Week 2 provided some ups and downs all across the board. We are starting to see the cream rise to the top and the garbage sink to the bottom, so low and behold, here’s your Week 2 Studs and Duds.
This is a name I did not expect to see find this list so quickly. After only playing in 17 games since the beginning of the 2012 season it was reasonable to expect a learning curve for Lee to get back to his pre-injury form – and that’s assuming he was fully healthy. The Cowboys also felt the same and wanted to protect their blue chip linebacker, placing him at the WILL position in the pre-season and limiting his snaps. That went out the window almost immediately following the suspension of the ever controversial Rolondo McClain. Back in his MLB position Lee looks like he has not missed a step. Following up his already stellar week 1, here’s his stat line for week 2 – 9 solo tackles, 5 assists, 2 TFL, 2 PD’s making him the second highest scoring LB on the week. That is some serious stud material right there. At this pace he will be the #1 scoring LB this season – At only 29 years of age and only 40 total games played, buy now if you can, the reward is definitely worth the risk.
It’s always tough to put value on a DB but this dude is LEGIT. Did you watch that game on Thursday night? Peters was everywhere – 5 solos, 4 PD’s and an INT returned for a TD making him the most valuable defensive player on the week, outscoring the next closest CB by over a dozen points. This situation can go one of two ways, he will either continue his ball hawk ways and have possibly the best rookie season ever by a DB or opponents will begin to avoid throwing targets in his direction. If you own him it may be a great time to sell high, but I’d rather hang onto him, continue to plug him into my lineup, and see how this plays out.
I chose to go with Williams for two reason here. Not only did he have the best week by any RB, but he also will more than likely not get another shot at making the list with Le’Veon Bell coming back to reclaim the starting spot for the Steelers this week. With 20 attempts, DeAngelo averaged under 4 yards/carry, but found the endzone 3 times. Add in his 4 receptions for 15 yards and he finished the week with over 31 points in PPR formats. He will undoubtedly continue to get touches for the remainder of the season as he has shown great burst and vision in the first two games of the season, but the 34 year old’s workload will be significantly diminished moving forward. I expect 5-7 touches/game and the ability to vulture a TD here and there from Le’Veon. I hope those of you who picked him up to start the season enjoyed the ride because he probably won’t even crack any lineups for the remainder of the season.
Put very plainly, Jeremy Hill did not look good this week. Not only did he only gain 40 yards on 10 carries, but he got benched for losing 2 fumbles on the day. Great news for Gio Bernard owners, but not so much for those who invested heavily in Hill. This is not what you expect when plugging your RB1 into your lineup. However, I believe this to be an anomaly in the young players career. Maybe it was just the crappy field out in Oakland. He only lost 2 fumbles in 16 games in 2014 and still has the size advantage over the smaller change of pace Bernard. Breathe easy, because Hill will continue to get the volume and has the talent to finish the season as a top 10 player.
I’m starting to believe that the Saints may have been on to something when trading away Graham. It’s not every day you see a team trade an elite talent away for any amount of compensation. It was a move that shocked just about everyone that follows football. Week 2 provided another dud for the former stand out tight end. He was only targeted 2 times and came away with 1 reception for 11 yards. Not exactly what you want from someone you probably spent a 2nd round pick on. I’m not in panic mode just yet since he is still very young and getting acclimated to a new offense, but if the Seahawks can’t figure out how to use this elite weapon more effectively, and soon, it might be time to let him be someone else’s weekly disappointment.
I’m sure you have heard by now that the early returns on the star free agent have not lived up to expectations. We’re only 2 weeks into the season and there have now been 2 different fires that the Dolphins have had to put out. I know you’re probably saying “Why should I care, he’s just a DT?” and you would be right if this were any other player. Suh has the talent and the opportunity to become the Gronk of his own position much like he did for 3 out of his 5 seasons with the lowly Lions. With only 1 tackle in the game against the Jaguars he once again failed to make a contribution for not only his real life team, but your fantasy team as well. I know that I’m looking to find a trade partner who’s a Dolphins fan holding out hope that Suh will return to form.