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Monday, September 16, 2013

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Week two gave us some big fantasy games that you were either very happy you weren’t against or had on your side or down in the dumps that you faced. Here are a few of the best.



Washington’s defense has now given up 511.5 yards a game over their first two games and 480 of those came from Aaron Rodgers’ arm. Rodgers also threw for four touchdowns and now has 813 passing yards and seven touchdowns in his first two games. Just for fun let’s see how many yards that extrapolates out to for the season.  That would be 6,504 yards passing and 56 touchdown passes. I think that would be a record or something. Unfortunately he will not own the Packers single game passing record by himself.  He has to share it with Packer legend Matt Flynn who now backs up Terrelle Pryor.



Half of Eddie Royal’s receptions have been touchdowns this season. This stat is a little crazier when you realize he’s had 10 receptions. Yesterday he caught seven passes for 90 yards and three touchdowns, this after a three catch, two touchdown game.  He is bound to regress, but it’s pretty fun to watch.



The 49ers usually aren’t the defense giving up Weekend Winner numbers, but Marshawn Lynch always plays them well and last night he had a great game with 135 total yards and three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air.



Philip Rivers and Michael Vick both threw for 400+ yards and totaled three touchdowns each, Vick with one on the ground.  The two teams totaled 1,050 yards, which means their defenses aren’t so hot, but both of these quarterbacks have put up numbers that far exceed what we expected.



If I were to draft a team right now DeSean Jackson would have to be in my top 5 wide receivers.  He caught 9 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown against the Chargers. He leads the league in receiving yards with 297 and it doesn’t seem out of the norm with the up-tempo offense, no defense and Jackson’s place as the only real receiving threat on the team.



The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a good defense that can’t seem to keep tight ends from blowing them up. This week it was the best one, Jimmy Graham. He caught 10 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown.  He leads all tight ends in receptions and yards on the season.



Julio Jones has taken over with Roddy White nursing his high ankle sprain.  He had 182 yards and a touchdown against the Rams, which are his most yards ever in a game. As long as Roddy White is less than 100% Jones will continue to get the bulk of the targets.



Calvin Johnson rebounded from a poor Week 1 to catch six passes for 116 yards and two touchdowns. Last season he totaled five touchdowns so this is a nice start for a rebound in the touchdown department, i.e. the fantasy football department.



The Denver Broncos' running back situation might be a little clearer now after a big game from Knowshon Moreno. He rushed 13 times for 93 yards and two touchdowns while Montee Ball rushed 12 times for 17 yards and had a red zone fumble.



After Eddie Lacy left the game early with a concussion James Starks had a big day with 20 carries for 132 yards and a touchdown and another 36 yards on four receptions. Eddie Lacy owners will be crying themselves to sleep the rest of the week.



After a tough Week 1 Dez Bryant put on a receiving clinic against Brandon Flowers in the first half. He finished the game with nine receptions for 141 yards and a touchdown and is back on track for a monster season.



After no receptions Week one, many, including myself, were worried about James Jones’ usage this season. But much like Peyton Manning does with receivers who were left out the week before, Aaron Rodgers targeted Jones 12 times, which he caught a whopping 11 of for 178 yards.



As Shannon Sharpe says, “a closed mouth doesn’t get fed,” and Mike Wallace chirped his way to 9 receptions on 11 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown. Ryan Tannehill has looked good so far and should be able to keep Wallace happy.

Chet Gresham writes Target Watch and The Morning After for and is the founder of The Fake Football. Chet can be found on Twitter .
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