Tony Romo – The Cowboys surprised a lot of people last week opening the season with a convincing win against the reigning Super Bowl champions. Tony Romo has been a strong QB in fantasy every year, but with a healthy receiving core and a run game to protect the lead, Romo will be able to cut down on mistakes and ill-advised throws. The emergence of Kevin Ogletree also helps give Romo that 4th or 5th option on passing plays. Even against a strong Seattle defense in Seattle, he should be a solid must start.
Robert Griffin III – In what was arguably the game of Week 1, Griffin wasted no time showing why the Redskins went after him and why fantasy owners were salivating over his potential. He is bordering must start status, and if he produces this week anything like last week he will be. Griffin had designed run plays and showed a keen ability to find his open receiver. The Rams held strong against the Lions last week, but Redskins have more balance that the pass happy Lions.
Under the radar
Andrew Luck – After a tough start to his NFL career, Luck will see a somewhat softer defense this week against eh Vikings. He had flashes last week against the Bears and could be a in for a much better day against a Vikings pass defense that gave up 260 yards through the air to the Jaguars.
Others to consider: Matt Ryan – Many owners likely got Ryan after the Elite top 5 QBs went in their drafts, but the Falcons are serious about airing the ball out this season, and Ryan has the personnel to do it. Christian Ponder – Ponder had 270 yards passing last week, but more importantly he was 20 for 27 with no interceptions, and despite a fumbled ball, looks to be a serviceable play this week against the Colts. The return of AP doesn’t hurt for opening up the passing game either.
CJ Spiller – With Fred Jackson out, and with my condolences to Fred Jackson owners, the Bills finally have an excuse to unleash Spiller and gauge his true potential. It’s quite possible that drafting F-Jax becomes more like drafting Freddy Jackson. The Bills offense is set to run through Spiller, and he has big play ability. He is a strong start in both standard and PPR leagues this week against the Chiefs.
Stevan Ridley – The Patriots have long gone without a featured running back, but Stevan Ridley reminded the Pats last week, just what it was like to have one. Ridley played 40 of 67 snaps touched the ball 23 of those 40 times. The Patriots are finding games are easier to close out when they run the clock out, and big leads and red zone plays will be Ridley’s to own late in games. Arizona is a struggling team and the Patriots should have no problem going up early on them.
Under the radar
Reggie Bush – Bush looked good to open the game and had 63 yards on 14 carries to go with 6 receptions for 46 yards. With Daniel Thomas likely out this week with a concussion, Bush will likely be featured with rookie Lamar Miller spelling him. While Reggie Bush is usually a no brainer in PPR formats, he looks good to start in most leagues this week.
Others to consider: Alfred Morris – The Redskins gave the ball to Morris 28 times, while his backups Roy Helu and Evan Royster totaled 4 carries. The threat of RG3 helps to open holes and as long as Morris is getting the majority of the carries he is safe to play against a middle of the road Rams D. BenJarvis Green-Ellis – Ever the plodding back, the Law Firm got his the yards blocked for him and not much more, but the yards should be there this week against the Browns.
Stevie Johnson – If the Chiefs are without Brandon Flowers for yet another week, Johnson could have a big day against the Chiefs. However, even if Flowers does play Johnson is capable of putting up solid numbers, especially with the Bills losing David Nelson for the season. Ryan Fitzpatrick will likely lean on Johnson when the Bills aren’t going to CJ Spiller.
Marques Colston – The loss of Robert Meachem in free agency and Devery Henderson (concussion) last week will tighten Drew Brees’ ability to spread the ball out this week. He saw 11 targets last week and missed out on a TD that was fumbled into the back of the end zone. Colston should continue to see the same number of targets this week against Carolina.
Under the radar
Aldrick Robinson – Pierre Garcon has been battling a foot injury he suffered last week, and is questionable for Week 2 against the Rams. Robinson filled in for Garcon seamlessly and could be in for a productive day in the event that Garcon is sidelined. Owners of Garcon beware and prepare.
Others to consider: Eric Decker – Peyton Manning clearly favors Eric Decker and his route running. Decker would have a TD to add to his 5/54 stat line were a red zone pass not just out of reach. Reggie Wayne – Andrew Luck looked for Wayne often in Week and that should continue this week as he is Luck’s most reliable and experienced receiver. The Vikings have not shown an improved pass defense from last year either.
Jared Cook – Towards the end of last season Cook showed that he could be a reliable pass catching tight end, and the Titans have awarded him with more playing time. He led the Titans in receiving yards last week and was targeted 6 times. If he can continue with at least an average of 5-7 targets per game he will be solid all season long.
Jacob Tamme – There was some dissension amongst fantasy analyst whether Tamme would be the go to tight end with Joel Dreessen signed to the Broncos. Those questions were answered against the Steelers, and Tamme clearly has Peyton Manning’s trust. He should be a solid play against the Falcons as Manning continues to regain his arm strength and will look for more short passes.
Under the radar
Coby Fleener – Fleener had 6 catches for 82 yards last week and though some came in garbage time, it’s clear that Andrew Luck trusts his college teammate. This should make Fleener a strong play with a lack of receiving options for the Colts due to injury.
Others to consider: Brandon Pettigrew – On a pass happy team, Pettigrew will continue to benefit from the attention that Calvin Johnson and Titus you will draw in the secondary. Even against a stout 49ers defense Pettigrew is a solid play. Martellus Bennett – Eli Manning made players like Jake Ballard and Kevin Boss fantasy relevant, and Bennett looks like the next in line. It will be interesting to see if Bennett peaked early due to playing his former team or if he is truly coming into his own.
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.