With week 2 all but behind us, let me point out that this was an odd one for a fantasy football player. I mean, this week gave us Tom Brady looking miserable while Sam Bradford passed for over 300 yards and 3 TDs. Also, Adrian Peterson put up a pedestrian 6 fantasy points while C.J. Spiller and Reggie Bush combined for 59! It's crazy!
That aside, this week serves as a prime example that while it's nice to have those proven studs on your team, this game is about depth and if you look at some of these names below, well, they weren't first rounders. So remember, this is a team sport just like any other so you need to focus on all aspects of your team before your season gets flushed.
Top Performers by Position
Eli Manning, New York Giants– 31 of 51 for 510 yards 3 tds 3 interceptions (32 Points)
Eli Manning continues to impress in the midst of his career with increased production and results. With this 500 yard performance coupled with the iffy Giants running attack, Eli may have just vaulted himself into a top 5 fantasy QB on a weekly basis. Expect the good times to keep flowing for Eli owners.
Reggie Bush, Miami Dolphins– 26 rushes, 172 yards 2 tds. 3 rec, 25 yards (31 points)
Reggie Bush has longed to be a top tier back ever since he made it into the league. Now, with the Dolphins and with Daniel Thomas, his chief rival for carries injured, Bush has the chance to step up and show that he can be a 25+ carries a week guy. If this week is any indication of things to come, then Bush owners may be jumping off out of their skin with joy.
Hakeem Nicks/Victor Cruz, New York Giants– 21 rec, 378 yds, 2 tds (48 points)
With the increase in passing attempts and production from quarterback Eli Manning, the top beneficiaries are these two guys here. Cruz and Nicks showed the NFL what a true tandem of great wideouts can accomplish on the same team, much to the rejoice of anyone who had them. With both receivers so deadly, one will always face single coverage, leading them to big points.
Dante Rosario, San Diego Chargers- 4 rec 48 yards, 3 tds (22 points)
No Antonio Gates, no problem. With the late scratch of the Pro Bowl tight end, the Chargers were able to get Rosario into the scoring equation without a hitch. Don't expect this type of production routinely though as this day puts his career touchdowns from 5 to 8.
Lawrence Tynes, New York Giants- 4 fg, 3 extra points (15 points)
When you have a prolific offense, everyone shares in the points, including the kicker. Tynes, the Giants main kicking man, lit it up this week on a day when offense ruled the seven seas…er, fields.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins- 20-29 206 yds, 1 td, 1 int. 11 rushes, 82 yards 2 tds. (32 points)
RGIII once again takes the rookie spotlight with a dual edge attack that almost took his team to 2-0. Wins and losses aside, though, anyone who grabbed RGIII in a keeper league have got to be pretty happy right now, much like those of us who snagged Cam Newton a year ago.
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