Sept. 16, 2012; Jacksonville FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert (11) reacts as he walks off the field after their game against the Houston Texans at EverBank Field. The Texans won 27-7. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE
Every week I bring you the biggest impacts in the NFL for the top fantasy positions, whether good or bad. Here is the report for Week 2.
Quarterbacks are the most important players in football, generally speaking, and their impact in fantasy football grows more by the pass attempt as the league leans more and more toward "ALL PASSING ALL OF THE TIME!" In Week 2, we saw one quarterback go over 500 yards while one struggled to get to 50. These are the biggest impacts of Week 2 in fantasy football.
Oh yeah, that's why he was drafted No. 1. Against the Vikings, Luck was 20 of 31 for 224 yards, two touchdowns and 0 interceptions. That brings him to 533 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions through two games. Minnesota was also bad against Blaine Gabbert in Week 1, and he was terrible in Week 2, so you might want to target the Vikings' pass defense all year. Alex Smith has the benefit of seeing that defense next week, while Luck draws the Jaguars.
Brandon Weeden against the Bengals (NOT WORST QB EVER)
So a week after maybe the worst debut performance in NFL history, Weeden bounced back against Cincinnati. He was 26 of 37 for 322 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. While it's nice for Weeden, the bigger thing to notice here is that the Bengals might have one of the worst pass defenses in the league after also getting beaten up by Joe Flacco in Week 1. Weeden gets the Bills in Week 3, which is not a bad matchup at all, while Robert Griffin III might go crazy all over the Cincy defense next week.
Without Joe Haden on defense for Cleveland, Dalton had a nice day with 318 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Don't expect that every week or that the Browns are the same defense without Haden.
I thought that Palmer could be a nice sleeper play at quarterback this year after posting a career-high YPA in 2011, but the Raiders are awful. I wonder how concerned Dennis Allen is about that rotating door. Palmer threw for 373 yards but had one touchdown and one interception, and needed 48 pass attempts. He's thrown for 670 yards through two games, but has thrown it almost 100 times and has just two touchdowns.
Manning hadn't thrown for 400 yards in a game until just last season, and then he did it three times. This is a new era of football and especially in New York as they plan to throw for all the yards. Manning had 510 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions against Tampa Bay on 51 attempts. Despite the interceptions, that's a great day for fantasy and you can expect similar games going forward, proving that 2011 wasn't quite a fluke.
Joe Flacco against the Eagles (NOT GOOD)
I am not a Flacco fan, so let me preface it with that. He's inconsistent and just not a good option for fantasy football. He always claims he's getting better, but he doesn't. He tore up the Bengals in Week 1 and now that looks less impressive. However, it's worth noting that the Eagles destroyed Brandon Weeden's life in Week 1 and might be a great pass defense. John Skelton or Kevin Kolb gets Philly next week, while Flacco tries to bounce back from a 22-for-42, 232 yards, one touchdown, one interception day by facing the Patriots.
On the other side, Vick had 371 yards on only 32 attempts with a touchdown on the ground and in the air. He can still be deadly.
Cam Newton against the Saints (STILL DOING IT)
After no ground game in Week 1, Newton had 71 yards and a touchdown rushing while throwing for 253 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions on only 20 attempts.
Blaine Gabbert against the Texans (SO, SO, SO, SO BAD. THIS WEEK'S WEEDEN)
Last week against the Vikings: Great. This week against the Texans: Suicidal.
Gabbert was 7-of-19 for only 53 yards, but I guess on the bright side he didn't throw an interception? The Texans are another team that you have to reason with whether or not you should ever start any quarterback against them after they shutdown Gabbert and Ryan Tannehill. Not because those quarterbacks are great, but because they were embarrassed so badly. They get a huge test in a familiar face next week: Peyton Manning and the Broncos.
The former top pick is healthy and looking good. He had 310 yards, three touchdowns and one interception against Washington and is completing over 70 percent of his passes through two weeks with four touchdowns, one interception and over 8 yards per attempt. He coud prove to be worth starting in fantasy after all. He gets the Bears next week.
Sanchez definitely thought he was on the up-and-up after a solid three-touchdown Week 1 against Buffalo. Then he met a real defense in Pittsburgh. Sanchez was 10-of-27 for 138 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in a classic case of "The Two Sides of Mark Sanchez." Mostly though, we just see the bad side. He shouldn't be on any fantasy rosters. Tim Tebow (1 rush, 22 yards) is more valuable. Kinda kidding.
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