Fantasy Football Week 2: Studs Who Will Slow Down After Strong Start
Fast starts in fantasy football can be a bit misleading and cause owners to take unnecessary chances on a specific player even if that player has an unfavorable matchup.
It's important not to think this way during the course of a season as there are some players who will get off to great starts and fade out the week after.
Wide receiver Anquan Boldin of the San Francisco 49ers, quarterback Matt Schaub of the Houston Texans and running back Reggie Bush of the Detroit Lions all started the season incredibly well, but each of these players faces a very different scenario in Week 2.
Let's break down why they won't have two great weeks in a row.
Anquan Boldin, WR, San Francisco 49ers
Boldin's debut for the 49ers could not have gone any better. In his first game for San Fran against the Green Bay Packers, Boldin dominated to the tune of 13 catches for 208 yards and a score.
Not only will the Niners be up against a tougher defense in Week 2 versus the Seattle Seahawks, but Boldin will face much stiffer competition than he did with the Packers secondary.
Seattle cornerbacks like Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman will likely be covering the Niners' No. 1 receiver, which will force San Francisco's quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, to look elsewhere in order to move the ball through the air.
Boldin will still get some targets in this game, but don't expect 17 targets again this week. Boldin will be forced into a lesser role, and guys like Vernon Davis and Kyle Williams will see even more action as a result.
Matt Schaub, QB, Houston Texans
If you need a solution at quarterback in Week 2 thanks to a bad matchup for your existing signal-caller, Schaub wouldn't be a bad choice—just don't expect him to do what he did in Week 1.
The Texans will be taking on the Tennessee Titans this week and while their defense is far from something special, Schaub's production will likely go down anyway.
In Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers, Schaub threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the winning effort. However, it must be said that the Texans threw the ball that much because they trailed for most of the game.
In fact, early in the third quarter, Houston trailed by three touchdowns, forcing Schaub to take the game on his back and carry his team to victory. His 34 pass completions were more than any total he compiled in a game throughout the 2012-13 season with the exception of one overtime game.
Look for the Texans to get an early lead over an inferior Titans squad, and, if that's the case, it won't be necessary for Schaub to throw as much. Instead, the Texans will go back to their roots and run the ball with Arian Foster and Ben Tate for the majority of the game.
Reggie Bush, RB, Detroit Lions
While Lions head coach Jim Schwartz doesn't plan to limit Bush's touches after suffering a groin and thumb injury in Week 1, nature may have a different plan, and those injuries could slow him down a bit.
Bush was sensational in his debut for the Lions. Detroit's running back had 21 carries for 90 yards to go along with four catches for 101 yards and a score through the air. One of those plays was a 77-yard strike from the arm of Matthew Stafford.
Bush may be capable of big plays like that, but they simply don't happen often for him. In 2012-13, Bush only broke runs of 53 yards or more twice, while he failed to gain more than 25 yards from a single catch last season.
Fellow running back Joique Bell has also become a weapon for the Lions offense dating back to last season. Bell received two goal-line carries that resulted in touchdowns last week, leaving Bush out of the equation in those instances.
Adding to that, Bell was also a factor catching the ball out of the backfield, so if Bush isn't 100 percent in this game against a tough Arizona Cardinals defense that allowed 2.8 yards per carry last week, Bell is more than capable of stealing the workload from Bush in multiple facets.
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