Each Tuesday of the 2012 fantasy football season, I will provide a full recap of the previous week. Week 2 was filled with several upsets and some even more shocking fantasy performances, so here is my complete review of the fantasy football action this past weekend:
Performance of Week:
QB Eli Manning, New York Giants - Manning threw for an incredible 510 yards and 3 touchdowns in yet another Giants’ fourth quarter comeback this weekend. He did throw 3 picks in the game, but the fact that Manning keeps putting up huge fantasy numbers week after week makes the gaudy interception totals much easier to deal with.
WR Kevin Ogletree, Dallas Cowboys – 1 reception for 25 yards
Adam’s Good For You Award:
RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns - It only took Richardson one week to get his legs back under him following his off-season surgery, as the rookie ran right over the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense last weekend. Richardson gained 109 rushing yards on 19 carries, caught 4 passes for 36 yards, and gashed the defense for 2 scores. Richardson finally had a breakout game and showed that he can be a great down hill runner in the NFL.
Rookie Quarterback Tracker:
Andre Luck, Indianapolis Colts – 20/31 224 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – 20/29 206 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 11 rushes, 82 yards, 2 TD
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns – 26/37 322 passing yards, 2 TD, 0 INT
Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins – 18/3- 200 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – 15/20 151 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT
Rookie Week Two MVP:
QB Andrew Luck – Luck got his first win of his young career, and although RG3 may have put up the bigger fantasy performance again this week, the 2012 first overall pick still got his first W.
Surprise of Week:
QB Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – As I predicted all week long, Dalton exploded against a depleted Cleveland secondary. Dalton finished the game with 3 passing touchdowns in the 34-27 win over the Cleveland Browns. Dalton had one of the best quarterback performances so far this season, but unfortunately he was on thousands of benches this past weekend.
RB Matt Forte, Chicago Bears – Head coach Lovie Smith has said that Forte’s injury is not a high-ankle sprain, but it is a little concerning that the team signed running back Kahlil Bell to a one-year contract two days after Forte’s injury. Forte will still miss 2-3 weeks, so any fantasy owner should make sure to have depth at the running back position; if not grab backup Chicago Michael Bush.
QB Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos – After a stellar opening night performance, Manning looked very rusty on Monday in the 27-21 loss against the Atlanta Falcons. He threw 3 interceptions before the first quarter even ended and simply looked out of rhythm with his receivers. Manning and the gang eventually turned things around as old #18 finished with 241 passing yards and a score. However, by that point the damage had already been done.
IDP Performance of Week:
OLB Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers – Matthews reeked havoc on the Bears’ offensive line all night last Thursday. He racked up an ungodly 3.5 sacks in the game and has already matched his sack total from all of last year.
Make sure to check back later in the week for our fantasy football predictions.