Week 2 recap: Beyond the Box Score
San Diego 33
- The Eagles can score, but their defense is far less prolific, as we found out this weekend. The Eagles defense gave up 539 yards of total offense to the Chargers, who aren't exactly an offensive juggernaut. It may be time to start taking this Philip Rivers fantasy comeback seriously. Eddie Royal, who had never had a multi-touchdown game prior to last weekend, caught seven passes for 90 yards and scored three touchdowns. Royal now has five touchdowns in two games. While it is hard to totally dismiss it as a fluke, it is hard to imagine him keeping this pace up over the course of a full season.
- The one takeaway from this game, aside from the fact that DeSean Jackson (nine catches for 193 yards and a touchdown) is on pace to be a legitimate top-10 fantasy wide receiver this season, is that Michael Vick is taking too many hits. Vick had another monster game, throwing for 428 yards and a pair of touchdowns and also ran for 23 yards and a score, but if he keeps taking as many big hits as he has in the first two weeks, he may not hold up over the remainder of the year.
- Reggie Bush suffered a knee injury in this game and is slated to undergo an MRI on Monday. If he is forced to miss any time, Joique Bell is a must-start in all fantasy leagues. In case you were worried, Calvin Johnson (six catches for 118 yards and two touchdowns) is still really good.
- Larry Fitzgerald will continue to gut it out despite a hamstring injury; he had just two catches for 33 yards this past week. Fitzgerald is likely to play in Week 3 against New Orleans, but clearly the injury is taking away from his overall effectiveness.
New Orleans 16
Tampa Bay 14
- Doug Martin ran for 144 yards on 29 carries, but it wasn't enough for the Buccaneers offense to pull out a victory. Josh Freeman continues to struggle with his accuracy. Aside from Vincent Jackson, there is little else to love in Tampa Bay.
New York Giants 23
- The Manning Bowl lived up to the hype as Peyton (30-for-43, 307 yards and two touchdowns) got the better of Eli (28-for-49, 362 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions).
- David Wilson didn't fumble, but the Giants struggled to run the football for the second consecutive week. Wilson ran for just 17 yards on seven carries.Brandon Jacobs had more carries than yards in his first game back with the Giants, but did fall forward from the one-yard line for a touchdown in the third quarter. Jacobs will be a factor on the goal-line, but Wilson will be counted on to get it going everywhere else on the field. The time to buy low on Wilson is now.
- Both Julius Thomas and Wes Welker scored for the second straight game. Knowshon Moreno was impressive on the ground, rushing for 93 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 13 carries. Rookie Montee Ball got 12 carries, but managed only 16 yards. Moreno is the only Broncos running back worthy of fantasy consideration - as a starter - going forward.
- Darren McFadden ran for 129 yards on 19 carries and Terrelle Pryor added 50 yards on 9 rushes as the Raiders dominated the Jaguars, who finally scored an offensive touchdown in the fourth quarter. The addition of Chad Henne under center didn't translate into immediate results for Jacksonville's offense.
San Francisco 3
- Richard Sherman and the Seattle Seahawks defense were the storyline in this game as Colin Kaepernick had one of the worst games of his career, managing to still post a solid fantasy-line, rushing for 87 yards and throwing for 127 yards, but was picked off three times.
- Anquan Boldin was matched up one-on-one with Sherman for most of the game and was shutdown, catching just one pass for seven yards. Frank Gore ran for just 16 yards on nine carries as the 49ers looked out of sync offensively the entire game
- Marshawn Lynch led the Seahawks to the win, rushing for 98 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 26 carries and also scoring a receiving touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Lynch is one of the few matchup proof players in fantasy football.