Favorable Week 2 Match Ups
TOP-TIER PLAYERS WITH GOOD MATCHUPS
QB CAM NEWTON @ BUFFALO
Newton was 8th among QBs in Wk1 completing 69.6% of his passes, but threw for a career-low 125 passing yards (ranked 30th in Wk1). Brady completed only 55% of his balls thrown against Buffalo last week, but the legs of Newton give him the advantage against one of the poorer front sevens. Newton goes from playing the NFL’s best defense in Seattle and will take his frustration out on the bruised Bills. If Newton is right this year, he will be the most improved player from Wk1 to Wk2.
Week 2 Prediction: 250 Passing Yards, 100 Rushing Yards, 4 Total TDs
QB RG III @ GREEEN BAY
Colin Kaepernick threw a career-high 412 yards against Green Bay in Wk1 and rushed for a career-high 187 yards against Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game last season. The Redskins run a similar type of offense and RG III respectively resembles Kaepernick. The second-year player out of Baylor played better in the second half, but we have yet to see him take off on a full sprint. When he is able to do that, he will be at his best. But at the moment, he gets a tasty match up against a defense that was toasted in Wk1.
Week 2 Prediction: 300 Passing Yards, 3 TDs
RB LESEAN MCCOY vs.SAN DIEGO
The Chargers were stingy against the run Monday night against the Texans not allowing a rushing score, but they looked tired. San Diego is coming into a short week and the Eagles fast-paced offense will exploit the lack of the depth in the Chargers front seven. McCoy will lead the league in rushing two weeks in a row if the defense finds themselves on the field a lot like they did in Wk1.
Week 2 Prediction: 175 Total Yards, 1 TD
RB STEVEN JACKSON VS. ST. LOUIS
Reporter: What does this game mean to you?
S. Jackson: It’s just another game. We had a tough loss to our rivals last week and looking to get in the win column week 2
S. Jackon (inside his head): REVENGE!!
Jackson was second among RBs in Wk1 averaging 7 yards per carry. He is poised to have a big Wk2 after only 11 carries his last week. Owners should count on Jackson scoring his first touchdown in a Falcon uniform against the last team he played for.
Week 2 Prediction: 150 Total Yards, 2 TDs
WR VINCENT JACKSON VS. NEW ORLEANS
V-Jax was supposed to be slowed down last week by Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and ended up with seven catches for 154 yards. In two games last year against the Saints, Jackson tallied 297 yards and a score. Jackson was their leading receiver in targets as well with 13. The Bucs are going to need to keep up with the high-flying attack of the Saints meaning Josh Freeman will have to air it out.
Week 2 Prediction: 8 Receptions, 100+ Rec. Yards, 1 TD
MID-TIER PLAYERS WITH GOOD MATCHUPS
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD @ ARIZONA
Arizona went on the road in Wk1 to St.Louis and saw Sam Bradford throw for 299 passing yards and two touchdowns. Best of all for Stafford is Bradford was only one-of-three QBs to not have been sacked in Wk1. Any quarterback that can sit comfortably in the pocket will have a field day. In Wk1, Stafford was sacked only once and threw for 357 yards and two touchdowns. If Calvin Johnson didn’t have his two touchdowns called back, Stafford would have had four touchdowns in Wk1.
Week 2 Prediction: 350 Passing Yards, 3 TDs
RB DEANGELO WILLIAMS @ BUFFALO
Williams saw a healthy amount of carries in Wk1 with Jonathan Stewart sidelined. Expect another 15-20 touches against a team who saw No.2 back Shane Vereen carve them for more than 100 yards rushing. Williams averaged more than 5 yards per carry against Seattle in Wk1 and faces a less threatening defense in Wk2.
Week 2 Prediction: 150 Total Yards, 1 TD
WR MILES AUSTIN VS. KANSAS CITY
Austin was only one-of-four receivers in Wk1 with double-digit catches. Dez Bryant was double teamed all game leaving Austin one-on-one. Austin is healthy and Romo will throw the rock his way. The last time Austin played against the Chiefs was in 2009 when he caught 10 balls for 250 yards and two touchdowns. If Austin has another dozen target day like he had in Wk1, he should put up respectable numbers in Wk2.
Week 2 Prediction: 7 Receptions, 100 Rec Yards, 1 TD
WR LANCE MOORE @ TAMPA BAY
Marques Colston had a touchdown in Wk1, but will be blanketed most of the game by Darrelle Revis leaving Moore in one-on-one opportunities. When I think of Lance Moore in Wk2, I see Miles Austin from Wk1. Moore enjoyed success against Tampa Bay in two games last season with 13 receptions, 163 yards and a touchdown. Moore only had four targets in Wk1– expect that number to double in Wk2.
Week 2 Prediction: 6 Receptions, 80 Rec Yards, 1 TD
BALTIMORE DEFENSE VS. CLEVELAND
The Ravens secondary got torched on opening night by one of the greatest to ever throw a pigskin. Brandon Weeden threw three interceptions and was sacked a Wk1 high six times at home against Miami. What do you think will happen on the road against a top 5 defense who is looking to prove something?
Week 2 Prediction: 10 PA, 2 INTs, 2 Fumbles, 1 TD
LOWER-TIER PLAYERS WITH GOOD MATCHUPS
QB TERRELLE PRYOR VS. JACKSONVILLE
Alex Smith was sacked once against the Jaguars in Wk1 and averaged 6 yards per carry on four carries. Pryor rushed for the second most yards, 112, in the opening week. The Raider QB will lead all throwers in rushing for the second week in a row. If the receivers can break a couple big plays, Pryor could have a nice passing day. In leagues where passing touchdowns are valued at 4 points, the second-year QB is worth a look.
Week 2 Prediction: 18/30, 220 Pass Yds, 100 Rush Yds, 2 TDs
WR ANDRE ROBERTS VS. DETROIT
Roberts caught eight-of-nine balls thrown his way for 97 yards in Wk1. Carson Palmer will go jab-for-jab with Matthew Stafford in the air. Bruce Arians loves to throw deep and highlight his slot receiver. Expect another 8-plus target day for Roberts at home against a soft secondary.
Week 2 Prediction: 5 Receptions, 90 Yards, 1 TD