Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers: Week Two

Taylor SmithAnalyst ISeptember 15, 2010

Michael Vick deserves a start.
Michael Vick deserves a start.Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Week one of the NFL schedule was laden with surprise performances, which makes our risers list particularly salty this week. 

While guys like Arian Foster may have seen their stock improve the most, they can't be labeled as "risers" considering they were already owned in at least 90 percent of fantasy leagues.

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Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia Eagles

Andy Reid stressed after Sunday's game that Kolb is still the starter in Philly, but even if Kolb is ready to go this Sunday, Vick's output against Green Bay can't be ignored.

The all-but-forgotten-about Vick went 16-24 for 175 yards and a score through the air, and also tacked on 103 yards on 11 attempts on the ground; all in the second half. 

Kolb went 5-10 for 24 yards.

Even if Vick doesn't start for the Eagles this week, his effort against a good Packers defense means he's likely worth picking up and stashing away on your bench.

If Kolb starts again and underwhelms again, Vick will likely be the guy sooner rather than later.

His status as a dual-threat QB makes him a very appealing fantasy piece.

Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay Packers

This is no secret, but Jackson is now the primary back for the Packers with Ryan Grant out for the season.

He ran for 63 yards on eight carries against Philadelphia, and he has some experience.

The Packers are a high-powered passing offense, but Jackson should get his fair share of opportunities as well.

If you had Ryan Grant on your roster, you'd be well-served to scoop up Jackson.

Fred Taylor, RB, New England Patriots

With Laurence Maroney having been shipped to Denver on Tuesday, Taylor appears to now be "the guy" for the Patriots.

He ran for 71 yards on 14 carries against the Bengals; not bad at all for a 34-year-old back with tons of mileage on his legs.

New England obviously excels in the passing game, but that doesn't mean that Taylor doesn't have legitimate fantasy value, especially down near the goal line.

With the way the New England offense dominated a seemingly-decent Bengals defense in week one, it wouldn't be a bad idea to scoop up as many Patriots as you can find.

Legedu Naanee, WR, San Diego Chargers

Naanee, not Malcom Floyd, appeared to be Philip Rivers' second-favorite target behind Antonio Gates Monday night.

Naanee caught five passes for 110 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.

He always seemed to be wide open when Rivers found him, and has good size and soft hands.

Someone is going to have to step up in the pass-catching department for San Diego without Vincent Jackson, and Naanee may be that guy.

He's worth a look.

Austin Collie, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Collie was the Colts' most consistent receiver against the Texans, catching 11 passes for 163 yards and a touchdown.

Much has been made of the rapport between Collie and Peyton Manning in the past, and it really showed Sunday.

Collie is still likely third on the Indy depth chart (behind Reggie Wayne and Pierre Garcon), but considering how the Colts like to use several receivers and spread the field, that's not much of an issue.

He won't put up numbers like this every week, but with Manning back there, he's worth a roster spot.

Tony Moeaki, TE, Kansas City Chiefs

Moeaki caught three passes for 21 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers Monday night.

With so few tight ends being particularly productive on a consistent basis, it's worth noting that Moeaki looked like the most reliable target for Matt Cassel.

Kansas City's offense as a whole left something to be desired, but Moeaki is a good athlete that looks like he may have a knack for getting himself open.

You may not need to pick him up yet, but keep an eye on him.


Alex Smith, QB, San Francisco 49ers

You shouldn't have had to start Smith anyway in week one, but his stock is in the toilet headed into Monday night's showdown with the Saints.

He looked a lot like the Alex Smith of old against Seattle, going 26-45 with no TD's and a pair of interceptions.

Much of the blame for the 49ers' blowout loss can be attributed to Smith's lack of production, and he shouldn't even be on a fantasy roster at this point, at least until he shows that he can consistently complete passes.

Felix Jones, Marion Barber, RB, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys divided the carries very evenly against the Redskins, giving eight to Felix Jones, eight to Marion Barber, and five to Tashard Choice.

With no real no. 1 in there, none of the three has particularly high fantasy value at this point.

Jones has big-play potential, and Barber could be a TD vulture down near the end zone.

Until we really see one of them stand out above the rest, none of the three is worth a starting spot.

Shonn Greene, RB, New York Jets

LaDainian Tomlinson, not Greene, was the Jets' primary back against the Ravens.

Greene, in limited duty (five carries, 18 yards), fumbled twice and had no positive impact on the game. 

Tomlinson was much better, as he rushed 11 times for 62 yards, good for an average of 5.6 yards per carry against a good Baltimore defense.

Greene was highly thought of coming into the season, but his week one output leaves much to be desired.

Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, WR, New York Jets

Until the Jets can actually get the ball downfield, their receivers have zero fantasy value.

Mark Sanchez looked helpless Monday night, and was never able to get into any sort of rhythm against the Ravens.

The Jets, as they were last year, will continue to pound the ball on the ground, and their receivers will continue to flounder.

The return of Santonio Holmes in week five may impact this a bit, but for now, steer clear of all Jets receivers.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots

Edelman missed the season opener with a foot injury, but injury or not, his value is diminished with how well Wes Welker performed Sunday.

There were major questions with regards to how well Welker would be able to bounce back from his torn ACL, but his eight-catch, two-touchdown effort should quell some fears.

Edelman is extremely similar to Welker, and has shown potential in the past in terms of duplicating Welker's production.

Barring injury to someone else, Edelman is not a fantasy impact player.

Fred Davis, TE, Washington Redskins

Davis was the no. 2 tight end in Washington coming into the season, and a nice game from Chris Cooley against the Cowboys isn't helping him any.

There's no doubting Davis' talent, but with Cooley leading the 'Skins in receiving last week, the majority of the balls will clearly be going his way.

Davis could have some value at some point this season, but don't expect much from him right now.

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