The second week of fantasy football is in the books. There were some clear busts, like Jared Cook or Roddy White. There were some surprises, like Tavon Austin grabbing two touchdowns. I provide for you the week two All Fantasy Team for the second week top performers.
Note: This does not include players from the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cincinnati Bengals game. If someone goes nuts and surpasses anyone on this list, I will make sure to get everyone an update. I suspect the Bengals D/ST could make a run for the top spot this week, however.
Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers was a force to be reckoned with on Sunday, throwing for a massive 480 yards and 4 touchdowns. Rodgers absolutely shredded the Washington Redskins defense, finding six different receivers and having two over 100 yards as well as hitting three different receivers with touchdowns.
Wide Receivers: DeSean Jackson & Julio Jones
This was a tough call, as there were some very good receivers this week. Jackson gets the call based on his 193 receiving yards and long touchdown. He is Michael Vick’s go to receiver and the only competition he will have for targets is LeSean McCoy. I’ve been hesitant on the Philadelphia Eagles, but I’m jumping on the Jackson bandwagon until someone can shut him down.
Julio Jones is clearly benefiting from Roddy White being less than 100 percent healthy, and if Steven Jackson’s injury is significant, Jones’ stock will continue to rise. He set a career best with 182 yards. He scored a touchdown. He secured 11 of 14 targets. Through two games he’s averaging 129 yards and a score per game. The sky is the limit for this guy.
Running Backs: Marshawn Lynch & James Starks
Beast Mode was in full force Sunday night for the Seattle Seahawks. Lynch powered right through a very good San Francisco 49ers defense, gaining 98 rushing yards and two touchdowns. For good measure, he added three catches for 37 yards and another touchdown. His 135 all purpose yards accounted for 47 percent of the Seattle yardage and all the scores. He is locked in as a top RB1 against the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars next week.
Is this right? A running back from the Green Bay Packers on the list? They haven’t had a rusher go for over 100 yards in over two years! Well that streak ended this week as Starks went from backup to Eddie Lacy to my week two All Fantasy Team. He rushed for 132 yards, added 36 through the air, and a touchdown. Think about how dominating the Packers air attack has been without a running game. If Starks can keep this up, watch out NFC, but before you scoop him off the wire, remember the Packers have a road game next week against a very solid Cincinnati Bengals defense.
Tight End: Jimmy Graham
Graham was the lone bright spot in the New Orleans Saints offense with 10 receptions, 179 receiving yards, including a 56 yard touchdown reception. Graham showed why he is at the top of the tight end class in the NFL. Until Rob Gronkowski returns, nobody else is even close.
Kicker: Nick Novak
Novak was money this week. He connected on all four field goals, including bombs from 44, 46, and 49 yards. He connected on all three point after attempts. He is currently owned in only two percent of Yahoo! leagues, and should be owned in more with the way the San Diego Chargers offense is playing.
Defense/Special Teams: Chicago Bears
The Buffalo Bills were close with six sacks on Cam Newton, but Chicago gets the nod because they were everywhere on Sunday. One sack, one interception, two fumbles recovered in a close game on a rainy day against the Minnesota Adrian Petersons. Wait, that doesn’t sound right. That’s right, the Minnesota Vikings. While the 30 points against wasn’t great, the Bears D/ST made up for it with an outstanding day by Devin Hester, who returned five kicks for 249 yards, including an 80 yard return.
As always, I welcome your comments. If you think I’m wrong, I’m willing to listen. Just back it up with some facts and solid evidence. Thanks for reading and good luck this season.
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