Fantasy Football: 6 Players Primed to Bounce Back in Week 2
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Ben Roethlisberger had a terrible game against the Ravens in Week 1. Chad Henne had an eye-popping output against the Patriots on Monday night. Is it time to drop Big Ben and pick up the unproven Henne?
Not so fast.
You're crazy if you drop Roethlisberger after one mediocre (okay, abysmal) game, especially when you think Henne (with the 75.4 quarterback rating last year) is the answer to your fantasy squad. You owe the big guy another chance. If you give it to him, he will reward you in a big way this week.
Here are six players you need to start again this week, despite their bad openers.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh
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Week 1 vs. Baltimore: 22-41, 280 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT, 2 fumbles
Roethlisberger faced a ferocious Ravens defense last Sunday, one that forced seven turnovers against the defending AFC champions. This week, he'll have a much easier time against a soft Seahawks defense at Heinz Field.
Week 2 vs. Seattle (projected): 320 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Matt Schaub, QB, Houston
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Week 1 vs. Indianapolis: 17-24, 220 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Although the Texans whooped up on the Colts in their opener, Schaub had a pretty subpar game. What better way to rehabilitate that stat line than go to Miami, where Tom Brady just gouged the Dolphins defense for 517 yards passing?
Week 2 at Miami (projected): 350 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT
Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco
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Week 1 vs. Seattle: 59 rushing yards, 19 receiving yards, 0 TD
Gore didn't look very exciting in San Francisco's Week 1 triumph against Seattle. He'll face a tougher Dallas defense this week, but he's guaranteed to get into the end zone either on the ground or through the air. I'll delete my Bleacher Report membership if he doesn't reach paydirt at home in Week 2.
Week 2 vs. Dallas (projected): 70 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards, 2 TD
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona
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Week 1 vs. Carolina: 3 receptions, 62 yards, 0 TD
Fitzgerald was keyed on quite a bit by the leaky Panthers defense, and he should expect the same treatment at Washington in Week 2. The fact is, Fitzgerald is simply too talented to be caged against an unimpressive Redskins secondary. Look for Kevin Kolb to finally hook him up with a touchdown catch.
Week 2 at Washington (projected): 7 catches, 110 yards, 1 TD
Roddy White, WR, Atlanta
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Week 1 at Chicago: 8 catches, 61 yards, 0 TD
Although his Week 1 stat line isn't bad, fantasy owners expect a lot more out of White in Week 2. White himself even commented that he wasn't doing his owners any favors last week, tweeting, "Sorry fantasy owners that drafted me got to make it up to u this Sunday." A high-flying matchup against the Eagles on prime-time should be the remedy for White's output.
Week 2 vs. Philadelphia (projected): 8 catches, 140 yards, 2 TD
Dallas Clark, TE, Indianapolis
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Week 1 at Houston: 4 catches, 39 yards, 0 TD
Clark and the Colts had a rough go of it in Houston to open their season. It'll be a tough year for the Colts passing offense without Peyton Manning, but Kerry Collins showed he can dish the ball at least a little bit (Reggie Wayne: 7 catches, 106 yards, 1 TD). Plus, Cleveland's pass defense gave up a tight end touchdown last week.
Week 2 vs. Cleveland (projected): 8 catches, 90 yards, 1 TD