Week 3 Fantasy Football Projections: Week 2 Stars Who Aren't Done Dominating

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 17, 2012

Sep 16, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson (33) stiff arms the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Nate Clements (22) during the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals defeated the Browns 34-27. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE
Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE

On Sunday, a few familiar faces dominated the fantasy football landscape.

Eli Manning and Cam Newton led their respective teams (and quite a few fantasy owners) to wins. Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Dwayne Bowe had huge games. Arian Foster continued to be arguably the most consistent fantasy performer in the NFL.

But there were also dominant performances from less likely sources, namely three running backs who absolutely exploded on Sunday. While some one-week wonders faded back into obscurity in Week 2, expect the following players to continue compiling the fantasy points all season long.


C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

I told you.

I'm sure I wasn't the only one who told you, but guess what, folks? The Reign of Spiller in Buffalo has just commenced.

After notching 22 points in Week 1, Spiller actually topped those numbers by rushing 15 times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. Oh, and for good measure he added three catches for 47 yards. He's the real deal, folks.

The fact that Spiller does so much damage despite accumulating less than 20 touches means he'll be a fantasy stud even when Fred Jackson returns from injury. I think you might be looking at a potential fantasy MVP this season.


Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns

We all knew Richardson was better than his 39-yard performance in Week 1. In Week 2, he showed just how much better he was.

Richardson was clearly the focal point of the Cleveland offense, rushing 19 times for 109 yards and a touchdown and adding four receptions for 36 yards and another score. His versatility makes him a weapon on all three downs and, honestly, who else on the Cleveland offense is worth giving his touches to?

Nobody, that's who. The Browns are probably in for a rough season, but Richardson will be an excellent fantasy option this season. 


Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins

I guess his 2011 season wasn't a fluke, huh?

After scoring a solid 10 fantasy points in standard-scoring leagues a week ago, Bush exploded on Sunday, rushing 26 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns. He also added three receptions for 25 yards. 

Like Richardson, Bush is clearly the focal point of his offense. And at this point, Bush has proved himself as a viable fantasy option as the feature back in Miami. He finished last season with 1,382 yards from scrimmage and seven touchdowns, and he's picked up where he left off thus far this season.


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