Week 1 Play Back:
Rookie running back Jahvid Best did his "best" (get it?) Matt Forte impression against the Eagles. In Week 1, Best watched as Forte caught seven passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns against his defense. On Sunday, Best caught nine passes for 154 yards and one touchdown. He also added 78 rushing yards and two more scores. Best now has 268 total yards and five touchdowns in his first two NFL games. That is ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous! Now you see why the Lions traded back into the first-round to get their hands on the explosive halfback from Cal. Don't get cute and try to sell high on Best. Hold on to him and ride him to your fantasy playoffs.
Sunday was not a good day if you had one of the top-3 picks, except for Adrian Peterson. Chris Johnson was held to 53 total yards on 21 touches. Maurice Jones-Drew had 13 touches for 48 yards and one fumble lost. CJ2K had the misfortune of going up against a very stout Pittsburgh defense and was bottled up y long. Don't worry. He'll bounce back next week against the Giants' defense that got gashed by the Colts on Sunday night. In MJD's defense, the Jags were down big for the entire game and that ate into his touches. MJD has a favorable three game stretch (vs. PHI, vs. IND, at BUF) so he should get back to being a beast very soon.
I'm sorry Brett Favre owners. Things are really bad in Minnesota right now – in reality and fantasy. After throwing just seven interceptions last season, Favre already has four this year with just one touchdown. You can tell he really misses Sidney Rice out there. With Percy Harvin being banged up, the only person he feels comfortable slinging the ball to is tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. Keep the senior citizen on your bench until he shows some signs of life.
LaDainian Tomlinson is back. Man did he look good against the Patriots on Sunday. L.T. had some pep in his step and looked much better than the younger Shonn Greene. He finished with 11 carries for 76 yards (6.9 avg.), including a long of 31 yards. He also had four receptions for 26 yards. L.T. showed that great cutback agility that made him the league M.V.P. just a few seasons ago. Greene owners should be very worried and keep an eye on Tomlinson. As long as they are both sharing the workload, Greene is nothing more than a RB2/3.
Folks, the Tampa Bay's version of Mike Williams is the real deal. I hope you scooped him up late in your draft. If not, you should be kicking yourself in the rear end. Williams now has two touchdowns in as many games. More importantly than that though is the fact that quarterback Josh Freeman likes to throw to him. A lot. Williams was the only wide receiver to catch a pass for the Bucs against the Panthers and was targeted seven times. That is now 16 targets in two games. The fourth-round pick will continue to get a ton of looks from Freeman and if that happens, Williams will be a very productive WR3.
I would have thought you were crazy if you said...
• Chiefs' running back Thomas Jones would receive twice as many carries as Jamaal Charles on Sunday. What's it going to take for Todd Haley to see that Charles is clearly the better player? Through two games, Jones has 33 carries for 122 yards (3.7 avg.). Charles has 22 carries for 141 yards (5.4 avg.) and one touchdown. He is also vastly superior catching the ball out of the backfield. The former Longhorn would be a Top-10 running back if he got more than 11 carries a game. For now though, Charles is only a RB2.
• Jay Cutler would look so good against the Cowboys. Maybe this Mike Martz thing could work out. Cutler completed 72 percent of his passes going 21-of-29 for 277 yards and three touchdowns. Cutler is off to a fantastic start and should be starting in all fantasy lineups.
• Mark Clayton would score two touchdowns on Sunday. The former Raven has flourished since he got traded to the Rams. Last week, he caught 10 balls for 119 yards. This week, he hit pay dirt on both his catches. I never thought I would say this, but Clayton is suddenly very fantasy relevant. He is the go to guy for rookie Bradford and should be productive WR3 for the rest of the season.
• Matt Schaub would throw for nearly 500 yards on the road in Washington. I knew that the Texans did not become a running team over night, but I did not envision Schaub throwing for 497 yards and three scores one week after having 107 yards on 17 attempts. Any worries about Houston's passing attack are now put to rest and Schaub has officially entered the "Peyton Manning/Drew Brees/Aaron Rodgers/Tom Brady category" in my book.
• Brandon Jackson, who was last week's hottest waiver pickup, would have a paltry 29 rushing yards against the Buffalo Bills. He did salvage himself by scoring a touchdown, but it was a disappointing day for Jackson, who lost carries to fullback John Kuhn. You should stick with him next week against the Bears, but if he stinks it up again, it'll be time to put him on the bench.
• Aaron Hernandez would go over 100 yards against the Jets. The rookie tight end out of Florida has been a major target for Brady over the first two weeks. He has two catches over 40 yards and leads the Pats with 146 receiving yards thus far. He is a must add in all formats.
• Cadillac Williams would average is 1.9 yards per carry against the Panthers. I know Carolina's run defense is good, but Caddy managed just 51 yards on 27 attempts. The workload is there, but the production is not. With the Steelers coming into town next week, it's time to park the Cadillac on your bench.
• Darren McFadden would be good, period. This is second week in a row in which he has put up major numbers and no; I am not lying to you. Through two games, the former first-round pick has 240 rushing yards on 48 carries (5.0 avg.). He also chipped in eight catches for 63 yards and one touchdown. Run DMC finally seems to be showing off that potential and should be in your starting lineup during his red hot start.
Go Get 'Em:
QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ), at Miami
RB Jason Snelling (ATL), at New Orleans
RB Mike Tolbert (SD), at Seattle
WR Mark Clayton (STL), vs. Washington
WR Demaryius Thomas (DEN), vs. Indianapolis
TE Aaron Hernandez (NE), vs. Buffalo