Fantasy Football Week Two: Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders

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Fantasy Football Week Two: Winners, Losers, And Waiver Wire Wonders
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By Derek of The Sportmeisters

Week Two of the season is in the books and what a week it was for upsets. The Bengals, Bears, Ravens, and Texans all pulled out victories over their favored opponents. Here are my winners, losers, and waiver wire wonders blog from last year. Let’s go!

Winners

QB – Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – 25 Completions, 39 Attempts, 357 Yards, Four TD, 0 INT

Schaub had a monster game against a very tough Tennessee D last week, throwing for 357 yards and four touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, he has the weapons around him to wind up a Top Five fantasy quarterback at the end of the year.

QB – Eli Manning – New York Giants – 25 Completions, 38 Attempts, 330 Yards, 2 TD, 0 INT

Eli’s coming! The Giants were forced to rely on the arm of Manning last week as the Cowboys D stopped the running game in their tracks. However, they weren’t expecting Manning to be able to burn them for 330 yards and two touchdowns and a late fourth quarter drive that led to the game winning field goal. It looks like Eli could be on his way to joining his brother atop the fantasy charts.

RB – Frank Gore – San Francisco 49ers – 16 Carries, 207 Yards, 2 TD, 5 Receptions, 39 Yards

There was no stopping Gore last week as he had two touchdown runs over 75 yards (79 and 80 to be exact). He wound up with 207 yards on the ground and added five receptions for 39 yards. This is the guy we have been waiting for him to become and it looks like he could be on his way to fantasy greatness.

RB – Chris Johnson – Tennessee Titans – 16 Carries, 197 Yards, 2 TD, 9 Receptions, 87 Yards, 1 TD

WOW! What a game for “Every Coaches Dream”. He not only ran for 197 yards and two touchdowns, but also had nine receptions for 87 yards and another touchdown. He should continue to have the same success, but keep your expectations low against a very good Jets D this week.

WR – Andre Johnson – Houston Texans – 10 Receptions, 149 Yards, 2 TD

Johnson shrugged off his bad week one and had a monster week two. He caught 10 balls for 149 yards and two touchdowns against a good Tennessee D. He is an elite fantasy Receiver and should be started at all times.

WR – Mario Manningham – New York Giants – 10 Receptions, 150 Yards, 1 TD

Who needs Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer? Not Eli Manning! He has showed plenty of trust in the young second year Receiver, completing thirteen balls for 208 yards and two touchdowns to him in two games.

WR – Steve Smith – New York Giants – 10 Receptions, 134 Yards, 1 TD

Who needs Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer? Not Eli Manning! He has showed plenty of trust in Smith throwing his way often, completing sixteen balls for 214 yards and a touchdown to him in two games. Smith is the obvious number one in New York and is especially useful in PPR leagues.

TE – Dallas Clark – Indianapolis Colts – 7 Receptions, 183 Yards, 1 TD

With the injury to Anthony Gonzalez, Clark will be counted on much more than everyone thought. However, that proved to be a good thing for fantasy owners as he owned the Dolphins secondary on Monday night, catching seven passes for 183 yards and a touchdown. He already was an elite fantasy option before the Gonzalez injury and now it looks even more true.

Losers

QB – Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – 13 Completions, 29 Attempts, 127 Yards, 1 TD, 3 INT

Romo was good in week one, but was terrible in week two against the Giants. He threw for just 127 yards and three interceptions. He will bounce back, so don’t give up on him after just one bad game.

QB – Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – 24 Completions, 39 Attempts, 241 Yards, 1 TD, 2 INT

So far, Cassel has not lived up to his huge offseason contract. He missed week one with an injury and was less than stellar in week two, throwing two Interceptions. He is definitely not someone that you should be counting on to lead your fantasy team right now.

RB – Joseph Addai – Indianapolis Colts – 6 Carries, 32 Yards, 1 Reception, 7 Yards

So far, Addai hasn’t regained his 2007 form. He has only 23 carries for 74 yards and a Touchdown to go with six receptions for 42 yards and a fumble in the first two games. He plays with a very good offensive team with an elite quarterback in Peyton Manning, so don’t worry yet as it is still very early.

RB _ Matt Forte – Chicago Bears – 13 Carries, 29 Yards, 5 Receptions, 33 Yards, 1 Fumble

Forte has not had a great start to the 2009 season. He has rushed for just 84 yards on 38 Carries and has just five Receptions for 33 yards and a fumble. He has yet to find the end zone, but it is still very early in the year and you shouldn’t panic. He will bounce back very soon and become the elite RB that you drafted in the first round.

WR – Santana Moss – Washington Redskins – 3 Receptions, 35 Yards, 1 Fumble

Talk about inconsistency. Moss is one of the most inconsistent Receivers in fantasy and has just five Receptions for 41 Yards in two games. He should pick it up eventually, but until then you may want to stash him on the bench.

WR – Chris Chambers – San Diego Chargers – 2 Receptions, 30 Yards

Chambers has been on the slide ever since his injury in week five of last season. He caught just 22 passes for 236 yards after the injury and has just two Receptions for 30 yards in two games this year. He is not fantasy relevant right now, but you never know when he could pick it up again, so stash him away on the bench until he becomes useful again.

TE – Ben Watson – New England Patriots – 3 Receptions, 23 Yards

Talk about a one week wonder. Watson caught six passes for 77 yards and two Touchdowns in week one, but then fell to just three catches for 23 yards in week two. Tight Ends have never been a big part of the offense in New England and Watson may not have another good game like he did in week one. If you have him, keep him for your bye week fill in, but if not, don’t grab him off the waiver wire just yet.

Waiver Wire Wonders

WR – Mario Manningham – New York Giants – 10 Receptions, 150 Yards, 1 TD

Who needs Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer? Not Eli Manning! He has showed plenty of trust in the young second year Receiver, completing thirteen balls for 208 yards and two Touchdowns to him in two games. He is going fast, being owned in 94 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 77.7 percent of ESPN leagues, and 86 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him fast, if he’s still available.

WR – Steve Smith – New York Giants – 10 Receptions, 134 Yards, 1 TD

Who needs Plaxico Burress and Amani Toomer? Not Eli Manning! He has showed plenty of trust in Smith throwing his way often, completing sixteen balls for 214 Yards and a Touchdown to him in two games.

Smith is the obvious number one in New York and is especially useful in PPR leagues. He is going fast, being owned in 97 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 66.8 percent of ESPN leagues, and 79 percent of Yahoo leagues, so grab him fast, if he’s still available.

TE – Brent Celek – Philadelphia Eagles – 8 Receptions, 104 Yards

Celek was the player that benefited most from Kevin Kolb being the quarterback instead of Donovan McNabb last week. He now has 14 Receptions for 141 Yards and a Touchdown in two games this season and looks to be becoming a big part of the offense.

He is owned in 71 percent of CBS Sports/NFL.Com leagues, 30.9 percent of ESPN leagues, and 51 percent of Yahoo leagues, so go ahead and grab him while you can.

That’s all for now sports fans. Any questions or concerns, email me at Derek@Sportmeisters.com.

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