looking for a No. 2 receiver or a flex player, he's a solid start this week.


Brandon LaFell

LaFell had three catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, but the Panthers struggled against Tampa Bay. They may not beat New Orleans on Sunday, but the Saints defense won't be the reason why.

Look for this game to be high scoring and for Cam Newton to air it out frequently.

Steve Smith can't catch everything, and LaFell is the next option.

You may not consider LaFell "dynamic" per say, but he's due for a big year in Carolina. He's a solid vertical threat, and Newton's emergence makes that matter.

I wouldn't necessarily start LaFell every week, but he's a quality start against the Saints paltry defense. Expect another touchdown and possibly more catches in Week 2.