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Week 2 Heroes & Zeros

Posted by Ladd Biro  September 18, 2012 04:38 PM

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This was a great week to start…

QBs
Cam Newton, Panthers – Passed for 253 yards and a TD, and ran for 71 yards and another score, with a fumble but no INTs.
Eli Manning, Giants – We’ll forgive his 3 INTs for 510 passing yards and a TD trifecta.
Andy Dalton, Bengals – Connected on 3 TD passes while amassing 318 yards and an INT.
Michael Vick, Eagles – Threw 3 more picks and lost a fumble, but also passed for 371 yards and a score, while adding 34 yards and a TD on the ground.
Robert Griffin III, Redskins – Couldn’t muster a win, but passed for 206 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, and ran for 82 more yards and a pair of TDs.
Sam Bradford, Rams – Passed for 310 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT in a dramatic win.
Philip Rivers, Chargers – Passed for 284 yards, 3 TDs and a pick.

RBs
Reggie Bush, Dolphins – Raced for 172 yards and 2 rushing TDs, and chipped in 3 receptions for 25 yards.
CJ Spiller, Bills – Ran for 123 yards and 2 TDs, adding 47 more on 3 catches.
Tony Richardson, Browns – Rumbled for 109 yards, caught 4 passes for 36 yards, and scored both ways.
Willis McGahee, Broncos – Ground out 113 yards and 2 TDs and 2 receptions for 11 yards.
Arian Foster, Texans – Ran for 110 yards and a TD and reeled in 6 catches for 37 yards.
Ben Tate, Texans – Foster’s understudy tallied 74 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, plus 4 catches for 23 yards.

WRs
Hakeem Nicks, Giants – Reeled in 10 passes for 199 yards and a score.
Danny Amendola, Rams – Amassed 15 receptions, 160 yards, a TD and a fumble.
Victor Cruz, Giants – His 11 catches produced 179 yards and 1 TD.
Dwayne Bowe, Chiefs – Hauled in 8 passes for 102 yards and 2 TDs.
Vincent Jackson, Bucs – Caught 5 passes for 128 yards and a TD.

TEs
Vernon Davis, 49ers – Notched 2 TDs and 73 yards on 5 receptions.
Brent Celek, Eagles – His 8 catches turned into 157 yards.

D/STs
Packers – Collected 4 INTs, 7 sacks, a fake kick TD and held the Bears to 10 points.

This was a great week to play against…

QBs
Aaron Rodgers, Packers – He didn’t have a terrible game, but you can’t hope for much better than 219 yards passing, 1 TD, 1 INT and -6 yards rushing when you play against Rodgers.
Matt Schaub, Texans – Led his team to an easy victory, but only had 195 passing yards to show for it, without a score.
Jay Cutler, Bears – Threw 4 INTs with just 126 passing yards and a solo TD.
Mark Sanchez, Jets – As expected, followed his monster opener with a 138-yard, 1 TD dud.
Peyton Manning, Broncos – Registered just 241 yards, 1 TD and 3 early INTs in the Monday nighter.

RBs
Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants – Only posted 16 yards before leaving with a neck injury.
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs – Held to 3 rushing yards and 19 receiving yards on 3 catches.
Donald Brown, Colts – 45 yards rushing was all he could muster.
Darren McFadden, Raiders – Combined for a measly 22 rushing and 19 receiving yards on 2 catches.
Chris Johnson, Titans – Continued his pitiful ways with 28 combined rushing and receiving yards.
Steven Jackson, Rams – Yanked from the game after spiking the ball in frustration (and/or due to a groin injury) and just 58 rushing yards.
Shonn Greene, Jets – Another putrid effort, totaling just 23 yards on the ground.

WRs
Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals – Posted a 4-yard catch on the day.  Thanks a lot, Kevin Kolb.
Julio Jones, Falcons – Followed up his monster opener with 4 catches for a mere 14 yards.
Anquan Boldin, Ravens – Only 7 yards on 2 balls.
Andre Johnson, Texans – Held to 21 yards on 3 catches.
James Jones, Packers – With Greg Jennings sitting out, Jones actually lost a yard on 2 receptions.
Brandon Marshall, Bears – Just 2 catches for 24 yards.
Lance Moore, Saints – 2 receptions yielded 30 yards.
Dez Bryant, Cowboys – Only 17 yards on 3 receptions.
Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys – Had a 26-yard catch (and 5-yard run) after his breakout Week 1 game.
Sidney Rice, Seahawks – Limited to 33 yards on 3 passes.
Santana Moss, Redskins – Lost in the youth movement, caught only 3 passes for 14 yards.
Kenny Britt, Titans – As expected, limited in his return to one 5-yard reception.
Justin Blackmon, Jaguars – Highly touted rookie posted a goose egg.
Stephen Hill, Jets – A week after his breakout game, the rookie was shutout.

TEs
Aaron Hernandez, Patriots – Injured his knee before he had a chance to make a play.
Jermichael Finley, Packers – Only 26 yards on 4 catches, plus a lost fumble.
Jacob Tamme, Broncos – Limited to 2 receptions for 13 yards.

We didn’t see them coming…

Jackie Battle, RB, Chargers – With Ryan Mathews out, Battle tallied 69 yards and a pair of 1-yard TDs.
Dante Rosario, TE, Chargers – Subbing for Antonio Gates, his 4 catches went for 48 yards and 3 TDs.

Originally published on the blog Fantasy Fools.

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Ladd Biro was named 2010 "Football Writer of the Year" by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association. Ladd's nationally syndicated columns have appeared in more than 20 publications -- including the Dallas Morning News, San Francisco Chronicle, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times and Sporting News magazine -- since 2003. During the NFL season, he can be heard nationwide on Sporting News Radio as host of the weekly "Fantasy Files" program, dispensing his unique blend of wit and wisdom. Since 2009, all his written fantasy content can be found on the Fantasy Fools blog.

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