RGIII and the Sleeper Fantasy Football Picks of Week 2

Ernest ShepardAnalyst IIISeptember 13, 2012

RGIII and the Sleeper Fantasy Football Picks of Week 2

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    Robert Griffin III was the biggest surprise during the first week of fantasy football. RGIII racked up 320 passing yards and two touchdowns, including an 88-yard strike to Pierre Garcon. He showed poise and promise in his NFL debut.

    RGIII was not the only surprise, as several players shined for their owners in Week 1.

    Will he follow up his stellar performance in Week 2?

    Perhaps, but this time it would not be a stunner if he puts up similar numbers against the St. Louis Rams. If you have RGIII on your fantasy team, play him unless you have Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees.

    A great game by him is expected, but I also expect a few others to have a great week for fantasy owners.

Chicago Bears: RB Michael Bush

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    Chicago Bears RB Michael Bush scored two touchdowns and rushed for 42 yards, good for 16 points in most fantasy leagues. He flashed good running over the Bears’ tackles with his 12 rushing attempts.

    The Bears’ offense has the makings of a balanced attack. Everybody has the opportunity to touch the ball. Bush will no doubt get his chances, especially in the red zone. Both of Bush’s touchdowns were one-yard scores.

    If you have Bush, start him against a vulnerable Green Bay Packers defense.

Cincinnati Bengals: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis

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    BenJarvus Green-Ellis had a great debut for the Cincinnati Bengals rushing for 91 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries in a losing effort to Baltimore. The former New England Patriot averaged 5.1 yards per carry against a stout Ravens defense.

    That should be good news for fantasy owners who are stuck deciding between him and someone else this week. He is set to face the Cleveland Browns next.

    The Browns gave up 150 yards on the ground this past Sunday to the Philadelphia Eagles. Eagles RB LeSean McCoy rushed for 110 yards.

    Green-Ellis is not McCoy, but he is a safe bet for at least 85 yards this week.

San Francisco 49ers: WR Randy Moss

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    As Randy Moss continues to prove that he still has what it takes to play in the NFL, the San Francisco WR will use the game against the Detroit Lions as further confirmation.

    His touchdown grab in Sunday’s win in Green Bay was picturesque, vintage Randy Moss. It was one of four catches made by the veteran receiver.

    The Lions’ two starting cornerbacks Kevin Barnes (6’1”) and Chris Houston (5’11”) are big for their positions but will have their hands full with the other 49er receivers, especially Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree and Mario Manningham. That should make Moss a good pick this week.  

The Remaining Sleeper Picks: Josh Freeman, Alshon Jeffery and Andrew Luck

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    Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman struggled in Week 1, passing for a paltry 138 yards and a touchdown. This week he should bounce back against a depleted New York Giants secondary.

    Bears WR Alshon Jeffery should have another strong performance, this time against the Packers. Jeffery will see single coverage while the Packers are focusing on slowing down his teammate Brandon Marshall.

    I also expect that we will see what Andrew Luck has to offer the Indianapolis Colts as they face their second consecutive NFC North opponent, the Minnesota Vikings. He will be up against a good defensive line anchored by Jared Allen, but the Vikings secondary gave up big plays to the Jaguars a week ago, and Luck should be able to take advantage of it.