Fantasy Football Week 2: 3 Players Set to Disappoint on Sunday

By Bill Pivetz
Julius Thomas
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Week 1 saw a lot of high-scoring fantasy production from the usual names like Peyton Manning, Colin Kaepernick and Victor Cruz, who scored 49, 30 and 29 points respectively. However, there were some surprising outputs as well. Reggie Bush scored 25 points and Jared Cook scored 24 points.

Not all of these players can keep up this kind of production all season long. Here are three players that could disappoint you in Week 2.

Julius Thomas: The third-year tight end surprised everyone by beating out Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreessen for the No. 1 spot. He made the most of this opportunity as he hauled in five catches for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Manning made the Baltimore Ravens defense look like a junior varsity team.

This week, the Denver Broncos take on the New York Giants, a team that allowed 70 yards and two touchdowns to Jason Witten. The Giants will focus on shutting down the tight end position. With all of the weapons at Manning’s disposal, it will be hard for Thomas to put up these numbers in back-to-back weeks.

With Thomas as the likely No. 1 waiver pickup this week, he could let down a lot of new owners. Expect him to put up 10 points at the max.

Joique Bell: The clear backup running back for the Detroit Lions didn’t take away many carries from Reggie Bush. However, he was used at the goal line and scored two touchdowns on six carries. He also caught five passes for 67 yards. The Minnesota Vikings defense came into this game as the 25th-ranked pass defense.

The Lions travel west to take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2. Arizona shut down the St. Louis Rams running game as Daryl Richardson had only 63 yards on 20 carries. Bell will be used in the passing game, but don’t expect the 20-point game he got you in Week 1. Bell will have 20-30 yards and a touchdown.

Jerome Simpson: The biggest surprise was Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson finishing with 140 yards on seven catches. As Minnesota was playing catch up with the Lions, quarterback Christian Ponder threw the ball 28 times. He forced a lot of these passes as he was picked off three times.

The Vikings are carried by Adrian Peterson. They are not a passing team by any stretch of the imagination. They play divisional rival Chicago Bears, a team that had two interceptions in Week 1. The Bears are a good defense and Ponder is not the best quarterback. Simpson will be lucky to eclipse 50 yards this week.

Bill Pivetz is a fantasy football writer at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @Mr_Piv1127.

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