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Fantasy Impact: Week 2
Ken Pomponio
September 16, 2013
 

Chargers 33, Eagles 30
Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia

If you were looking for piles of yards (1,050 combined) and fantasy points aplenty, this was your game. It starts with the QBs as Philly's Michael Vick (428 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, 23 yards, rushing TD) got the best of the Bolts' Philip Rivers (419 yards, 3 TDs) on the stat sheet, but the visitors got the surprising road win.

Extra points: The surprise of the fantasy season so far? It just might be S.D. WR Eddie Royal, who now has 5 TD catches this season -- matching his total from the past 4 seasons combined -- after hauling in 7 passes for 90 yards and a trio of scores Sunday. ... Week 1 NFL rushing leader LeSean McCoy was held to 53 on the ground but made up for it with 114 yards on five catches. ... DeSean Jackson continues to look like one of the early-season fantasy finds, rolling up 193 yards of receptions on 9 catches. ... Rivers, meanwhile, spread his targets around, with three pass-catchers -- Royal, TE Antonio Gates (8-124) and WR Malcolm Floyd (5-102) -- topping 5 catches and 90 yards. Floyd, though, was hospitalized after taking a shot to head on the first play of the third quarter, but accompanied his teammates on the flight back west.

Falcons 31, Rams 24
Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Steven Jackson's best play of the day proved to be his last play as the Falcons' RB suffered what was reported to be a bruised thigh/quad while scoring on an 8-yard reception in the first quarter. Jackson finished with the touchdown catch and three carries for no yards as he faced his former team for the first time.

Extra points: Matt Ryan was on target as usual at home, hitting 33-of-43 passes for 374 yards and a pair of TDs, while it continues to be a tale of two seasons for Atlanta's starting WRs as Julio Jones hauled in 11 passes for 182 yards and a score, while Roddy White, still hampered by his preseason high-ankle sprain, had only three grabs for 21 yards. ... Rams QB Sam Bradford topped 350 passing yards (352) for the second time in his career and tossed a trio of TD passes, two of them going to rookie wideout Tavon Austin (6-47-2). ... Week fantasy standout TE Jared Cook was a Week 2 flop, catching one pass for 10 yards on six targets.

Chiefs 17, Cowboys 16
Arrowhead Stadium; Kansas City

Cowboys' wideout Dez Bryant, limited to 4 catches for 22 yards and a frustrating foot sprain in Week 1, looked to be more than all right Sunday, snaring nine passes for 141 yards and a score in a losing effort in K.C.

Extra points: The Chiefs' Jamaal Charles also looked to be OK after suffering a Week 1 quad injury, rushing for 55 yards and catching 8 passes for 48 yards and a score. ... K.C.'s leading rusher, though, was QB Alex Smith (8-57), who also threw for 223 yards and 2 TDs. ... Cowboys' TE Jason Witten (3-12) and Chiefs' WR Dexter McCluster (2-14) disappointed.

Dolphins 24, Colts 20
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

Second-year QBs Ryan Tannehill (319) and Andrew Luck (321) topped 300 yards, but threw for only one TD apiece, with Week 1 disappointments WR Mike Wallace (9-115) scoring for the 'Fins and TE Coby Fleener (4-69) hauling in Luck's scoring toss.

Extra points: Another bounce-back performer -- sort of -- was Miami RB Lamar Miller who picked up 69 yards and a TD on 14 carries, but he was overshadowed by FB Charles Clay, who had a 1-yard scoring run and 5 catches for 109 yards. ... For the Horseshoes, Ahmad Bradshaw (15-65, TD) took over the lead-back role with Vick Ballard lost for the year, while the team's most dynamic pass-catcher was T.Y. Hilton (6-124 on 12 targets).

Texans 30, Titans 24 (OT)
Reliant Stadium, Houston

Rookie wideout DeAndre Hopkins took the fantasy focus off the much-discussed Houston RB split for an afternoon, catching seven passes for 117 yards, including a acrobatic 25-yard OT grab to set up his own game-winning 3-yard TD catch.

Extra points: Speaking of the Texans' RB touches, it was basically 2-1 in the favor of starter Arian Foster (19-79, TD; 1-6) for the second straight game, but Ben Tate (9-93, 3-8) wound up with more yards, thanks to a 60-yard burst. ... No team continues to get more out of its TEs than Houston as Garrett Graham (3-30) and Owen Daniels (2-24) both scored for the second straight week. ... For the Titans, Jake Locker threw for 2 TDs but only 148 yards, Chris Johnson had 96 yards on 25 rushes and WR Kendall Wright had 7 grabs for 54 yards and a score.

Packers 38, Redskins 20
Lambeau Field; Green Bay

The first meeting between Aaron Rodgers and RGIII was all Rodgers, especially when the game was in doubt as the Packers' QB shattered his previous career high (408 passing yards) with 480 and four scores on 34 completions. Griffin's Skins, meanwhile, fell way behind early again, before the second-year QB was able to rack up some decent passing numbers (320 yards, 3 TDs) playing from behind. His rushing, though, has been absent from the arsenal as he finished with 4 carries for a yard.

Extra points: Rodgers' leading pass-catchers were who you would expect with WRs James Jones (11-178), Randall Cobb (9-128, TD) and Jordy Nelson (3-66, 2 TDs) and TE Jermichael Finley (6-65 TD) all getting in on the act. ... On the ground, the Pack produced its first 100-yard rusher in 45 games -- yes, 45 -- as James Starks (20-132 TD) filled in rather nicely for rookie starter Eddie Lacy (1-10) who suffered an early-first quarter concussion. ... For Washington, leading rusher Alfred Morris (13-107, 2-13) and receiver Pierre Garcon (8-143, TD) both topped 100 yards while WR Santana Moss (3-41) and TE Jordan Reed (3-18) accounted for the team's other TDs.

Ravens 14, Browns 6
M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore

The Ravens won as they unveiled their 2012 Super Bowl banner, but that's little consolation to Ray Rice's fantasy owners as the Ravens' RB left the game in the fourth quarter with what's being a called a hip-flexor injury. Prior to that, he only managed 36 rushing yards on 13 carries and 9 receiving yards on 3 catches with a fumble. In the meantime, Bernard Pierce rushed for 57 yards and a TD on 19 carries.

Extra points: Undrafted rookie receiver Marlon Brown (4-45) had the Ravens' other TD, while Torrey Smith (7-85) led the team in receiving. ... For the Browns, RB Trent Richardson had 8 more touches (23-15) than he did in Week 1, but didn't do much with them, rushing for 58 yards and adding 21 through the air on 5 receptions. ... TE Jordan Cameron (5-95) was the most productive target for QB Brandon Weeden (227 yards, 0 TDs, 0 picks), who left in the fourth quarter with thumb injury. X-rays turned up negative, but that's been the one of the few positives for the Browns who are 0-2 with only 1 TD in
2 games.

Bills 24, Panthers 23
Ralph Wilson Stadium; Orchard Park, N.Y.

Who's the rookie, and who's the veteran? It was hard to tell in this one Sunday as Bills' first-round pick EJ Manuel (296 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 1 2-point conversion pass, 13 rushing yards) got the best of the Panthers' Cam Newton (229 passing yards, 2 passing TDs, interception, 15 rushing yards), connecting with WR Stevie Johnson (8-111) on the winning 2-yard scoring pass with 2 seconds remaining.

Extra points: C.J. Spiller's fantasy owners are happier than they were a week ago as the Buffalo RB outgained teammate Fred Jackson (128 yards to 53) on only 4 more touches (20-16). ... For the Panthers, TE Greg Olsen (7-84) and WR Ted Ginn Jr. (3-62) were on the receiving end of Newton's TD tosses, while DeAngelo Williams rushed for 85 yards on 22 attempts.

Bears 31, Vikings 30
Soldier Field, Chicago

Jay Cutler (290 yards, 3 scores) now has a trio of weapons in the Windy City with TE Martellus Bennett hauling in a pair of scoring passes among his 7 catches for 76 yards, including the game-winning 16-yard TD catch with 10 seconds to play. Bennett now has 10 catches, 125 yards and 3 scores -- as many as Chicago TEs had all of last season.

Extra points: At RB, it looks as if Matt Forte (19-90, 11-71) is fully integrated in Marc Trestman's new offense while Michael Bush (2-0) is anything but. ... As usual, WR Brandon Marshall paced all Bears' pass-catchers with a 7-113-TD performance. ... For the Vikings, Adrian Peterson rushed for 7 more yards (100-93) than he did a week ago, but he failed to find the end zone, something he did 3 times in Week 1. ... QB Christian Ponder (16-30-227-1-1) continues to be just a guy with WR Greg Jennings (5-84) serving as his favorite target. ... The Minny defense/special teams had a sack, 2 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and a pair of return scores, including rookie Cordarrelle Patterson's 105-yard burst on the opening kick.

Saints 16, Buccaneers 14
Raymond James Stadium; Tampa, Fla.

The Saints' Jimmy Graham looked every bit the No. 1 fantasy TE Sunday, matching a career single-game high with 10 receptions and setting a career mark with 179 yards and a TD.

Extra points: Drew Brees threw for a quiet 322 yards with the TD and 2 interceptions, while the ground game remains a muddled mess with Pierre Thomas (5-29), Darren Sproles (7-26) and Mark Ingram (8-20) all running in place. At least Sproles (6-36) can be consistently counted on for PPR points. ... For the Bucs, it was all RB Doug Martin (144 yards on 29 rushes). ... Either the Saints' defense has improved or Bucs' QB Josh Freeman (9-of-22, 125 yards, TD, interception) has taken a sizable step back. ... Vincent Jackson led the way again with 5 catches for 77 yards, but No. 3 wideout Kevin Ogletree (1-5) had the scoring reception.

Cardinals 25, Lions 21
University of Phoenix Stadium; Glendale

The Cards got the win, but fantasy standouts were nowhere to be found, unless you're counting the 13 points from RB Rashard Mendenhall (66 rushing yards, 28 receiving yards, TD).

Extra points: Carson Palmer threw for 248 yards, a TD and an interception, and his leading receiver was none other than rookie RB Andre Ellington (2-42, TD) with stud wideout Larry Fitzgerald (2-33) hampered by a balky hammy. ... You knew Megatron was due after a 4-catch, 37-yard Week 1 stinker and he delivered with 6 catches, 116 yards and pair of touchdowns. ... Lions' RB Reggie Bush, who rolled up 191 total yards and a TD in the opener, took a shot to the knee at the end of a second-quarter reception and was in and out the rest of the way, finishing with 25 rushing yards and 44 receiving. In stepped the underrated Joique Bell, but he was only so-so with 31 rushing yards and 41 receiving yards on 5 catches.

Raiders 19, Jaguars 9
O.Co Coliseum; Oakland

So far, so good for Darren McFadden in 2013. A week after breaking the team's 11- game rushing TD drought in the opener, Run-DMC recorded only his fourth 100-yard rushing game in his past 18 contests with 129 yards on 19 carries. He also caught a team-high 4 passes for 28 yards but didn't score and did lose a fumble.

Extra points: QB Terrelle Pryor was 15-of-24 and threw for 126 yards and added 50 more on 9 rushes, but did not account for a TD. ... With 42 yards on 3 catches, Rod Streater goes down as a leading receiver. ... Maurice Jones-Drew has yet to resemble the MJD of old, rushing for only 27 yards on 10 carries before leaving with an ankle sprain. ... Chad Henne threw for 241 yards and a TD to TE Clay Harbor (3-34) with WR Cecil Shorts (8-93) serving as his go-to guy.

Broncos 41, Giants 23
MetLife Stadium; East Rutherford, N.J.

In case you somehow missed Manning Bowl III, Peyton is now 3-0 all-time against Eli, and that's mirrored in their current fantasy fortunes as the Broncos' QB currently leads the NFL with 9 TD passes after throwing for 2 and 307 yards Sunday, while the Giants' QB is setting the league pace in interceptions after tossing 4 while passing for 362 yards and a score.

Extra points: The Broncos' RBBC looked to be anything but in this one as it was all starter Knowshon Moreno, who ran for 93 yards and 2 TD on 13 carries and is playing like a late-round steal. Meanwhile rookie Montee Ball (12-16, goal-line fumble) and Ronnie Hillman (1-3) did next to nothing. ... As for Peyton's targets, WR Eric Decker led the squad with 9 catches for 87 yards after being a no-show in the opening-game fireworks, while TE Julius Thomas (6-47) and WR Wes Welker (3-39) had the TD grabs. ... Out-of-the-doghouse Giants' RB David Wilson didn't fumble but wasn't a fantasy factor, either, picking up only 17 yards on 7 rushes, while newly-signed Brandon Jacobs (7-4) managed a 1-yard rushing TD. ... WR Victor Cruz (8-118) had a decent yardage day but didn't score.

Seahawks 29, 49ers 3
Century Link Field, Seattle

RB Marshawn Lynch was, well, beastly, and the Seahawks' D/special teams were their usual stifling selves at home in a dominating the latest installment of what's become the NFL's best -- and nastiest -- rivalry. Lynch rushed for 98 yards and 2 TDs on 28 carries and added another score and 37 yards on a team-leading 3 receptions. Meanwhile, the Hawks had 3 interceptions, 2 fumble recoveries and a trio of sacks in limiting Colin Kaepernick and Co. to all of 3 points.

Extra points: The Seattle passing game didn't do much with Russell Wilson throwing for 142 yards and rushing for 33 on 10 carries, while Doug Baldwin led the way with 51 yards on his lone catch. ... Still those were big numbers compared to those put up by
the Niners. A week after throwing for 412 yards and 3 TDs, Kaepernick had 127 and the 3 picks, but did rush for 87 on 7 attempts. WR Anquan Boldin went from 13 catches for 208 yards to 1 for 7, while TE Vernon Davis (6-98 2 TDs a week ago) had 3 grabs for
20 before departing with a fourth-quarter hamstring issue. ... Oh, and RB Frank Gore carried 9 times for 16 yards and had one catch for 14 yards.


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