Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2: Underrated Breakout Player Candidates With Commentary

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent ISeptember 19, 2010

Sunday night football will be a Manning Bowl pass-a-thon and Mario Manningham should make some noise
Sunday night football will be a Manning Bowl pass-a-thon and Mario Manningham should make some noiseAl Bello/Getty Images

Guess it is working on deadline every night for the past half-decade or my ADHD brain bouncing around like a Super Ball in a rock tumbler, but I always seem to think best when I’m doing multiple things at once or facing a last-minute decision.

About to shut things down for the night and get some sleep before Week 2 games are upon us, I kept thinking about lesser known players who have the potential, based on opportunity and matchup, to explode onto the scene in Week 2.

I have one at each position, and felt compelled to share. I’ll either look like a genius or a lunatic at this point tomorrow, but here are my potential breakouts this week.


John Carlson, TE

 I’ve been hyping him all preseason, and while we didn’t get enough of a look in Week 1, I still think he’ll be a nice value tight end this year. Real stats start this week against the same Denver defense that allowed Mercedes Lewis to score three times and finish Week 1 as the game’s top tight end.


Mario Manningham, WR

 The Manning Bowl will likely be a pass-a-thon sprint to the finish, and Manningham could be a nice sneak attack this week, especially with Hakeem Nicks questionable as a game-time decision.


Jerome Harrison, RB

 Was going to use LeSean McCoy here, and still think he’ll have a nice game, but Harrison is a longer-shot to succeed, even though he plays a Kansas City squad that isn’t exactly the Steel Curtain. Question here is how the running back carries are divvied out. Gut feeling is that Harrison flashes some of the magic he showed the end of last season.

Jason Campbell, QB

 Was going to use Michael Vick here vs. Lions, but that would be like Albert Pujols playing home run derby in a T-ball tournament. Too easy. Instead, I’ll stick with Campbell, who should fare well against the St. Louis Rams in a game that will be closer than anyone would like to believe.


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