Fantasy Football Team: Week 2 Preview

My team goes into it’s second game after suffering a loss in week one.  This week, The Johnny Utahs present a whole new set of challenges.  The Utahs, named after Keanu Reeves’s character in Point Break (the original), features Arian Foster, Phillip Rivers, and Dez Bryant.

The team must be on it’s game all day to prevent another late collapse like last week.  The addition of New England tight end Aaron Hernandez will give me an upgrade in the red zone over Lance Kendricks, the player he replaced.

Hernandez exploded for 103 yards on seven receptions and a touchdown in week one.  The second year player is often featured in two and three tight end sets in the Patriots offense.

I also decided to drop Kyle Orton in favor of Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman.  Grossman looked new and improved in his first game against the New York Giants, passing for 305 yards and two touchdowns.  Matt Ryan will sit for the second week in a row.  Ryan is playing against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Expectations run high for Matt Forte, Andre Johnson, and Mario Manningham, who have favorable match-ups in their second game.

Kenny Britt faces a tough test against the Baltimore Ravens, a defense that looked unstoppable against the Pittsburgh Steelers in week one.  Britt was a favorite receiver for new quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, hauling in five of his ten targets.

Here’s the situation before week two games begin:

Fantasy Football Team Week 1 Recap

As it turns out, my fantasy football team lost it’s first match against Hank Kingsley’s HeyNow Jamboree.  But last week’s setback wasn’t a complete loss.  I learned some things.

I was reminded that a few players are sometimes all it takes to send your opponent back to the drawing board.  Unfortunately, I was the owner that suffered the consequences as players like Tom Brady and Ray Rice destroyed their real-life opposition and my fantasy team alike.  Here are the stats they amassed:

Tom Brady:  32/48  for 517 yds, 4 td, 1 int  with 1 rush  for  3 yds

Ray Rice:  19 rush  for 107 yds, 1 td with 4 rec for 42 yds, 1 td

These game breaking performances were good for a total of 60 fantasy points which was enough to give HeyNow Jamboree a 114-93 victory in my fantasy season opener.

I also realized some things about my team.

The first thing I realized is that the Chicago Bears defense/special teams is sicker than I was when I had allergies last week.  And yes, I mean sick in a good way.  The Bears ate the Atlanta Falcons alive on the way to a 30-12 win in the Windy City.  The only problem with that statement is that my starting quarterback is the QB for those same Dirty Birds; a team that allowed five sacks, lost two fumbles, and gave up a defensive touchdown on Sunday.  Falcons QB Matt Ryan struggled to escape the pass rush and only found the end zone once.

Lastly,  I learned that gambling on rookie tight ends isn’t worth the risk.  I drafted rookie St. Louis Rams TE Lance Kendricks in the last round of my draft.  Kendricks was praised as a popular sleeper pick by many fantasy experts.  It was hard not to take the rookie after he compiled 155 yards receiving and three touchdowns in the preseason.

After hauling in one catch for 18 yards in week one, I dropped Kendricks.  To replace him, I picked up Patriots TE Aaron Hernandez off waivers.

Here’s a look at my team as it stands:

I’ll post an update before the games on Sunday.  Hopefully my team will have better luck this week against The Johnny Utahs.

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I’m thinking about doing my own weekly positional rankings for fantasy football.  I’ll keep you posted on that.

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