Fantasy Top Performers - Week 2

Week 2 is over and in the books. We've compiled and wrapped up the week with this week's Fantasy Top Performers column. See below for compiled stats and in-depth analysis...and check back each Tuesday morning as we'll continue to break down the stars all season long!

 
 

QUARTERBACKS

Rex Grossman proved anything's possible...Grossman had a QB rating of 148.0 and threw for 4 TDs against the Lions - thanks largely to incredible field positions provided by the sensational Bears' defense. Peyton Manning's brilliant 3 TD / 400 yard effort against the Texans was no surprise. Little brother Eli Manning wrestled a Giants victory from a certain defeat against the Eagles in a remarkable comeback and ended the day with similar numbers to big bro. Brett Favre threw over 50 times for 340 yards and 3 TDs in a losing effort - Favre showed fantasy owners he's still capable of generating some nice numbers and can't be counted out. Michael Vick had less than 100 yards passing on Sunday, but Vick rushed for a whopping 127 yards and had a rushing TD to go with his passing touchdown. Houston QB David Carr did absolutely nothing for most of the game against the Colts, but then came garbage time...Carr utilized the time wisely and racked up a QB rating of 140.2 enroute to 3 late TDs against the Colts 2nd and 3rd string defense. Carson Palmer overcame 2 interceptions in an impressive 352 yard / 2 TD win over the Cleveland Browns. Drew Brees had nearly the exact numbers of Carson Palmer in the Saints win over the Packers, but without the interceptions. Jets' QB Chad Pennington proved last week was no fluke...Pennington matched his week 1 effort with another 300 yard / 2 TD performance in a comeback attempt against the New England Patriots.

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks - Week Two

QB

Pass Comp

Pass Att

Pass Yards

TDs

Rex Grossman
20
27
289
4
Peyton Manning
26
38
400
3
Eli Manning
31
43
371
3
Brett Favre
31
51
340
3
Michael Vick
10
15
92*
1,1 (run)
David Carr
22
26
219
3
Drew Brees
26
41
353
2
Carson Palmer
24
40
352
2
Chad Pennington
22
37
306
2

* - Michael Vick rushed for 127 yards on 14 carries

 

RUNNING BACKS

Rudi, Rudi, Rudi!...Rudi Johnson dominated the Browns from kick-off to final gun with 2 TDs on 145 rushing yards. LaDainian Tomlinson's 2 scores and 122 all-purpose yards were more than enough for the Tennessee Titans. San Francisco 49er Frank Gore proved he's no one-week wonder...Gore pounded the ball 29 times for 127 yards and a score in week 2. The Deuce is still loose!...Deuce McAllister continues to be the ground favorite in New Orleans and capped his effort with 2 TDs for fantasy owners who stuck with him. Is Brian Westbrook a running back or a wide receiver?...how about both! - Westbrook added 7 grabs (he had 70 in 2005) to pad his rushing stats on his way to 124 total yards and a score. Stud RB Larry Johnson was held winless and scoreless for the second straight week, but LJ's 167 total yards showed he's still got it between the goal-lines. As predicted, the Colts continued to groom rookie RB Joseph Addai to be their main RB and he looked impressive when given the chance against the Texans...Addai was convincing with nearly 5 ypc with nice total yardage and a score. Shaun Alexander continued to be held back a bit due to a weakened offensive line, but Alex still finished with a TD and some decent yards. Rookie Carolina Panthers' RB DeAngelo Williams made the most of his opportunities against the Minnesota Vikings and danced for 98 all-purpose yards and a score. San Diego back-up RB Michael Turner (to LT2) went off when given the chance in the rout over the Titans...Turner went for 138 rushing yards on 13 carries and added another 17 yards in receptions. Corey Dillon was solid for the Pats with a 80 yard rushing effort and a score. Warrick Dunn, Chester Taylor, and Steven Jackson all rushed for over 100 yards...but none found the endzone. Ronnie Brown and Tiki Barber were versatile in their 100 yard all-purpose efforts, but neither of the two was able to dart across the goal-line for a score.

Top Fantasy Running Backs - Week Two

RB

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rcptns

Rec Yards

Total Yards

TDs

Rudi Johnson
26
145
2
3
148
2
LaDainian Tomlinson
19
71
7
51
122
2
Frank Gore
29
127
2
10
137
1
Deuce McAllister
12
47
1
24
71
2
Brian Westbrook
19
68
7
56
124
1
Larry Johnson
27
126
5
41
167
0
Joseph Addai
16
82
2
22
104
1
Shaun Alexander
26
89
1
9
98
1
DeAngelo Williams
13
74
5
24
98
1
Michael Turner
13
138
2
17
155
0
Corey Dillon
20
80
0
0
80
1
Warrick Dunn
21
134
0
0
134
0
Chester Taylor
24
113
3
15
128
0
Steven Jackson
22
103
2
21
124
0
Ronnie Brown
15
70
6
52
112
0
Tiki Barber
21
51
7
57
108
0

 

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

New York Giants' WR Amani Toomer showed the league he's not ready to be an old man - Toomer caught a whopping 12 balls for 137 yards and 2 touchdowns...wow! Antonio Bryant is adjusting well to his new home in San Francisco...Bryant caught 4 for 131 yards and a TD in the Niners' loss to the Rams. Seattle wide receiver Darrell Jackson went off in the first half and finished with 5 grabs for 127 yards and a TD. Jerricho Cotchery was virtually unknown prior to week 1, but Cotchery is becoming a household name in Jet-land and has fantasy football owners grabbing him from waiver wires. Plaxico Burress is looking like a super-stud...week 2 hardened his image as a big go-up-and-get-it wide receiver that makes the big catch. Whoa!...Joey Galloway caught 9 (NINE) balls for 161 (ONE HUNDRED SIXTY ONE) yards in Tampa Bay's offense this past Sunday...if only Joey could find the endzone! Laveranues Coles (with Cotchery) had another good week of receiving balls from QB Chad Pennington...Coles caught 6 for 100 with a score. Terry Glenn, Bernard Berrian, and Donte Stallworth all had nice yardage and a score apiece. Green Bay Packer WR Donald Driver caught 8 of Brett Favre's 31 completions (for 153 yards), but failed to score. Colts' stud wide receivers Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison proved again that they are 1a and 1b...Wayne went 6 for 135 and Harrison went 7 for 127, but neither had a TD in the blowout win over the Houston Texans. Chris Henry, Braylon Edwards, Keyshawn Johnson, and Troy Williamson all had over 100 receiving yards for their respective teams, but none were able to find their way across the goal-line.

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers - Week Two

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Amani Toomer
12
137
2
Antonio Bryant
4
131
1
Darrell Jackson
5
127
1
Jerricho Cotchery
6
121
1
Plaxico Burress
6
114
1
Joey Galloway
9
161
0
Laveranues Coles
6
100
1
Terry Glenn
6
94
1
Donald Driver
8
153
0
Bernard Berrian
5
89
1
Donte Stallworth
5
81
1
Reggie Wayne
6
135
0
Marvin Harrison
7
127
0
Chris Henry
5
113
0
Braylon Edwards
4
110
0
Keyshawn Johnson
5
106
0
Troy Williamson
6
102
0

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

Rex Grossman threw 3 of his 4 touchdowns to his tight ends...Desmond Clark caught one of them along with 4 other grabs for 85 receiving yards, but it was John Gilmore who caught half of Grossman's TD lot and helped ease the Bears to victory over the Detroit Lions. Owen Daniels (who?) had a TD for the Houston Texans as the points for the Indianapolis Colts started growing beyond reach. L.J. Smith was huge for Philly with his 7 catches for 111 yards. Todd Heap came alive in week 2 for the Ravens with 5 grabs and a TD. Antonio Gates (best tight end in the NFL) barely squeeked onto our list with his 4 for 55 (without a TD) effort.

Top Fantasy Tight Ends - Week Two

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Desmond Clark
5
85
1
John Gilmore
2
8
2
Owen Daniels
4
45
1
L.J. Smith
7
111
0
Todd Heap
5
17
1
Antonio Gates
4
55
0

 

News and Notes - Last night's Monday Night Football contest ended in a 9-0 victory for the Jacksonville Jaguars victory over the Steelers - the lowest score in the history of MNF...The Philadelphia Eagles lost their Freak (Jevon Kearse) for the remainder of the season...The Chicago Bears' defense looked again like 1985...Ben Roethlisberger recovered from his appendix surgery (and high fever) in time to start on MNF...Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts rolled over the Texans, but have tough looking divisional foe Jacksonville coming to town in week 3...Eli Manning and the New York Giants were either lucky or good in their unbelievable comeback win over the Eagles...Terrell Owens broke his ring finger on SNF, but vowed to return against the Eagles on October 8th...The New Orleans Saints announce that they have sold out the remainder of their season and host MNF in week 3 with a 2-0 record...The Cincinnati Bengals won the game against the Cleveland Browns this past weekend, but suffered many injuries - including a season ending broken neck to LB David Pollack...From one extreme to another - the Chargers have outscored their opponents in the first two weeks 67-7 (and the Bears are close with a 60-7 margin) while the Raiders have been outscored 6-55 and looking outdated and miserable.

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