Fantasy Football: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up After Disappointing Week 1s

Daniel Stack@@stacdemonContributor IISeptember 16, 2012

Fantasy Football: 5 Players Who Need to Step Up After Disappointing Week 1s

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    With Week 1 in the rear view mirror, Week 2 could serve as a week of redemption for many stars who crashed and burned in the opening weekend.

    It’s still too early to panic, but if the five following players don’t step up their game and produce soon, then we could have some problems.

    That said, here are five players who need a good showing this weekend if they want to quell the fears of their owners.

Chris Johnson: Tennessee Titans

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    There is no way to sugarcoat it: CJ2K was absolutely abysmal last Sunday, carrying the ball 11 times for four yards!!

    While the Titans’ O-line should shoulder some of the blame, Johnson is still in dire need of a good game to dispel the notion that this year will be any different from last year.

    If Johnson can’t get it going against the Chargers, then we could be looking at 2011 all over again.

Michael Turner: Atlanta Falcons

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    After rushing for only 32 yards on 11 carries last week, Turner has some ground to make up.

    Turner has a chance to shine on Monday night when taking on the Broncos at home as this contest could quickly become a shootout, and Turner could have plenty of scoring opportunities.

    However, this is the same Broncos’ D that limited the Steelers’ Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer to 63 yards on 20 carries.

    While the Falcons will be more of a passing team this year, Turner needs to do his part on the ground to keep Atlanta a more balanced unit.

Wes Welker: New England Patriots

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    During his tenure in New England, Welker has been a target-magnet and PPR-league beast.

    That’s why it was so disheartening to see Welker only rack up 14 yards on three receptions while hardly being targeted in last week's game against the Titans.

    Many people in New England are saying this is much to do about nothing, but if Welker is not an integral part of the Patriots’ game plan this week we could be looking at an unsettling trend of Welker being phased out.

Michael Vick: Philadelphia Eagles

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    Although Vick’s final stat line (317 passing yards, 32 rushing yards and two passing touchdowns) did not look horrible, Vick was battered and harassed all day en route to throwing four picks and registering a very mediocre 51.1 passer rating against the Cleveland Browns last Sunday.

    Vick has to step up his game now that the Baltimore Ravens are coming into town this week. There is always a measure of injury risk attached to Vick’s name, and he could put a lot of doubts to bed with a good performance against a good defense on Sunday.

Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns

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    The most coveted running back entering the NFL this year was without a doubt Richardson, and his first impression was not a good one. Richardson only rushed for 39 yards on 19 carries last Sunday vs. the Eagles.

    To be fair, Richardson was recovering from having his knee recently scoped, and he had a lot of rust to shake off. With another week of practice under his belt, hopefully he can produce better results when taking on the Bengals this Sunday.

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