Week 2 Fantasy Football: Week 1 Flops Who Will Rebound
The greatest fantasy football owners know when to not read into a player's struggles.
Sometimes these struggles are a sign of things to come.
Sometimes, they are destined to change.
In Week 1 of the 2013 NFL fantasy football campaign, several players who posted sky-high numbers in 2012 flopped. From quarterbacks to running backs to receivers, no position was safe.
But which of these players will bounce back and reward their fantasy owners for sticking with them?
Here are a few players that come to mind for me.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton racked up the fourth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks in standard Yahoo! leagues last season.
Yet, after one bad game—against the Seattle Seahawks, no less—some are starting to worry.
I am here to tell you that you don't have to worry about Cam Newton.
The Seahawks defense was expected to make life miserable for opposing teams coming into the season. In that sense, I wasn't surprised by the unit's performance in Week 1.
In Week 2, Newton gets to face a banged-up Buffalo Bills secondary. The Bills will be without two of their top three cornerbacks on Saturday, and safety Jairus Byrd is listed as "questionable" with plantar fasciitis, via ESPN.com.
Look for the dynamic dual-threat to get back on track in Week 2.
Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans
The No. 3 running back in 2012 didn't give fantasy owners the boost they expected in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers, posting 57 rushing yards and 33 receiving yards.
Then again, it was only natural for Foster to show a little rust after missing the preseason with calf and back injuries.
With a game under his belt, Foster faces the Tennessee Titans in Week 2.
The Titans held the Pittsburgh Steelers to 2.1 yards per carry in Week 1. Of course, these aren't the same Pittsburgh Steelers. LaRod Stephens-Howling and Isaac Redman aren't exactly top-notch running backs.
Expect Foster to post solid fantasy numbers in Houston.
Eric Decker, WR, Denver Broncos
Who will post the most fantasy points in Week 2?
There is no question that Eric Decker had a rough Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens.
That being said, he uncharacteristically dropped a couple of passes and it's not like Peyton Manning was ignoring him, targeting him seven times.
Part of developing a dangerous, high-octane offense is making sure guys get chances to succeed. Manning certainly understands this, possessing the football IQ and ability to spread the ball to multiple receivers.
Decker posted the seventh-most fantasy points among receivers in standard Yahoo! leagues last season. He also ranked 26th in the NFL in targets (123). I'm certainly not forgetting about him after one bad game.
Denver's Week 2 opponent—the New York Giants—lost to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1, 36-31. I expect this to be a shootout, and Decker should receive plenty of opportunities to make up for his ugly game against the Ravens.
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