Week 2 Fantasy Blitzkrieg
Talk about a game of two halves. The Viking poured it on early. Adrian Peterson had 27 touches for 141 yards and 2 TDs. Percy Harvin was very active with 94 yards as well without even playing a majority of the snaps.
Unlike last week, the Bucs decided to use LeGarrette Blount when they were down. Blount had 13 carries for 71 yards including 2 TDs. He was stumbling and bumbling, while running, but carried the Bucs on his back. Unknown WR Preston Parker showed up for the oft injured Sammie Stroughter by catching 6 for 98 yards. Arrelious Benn came out of nowhere for a 25 yard TD, his only catch. The Bucs defense swarmed McNabb and the rest of the Vikings in the second half, looking good in the process.
It looked like Santonio Holmes was in pain when he caught the great end zone grab to start off the Jets passing game early vs. the Jags. Shonn Greene looked like a back that needed 18 touches to get 55 yards: indecisive and heavy-footed. TE Dustin Keller caught everything thrown his way, finishing 6-101 and a TD on as many targets.
MJD did the best he could with what he was given, a quarterback that threw for 4 interceptions! MJD still managed to get 107 yards on 21 touches, despite only 111 yards of passing offense. I hope the Luke McCown experiment is over and the Blaine Gabbert experience begins.
Its obvious Kerry Collins is still building chemistry with his receivers, especially Austin Collie. Collins targeted Collie 10 times, but only 3 of those were caught. Reggie Wayne was active with 4-66 yards, but that isn’t the numbers you expected when you drafted him. There is no point of trying to sell the Colts receivers so either find someone better on the waivers or hold on. I did like that the Colts are sticking to the run. Joseph Addai finished with 101 combined yards and Delone Carter got in the act running 11 times for 46 yards.
The Browns made it the Peyton Hillis show. Hillis pounded the ball for 117 yards combined with 2 TDs. Evan Moore showed up in the end zone, second week in a row, for a 16 yard TD. This was his only catch. The Browns WRs are not fantasy relevant right now. Check back in October.
Have you heard the joke, how old does Frank Gore look? If you have him in fantasy, this isn’t a joke. Gore has lost his burst, his o-line hasn’t gelled yet, and Alex Smith can’t establish a passing game that scares defenses. Rookie Kendall Hunter got zero touches in this game, but that won’t continue for long.
For the Dallas side, it was the Miles Austin show, within the Cowboy receiver catching 9-143 and 3 TDs. It didn’t matter who was throwing the ball, as both Jon Kitna and Tony Romo completed scoring strikes to him. Romo suffered broken ribs, left the game, and came back after Kitna threw 2 interceptions in 10 attempts. Romo had a great game in spite of that, throwing 20-33 attempts for 345 yards and 2 TDs. Reports are varied on if Romo will miss time due to those injuries.
The Monday night game was a sloppy one to start. Hakeem Nicks got things going with a short TD catch from Eli Manning but finished the night with a pedestrian 3 receptions for 15 yards. From the naked eye, Nicks did not look completely healthy. The Giants defense got a huge lift when a backward lateral intended for Caddy Williams was returned for a long TD from LB Michael Boley. Ahmad Bradshaw had a very balanced night, chipping in 104 yards total in an attempt to keep the Rams off the field.
Without the explosive Danario Alexander’s efforts (3-122 yards and 1 TD), the Rams would have not stayed in the game. Sam Bradford completed less than 48% of his passes for 331 yards, but it wasn’t completely his fault. Rookie Greg Salas looked like a rookie, catching 4 passes for 27 yards out of 8 targets. He looked to be out of sorts on Monday Night Football — so much for replacing Danny Amendola on prime time. It will come, just not right away.