Week 1 of the NFL season was filled with a lot of surprises and disappointments from a fantasy perspective. In my last article, I talked about players who had high-scoring games but will fail to live up to those expectations in Week 2. Among the low-scoring players were star players Marshawn Lynch (four points), Greg Jennings (three) and Dez Bryant (two).
Here are three players who upset fantasy owners last week, but will get back on track this week.
Calvin Johnson: Johnson would not even be on this list if his two touchdowns weren’t overturned. Luckily for the Detroit Lions, Reggie Bush was a huge factor in the passing game, totaling 101 yards and a touchdown. If Bush continues to be a big part of the Lions pass attack, things will open up for Johnson. Regardless, Johnson is still an elite wideout and a must-start every week.
The Lions take on the Arizona Cardinals in Week 2, a team that gave up close to 300 yards to Sam Bradford. Johnson had 121 yards against the Cardinals in Week 15 last year. Look for Johnson to have at least 15 points on Sunday.
Dwayne Bowe: The Kansas City Cheifs signed Bowe to a five-year contract. The team also brought in former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith to replace Matt Cassel. The two showed good chemistry during the preseason. However, they weren’t able to showcase that in Week 1. Smith spread the ball among Bowe and four other receivers.
The Chiefs take on the Dallas Cowboys this week, a team that gave up 450 yards to Eli Manning. While Manning and Smith aren’t in the same class, Bowe is a top-notch receiver who will demand the ball if the Chiefs want to keep the game close. The last time Bowe played against the Cowboys, he had 74 yards and a touchdown, stats he can easily put up on this Dallas defense.
C.J. Spiller: Spiller was basically ineffective against division opponent New England Patriots. Head coach Bill Belichick took away the Buffalo Bills‘ best player and forced them to find other options. Backup running back Fred Jackson, despite being 32-years-old, showed that he still has a lot left in the tank. Jackson carried the ball 13 times for 67 yards, while Spiller had 17 carries for only 41 yards.
The Bills welcome the Carolina Panthers this week. The Panthers shut down Lynch and “beast mode.” However, the Panthers have not seen Spiller. He is a much different running back compared to Lynch. With Jackson still a vital part of the offense, I can’t predict Spiller to bust out for 20 fantasy points, but he will definitely break into double digits.