Fantasy Football 2011: A FULL Review of Week 2 (Even MORE Extensive)

"Jamaal, don't worry. We weren't going anywhere this season anyway." "Yeah, tell that to my fantasy team. I drafted MYSELF!" "Ouch"

If there's a good way to describe the 2011 season in a single word, I couldn't think of a better one than "ouch!"  That word doesn't just apply to Peyton Manning or Jamaal Charles but to the fantasy owners who pinned their hopes on first-round picks that have severely underachieved through the first eight quarters of the year.

The first pick in your league might have been Charles.  His final 2011 rushing total will be 83 yards on 12 carries after a torn ACL has ended his season.  At least he will finish with 6.9 yards per carry.

The first pick in your league might have also been Arian Foster.  A bum hamstring cost him week 1, then limited him yesterday and he had to pull himself from the game.  If you drafted Ben Tate then you'd be just fine, but if you didn't you may understand the importance of handcuffing #1 picks.  How long will this hamstring limit him this season?

The first pick in your league could have been Chris Johnson.  If you're that lucky owner than you're the benefactor of 77 yards rushing and 37 yards receiving through the first two weeks without a touchdown. 

The first pick in your league could have also been Michael Vick.  Fantasy's most explosive player in 2010 but always a risky pick because his style of play leaves him open for injury... he suffered a concussion in the game last night and left some owners short of victory. 

Week two was a healthy (err... unhealthy) reminder that the key to winning in fantasy isn't just what you do in round 1 or 2 but what you do in rounds 4, 8, 16, etc.  It could be drafting Fred Jackson instead of Felix Jones (another injury.)  It could be about drafting the Panthers Steve Smith instead of the Eagles Steve Smith.  It's about the pickups you make and the ones you don't.  The trades you accept and the ones you reject.  Fantasy football is a season-long effort to get the championship or the prize money, but if you're sitting in an 0-2 hole it may be much shorter than that. 

What can you do to avoid another loss or to remain undefeated?  Read, analyze, decide... after the jump a full review of week two will help get you started.  Starting with Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers...

 Cam Newton Wants to Win Another Heisman, Doesn't Seem to Realize He's Not "The Best" Anymore

Lots of preseason talk regarding Cam Newton and his rookie NFL season centered around the fact that he wouldn't be as prepared as previous NFL rookies because of the lockout, that rookie QB's typically struggle, and that the team around him wasn't very talented.  Somebody forgot to tell this to Cam though.  Nobody expected him to throw for 422 yards in week one, and how crazy would someone have to be to predict that he'd throw for more yards than that in week two (432) against defending champion Green Bay?  Newton had 1 TD in the air and another on the ground, making him an all-around solid fantasy QB option... if not for a few mistakes.  He also threw three interceptions (which basically negates one of his scores) and it took him 46 attempts (and 18 incompletions) to get to 432 yards.  Not to diminish the positives that Cam has displayed through two games, only to highlight that it might be smart to sell high if you've got a solid QB1.  There were a couple of other throws that were close to getting picked off and Newton has struggled to get the ball in the end zone inside the red zone.  There may not be a better time to trade Newton in fantasy.  He gets Jacksonville next week but then faces Chicago, New Orleans, Atlanta and Washington.

In other Panthers news, where the hell were you Steve Smith?  Is Jimmy Clausen really that much of an offensive cancer?  He leads the NFL in receiving yards (334) after he added 156 more on Green Bay.  He's 220 yards shy of his entire total from 2010. 

DeAngelo Williams was drafted around the fourth round to be a back-end RB2 thanks to his ball-share with Jonathon Stewart.  But the Panthers gave Williams all that money so he had to be valuable right?  Through 2 games he has 17 rushes for 43 yards and 5 catches for 29 yards with 0 TDs.  Yesterday Cam had twice as many "carries" as Williams.  Stewart has been almost as worthless in fantasy but did add 100 yards receiving yesterday. 

Jordy Nelson Saves Team, Fantasy Owners, on Single Play

Those expecting Jordy Nelson to continue to capitalize on his Super Bowl performance, as well as his week one performance, were left disappointed when he had 0 catches and 1 target after three quarters against the Panthers.  Those expecting to see the champion Packers humiliate the league-worst Panthers were left similarly disappointed.  Everybody was saved on a single 84-yard TD pass to Nelson in the fourth quarter that turned out to be the difference in the game.  Yay for everybody! 

Ryan Grant was drafted well ahead of James Starks in drafts.  So far Starks has 172 total yards and a score.  Grant has 84 total yards and no scores.  It was best to just stay away from Green Bay running backs, but Grant was easily going too early based on name recognition. 

Week 1 hero Randall Cobb lost a fumble and played no significant part of the offense or special teams.  I hope you didn't drop anyone good for him.

Buffalo Leads the NFL in Scoring, Jesus/Apocolypse Expected "Any Day Now"

Last season the Bills finished 28th in the NFL in scoring and that includes a 49-point outburst against the Bengals.  They failed to top 20 points 12 times last season.  No matter how bad you might think the Chiefs and Raiders are, it takes a real NFL offense to put up 79 points in two games.  Fred Jackson leads the NFL in rushing, Ryan Fitzpatrick has thrown 7 TDs against 1 INT, Steve Johnson looks like the real deal with a TD in his 2nd straight week.  Add on top of that CJ Spiller, and emerging options David Nelson and Scott Chandler and all of a sudden it does look like the Bills could be for real.  This is what happens when you have no real stars but no real weaknesses either. 

Nelson had 10 catches and a late TD yesterday.  You could stash him on your bench in hopes that this is just the start of something more to come.  The Bills face some tough tests (New England, Philadelphia, NYJ) in the coming weeks as well as some easier opponents (Cincinnati, Dallas) so pick your spots of when to start Bills.

Without Their Top 3 Wide Receivers, Oakland Can Finally Put Up Some Points

Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford, and Louis Murphy were all out for Sundays game against Buffalo, so of course Jason Campbell would throw for negative 17 yards right?  Instead we finally get to see what this Denarius Moore kid is all about and the Raiders put up 35 points, with Campbell tossing for 323 yards, 1 yard shy of his highest total as a Raider.  Moore caught 5 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown that was so impressive I had to immediately pick up Moore in whichever leagues I felt I had enough room for him in.  I don't think he'll have any more 1 target games like he did against Denver, so hopefully the rookie can prove me right in believing in him. 

Also, Darren McFadden is really good.  143 total yards and 2 TDs.  I felt that McFadden would be a RB1 this year and a top 5 pick by next season and so far so good.  My Jacoby Ford prediction needs some work.

Stocks in Kansas City Anxiety Medicine Rises as Stocks in Kansas City ACL's Tumbles

Are fans in Kansas City doing okay?  Ray, are you still with us?  All of you will pull through this.  Don't go into the light. 

Add Jamaal Charles to Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki to the list of "Guys Kansas City can't possibly put on IR without forfeiting the entire season."  Every year fantasy owners take a devastating blow in the first month of the season and if it weren't enough with Peyton Manning and Arian Foster, Charles blew out his entire 2011.  Who knows what version of Charles will return to the NFL next season, but it wouldn't be the first time (sadly) that a top NFL running back left on the top of his game way too soon. 

The Chiefs have been outscored 89-10 this season by the Bills and Lions.  Even if those are the two most improved teams in the NFL, how could any fan reasonably consider themselves "hopeful" when you know you've just been blown out by the Bills and Lions?  There seems to be a big gap between the top of the NFL (where there are a few great teams) and the bottom of the NFL (where there are some terrible teams) but how anyone could expect the Chiefs to not be the worst team in the NFL right now due to injuries is beyond me.  The "Suck for Luck Super Bowl" could be Chiefs versus Broncos in week 17.

Lions are an Elite Offense.  No, Really.  Hello?  Is Anyone Still There?  Hello?!?!?!  Oh, You're Back.  Lions are an Elite Offense.  Damn it, Come Back Again!

It's finally happening for Detroit I think.  Consider that they've stopped drafting terribly in the last five seasons and the Lions have come away with one of the NFL's top 3 wide receivers and one of the league's top 10 quarterbacks.  Yes, Matthew Stafford is a top 10 quarterback.  Going back to last season in his last four games he has thrown 13 TDs against 3 picks and 1,051 yards.  The great thing about Peyton Manning is that he makes his great wide recievers look incredible and his good wide receivers look great.  Johnson only had 3 catches for 29 yards (saved owners with 2 scores) but Nate Burleson and Titus Young stepped up to have great games.  If Stafford can just stay healthy, the Lions will be a top 5 offense and make the playoffs for the first time since 1999.

Browns Beat Colts in Indianapolis, Earth's Axis is Shifting

I honestly believed that the Colts were better than "Just Peyton Manning" but I'm starting to doubt that.  Okay, I'm not just starting to doubt that, I sincerely doubt that the Colts are anything more than the leagues best QB ever, possibly.  Not that the Browns are total scrubs, but when's the last time a team followed up a loss at home to the Bengals with a win in Indy?  Or something comparable?  I wouldn't give up on Reggie Wayne, Joseph Addai or Dallas Clark quite yet.  The Colts have yet to admit defeat on Manning missing the entire season.  But I'm definitely growing tired of waiting.  If it is indeed the Colts who sit with the top pick next year, they'll have to seriously consider drafting Andrew Luck and if they do that they might just be the most fortunate team in the NFL over a 30-year span to get these two quarterbacks back-to-back. 

Meanwhile the Browns offense bounced back and I was a week late on my Josh Cribbs sleeper pick.  He had a kick return of 52 yards, a punt return of 43 yards, and 3 catches for 41 yards.  Peyton Hillis scored twice and Colt McCoy is putting together a decent sophomore season.  I don't know if I'm buying any Browns other than Hillis right now but they have several interesting options that are widely available.

Bucs Win, Fans Collectively Say "Oh yeah, that LeGarrette Blount" and Breathe Sigh of Relief

One week after being fantasy's biggest disappointment, Blount can relax and know that he's FAR from being a disappointment.  His ACL and hamstring are still in tact as far as I know and he's been more productive than several first round picks with just yesterdays performance.  He rushed for 71 yards and 2 TDs on 13 carries and is still valuable when the Bucs are in a winnable game.  There's still going to be an issue with how many carries he gets and his inability to apparently catch a football, but as a RB3 or flex option, Blount is what he is.  Meanwhile, Preston Parker has emerged in Tampa as an out-of-nowhere threat behind Mike Williams and Arrelious Benn.  He caught 6 passes for 98 yards, while Williams caught 1 for -4.  I guess you could say Preston Parker can't lose.  By the way, if you're betting on Preston Parker being white you just lost. 

Adrian Peterson is Lone Remaining Elite Back that's Elite

There's plenty of time for Chris Johnson and Arian Foster to turn in major performances, but thus far AP has been the only one to provide fantasy owners with steady production and he added 120 yards and 2 scores yesterday.  In other Vikings news, Percy Harvin provided PPR owners with very nice production on 7 catches and 76 yards.  It could however still be difficult for Harvin to get into the end zone with McNabb at the helm.  There's very little else that's interesting in Minnesota.  Toby Gerhart still looks like one of the top backup running backs in the NFL.

Chicago Gets Blown Out by New Orleans, NFL is Still a F#%!ing Mess to Predict

Okay so the Bears blow out the Falcons in Week One and the Saints lose to the Packers.  Then the Saints blow out the Bears and the Falcons beat the Eagles.  That's a lot of really, really good teams but the swings prove that homefield advantage still reigns supreme.  How could the Bears keep the Falcons offense out of the end zone and then get burned by a Saints team without Marques Colston and a limited Lance MooreDrew Brees had no trouble like Matt Ryan did the previous week and he threw 3 TDs to 3 different receivers.  Mark Ingram is less valuable at this point than do-it-all Darren Sproles, even if Ingram will continue to get the majority of carries.  Devery Henderson is surprisingly 10th in the NFL in receiving, and he's grabbed a short lead over Robert Meachem in terms of value.

Surprisingly, 9th in the NFL in receiving is Matt Forte.  He had 10 catches for 117 yards yesterday to go with 49 yards rushing.  Considering how he's been used so far, Forte could challenge for 2,000 total yards from scrimmage this season.  He could be the steal of the 2nd round if you were able to draft him then.  At this point, you can stay away from all Bears wide receivers until further notice.

The Jags Will Hold Off on Blaine Gabbert Until He's Ready, or Until Luke McCown Throws 4 INTs in a game

Okay, so we only had to wait a week and a half until we got to see the Jags future at QB.  The idea that McCown would keep the seat warm was absolutely ridiculous from the get-go and it was so short-lived that the seat is still super cold.  I know because the blue bar on the side of the seat is bright blue where it says "SUPER COLD" 

The Jets defense is really good, but McCown threw for 59 yards, 0 TDs and 4 picks as they were routed 32-3.  In order to keep the Jacksonville fan happy (I think his name is Tom Harrison who lives in a suburb of Jacksonville) then the Jags had to at least showcase the future.  Gabbert was much better and completed 5 of 6 for 52 yards and no interceptions.  With Marcedes Lewis injured, you really don't want to play any Jags outside of Maurice Jones-Drew.  Gabbert probably isn't ready and this is probably going to get really ugly.  Also, the Jags beat the TITANS last week?  How does that make any sense right now either?

What the Jags were able to do was keep Plaxico Burress without a catch.  Do they consider that a success what with giving up 32 points and all?  "But hey, Plaxico did nothing!"  Dustin Keller, Santonio Holmes, and Shonn Greene all found the end zone.  I still think Mark Sanchez is below average (two more interceptions.) 

Study: You're More Likely to Survive a Plane Crash than Find a Good Fantasy Player on Seattle's Offense

We are now eight quarters into the 2011 NFL season and the Seahawks have found the end zone just twice.  Otherwise they haven't just looked bad, they've looked completely incapable of doing anything.  Their 383 total yards of offense this season has been surpassed by Cam Newton more than two times over.  Marshawn Lynch is the leading rusher with 44 yards. Doug Baldwin is the leading receiver with 87.  Sidney Rice seems to get less healthy with the more time he has off.  If the Hawks can't put up offense on Arizona next week, there's no hope and they are also well in the running for the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

Steelers Fans Calmly Declare Their Team is the "Best in the NFL" Again

Big Ben rebounded from week one to beat up the Seahawks pass defense for 298 yards, 1 TD and 0 picks.  Rashard Mendenhall had a decent game with 78 total yards and a TD.  Mike Wallace had his 2nd straight 100 yard game and is now fourth in the NFL with 233 yards.  I'm not really sure if any of the other Steelers wide receivers have established themselves as a solid 2nd option between Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders, and Hines Ward so I just stay away for now.  I am sure that the Pittsburgh faithful have completely forgotten about getting dominated by Baltimore last week.

So Yeah, Maybe Baltimore Isn't the Class of the NFL.  Remember the Titans?  No Seriously, Did You Remember They Existed?

The offense and defense of the Ravens both looked picture perfect in week one against Pittsburgh.  That was also the day that the Titans lost to the Jaguars.  So explain to me how the Titans just beat Baltimore without making it look too hard.  This is what makes the NFL the most unpredictable and exciting sport in America. 

Joe Flacco wanted to make a statement in the first game and he did just that.  The statement was "I AM a top NFL QB and we WILL go all the way!"  This week his statement is "Look, I'm not Nostradamus okay?  Give me a break.  I'm trying my best you guys! :(" after he completed 15 of 32 passes for 1 TD and 2 INTs.  Ray Rice continued to be valuable even when he somewhat struggles by compiling 96 total yards and a score.  Nobody else on Baltimore was good.

For the Titans, Matt Hasselbeck topped 350 yards for just the 2nd time since 2007 with 1 TD and 1 INT.  Kenny Britt is still potentially the best WR he's ever worked with and is 2nd in the NFL in yards (271.)  Nate Washington added 99 yards and is establishing himself as the best option opposite of Britt.  That could make a very attractive option later in the year as Britt draws more and more double-teams.  I don't know exactly what's happening with Chris Johnson, but he faces Denver next week which is never a bad thing.  He should be just fine.

Arizona Plays Washington in Football Game, Nobody Notices

So the Redskins are 2-0.  They've got a defense, a running game, and an emerging tight end.  People aren't ignoring the Redskins but how far will they have to go to be taken seriously?  Tim Hightower rushed for 96 yards and is looking like the trade market steal of the year.  Roy Helu added 74 yards on 10 carries.  Fred Davis followed up his 105 yard game with 86 more against the Cardinals and a TD.  Rex Grossman rebounded from a terrible start to finish with 291 yards and 2 TDs. 

The Redskins play at Dallas next Monday night.  There's plenty of reasons to like Redskins players in fantasy for that game.  Which is more important than Washington going to 3-0 and beating a division-rival, right?  Right?!?

The Cardinals had plenty of success of their own.  Beanie Wells is looking like a strong RB2 after 93 yards and a TD.  Larry Fitzgerald is so much happier with Kevin Kolb than JohnMaxDerek Skelton-Hall-Anderson.  Early Doucet failed to follow-up last weeks game with a strong performance after catching just 2 passes for 20 yards. 

Cowboys Escape San Francisco with a Win, But Must Leave Behind Body Parts

It was the Rams who seemed to be hit the hardest with injuries in week one.  This week it was the Cowboys who forgot to take their vitamins.  Coming into the game we got word that Dez Bryant would not play, which left owners scrambling for other options.  That was only the beginning of the bad news:

Tony Romo left the game with a fractured rib.  But seeing as how he can't seem to find goodwill with the Dallas fans at all he told Jason Garrett to put him back in the game so he could play with the pain.  So he said "I want my baby back, baby back, baby back" and threw some barbecue sauce onto the wound. The Cowboys likely would not have won with Jon Kitna, who threw 2 picks in limited duty.  Whether or not Romo misses any games will depend on how bad the pain gets. 

Miles Austin hurt his hamstring after putting together a huge performance of 9 catches for 143 yards and 3 scores.  However, he's expected to miss at least the next two games.  After Bryant, the Cowboys have very little in the way of "interesting receivers" and Kevin Ogletree will have to step it up.

Felix Jones separated his should but played through it.  News on how much time he could miss should come out soon, but it doesn't seem to positive for Jones to be hurt again.  I immediately picked up Demarco Murray in a couple of leagues.  Jones only rushed 9 times for 25 yards.

For the 49ers, they are healthy I think.  But who really cares about anyone besides Frank Gore or Vernon Davis?  Gore had a touchdown but not much else, while Davis was held pretty much in check.  Alex Smith was perfectly boring with 179 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.  Michael Crabtree missed the game with injury which meant someone else had to step up into his position to do nothing.

Broncos Beat Bengals, Fans Call for Tim Tebow to Start Over Brandon Lloyd and Every Other Position Player

Denver had only two healthy wide receivers ready to go for yesterdays game, so Tim Tebow had to make some appearances at wideout yesterday, which lead to absolutely nothing interesting.   There's now danger of fans pretty much calling for Tebow to take over at any position, including taking Matt Praters job as kicker. 

Willis McGahee had to start with Knowshon Moreno injured, and he looked like the Willis of old: 101 yards and a TD.  It's looking less and less like the Moreno breakout I predicted will happen.  Meanwhile, Eric Decker was forced into more duty this week and it paid off with 5 catches for 113 yards and 2 TDs.  Decker looks like more than just a product of lucky opportunity though, he looks like a legit NFL wide receiver.  He did lose a fumble however. 

The Broncos still don't play defense however and they were very shorthanded which led to some career games for several Bengals.  This is nothing new for Denver though, they seem to give up career games on a weekly basis for the last two years. AJ Green had his first huge game in the NFL with 10 catches for 124 yards and a TD.  Jerome Simpson had 4 for 136.  Andy Dalton was 27 of 41 for 332 yards and 2 TDs with 0 INTs.  Playing the Broncos is like going to see a really good motivational speaker and I'm sure some of those guys feel great about themselves, even after a loss.  The Bengals play some really soft opponents coming up. 

Texans Undefeated, Arian Foster is "Just an Old Wives Tale"

Parents used to tuck their kids into bed and say "don't be naughty, or Arian Foster will come to get you!" and so the kids would behave.  But as they got older they realized that Foster didn't really exist and then the kids would be really naughty.  The legend of Arian Foster is quickly dying throughout America.  I know this is true because though the Texans have had a 100-yard rusher for two straight games, his name is Ben Tate.  Not Foster.

Arian's hamstring has kept him hamstrung from being anything more than a bust and the less he plays the more chances Tate has to prove he needs to get playing time all year long.  Tate had a 135 yards total and Foster took himself out of the game after 10 carries for 33 yards.  Andre Johnson, Matt Schaub, and Owen Daniels also had a good games against the Dolphins suspect defense.

For Miami, it was all about how Chad Henne would follow-up his breakout performance against New England.  He did so by completing barely 1/3rd of his passes for 170 yards and 1 TD/1 INT.  Instead we got the debut of Daniel Thomas and he did not disappoint: 107 yards on 18 carries.  Tony Sparano said that Reggie Bush would get the majority of carries and now we know that Tony Sparano is a big fat liar.  I knew his pants were on fire. 

Also, Brandon Marshall feels like a "fantasy comeback player of the year" candidate.

Patriots Win, Will Transition Offense to "Tom Brady and 10 Tight Ends" in Near Future

Everything is going so well for the Patriots, why not?  There's no worry in fantasy of starting either Rob Gronkowski or Aaron Hernandez.  They've proven now that they'll both get plenty of opportunities and they both had great fantasy performances yesterday.  In addition to them, Deion Branch had 8 catches for 129 yards, BenJarvus Green-Ellis had 70 yards and a TD, and Chad Ochocinco tweeted "WOW! WE LOOK SO GOOD OUT HERE. HOLD UP, PASS IS COMING TO ME RIGHT NOW LMAO!" 

Editors Note: Aaron Hernandez has a sprained MCL.  Reports vary from 1-2 weeks to 4-6 weeks.  Gronkowski gets a bump in value. 

It's only week two and Tom Brady already has 341 more yards than Matthew Stafford.  Think about that.  He has 251 more yards than Drew Brees.

Philip Rivers is third in the NFL in passing yards and he put up 378 against New England.  As excited as the Patriots have to be over Brady, they have to be equally worried about the inability to stop anybody.  Vincent Jackson did whatever he wanted out there and finished with 10 catches for 172 yards and 2 TDs.  Right now if I had to name the "fifth best WR in the NFL" I would have to say it's Jackson.  We'll see what Hakeem Nicks has to say about that tonight. 

Ryan Mathews had 126 total yards and a TD.  Mike Tolbert was stuffed in the run game but had 8 catches for 73 yards.  They both have their moments where they should be started.  Believe it or not, Antonio Gates actually did play in this game and did nothing.  He was the main focus of the Patriots defense, that decided they'd rather get beat by Jackson.

Falcons Beat Eagles, Did You Know Michael Vick Once Played for Atlanta?

So beyond that one story, there was a whole lot of offense in last night's game.  Vick had 242 yards and 2 TDs before leaving with a head injury.  I can't prove it, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the Falcons were paid off by the canine community to "take Vick out." 

LeSean McCoy has not been a disappointment to owners who took him in the top half of the first round and he had 116 total yards and 2 TDs.  Jeremy Maclin had a huge night with 13 catches for 171 yards and 2 TDs but will only be remembered for dropping an easy fourth-down catch that essentially ended the game.  Mike Kafka was 7 of 9 for 72 yards in relief of Vick and is yet another Eagles backup QB that looks like he should start somewhere else.  Remember how DeSean Jackson is inconsistent?  Yeah, DeSean Jackson is inconsistent. 

For Atlanta, they managed to find the end zone 5 more times than they did against Chicago.  Matt Ryan came through with 4 TDs against 2 picks against a solid Eagles defense.  Michael Turner had 114 yards and a TD.  Tony Gonzalez looked like TG of old with 7 catches for 83 yards and 2 TDs.  He can't put up numbers like that every week, but Gonzalez is still better than the majority of tight ends.  Julio Jones and Roddy White were held mostly in check but White saved himself with a TD catch. 

 

More Notes:

  • Here are my predictions from Friday.  My sleepers were Jacoby Jones, AJ Green, Rex Grossman, Ben Tate, and Daniel Thomas.  Jones had 3 catches for 48 yards, and Rex Grossman threw 2 interceptions.  But if you started AJ Green, Ben Tate and Daniel Thomas then you can thank me now.  Don't thank me later, I'm busy later.  I've got this thing.  Okay, I'm not busy later.  Just thank me whenever. 
  • Players I didnt like were Patriots WRs, Jamaal Charles, Kevin Kolb, Roddy White, Cam Newton, and Steve Smith.  I said White would need to save himself by catching a TD pass and that's exactly what he did.  I said Jamaal Charles would tear his ACL on a run out of bounds and that's exaclty what he did.  Okay, I didn't say that, but I did tell people to stay way from Charles for the last three weeks.  My biggest whiff was Steve Smith, though he did have a fumble, he did a lot better than I expected.  Newton had all those yards but can't ignore 3 interceptions.  He did better than I expected.  Deion Branch had a very good game, but all of Tom's attention is going to his tight ends.
  • Players I loved were Cedric Benson, Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Mike Wallace, Michael Turner, and Cadillac Williams.  Benson underperformed to my expectations because the Bengals threw the ball at will on the Broncos.  Wallace, Johnson, and Turner all had really nice games.  We'll see what Cadillac will do tonight.  There's a chance that Steven Jackson will play I suppose, but Cadillac is the player I like to do the most damage. 
  • My fantasy teams will probably go 3-1 for the 2nd straight week.  I rebounded from a very tough loss against the team of Patriots in week 1 to dominate this week behind Stafford, Megatron, AP, Tony Gonzalez, Lions Defense, etc. 
  • My best play of the week: Putting LeGarrette Blount into my flex position.  My other options weren't great, especially when Dez Bryant was ruled out, but Blount was coming off the most disappointing week 1.  But he saved me and I survived without Dez Bryant.  (I used Mike Sims-Wallace as a replacement and his performance tonight is irrelevant.)
  • My worst play of the week: I don't know that I regret any decisions this week.  I will lose in my keeper league unless Cadillac and Jason Pierre-Paul combine for like 60 points, but there wasn't much I could do in my favor.  I won pretty easily in my other three leagues.  I scored 171.36 points in a 14-team, $100 league and the 2nd highest so far is 125.42.  This was the league I lost in last week though, so it's just a reminder that anything can happen in football.
  • I went a little crazy with add/drops yesterday as the injury news came flooding in.  I'm using a waiver to grab Dexter McCluster and drop Lance Moore.  There are only 5 bench spots in this league, so it's always tough to drop someone.  I picked up Denarius Moore, Tashard Choice, and Demarco Murray in different leagues and different situations. 
  • Who did you pick up?  Who did you cut?  Who do you hate/love?  How'd you do?
  • It was another fun day on Twitter.  Last week I wrote 5,000 words and asked for your twitter support and you came out in record numbers.  This week I am approaching 5,500 words and four hours of writing a review of the week.  I can only hope that Twitter will increase their character limit from 140 to 5,500 and then I could just post this straight there.  Follow me @casetines for the latest news, quips, and general funny headlines I can think of.  If you are disappointed, I guarantee your money back. 

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