Fantasy Football's Top Scorers from NFL Week 2
Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season is winding down, and with only the Monday-night tilt between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons remaining to be played, the second week of this year's fantasy-football campaign is just about in the books as well.
There were many outstanding statistical performances in Week 2, but like they say in Highlander, "there can be only one," so here's a look back at the top fantasy performers at each position for the season's second week.
Fantasy points were calculated using a standard PPR scoring system.
QB: Eli Manning, New York Giants & Robert Griffin, Washington Redskins (34 Pts)
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OK, so maybe there can be only two.
The New York Giants and quarterback Eli Manning were relatively quiet against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before Manning exploded in the fourth quarter, spurring the Giants to 25 points over the final 15 minutes and the win while racking up a ridiculous 510 passing yards with three touchdowns.
Meanwhile, rookie Robert Griffin III had his second straight big game in a loss to the St. Louis Rams, and while Griffin's 206 passing yards and a touchdown pale next to Manning's gaudy numbers, Griffin did most of his fantasy damage on the ground, rushing for 82 yards with a pair of scores.
RB: Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins (34 Pts)
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There's no logjam at the top of the running-back position, as one player reigned supreme among fantasy ball-carriers in Week 2.
Reggie Bush of the Miami Dolphins absolutely gashed the Oakland Raiders in the Dolphins' blowout win Sunday, rushing for a cool 172 yards on 26 carries with two touchdowns.
Throw in three receptions for 25 yards, and the seventh-year veteran flirted with 200 total yards and left his fantasy owners grinning from ear to ear.
WR: Danny Amendola, St. Louis Rams & Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants (35 Pts)
It stands to reason that when a quarterback goes over 500 yards, his wide receivers are set for a big day.
Such was the case with both Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks of the New York Giants, with Nicks having the slightly better fantasy day with 10 catches for 199 yards with a score.
We've come to expect big games from Nicks, but no one expected the explosion we saw from St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola in their win over the Washington Redskins.
The fourth-year pro turned in by far the best game of his career, tying an NFL record with 12 catches in the first half on his way to 15 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown.
TE: Vernon Davis, San Francisco 49ers (24 Pts)
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We didn't see the top tight end of Week 2 until Sunday's final game.
Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers was the most reliable receiving option at quarterback Alex Smith's disposal in the Bay Area last year, and it appears that hasn't changed in 2012.
In a day filled with relatively quiet performances from fantasy football's elite options at the position, the seventh-year pro was king of the mountain at the tight-end spot, hauling in five catches for a team-high 73 yards and two touchdowns.
And for the record, I'm aware that Dante Rosario technically had more fantasy points than Davis, but even Rosario's mother doesn't own him in her fantasy-football league, so he doesn't count.