Jahvid Best is the new Barry Sanders
Week 2 of the NFL season saw more than a few upsets, and that in turn created some upsets for many fantasy owners. Anyone brave enough to start Best with his starting QB out was rewarded with 232 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Did anyone else notice how Best looked like Barry Sanders on Tecmo Super Bowl… running around defenders and juking guys right out of their cleats? I was waiting for the theme music to come on after his third touchdown!
Meanwhile, owners banking on the #1 overall pick, Chris Johnson, coming through for them were sorely disappointed when he turned in 53 total yards and failed to find the endzone. Johnson isn't going to face the Steelers every week and the Lions aren't going to be able to put 32 points on the scoreboard every week, so make sure you keep it all in perspective when someone offers you a trade this week.
Matt Schaub: Schaub made up for his first week disappointment this week when he finished with 497 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. The Texans need to cut down on the five sacks, but Schaub is showing why he is drafted as an elite QB1 in most formats.
Donovan McNabb: McNabb went from my sit list in Week 1, to my start list in Week 2 and lived up to the billing both times. This week McNabb finished with 426 passing yards and a touchdown. I would have liked to see more points with that many yards, but fantasy points are fantasy points and McNabb did exactly what his owners needed him to do.
Jahvid Best: Best was the whole Lions offense with Matthew Stafford out. And, while the Lions lost, his fantasy owners won with his monster coming out party. I wouldn't expect this from the rookie every week, but the kid obviously has the talent to be a fantasy beast for years to come.
Jason Snelling: The only reason I am even mentioning Snelling here is because I have already seen a flood of owners running to the waiver wire and snatching him up. Look, Michael Turner could have went back into the game, but it was a route and Snelling saw 24 carries and five receptions… which he will have a hard time matching the whole rest of the season if Turner stays healthy. Don't waste the move on picking up Snelling.
Andre Johnson: When your QB makes this list, you can almost bet money a WR on his team will also be on it. Johnson is the go-to guy on the Texans roster and he showed why he holds #1 overall WR status as he finished with 12 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. Not to be outdone, Kevin Walter chipped in 11 catches for 144 yards and a score. When times are good, they are really good!
Mike Sims-Walker: Sims-Walker was held without a catch in Week 1, prompting many owners to bench him this week. But, instead of going into a slump, Sims-Walker rattled off 10 catches for 105 yards and a TD against the Chargers this week. QB issues can be a bother to his fantasy numbers, but he is the #1 guy in the Jaguars passing game for sure.
Dustin Keller: Keller is quickly moving up the TE ladder as he becomes one of Mark Sanchez's favorite targets to throw to. He finished this week with 7 catches for 115 yards and a score and led all TEs in fantasy points in standard scoring formats. You can try and trade for him now, but you may have missed that window by a week.
Pittsburgh Steelers Defense: The Steelers shut down the #1 overall pick in any fantasy football league and held the Titans to 11 points. Not only that, but they added 4 sacks, 4 recovered fumbles, 3 INTs and a special teams touchdown, which should count for defensive points in all formats. They are healthy and back to being one of the most dominant defenses in the league this year.
Carson Palmer: I warned you to sit Palmer this week and I was right. He finished the game with 167 passing yards, no TDs and no INTs. The Bengals won and I know Palmer will gladly take the win regardless of his stats, but fantasy owners want stats, not wins.
Brett Favre:I have not been a Favre fan for a few years now, but he is really showing his age in 2010. On the field Favre doesn't seem to have the drive to compete at the same level he once did, and it shows with his 225 passing yards, 3 INTs and no TDs this week. He threw seven INTs all last season, and he already has four in the first two games this season.
Chris Johnson: Take a good look here, because you are unlikely to see Johnson's name on this list again this season. The Steelers have one of the best defenses in the league and they simply shut Johnson down this weekend. Chalk it up as a one week fluke and forget about it as of right now.
Maurice Jones-Drew: MJD was the victim of the Jaguars playing from behind the whole game. Still, finishing with 48 total yards is a hard pill to swallow and owners should feel confident starting him against an Eagles defense that allowed Best to have a career day in just his second NFL game.
Anquan Boldin: Even though Boldin has Joe Flacco throwing him the ball, he still only managed 5 receptions for 35 yards with no redzone visits in Week 2. The Ravens could have a very nice offense if Flacco and crew get on the same page, but the Bengals stout defense shut them down and killed fantasy teams in the process.
Greg Jennings: I expected far more from Jennings while going up against the Buffalo Bills this weekend. But, instead of stud numbers, I got 3 receptions for an empty 33 yards and a loss with the team I started him on. Thanks for nothing Mr. Jennings!
Tony Gonzalez: It is so hard to watch a Hall of Fame player fade from what he once was, and that is exactly what Gonzalez is doing in front of my eyes. This week he finished with a modest 2 receptions for 19 yards, even though Matt Ryan completed 21 passes for 225 yards and 3 TDs this week. Gonzalez isn't the elite TE he used to be and I would be a seller of him.
Philadelphia Eagles Defense: Not much you can do when you run up against a career game from a rookie I guess. The Eagles defense allowed 32 points while getting just 2 sacks and 2 INTs on the day. This defense is better than this, but this still hurts and there is no bright side to this tragedy.