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September 18, 2012 posted by Dan Stack

2012 Fantasy Football: The Weekend 411 from FP911 (Week 2)

2012 Fantasy Football: The Weekend 411 from FP911 (Week 2)
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Eli Manning, New York Giants, QB

Week 2 did not disappoint, as there were plenty of exciting finishes, awesome performances and bizarre occurrences. As usual there were plenty of studs, dud and breakout performances to discuss.

You’ll read all about it here, as I dissect and analyze the weekend that was. Without further ado, here is the Weekend 411 from FP911.

Stud of the week

Eli Manning: New York Giants

While Manning did throw three interceptions, he more than made up for it by passing for a whopping 510 yards and three touchdowns. Manning probably carried many owners to victories this week.

Other studs of note:  Reggie Bush, Arian Foster, Ben Tate, Andy Dalton, Dwayne Bowe, C.J. Spiller, Matt Cassel, Michael Vick, Brent Celek, DeSean Jackson, Percy Harvin, Cam Newton, Drew Brees, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Vincent Jackson, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz, Danny Amendola, Marshawn Lynch, Carson Palmer, Phil Rivers, Malcom Floyd, Ben Roethlisberger, Vernon Davis, Willis McGahee and Roddy White.

Dud of the week

Larry Fitzgerald: Arizona Cardinals

There were plenty of candidates here, but Fitzgerald takes the cake here with only one reception for a measly four yards. If your team upends the Patriots on the road, you would think “Fitz” would be involved, but nope he was a total non-factor.

Other duds of note:  Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Jermichael Finley, Darren McFadden, Blaine Gabbert, Greg Olsen, Andre Johnson, Jamaal Charles, Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Donald Brown, Beanie Wells, Marques Colston, Fred Davis, Santana Moss, DeMarco Murray, Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, Chris Johnson, Jared Cook, Nate Washington, Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Titus Young, Randy Moss and Julio Jones.

Rookies of impact

Lamar Miller: Miami Dolphins

Although he is clearly behind Reggie Bush on the Dolphins running back depth chart, Miller could have permanently moved past Daniel Thomas with his performance on Sunday, when he ran for 65 yards and one touchdown on 10 carries.

Ryan Tannehill: Miami Dolphins

After an ugly performance in his debut, Tannehill showed the skills on Sunday that made him such a coveted prospect in the first place. Tannehill looked poised in the pocket while passing for 200 yards and a touchdown while also scoring an additional touchdown on the ground.

Brandon Weeden: Cleveland Browns

Just like Tannehill, Weeden improved by leaps and bounds in his second game, as he posted 322 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns, RB

Trent Richardson: Cleveland Browns

The most-hyped rookie running back entering the NFL this year delivered on his promise this week, when he rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown while also recording four catches for 36 yards and a touchdown.

Andrew Luck: Indianapolis Colts

Luck was much more efficient in Week 2, as he passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns while throwing no interceptions.

Robert Griffin III: Washington Redskins

RGIII was splendid once again and just has the looks of a future star. On Sunday, Griffin threw for 206 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 82 yards and two touchdowns.

Daryl Richardson: St. Louis Rams

It appears that Richardson and not Isaiah Pead, is Steven Jackson’s main backup in St. Louis.  Richardson looked good on Sunday en route to him racking up 83 yards on 15 carries.

Russell Wilson: Seattle Seahawks

Rookie quarterbacks had a great day across the board this weekend, and Wilson was no different. Wilson looked great in the Seahawks’ route of the Cowboys, as he was 15-20 for a 151 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for an additional 28 yards.

Injuries of impact

Matt Forte, Chicago Bears, RB

Matt Forte: Chicago Bears

Forte will likely be out anywhere from 2-6 weeks with an ankle sprain.

Aaron Hernandez: New England Patriots

It looks like Hernandez will be out of commission for a few weeks with a high ankle sprain.

Ahmad Bradshaw: New York Giants

Early in the Giants’ victory over the Buccaneers, Bradshaw had to leave the game with a neck injury. The team is saying it’s a mild sprain, but they could play this one cautious seeing is that they play on Thursday night.

Jeremy Maclin: Philadelphia Eagles

Maclin will likely continue to be questionable with a hip pointer again.

Steven Jackson: St. Louis Rams

A groin injury could slow Jackson down in the coming weeks.

Breakouts of note (waiver wire material)

Brandon Myers: Oakland Raiders

It’s hard to see Myers becoming a focal point in the Raiders’ offense, but he was impressive on Sunday nonetheless with six catches for 86 yards.

Brian Hartline: Miami Dolphins

From time to time, Hartline can be useful like he was on Sunday (nine receptions for 111 yards) but it will be hard for him to sustain those type of numbers going forward.

Mohamed Massaquoi: Cleveland Browns

Massaquoi has been impressive before, so it’s going to take a lot more than a solid outing (five receptions for 90 yards) to get owners to start scooping him off the waiver wire.

Brandon Tate: Cincinnati Bengals

Tate has shown big-play ability before, but we’re going to need to see more of this (three receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown) before we can start to trust him.

Christian Ponder: Minnesota Vikings

The sophomore signal-caller looked good on Sunday (27-35 for 245 yards and two touchdowns) while trying to go toe to toe with Andrew Luck. Ponder makes for a solid backup QB.

Donnie Avery: Indianapolis Colts

Someone has to emerge as a second wide receiving option opposite Reggie Wayne in Indianapolis. Why not Avery? Avery did well enough on Sunday (nine receptions for 111 yards) to be considered a flier.

Andre Brown: New York Giants

With Bradshaw going down with a neck injury and David Wilson in Tom Coughlin’s doghouse, Brown came in on Sunday and did well enough (13 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown) that he should be considered a good handcuff for Bradshaw owners.

Martellus Bennett: New York Giants

Now that he has scored in two straight games, it may be time we start taking the emergence of Bennett seriously.

Sam Bradford: St. Louis Rams

Now that he appears to be fully healthy, Bradford looks like he is ready to rebound in 2012 and make for a solid start in some leagues. On Sunday, Bradford was marvelous when he put up 310 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Leonard Hankerson: Washington Redskins

Hankerson has a lot of talent and he could become a weapon RGIII starts to lean on if he puts up more performances like he had on Sunday (two receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown).

Jackie Battle: San Diego Chargers

Battle, who was once a hot pickup for when Jamaal Charles went down with an injury last year, also filled in admirably (14 carries for 69 yards and two touchdowns) on Sunday with the Chargers still down Ryan Mathews. However, since Mathews is expected back any day now, you should take a wait and see approach with Battle.

Dante Rosario: San Diego Chargers

Also filling in on a whim for the Chargers was Rosario. The tight end, who was stepping up in the absence of Antonio Gates, was spectacular while recording four receptions for 48 yards and three touchdowns. Unless Gates is out for a prolonged period of time, Rosario is someone you should not bother adding.


Other interesting tidbits to chew on:  Josh Morgan should be cut from the Redskins for the unacceptable unsportsmanlike penalty he had that took the Redskins out of field goal range, which resulted in the Redskins losing their game at St. Louis…What was Greg Schiano trying to prove when he ordered his team to bum-rush Eli Manning when all the Giants were trying to do was kill the clock. I can’t blame Coughlin for getting angry with Schiano for that…Kudos to those who thought the Arizona Cardinals could take down the Pats’ at home. I for one (and probably millions more), am now eliminated from my knockout pool…I don’t know if it is the absence of Sean Payton, the “Bountygate” scandal or what, but the Saints do not look like they are in synch with each other…

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My name is Dan Stack and I live in Nyack, New York, which is about 20 miles north of New York City. I am a writer/blogger who is passionate about many things, namely sports. I am also very passionate when it comes to fantasy sports, whether it be baseball, football or basketball. You can find me writing/blogging here at,,, and I have also been the Managing Editor of my county's weekly newspaper (Rockland County Times). I hold a BA degree in Journalism/Broadcasting from C.W. Post University in Brookville, New York. I have other passion besides sports as I am big in to music, pop culture, dogs and and other fun stuff. I love New York and all that it has to offer. You can often find me writing/blogging, watching TV, attending movies or at a ballgame. E-Mail if you have any questions or comments.

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