Last Minute Emergency Lineup Changes: Week 2
The time has come again to shuffle your lineups and prepare yourself for some intense Fantasy Football action. Week 1 had some great stories and the entire league ended up having the most points scored ever for an opening weekend in the NFL. Last week I gave you advice on what last minute changes could be made to benefit your lineups and while I wasn’t right with all 5 players, I did have a couple of stars. The Colts Coby Fleener proved to be Andrew Luck’s second favorite target behind Reggie Wayne and Brandon Lafell, on the Carolina Panthers, showed the world what I told he would; he’s a scorer with ridiculous speed. This week offers up all new matchups which means there is a new set of sleepers that I feel will help build your lineup into a winning one. Heed my advice and come Tuesday, you can be the one bragging about the high score of the week.
Scott Chandler: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
While Buffalo got smacked around by the Jets last week, there were a few bright spots that the Bills were able to take away from the game. Stevie Johnson had two touchdowns and the 5th year Tight End out of Iowa, Scott Chandler, had another. Chandler is conceivably the Bills number two go to guy and now that Fred Jackson and David Nelson are out for at least month, Chandler should see even more passes come his way. He has a huge build and is often looked at by his QB, Ryan Fitzpatrick, once the Bills are in the redzone. Buffalo is playing the Kansas City Chiefs and when they had the same matchup last season, Buffalo went on to win 41-7 and Chandler found the endzone twice. I am expecting another huge game from not only Chandler, but the entire Buffalo team. With the crowd going wild at Ralph Wilson stadium, you can expect at least 12 targets for Chandler throughout the game. It will also be beneficial for Chandler with the Chiefs starting safety, Kendrick Lewis, and their starting cornerback, Brandon Flowers. both questionable with injuries for tomorrow’s game.
Predictions for week 2: 8 receptions for 125 yards and a touchdown
Denarius Moore: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
Week 1 for the Oakland Raiders shouldn’t be an indication of where the offense will end up this season. With a healthy Darren McFadden and an experienced Carson Palmer with an entire offseason under his belt, the Raiders will have one of the more formidable offenses in the NFL this season. While McFadden will garner the majority of touches for his offense, Palmer will still need to air some passes out to keep the opposing defenses honest. Darrius Heyward-Bey is the #1 receiver for the Raiders and will draw every one of the top defenders towards him. That will leave Denarius Moore in the open often and he will constantly be found with one-on-one coverage. Moore is a FA in a lot of leagues, and for the ones that he is owned in he usually isn’t a starter. I strongly suggest starting him this week because the Raiders #3 receiver, Jacoby Ford, is out with an injury and the Raiders are going up against arguably the worst team in the NFL, the Miami Dolphins. Moore missed the first week of the season with a minor hamstring injury, but he is now cleared to go. Moore led the Raiders in receiving TD’s last season and I expect him to show flashes of that talent again tomorrow.
Predictions for week 2: 7 receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown
Anquan Boldin: Sunday 1:00 PM EST
Coming into this season, there were not many people that still had faith in Anquan Boldin…besides myself. Everyone was saying how Torrey Smith is the only receiver worth mentioning on the Baltimore Ravens team and that Ray Rice will be the #2 receiver even though he is the starting tailback. Well, after week 1 some critics might being singing a different song since Anquan had twice the receptions that Torrey had and Boldin found the endzone which Smith did not. The Ravens QB, Joe Flacco, made a bold statement during the offseason, stating that he is the best QB in the NFL. After the Ravens impressive 44-point outburst in week 1, his argument got a little stronger. Ray Rice will always draw the attention of multiple defenders and Boldin will more often then not find himself with one-on-one coverage. The Ravens do have a formidable defensive opponent this week in the Philadelphia Eagles, but I strongly believe that Boldin will find the endzone for the second straight week. While his receptions and yards total might not be outstanding, his overall fantasy impact will make him an easy start for the flex position in majority of fantasy leagues.
Predictions for week 2: 5 receptions for 80 yards and a touchdown
Alfred Morris: Sunday 4:05 PM EST
IT’S NOT A FLUKE!!! I know that Mike Shanahan is notorious for having no set #1 running back, but I think all that has changed. Week 1 marked a more than impressive debut of Alfred Morris for the Washington Redskins, as the rookie out of Florida Atlantic had 2 TD’s and 96 yards on the ground. He entered the game as the #3 back for the Skins but ended the game as the clear #1. The chemistry between Morris and the rookie sensation RG3 looked so good that I believe it will be a tandem to recon with for years to come. The impressive performance by Morris in week 1 came against a respectable New Orleans Saints defense and in week 2 he has the luxury of going up against the laughable St. Louis Rams defense. Morris is a must start in every league with 8 teams or more. With RG3 demanding every defenders attention because of his ability to not only gun the ball, but the fact that he can roll out of the pocket at any given moment and sprint faster than majority of QB’s in the game, Morris will find himself in a lot of favorable offensive situations. I feel bad for both Roy Helu and Evan Royster, who will see all of their playing time and touches diminish as RG3 and Morris take over the NFL. I am expecting Morris to have as big, if not bigger, of a game then he had in week 1.
Predictions for week 2: 20 carries for 115 yards and 2 touchdowns, 3 receptions for 30 yards
Randy Moss: Sunday 8:20 PM EST
I chuckled a little while I was typing Moss’ name because I never thought that he would be relevant again in the NFL. I guess the jokes on me because Randy’s week 1 performance was more than any San Francisco 49ers fan could have hoped for. Besides my Jets game, this matchup between the Lions and 49ers is the game I am looking forward to the most. Last seasons infamous handshake between Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh is the main reason why, but the fact that both of these teams are extremely exciting to watch is the other reason. The game will be close throughout and I think offense will dominate on both sides. The 49ers QB, Alex Smith, looks as if he is coming into his own and his receiving core are reaping the benefits. While Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis are the top two targets, Moss proved in week 1 that he is not someone to be taken lightly. I honestly think the Moss will be the go to guy when it comes to the redzone playbook for San Fran. With Mario Manningham demanding some attention as well, Moss will rarely have more than a single defender on him. Randy Moss is one of the greatest receivers in NFL history and I think he knows that his best chance at a Super Bowl ring at this point in his career is with these 49ers. Plus this is a prime time game on Sunday Night Football and no one loves the spotlight like Moss does. Look for another big game from the rejuvenated Moss.
Predictions for week 2: 5 receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown
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