Fantasy Football: Week 2 RB and WR Bounce-back Candidates
Say it with me fantasy football owners: it’s only Week 2.
It’s natural for us to be impatient. We want instant gratification from the players we drafted. We want our sleepers and breakout candidates to produce right away and gloat in their success, so we can claim we were smarter than everyone else for picking them.
So when they crash and burn in Week 1, and embarrass us more than Miley Cyrus’ VMA performance, we have a knee-jerk reaction, ready to ship our players away for the first reasonable offer. But we have to remember it’s a long season full of ups and downs and give our guys a chance to produce … because hey, it’s only Week 2.
Lamar Miller @ Indianapolis Colts: Look, I understand the skepticism. The downside is immense, as evidenced by his 10-carry, three-yards stinker against the Cleveland Browns‘ tough front seven in Week 1. I also understand that Miller — for whatever reason — is still splitting carries with plodder Daniel Thomas.
However, Miller’s talent and upside is huge, and he’s a perfect fit for the Miami Dolphins‘ zone-blocking scheme. I also have zero faith in the Colts’ ability to stop the run this year, and they didn’t get off to a good start on that note, giving up 171 yards on the ground against the Oakland Raiders last week. Miller is going to find holes, and when he does, big plays are assuredly on the horizon.
Deangelo Williams @ Buffalo Bills: Williams has been disappointing for a few years now, but surprisingly looked very good against the Seattle Seahawks tough-run defense in Week 1, cranking out 17 carries for 86 yards and even catching three balls out of the backfield for you PPR owners.
Even better for Deangelo owners, the entire backfield is his with Jonathon Stewart and Kenjon Berner out of the picture. Now Williams gets the Bills’ Swiss cheese-type run defense in Week 2 who just got done getting embarrassed by Shane Vereen in Week 1. If Williams gets the same amount of touches this week, and there’s no reason for him not to, he should have no problem topping the century mark.
Antonio Brown @ Cincinnati Bengals: Brown had a respectable Week 1 (five receptions, 71 yards) despite the Pittsburgh Steelers struggling mightily on offense for most of the afternoon. With Mike Wallace gone and Heath Miller on the shelf, it’s clear Brown is Ben Roethlisberger‘s go-to guy.
Brown has also had a lot of success against Bengals’ corners over the last two years, averaging almost 90 yards per game. He’ll be a target machine that isn’t limited in his routes at all, as he can go underneath in the slot or over the top split out wide. PPR owners will be even happier with Brown’s week 2 output in a game where the Steelers more than likely will end up abandoning the run in the early going.
T.Y. Hilton vs. Miami Dolphins: Hilton was quiet in Week 1, but I’ll attribute that more to game plan than anything else, as the Colts ran mostly two tight end sets instead of three wide receiver formations, forcing Hilton out of the slot where he excelled all of 2012.
Now that Dwayne Allen is most likely to be inactive after suffering a hip injury, expect new offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton to go back to the bread-and-butter three wide receiver sets that made Hilton so valuable in 2012.