Well that is the LAST time I write the Weekly Bust article with my pet Wild Turkey close at hand! With the fantasy hangover slowly dissipating, and a crazy week one in the books, let’s get back on the horse and take a look at some possible Week Two flubs..
QB Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles – The mistakes and bad decisions we witnessed from Vick in week one against Cleveland have to be rectified or the outcome will not be the same in week two against the Ravens. The futility displayed on offense by the Browns kept the door open for the Eagles to finally get their act together and pull out a late victory. Now it seems that Baltimore has an offense to go along with a rock solid defense that that could be scary if the same mistakes crop up again from the Eagles signal-caller. Proceed with caution.
QB Mark Sanchez, New York Jets – Quickly floating onto the fantasy radar after his week one performance, Sanchez could disappear just as quickly with a sub par game against the Steelers. Consider this a measuring stick in regards to his progress, but measure with him residing on your fantasy bench. With his propensity for making forehead-slapping mistakes, this could get ugly.
RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants – Last week the Bucs defense yielded a total of 10 rushing yards to the Panthers. That’s right, TEN! While I think the G-Men will be energized after their week one loss at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys, more damage will be done through the air as opposed to on the ground. I wouldn’t expect a banner game from Bradshaw, as the Giants will try to attack the Buccaneers with the passing game.
RB Shonn Green, New York Jets - Granted Green had himself a nice afternoon last week against the Bills, but the Bills are not the Steelers. Not to mention a 3.5 yard per carry average is par for the course with Green and won’t yield the same results in Pittsburgh that it did in East Rutherford. Fantasy points are fantasy points, but I just don’t see a fruitful afternoon on the ground from Greene this week.
RB Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions – A Paul Greco sleeper special, Smith started the season with a nice performance against the St. Louis Rams. However this week, the San Francisco 49ers should present a bit more of a challenge. While the Packers are not exactly known for their stellar rushing attack, the 49ers thwarted them to the tune of 45 total rushing yards. It is no secret that if you are going to beat San Francisco, it won’t be on the ground. If Smith is going to be effective, he’ll have to get involved in the passing attack.
RB Chris Wells, Arizona Cardinals – Even before their defense made strides towards improvement during the offseason, the Patriots possessed the ability to effectively neutralize the opposing team’s rushing attack. When you go up against an oft-injured, categorically medicore rusher in Wells, I wouldn’t expect any change in the overall outcome. A quick reminder – this team held Titans RB Chris Johnson to four yards on eleven carries. FOUR.
RB Peyton Hillis, Kansas City Chiefs – Sure looks like a decent matchup for Hillis, but until he becomes a bigger part of the offense, or just a part of the offense in general, I would hold off. While the Bills are no juggernaut defensively, I would look for them to be extra focused on the task at hand in Week Two and that could pose problems for Hillis and the Chiefs.
WR Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia Eagles - I could have easily put his teammate WR Desean Jackson here, but Maclin’s lack of intangibles leaves him as my choice to flop this week against the Ravens. Jackson is a threat in the return game and possesses lightning-like speed, two things that despite being a quality performer, Maclin just doesn’t provide. Being a quality receiver may not be enough against this quality secondary. If you have another option, this might be the week to employ it.
WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers – As was the case above, I chose one wide receiver over another due to hard to ignore intangibles between two teammates. Many are anointing Brown as the top wide out on the Steelers, but all in all he lacks the skill and the blazing speed of WR Mike Wallace. With Brown’s ascension will come the top flight coverage and what could ultimately amount to a mediocre performance.
WR Anquan Boldin, Baltimore Ravens – Whether he’s covered by standout Eagles corners Nnamdi Ashomugha or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, the end result will be the same – a lack of fantasy viability in week two from Boldin. I like WR Torrey Smith to be good for a long pass inevitably ALWAYS given up by the Eagles secondary, but look for Boldin to be locked down pretty well.
WR Pierre Garcon, Washington Redskins – For all intents and purposes the Rams defense held the likes of WR Calvin Johnson and the rest of the Lions receiving corps in check, so I am not certain the Redskins receivers pose that much of a monumental change or challenge. Also keep in mind Garcon suffered a foot injury that is reportedly not serious but managed to keep him on the sidelines for a better part of the game in week one, so that is a concern. If you are looking for the Waiter to deliver 100+ yards and a touchdown again, I would keep looking.
TE Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta Falcons – Swinging and missing at a pitch in the dirt with my bust prediction last week, Gonzalez played his first game ever in Arrowhead as a visiting player and flat-out delivered. However against Denver he could find the going tough against a less than forgiving defense against opposing tight ends.
TE Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals – Until Bengals QB Andy Dalton notices this guy downfield on a regular basis, Gresham is useless. This is a match up he could and should shine in, but the track record says different. He’s a week two bust by no fault of his own. All the skills, but his quarterback kills.
Paul Greco, Fantasy Pros 911 Staff League – Yep, he’s playing me this week.
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