Fantasy Football 2013: Booms, Busts and Deep Sleeper Projections for Week 2
Week 1 of fantasy is in the past, but we can still learn a lot from the performances. Looking ahead to Week 2, there are a lot of players looking to redeem themselves after poor performances. Maybe they just had a bad matchup, or maybe it just wasn't their day.
Here are some boom, bust and deep sleeper candidates for Week 2. There are five players for each category. The deep sleepers are primarily for people playing in deep leagues. Don't bench a star player in favor of one of these guys just to impress your friends.
LeSean McCoy: Boom
LeSean McCoy was projected to have a big season this year, and he’s already on pace for it. In Week 1 McCoy had 31 carries for 184 yards, along with one reception for five yards. His 31 carries were more than he saw in any game last season.
Seeing McCoy get so many touches is very promising for his future. He has the ability to break a big run, and when he gets a lot of opportunities he’s bound to make something happen.
This week McCoy faces the San Diego Chargers, who gave up 112 rushing yards to Arian Foster and Ben Tate. He should have no problem blowing up for the second consecutive game.
Doug Martin: Boom
Other than his rushing touchdown, Doug Martin had an abysmal performance in Week 1. His 2.7 yards per carry made it tough to get things going. He did not look like the dominant rookie we saw just a year ago.
His fortune should change this week. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are committed to giving Martin the ball. He had a strong 24 carries against the New York Jets.
This week he plays the New Orleans Saints, who gave up a big performance to Steven Jackson last week. Jackson had 122 total yards and averaged seven yards a carry. If the Saints struggle against the run again, Martin will end up redeeming his performance from Week 1.
Dwayne Bowe: Boom
Opening day did not favor Dwayne Bowe. He caught just four passes for 30 yards and didn’t find the end zone. Teammates Anthony Sherman and Dexter McCluster had more yards than Bowe in Week 1.
Looking ahead to Week 2, Bowe’s potential looks promising. He’s facing a Dallas Cowboys defense that allowed the New York Giants receiver to run wild. Three receivers for New York—Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle—all had 100 yards receiving.
If three Giants receivers can go over 100 yards, then a talented receiver like Bowe can as well. Look for a strong performance from Bowe in Week 2.
Robert Griffin III: Boom
Robert Griffin III got off to a sluggish start Monday night. After the first half he had completed just 5-of-11 passes for 53 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. He eventually found his rhythm and scored twice while having 329 passing yards.
This week Griffin has a strong matchup against the Green Bay Packers. In Week 1 Green Bay gave up the second biggest fantasy performance (depending on scoring settings) of the week to Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick threw for more than 400 yards and had three touchdowns. RG3 may not go that crazy, but he should put in a big performance.
Julio Jones: Boom
Roddy White is still nursing an ankle injury, which means the Atlanta Falcons will need to rely heavily on their other star receiver. Julio Jones stepped up to the plate last week and caught seven balls for 76 yards and a touchdown.
Week 2 should provide another big performance from Jones. He faces a St. Louis Rams defense that allowed three different Arizona Cardinals receivers to have 80 yards or more. Jones can easily get that and more this week.
Colin Kaepernick: Bust
Labeling Kaepernick as a bust this week feels odd considering he just came off of a huge 400-yard performance. Just remember that in fantasy, a lot is based on matchups.
This week Kaepernick faces a stiff Seattle Seahawks defense. He struggled against them last year as he posted his lowest QB rating as a starter. His game against them last year was also his lowest completion percentage as a starter.
The Seahawks have already proven to be tough this year. They held Cam Newton to just 125 yards in Week 1. Kaepernick should be a top option this year in fantasy, but maybe not this week.
Lamar Miller: Bust
Week 1 was a big disappointment for those of us who took a chance on Lamar Miller. He carried the ball 10 times and came up with just three yards. He couldn’t even average one yard.
McFadden carried the ball 17 times for 48 yards (2.8 yards per carry) and had the longest run of nine yards. Indianapolis did a great job stopping him and should continue its strong run defense against Miller this week.
Isaac Redman: Bust
A lot of times fantasy football comes down to opportunity. A player may not have a lot of talent, but since he's a starter, you put him on your team anyway. In the case of Isaac Redman, it’s best to just stay away.
Redman will be the Pittsburgh Steelers' starter in Week 2, even after his horrible performance last week. Redman carried the ball eight times and fumbled twice while rushing for just nine yards.
On top of everything else, he faces a tough Cincinnati Bengals defense. The Bengals held Matt Forte to just 2.6 yards per carry in Week 1. Stay away from Redman and any Pittsburgh back this week.
Joe Flacco: Bust
Last week Joe Flacco threw the ball 62 times. The most pass attempts in a single game is 70. Even with 62 pass attempts, Flacco turned in an OK performance. It’s highly unlikely that he’ll throw the ball so many times again this week.
Even if he does throw a bunch, he doesn’t have anyone to throw to. He lost another weapon in Jacoby Jones, and his receiving options are getting thin.
On top of everything else, he has a tough matchup against Joe Haden and the Cleveland Browns. There are a lot of better options than Flacco this week.
James Jones: Bust
James Jones played last week, but it didn’t seem like it. He caught no passes and saw just two targets all game.
Last year Jones was a breakout receiver. He caught 14 touchdown passes in the Packers’ pass-happy offense. But a red flag is that he only had 784 yards.
If Jones doesn’t catch touchdowns, he’s not much more than a WR4 option. He should have a better performance than last week’s goose egg, but don’t expect a big game from Jones in Week 2.
Josh Boyce: Deep Sleeper
Josh Boyce is more of a name for PPR formats than standard. Danny Amendola is not expected to play Thursday night, and Shane Vereen is out for at least eight weeks. The New England Patriots need playmakers.
In Week 1 Boyce didn’t see a lot of action. He played on 14 snaps and saw just two targets. That could change in Week 2, however.
Julian Edelman is a smart start against the Jets, but Boyce could be a sneaky option.
Rod Streater: Deep Sleeper
Last year Rod Streater turned some heads during training camp. He didn’t have an explosive rookie season, but it wasn’t terrible considering he was an undrafted rookie.
Fast forward to 2013, and now Streater has turned into a legitimate fantasy option. He saw a team-high eight targets against the Colts and turned it into five receptions for 70 yards (he has more upside in PPR formats).
Pryor looked Streater’s way often in Week 1 and should continue to in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Kenny Stills: Deep Sleeper
This rookie receiver had an impressive Week 1 debut against the Atlanta Falcons. He caught two passes for 86 yards and almost had another big reception. Beyond that, Kenny Stills played on 36 snaps out of 69.
Stills had the third most targets on the team (five) and could have some big games this year, depending on the matchup. This week, he has a good one.
The Buccaneers have some good defenders, but they’ll be busy stopping Marques Colston and Jimmy Graham. Stills has big-play ability and could have a big performance in Week 2.
Davone Bess: Deep Sleeper
Jordan Cameron stole the show in the Browns’ offense in Week 1, but Davone Bess made an impact as well. The slot receiver saw 10 targets from Brandon Weeden and turned it into a decent stat line (5-47).
This week the Browns take on the Baltimore Ravens. While the Ravens won’t likely give up seven touchdowns again this week, they proved that their defense could be passed upon.
Bess’ availability is good for at least this week. Josh Gordon is still suspended, which leaves Weeden with only a few options. Bess is a sneaky start, primarily in PPR formats.
Kellen Winslow: Deep Sleeper
I never thought I’d talk about Kellen Winslow and fantasy football ever again, but here we are. Last week Winslow turned in a big performance. He caught seven passes for 79 yards and caught a touchdown.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith used him a safety blanket as he targeted him nine times throughout the game. He also played often, as he saw 47 offensive snaps—tied for second most amongst skill position players.
If Smith continues to target Winslow, he’ll continue to be a fantasy option.