Fantasy Football Week 2: Players Sure to Rebound from Disappointing Games

Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2013

Sep 8, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson (81) celebrates after catching a pass in the end zone for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field. The play was ruled no touchdown after being reviewed. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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There are certain players in fantasy football that struggled last week and, thus, you'll probably want to keep them on your bench if you can afford to do so. David Wilson comes to mind, for example—at least until he can prove his hands aren't made of vaseline and glass. 

But then there are the players who were huge disappointments in Week 1 who will surely rebound in a big way for Week 2. Maybe they had a tough matchup. Maybe their first performance was a bit unlucky. Whatever the case may be, expect these players to blow up in Week 2. 

Note: All fantasy point totals taken from ESPN standard leagues


Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

All things considered, Newton's 12 points in ESPN standard leagues last week was a pretty solid output against the Seattle Seahawks fantasy-killing defense. While Newton owners generally hope he's closer to 20 points per week than 10, it's not surprising Seattle kept him in check. 

The Buffalo Bills will probably have a more difficult time doing the same. 

The Bills managed to hold Tom Brady to 15 points in Week 1, though Brady was adjusting to life without Rob Gronkowski (injured), Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez. The Bills did give up 162 rushing yards to New England, however, so don't be surprised if Newton runs wild on them. 


C.J. Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills

We keep it in the Carolina versus Buffalo matchup and turn to C.J. Spiller, who rushed for just 41 yards on 17 carries and had five catches for a mere 14 yards while also losing a fumble. Yep, that's 3.5 fantasy points for those of you scoring from home. 

On one hand, he could be in line for another rough week, as the Panthers held a solid Seahawks running game to 70 yards on the ground. On the other hand, it's hard to imagine Spiller averaging anywhere near 2.4 yards a carry again, especially after he averaged 6.0 yards per carry last season.

Spiller has admitted he resorted to bad habits last week and didn't run patiently behind his offensive line, so expect a better performance in Week 2. Few players in the NFL are more dangerous with the ball in their hands, and he's always one big play away from putting up big fantasy numbers. 


Calvin Johnson, WR, Detroit Lions

Johnson had just four catches for 37 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 1, though he did have a touchdown overturned and nine targets. It was just the sixth time he's had less than seven fantasy points in his last 33 games. 

So, yeah, he'll rebound, folks. Patrick Peterson is a good cornerback, but there isn't a player in the NFL that can completely take Megatron out of a game. Expect a return to the norm in Week 2. 


Greg Olsen, TE, Carolina Panthers

There were 17 tight ends that had more fantasy points than the 5.6 Olsen posted in Week 1. There were only three tight ends—Jordan Cameron, Dallas Clark and Jared Cook—who had more than his nine targets. 

In other words, don't be surprised when his production more accurately resembles his prominent role in the Panthers offense against the Bills. Outside of Steve Smith, he's really Cam Newton's only weapon in the passing game, and he was one of the steadier tight ends in fantasy last season. 

Expect at least 60 receiving yards and a score his next time out. 


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