Week 2 Fantasy Risers and Fallers
There were plenty of risers and fallers in the season’s debut week. Many surprises came from players drafted in a late round if they were even drafted! Many fallers came from players who seemed to be set for a breakout year in 2012. Let’s take a look at five risers and fallers from week 1 of the 2012 season.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers
Cobb totaled 212 yards on Sunday including a 75 yard punt return. It’s clear the Packers want Cobb to play more of a role in the offense and develop into a feature receiver. The Packers are taking any opportunity they can to get Cobb into space so he can use his playmaking skills in isolation.
Stephen Hill, WR, New York Jets
Concerns about the Jets’ offense, especially at receiver, were alleviated yesterday as Hill set at Jets debut record for receivers with 2 touchdowns and 84 receiving yards. He is only the fifth player in the last 25 years to score two touchdown in a debut. I was concerned about Hill’s adjustment to the NFL from a run and option heavy Georgia Tech, but he certainly seems to be adjusting just fine in a surprisingly productive Jets’ offense.
Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots
Ridley runs HARD. He’s a much more aggressive and quicker runner than BenJarvus Green-Ellis was for the Patriots, and they should utilize the running game more this year. With Shane Vereen out of the lineup due to injury, Ridley will secure his role as the starting running back as long as he continues to run as he did against the Titans Week 1. So long as Tom Brady is under center, Ridley and the Pats’ running game won’t see too many loaded boxes either which will continue to keep running lanes open for Ridley.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, Dallas Cowboys
In NFL.com leagues, Ogletree was only owned in 0.4% of leagues prior to Wednesday’s game. If you haven’t already tried to add him via the waiver wire, close this window, add him immediately if your depth could use some work, and then obviously come back to my article. I’m not going to go as far as making him a concrete starter next week, but if you’re shaky at wide receiver, Ogletree is certainly someone you should pick up. Think about what Laurent Robinson was able to do in a similar spot last year. First of all, Dez Bryant has only one game over 100 yards receiving in his career. Miles Austin is about to pull his hammy any minute now. Ogletree, whether Bryant or Austin are always active or not, could be serviceable. Week 1 was certainly promising.
CJ Spiller, RB, Buffalo Bills
CJ Spiller’s 169 rushing yards Sunday was the most by a Bills running back since OJ Simpson’s 173 yard performance against the Jets in 1975. Spiller amassed that total on only fourteen carries. Continue to monitor Fred Jackson’s injury, but even if Jackson is back next Sunday, Spiller is obviously a pleasant surprise to many owners who had him tucked away on the bench last week.
Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants
I’m not suggesting that you start benching Cruz or anything like that, but he has more drops than AT & T’s phone service. Even when wide open, Cruz often looks upfield instead of watching the ball into his hands. You need to pray that he’ll continue making circus catches on the other hand to redeem himself.
David Wilson, RB, New York Giants
David Wilson was pulled from the first team offense after an early fumble against Dallas; even worse for Wilson’s stock, Ahmad Bradshaw got a healthy dose of redzone carries, including a rushing touchdown on the night. I like Wilson and to me, him crying after his fumble showed his hunger and desire to help the team, not weakness. Wilson could bounce back and prove himself, but he has to take care of the football or he won’t get those opportunities with the first team offense. Coughlin doesn’t allow that.
Any RB going against the 49ers Defense
I am still confident that Cedric Benson could provide some value, and I believe his 18 yards on 9 carries Sunday was attributed more to the 49ers defense, not Benson. The 49ers allowed 35 rushing yards altogether on the night, so be mindful of your playmakers’ matchups each week and watch out for this defense!
Chris Johnson, RB, Tennessee Titans
I came close to surpassing Johnson’s rushing total Sunday. No, seriously. Johnson totaled a whopping 4 yards on the ground. He gets hit with a swarm of defenders as soon as he gets the ball. He’s disappointing himself, but a lot of his shortcomings rest with his offensive line. Either way, his consensus first round grade should be re-evaluated.
Jon Baldwin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs
Not only was Jon Baldwin catchless on Sunday, but he wasn’t even targeted once in the game. Dexter McCluster on the other hand was targeted ten times. That’s coming on a day where Matt Cassel threw 33 times. Very disappointed in Baldwin.
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