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Oh hey, didn’t hear you come in. Sorry about the mess, I haven’t moved since last Sunday afternoon. I’ve been here crying in the fetal position and clutching my cold, empty Keenan Allen jersey. I’ll get by, no worries. But nonetheless, like the No.1 rated fantasy football player in the universe Barry Manilow once said “Looks Like We Made It.” Yes we did, Barry. Yes we did. Anyway, we’re into Week 2 of the fantasy season and I’m back to run you through some numbers that will identify some of the top passing and rushing matchups of the week. First let’s get the obvious play out of the way. C.J. Anderson will run roughshod over the Colts baby soft run defense. Being a Colts fan, that was difficult to type. But facts are facts and the gory number here is 122. That represents then number of rushing yards Indianapolis allowed per game last season. That was good enough to rank 25th in the league and they also handed out 14 rushing TDs over 16 games in 2015. Last week Detroit put up 116 yards on 24 carries and found the painted grass twice on the ground. Basically, we’ve seen this movie before and it never ends well for Fighting Pagano’s. Remember, the purpose of this article is just to touch on some of the better matchups of the week. Obviously if you own Cam or Aaron Rodgers – you’re starting them regardless of what is written here. This is not intended to be a rankings piece. Jay does a tremendous job each week with the site rankings, which you should obviously check out if you care about winning. Also, check out Rudy’s “Pigskinonator” for the best projections in the free world. That said, let’s jump into some numbers:

Carson Palmer –  Let’s forget about the ugly loss Sunday night at the hands of a short-staffed Patriots squad. I’m not here to judge short staffs. That’s a direct quote from my girlfriend back in college. Anyway, Palmer was more than adequate as far as numbers are concerned as he completed 17-of-19 passes under 10 yards. Palmer would go on to finish the game with 271 yards and two TDs and zero interceptions thrown. The Buccaneers allowed 241 yards passing yards per game in 2015, while giving up 31 touchdowns through the air. Don’t be fooled by the three sacks the Bucs generated vs the Falcons in Week 1 – Matt Ryan was still able to toss two TDs while completing 27-0f-39 passes for 322 yards.

Baltimore RavensJustin Forsett (10/41/0) and Terrance West (12/32/0) split the work almost right down the middle so it’s hard to distinguish who is the lead back in this situation. They’ll both have a busy Sunday facing the Browns and their generous rushing defense. Cleveland was gashed for 133 yards and a score and they were ranked 30th in the NFL in 2015, yielding 128 yards per contest with 11 rushing scores.

Joe Flacco – Normally, the thought of putting Flacco into play in anything but the deepest of leagues barely crosses my mind. After watching the Browns in Week 1 the former Fightin’ Blue Hen has the potential to move the needle in this weeks tilt. Cleveland allowed Carson Wentz to throw for 270 yards and two touchdowns – in his first start. Last season the Browns gave up 251 passing yards per contest (22nd in NFL) and allowed 34 passing scores, while forcing just 11 interceptions.

New York GiantsRashad Jennings is the clear workhorse of this unit as he totaled 19 touches last week for 78 total yards. New Orleans was the 31st ranked rushing defense in 2015 allowing 12 scores and 129 yards per game. The picked up right where they left off in Week 1 giving up a 26/167/3 line to the Oakland backfield. One interesting item to watch this week is how the Giants will distribute their red zone touches. Last week they had nine opportunities in the red-zone; passing seven times and giving the only two carries to Shane Vereen.

Eli Manning – Anytime the New Orleans Saints are involved I’d like a share or two of the opposing offense. The last Manning standing deserves your attention this week. In Week 1, Manning was strong in the deep ball category – completing all four of his attempts of 20 yards or more for 103 yards and a score. This week he’ll face a Saints’ secondary that was gashed for 319 yards and a TD  along with two – two point conversions. Oh…..they’ll also be without Delvin Breaux, their top cornerback after he suffered a broken fibula. Manning did a great job of spreading around the work in Week 1 as five different players caught at least three passes. The offensive line was tremendous as well, allowing only five QB pressures the entire game.

Chicago BearsJeremy Langford dominated the work for the Bears last week, leaving no doubt he’s the back to own going forward. They’ll face the Eagles Sunday and cal me crazy, but I think their defense might be a tad bit overrated. I mean, yes…they did hold Cleveland to just 10 points. What’s going virtually unnoticed is the fact that Philly allowed a 21/120/1 line to the Browns backfield last week. This might be a good time to remind you that Philadelphia was dead last during 2015 in rushing yards allowed per game (134.6). So technically I guess you could say they’re better….but I want some of that Langford action in Week 2.

Derek Carr – I was hesitant to list Carr this week mostly because of how uncomfortable he looked when the Saints brought pressure against in Week 1. After watching a bit of the game on Red Zone, it was clear that he was probably upset about being referred to as “David Carr” several times. Last year the Falcons had trouble getting to the quarterback, generating only 19 sacks, which ranked last in the league. They were up to their old tricks against Tampa Bay in Week 1 as they allowed four passing scores without registering a single sack. Atlanta also ranked 18th in the league in passing yards allowed (247) during the 2015 season.

Dallas Cowboys – After what Pittsburgh did to the Redskins Monday night you should be feverishly placing not only Ezekiel Elliott into your lineup this week, but also considering Alfred Morris in deeper formats. The Steelers hung 147 yards and two scores on the Skins’ defense last week, which was worse than the 122 yards per contest they allowed in 2015. I expect Elliott to surpass the 20 carry mark for the second straight week and Morris to see at least 10-12 touches as well.

 

 

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  1. Runfast says:
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    Everyone pimping Eli manning is making me feel more and more confident in him especially in this semi-deep league I’m in, (however I am still hesitating to drop Stafford in case I need a spot start). Anyway as everyone else is doing I am trying to make sense of the FA pool which includes Tyrell Williams (think he will get scooped soon), Crowell (he was dropped), Enunwa (try to scoop him after waivers), Cruz, Riddick and lafell ? I was high on Sanu coming in to his role, however i don’t think many others think he can break out this year? I really don’t want to miss out on a talent: Crabtree was dropped in a league prematurely. I want to jump on him but Sanu’s opportunity is great! Crabtree probably has higher floor which is what you want from a WR3/4 vs boom/bust? Also holding onto John Brown but I’m not sure if he will surface again this year barring injury…and I am afraid of owning Tate, i feel his floor is super low in standard…also feel Danny Woodhead is not getting enough love! I own Hyde, McCoy and Woodhead and regret benching Woodhead for McCoy. Thank you!

    • Mike Honcho

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      @Runfast: Sanu and Crabtree are two I’d want in standard from that list. Williams is a very close 3rd

  2. Philsfan76 says:
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    Hey Mike, nice article. Would you start Forsett over Stewart, Duke Johnson, or Jennings? i also have Bernard whom im likely going to bench due to the lack of production from CIN RB’s historically against PIT. Wise move?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Philsfan76: Stew, Jennings, Forsett , DJ & Bernard is how I’d rank that group this week. Thanks for the kind words btw. Appreciate you reading the article!

  3. DORIAN says:
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    Question: in my .5ppr 12 man 5rb limit $300 auction keeper league ($10 draft price increase year over year + $5 extra buy-in per keeper) I have David johnson, Spencer ware, rashad jennings, Giovanni Bernard and Charles Sims. I’m considering picking up Kenneth Dixon for Sims with the possibility of a super cheap starting RB keeper for next year. Good idea?

    • Mike Honcho

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      @DORIAN: I like Sims in a PPR. I see your angle though and it’s not a bad move. For me….I hate to trade away points to speculate for next season. the NFL is just so fluid – especially at RB

  4. Tygod says:
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    Pick 2:
    Forsett
    Freeman
    Diggs
    Crowell

    Thanks.

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Tygod: Freeman and Diggs

  5. Vito says:
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    Mike, great read. I am in a dilemma, like all others. Lost Keenan. Should I replace him week 2 with: Tajae Sharpe, Tyrell Williams, or Dorsett? Dorsett not so intriguing due to @ Denver. From what I have read, is that Tyrell should take Keenan’s role. Tyrell playing Jaguars which should be a shootout. Tajae playing Lions which also should be a shootout. Who you think? Or I can use Jeremy Hill in that flex. Thanks

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Vito: I like Tajae this week. He’s in a great spot

  6. mike says:
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    Do I dare start Flacco over Luck?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @mike: My only hesitation here is if Baltimore gets up early they might run all 2nd half. Indy will pass until Luck’s arm falls off this season. I’d lean Luck

  7. Vito says:
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    I forgot to ask you one more thing. Should I pick-up Kenneth Dixon or Kenjon Barner? Who has better value/upside? If so, who should I drop —- Alfred Morris or S. Draughn?

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Vito: I wouldn’t drop either for Dixon.

  8. Jose says:
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    Mike I have drew Bree’s as my quarterback and I have tom Brady in the bench…they offer me Emanuel sanders for tom Brady? Should I accept I need a WR

    • Jose says:
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      …?????

      • Mike Honcho

        Mike Honcho says:
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        @Jose: I suppose that’s a fair deal b/c of Brady’s suspension. I’d definitely deal Brady for a WR.

  9. Mike Honcho

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    I’d take Dixon over Barner, but I wouldn’t drop ALf or SD for him. I think both get plenty of snaps as we move forward. Both are behind guys who will prb wear down by mid season. IMO. Thanks for the kind word on the write-up. I appreciate your feedback!

    • Vito says:
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      Thanks, Mike!!!

  10. DT says:
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    would you drop ajayi for any one of powell, morris, Vereen, or cadet? 12 team ppr league. was leaning towards Vereen but wasn’t sure. I have C.J., gore, and Abdullah currently. appreciate it man. love your guys site.

    • Mike Honcho

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      @DT: Since it’s PPR I’d grab Cadet. If Vereen gets the RZ carries again Sunday we may have to revisit this next week. Thanks for the support!

  11. In a Pickle says:
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    Pick 1 RB and 1 FLEX 1/2 PPR:
    Woodhead, Freeman, Yeldon, Landry, Snead

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @In a Pickle: Woodhead and Landry

  12. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Mike! DeMarco, Jennings, or Ware in a full point ppr league? Thanks!

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Jerry: Ware by a smidge over Murray

  13. Magic says:
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    Mike – TE might be a problem all year – have Walford and Clay but Virgil Green n James also available. Who u like ROS in PPR?

    • Mike Honcho

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      @Magic: Tough to project ROS so soon, but I really like Green right now. Especially if TS keeps the QB job

      • Magic says:
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        @Mike Honcho:

        Yeah he seems to be getting the targets and shuda wuda cuda had a TD in wk 1 if Semian had an extra bowl of cornflakes

  14. Todd says:
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    Hi Mike, Flacco or Cousins this Sunday???? Thanks……

    • Mike Honcho

      Mike Honcho says:
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      @Todd: Both are in a good spot this week, but I’d lean Cousins.

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