Week 2 Fantasy Football Projections: Players Who Will Have Bounce-Back Games

Justin WeltonAnalyst IISeptember 15, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 09:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts warms-up before the 2012 NFL season opener against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 9, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Colts 41-21.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Fantasy owners shouldn't allow one week to determine who starts for their team in Week 2. Give your players a couple weeks to show what they can do before putting them on the pine.

There were several stars who ended up being duds in fantasy football in Week 1, but here are three who are going to have bounce back games:


Chris Johnson

It's nearly impossible for Chris Johnson not to have a bounce back game against the San Diego Chargers, right? I mean, four yards shouldn't be too difficult to eclipse. 

Johnson has faced San Diego twice in his five-year NFL career; both games he scored touchdowns including his 2009 performance when he rushed for 142 yards.

San Diego's run defense has been known to be gashed by talented running backs. Last year, San Diego allowed 122.2 yards per game on the ground while surrendering 15 20-or-more yard plays. 

Johnson is well-known for his speed and big-play ability. 

Prediction: Chris Johnson rushes for 100 yards and a touchdown. 


Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck is already overrated if you actually listen to some of the personalities on TV. According to them, Griffin should have easily been the No. 1 pick in the draft instead of Luck.

Can we at least give this evaluation a couple years before making those comments? How about a week? 

After this week when the Colts host the Minnesota Vikings, people will realize why the Colts selected Luck with the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Minnesota's pass defense allowed 251.2 yards per game while surrendering 34 touchdowns through the air last year and Luck has already proven he can put up yardage against a quality defense (309 yards vs. Bears).

Bruce Arians, the offensive coordinator of the Colts, loves to throw the ball. We saw it for years in Pittsburgh and we saw it in Week 1 when Luck threw 45 times in his NFL debut.

The more times he throws, the more likely he is to put up fantasy points. Luck will bounce back in a huge way in his home debut.

Prediction: Luck passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns.


Darren McFadden

Darren McFadden only averaged 2.1 yards per carry against San Diego last week; McFadden totaled 32 yards against a rushing defense that has been known for being gashed in the past.

Expect a complete 180 against the Miami Dolphins in Week 2.

Miami allowed Arian Foster to rush for 79 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. The Dolphins produced four turnovers on the day which gave Houston more opportunities to put points on the board. With the turnovers and extra chances on offense, the Texans scored 30 points. 

A short field equals more opportunities for scoring plays. If the Raiders can force a few turnovers, McFadden and the Raiders will put points on the board.

Prediction: McFadden will record a combined 120 yards and one touchdown.