NFL Top Performers - Week 2

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

 
 

QUARTERBACKS

What an offensive explosion between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns!?! These two teams usually play each other tough, but who would have thought that Carson Palmer and Derek Anderson (not on even one of many million fantasy rosters) would have combined for 11 passing TDs and 729 yards? Palmer's 6 TDs in this game is one-fourth what most top-tier quarterbacks throw in a season. Jake Delhomme continued to prove he still has the stuff (thanks in part to Steve Smith) for the second straight week as he hit Smith with all 3 TDs. Speaking of still having it, old-man Brett Favre went 29 for 38 with 3 TDs in a nice victory over the New York Giants. Tom Brady showed for the second straight week why I have him ranked number one of FFL QBs...Brady went 25 of 31 with 3 TDs on his way to a passer rating of 134.2 in his dominant performance over the San Diego Chargers. Don't let Trent Green's 287 yards and 2 TDs fool you...he was only 23 of 40 and threw 4 (FOUR) interceptions. Jeff Garcia completed only 10 passes on Sunday, but 2 of them were for TDs to Joey Galloway. Houston's Matt Schaub completed a few more passes than Garcia, but also had 2 passing TDs (to Andre Johnson) in a nice game for Schaub. Marc Bulger threw for 368 yards and a touchdown in week 2. SuperStud Peyton Manning had a poor second half against the Tennessee Titans, but still enough of a performance to get the win and make our list with 312 passing yards and a TD.

Top Fantasy Quarterbacks - Week 2

QB

Pass Comp

Pass Att

Pass Yards

TDs

Carson Palmer
33
50
401
6
Derek Anderson
20
33
328
5
Jake Delhomme
27
41
307
3
Brett Favre
29
38
286
3
Tom Brady
25
31
279
3
Trent Green
23
40
287
2
Jeff Garcia
10
16
243
2
Matt Schaub
20
28
227
2
Marc Bulger
24
41
368
1
Peyton Manning
28
42
312
1

 

RUNNING BACKS

If Derek Anderson's 5 passing TDs weren't enough for the Cleveland Browns, Jamal Lewis rushed for 216 yards and a TD of his own. Marion Barber put up 2 TDs for the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday and proved for the second straight week that last year's 16 TD total was no fluke. Frank Gore also got things going with 2 TDs for the Niners. Cincinnati's Rudi Johnson rushed for over 100 and added 4 catches to help the Bengals get the win. Edgerrin James' 150 all-purpose yards (and TD) had him looking again like the Edge of old for the second straight week. Willie Parker got it done this week for his fantasy owners with 133 total yards and a score. DeShawn Wynn (WHO?) scored 2 TDs for the Packers on 12 touches, but no way did any fantasy owner benefit from Wynn's success (not even his own family members had Wynn on their fantasy team). Cadillac Williams was questionable to play in week 2, but he did manage to get his motor running and scored twice (too bad most owners kept him on the bench with his reported serious rib injury). Willis McGahee totaled over 100 yards and a TD for the Ravens. Brian Westbrook's 162 versatile yards was one of the lone bright spots for the Philadelphia Eagles in their loss on Monday Night Football. Wow! - Oakland's LaMont Jordan matched his week 1 effort of 159 yards with another 159 this week (all rushing) and is looking like a nice waiver pickup for owners fortunate enough to grab prior to week 2. Joseph Addai plugged along with another solid game for the Indianapolis Colts. Travis Henry rushed for 128 yards, but was held out of the endzone in week 2. Clinton Portis and Shaun Alexander each had moderate rushing totals in their games, but each was able to find the endzone. Derrick Ward, Adrian Peterson, and Cedric Benson all had games with over 100 total yards, but none were able to find the goalline.

Top Fantasy Running Backs - Week 2

RB

Rush Att

Rush Yards

Rcptns

Rec Yards

Total Yards

TDs

Jamal Lewis
27
216
0
0
216
1
Marion Barber
14
89
2
6
95
2
Frank Gore
20
81
2
4
85
2
Rudi Johnson
23
118
4
33
151
1
Edgerrin James
24
128
2
22
150
1
Willie Parker
23
126
2
7
133
1
DeShawn Wynn
10
50
2
18
68
2
Cadillac Williams
24
61
0
0
61
2
Willis McGahee
26
97
2
6
103
1
Brian Westbrook
17
96
8
66
162
0
LaMont Jordan
25
159
0
0
159
0
Joseph Addai
20
81
2
6
87
1
Travis Henry
26
128
2
8
136
0
Clinton Portis
17
69
1
7
76
1
18
70
2
5
75
1
Derrick Ward
15
90
4
35
125
0
Adrian Peterson
20
66
4
52
118
0
Cedric Benson
24
101
1
9
110
0

 

WIDE RECEIVERS

Steve Smith is a force and proved it with 3 TDs and 153 yards on Sunday...to put things in perspective, the leading wide receiver in 2006 finished with only 13 TDs for the entire year. Ditto an equally top performance by Chad Johnson on Sunday against Cleveland, although CJ had a whopping 11 catches for 209 yards and a mere 2 TDs. Braylon Edwards had the game of his career with 8 grabs for 146 yards and 2 TDs (Edwards seems to play better when Derek Anderson is at the helm). Joey Galloway was equally impressive for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with 135 yards and 2 TDs on only 4 receptions. Andre Johnson had another super week with 2 TDs and nice yardage, but Andre paid the price in the game with a sprained knee (and will likely miss some action). Randy Moss is hooked up with Tom Brady and the two are making the most of it...Moss had a second huge week as he put up over 100 receiving yards and a couple of TDs in a thrashing of the San Diego Chargers. T.J. Houshmandzadeh got into the Cleveland-Cincy scorefest with two TDs. Roy Williams went 7 for 111 with a score for the Detroit Lions. Jerricho Cotchery busted out 165 yards on 7 receptions, but was kept out of the endzone. Joe Jurevicius was a huge redzone factor for the Browns...evident by his 2 TDs. Terrell Owens had nearly 100 and a TD in the Dallas win. Senior Isaac Bruce isn't just going through the motions...he's still producing (8 catches for 145 yards on Sunday). Marty Booker, Torry Holt, Donald Driver, Roydell Williams, and Marques Colston all went 70-something in yardage with a TD in their week 2 games. Deion Branch, Chris Chambers, and Javon Walker each surpassed the 100-yard mark in receiving yardage, but none of the trio managed to cross the goalline.

Top Fantasy Wide Receivers - Week 2

WR

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Steve Smith
8
153
3
Chad Johnson
11
209
2
Braylon Edwards
8
146
2
Joey Galloway
4
135
2
Andre Johnson
7
120
2
Randy Moss
8
105
2
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
8
69
2
Roy Williams
7
111
1
Jerricho Cotchery
7
165
0
Joe Jurevicius
4
44
2
Terrell Owens
5
97
1
Isaac Bruce
8
145
0
Marty Booker
4
79
1
Torry Holt
5
74
1
Donald Driver
8
73
1
Roydell Williams
4
72
1
Marques Colston
8
70
1
Deion Branch
7
122
0
Chris Chambers
9
109
0
Javon Walker
8
101
0

 

 

TIGHT ENDS

Kellen Winslow rivals Antonio Gates in pure talent at the tight end position and managed to finish a spot ahead of him in our week 2 fantasy tight end results...Winslow finished with 6 receptions for 100 yards (and a TD) in the Browns-Bengals slugfest. Gates, however, wasn't far behind and will likely finish the season with well over 1000 yards and a dozen TDs. Todd Heap caught 7 for 76 yards and a TD for the Ravens. Dallas Clark caught his first TD of the season (and Manning's only TD he threw against the Texans) in a nice 7 reception - 69 yard performance. Benjamin Watson got into the act in New England and managed to catch one of Brady's 3 TDs. Donald Lee and Bubba Franks each had a TD reception from QB Brett Favre in the Packer's week 2 win. Chris Cooley caught his TD on MNF. The Cardinal's Leonard Pope may finally start to look like a red zone threat in Arizona - Pope caught only one pass from Matt Leinart against Seattle, but it did happen to be a touchdown.

Top Fantasy Tight Ends - Week 2

TE

Rcptns

Rec Yards

TDs

Kellen Winslow
6
100
1
Antonio Gates
7
77
1
Todd Heap
7
76
1
Dallas Clark
7
69
1
Benjamin Watson
5
49
1
Donald Lee
4
35
1
Chris Cooley
2
25
1
Leonard Pope
1
30
1
Bubba Franks
4
20
1

 

 

News and Notes - Eli Manning was previously thought to miss at least a month with a shoulder injury, but somehow recovered and played decent in week 2 (ditto that for Cadillac Williams with his rib injury)...Kevin Everett's injury diagnosis was grim and deemed to be life threatening after his week 1 collusion on a kickoff, but Everett has improved and regained movement in his limbs...Bill Belichick will lose half a million dollars and the Patriots will lose a first round draft pick as a result of their "spying & lying" guilt, but New England remains as one of the two best teams in football (Indy is the other) and continued to prove it in their handling of the Chargers on Sunday...Brandon Jacobs (Giants) is planning on practicing soon, although he'll likely still miss the game this weekend...DeShawn Wynn played well enough for the Green Bay Packers to be a threat to Brandon Jackson as the primary starter...The Atlanta Falcons are seriously considering Byron Leftwich - if signed in the next week, Leftwich would compete with Joey Harrington and potentially become a viable fantasy option (albeit only a backup unless much more improves in Atlanta)...Shawn Alexander's wrist cast is of a little concern, but it shouldn't affect his playing time or his stats...Andre Johnson is likely to miss week 3 with a sprained knee and will need to be further evaluated prior to returning to the Texan lineup...Josh McCown will start again in week 3 for the Raiders...Kevin Jones will most likely get the bulk of the carries against the Eagles this weekend (making Tatum Bell a risky start)...The Saints are struggling at 0-2, but shouldn't be benched just yet - there is too much talent with Drew Brees, Reggie Bush, and Marques Colston to keep them down for long

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