Fantasy Football Week 2: Start Em Sit Em, Wide Receivers
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Steve Breaston, Cardinals
Breaston emerged as Derek Anderson’s go-to guy in Week 1 against the Rams, catching seven passes for 132 yards. With Larry Fitzgerald at less than 100 percent and not having any chemistry with Anderson (they never played together in the preseason due to Fitzgerald’s injury), Breaston should enjoy solid production in the early part of 2010.
Look for him to have a solid outing in Week 2 against the Falcons' suspect pass defence.
Austin Collie, Colts
Collie’s production in Week 1 was amazing, as he caught all 11 of his targets for 163 yards and a touchdown. With Anthony Gonzalez out and Pierre Garcon only connecting on three of his 11 targets (including a drop in the end zone), Collie should be in line for plenty of targets once again in Week 2 at home against the Giants.
Look for New York to focus on shutting down Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark, leaving Collie with plenty of man coverage. He’s proven that he can take advantage of that.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs
Bowe wasn’t much of a factor in the Chiefs opening week win over San Diego, but Kansas City played conservative on offence with the lead and quarterback Matt Cassel ended up throwing only 22 times.
The Chiefs go to Cleveland this week to face a Browns defence that ranked 29th in the league in passing defence in 2009 and gave up a pair of passing touchdowns to the Buccaneers last week.
Brandon Tate, Patriots
Okay, this one is for deeper leagues, but why not take a shot on Tate. He is clearly an electrifying player who is beginning to develop at wide receiver. The Jets will put Darrelle Revis on Randy Moss, and Wes Welker will certainly get plenty of looks.
However, the Patriots are known for solid coaching and will take note of how the Ravens lit up Antonio Cromartie and rookie first round pick Kyle Wilson on numerous deep plays in Week 1 against the Jets. With Welker never much of a deep threat—and less so now, courtesy of having to play with a knee brace—and Moss facing Revis, look for Tate to get some targets on deep plays this week.
Randy Moss, Patriots
The Revis factor. You’ve read about it here before. Unfortunately, last week the Jets somehow chose to mostly leave Revis on the left side against whoever the Ravens lined up over there. End result: Anquan Boldin topped 100 yards.
Don’t expect Jets head coach Rex Ryan to make the same mistake twice. Last year, Moss caught nine passes for 58 yards and a touchdown in two starts against the Jets. Expect more of the same on Sunday.
Mike Sims-Walker, Jaguars
Sims-Walker makes the list for the second week in row, courtesy of his doughnut against Champ Bailey and the Broncos in Week 1.
Jacksonville travels to San Diego and, simply put, Sims-Walker is a non-factor on the road. Here are his fantasy points in seven road games in 2009: 0, 8, 0, 10, 4, 1, 2. I’ll do the math for you—that translates into 2.3 points per game.
Mike Williams, Seahawks
A nice Week 1 performance for Williams with four receptions for 64 yards, plus he came within inches of a touchdown. This week, the Seahawks travel to Denver, and Williams will likely be matched up against Bailey.
You just read what Bailey did to Mike Sims-Walker, who is a better player than Williams.
Devin Hester, Bears
One target in Week 1. That’s right, one. I guess if he takes his one target this week and turns it into a 90-yard touchdown, then he’s good for 15 points. I wonder what the odds of that happening are.
Lee Evans, Bills
Trent Edwards: 139 passing yards at home in Week 1. This week, the Bills travel to Green Bay.
Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, Jets
Mark Sanchez: 74 yards passing at home in Week 1. This week, the Jets get a home date against New England.
For more detailed projections, go to FFToday's 2010 Week 2 wide receiver projections and rankings.
Dave Stringer is a staff writer at FFToday.com, home of the popular Cheatsheet Compiler & Draft Buddy custom cheatsheet and draft tracking software.
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