Take a stroll down Henne Lane
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Here we go again! Before we go into who my under-owned pickups are for week 2, let’s take a look at how my predictions did last week. Points are based on standard ESPN non-PPR league.
Quarterbacks From Week One
Ryan Fitzpatrick (BUF) - 17-25 passing, 208 passing yards, 4 touchdowns, no INTs, 24 fantasy points
Matt Hasselbeck (TEN) - 21-34 passing, 263 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 INT, 16 fantasy points
Chad Henne (MIA) – 30-49 passing, 416 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 INT, 59 yards rushing, 1 rushing touchdown, 33 fantasy points
We did very well at the quarterback position this week from a fantasy perspective. Even though only one of my choices at QB actually won their game (Fitzpatrick), all three did a great job in fantasyland. The big winner from this group is obviously Henne, who had the second most fantasy points of any quarterback this week losing out only to Tom Brady. Showing a surprising ability to get outside the pocket and make plays with his feet didn’t hurt either. Fitzpatrick was also a fantasy star this weekend, throwing four touchdown passes and not throwing an interception in a huge upset win over the Chiefs in KC. Hasselbeck was not spectacular, but he did well enough to prove he is more than capable of a spot start in fantasy leagues during a bye week.
Find out how we did in other predictions and discover which other sleepers are worth gambling on this week after the jump:
Running Backs From Week One
Marion Barber (CHI) – Did not play (injury)
Deji Karim (JAX) – 14 rushing attempts, 33 yards, 3 catches, 39 yards, no touchdowns, 6 fantasy points
Demarco Murray (DAL) – 2 rushes, 0 yards, 1 catch, 13 yards, no touchdowns, 1 fantasy point
Kendall Hunter (SF) – 2 rushes, 4 yards, 0 catches, zero fantasy points
Jason Snelling (ATL) – 2 rushes, 10 yards, 5 catches, 32 yards, no touchdowns, 4 fantasy points
We didn’t do nearly as well at the running back position as we did at quarterback, but we have to cut ourselves some slack given the fact that many of our picks are contingent on health. Barber didn’t play this week, so we don’t really know whether or not he will be the touchdown vulture I am predicting him to be. Karim saw a lot of touches this week even with MoJo is playing, so he is definitely still worth adding or holding onto if you have already picked him up as a handcuff. Demarco Murray and Kendall Hunter do not look like they will be getting many touches unless Felix Jones or Frank Gore gets hurt. Atlanta played horrible on Sunday and never really looked to their running game. Even starter Michael Turner only had ten carries for 100 yards. If Atlanta completely disregards their running game like they did on Sunday, Snelling will have no value this year either.
Wide Receivers From Week One
Danny Amendola (STL) – 5 catches, 45 yards, 4 fantasy points (injury)
Nate Burleson (DET) – 5 catches, 60 yards, 1 rush, 20 yards, 8 fantasy points
Antonio Brown (PIT) - 2 catches, 14 yards, 3 kick returns, 103 yards, 1 fantasy point
Jacoby Jones (HOU) – 3 catches, 43 yards, 3 punt returns, 91 yards, return TD, 10 fantasy points
Greg Little (CLE) – 1 catch, 12 yards, 1 fantasy point
It was a mixed bag at WR this week. Amendola was having a decent day before going down with a dislocated left elbow. At first it was reported that Amendola might be headed for injured reserve, but now things are looking up. No one really knows what will happen with Amendola, but he may be ready to go after the Week Five bye. Burleson had a solid day with 80 total yards, good for eight fantasy points. Brown was a disappointment in Week One, but he should improve as the season goes on and will be a threat to score on special teams. Jacoby Jones was the point leader among my sleepers, helped out by a punt return for a touchdown. With news that Kevin Walter is will be out for an extended period of time, Jones might be able to finally step up and take advantage. Greg Little was the bust of the week with only 1 catch for 12 yards.
Tight Ends From Week One
Jared Cook (TEN) – 1 catch, 7 yards, 0 fantasy points
Todd Heap (ARI) – 2 catches, 40 yards, 4 fantasy points
Visanthe Shiancoe (MIN) – Did not play (injury)
Lance Kendricks (STL) – 1 catch, 18 yards, 1 fantasy point
The tight ends for this week were big busts. Not much to say about it, but I still expect Jared Cook to improve tremendously in the coming weeks.
Now let’s take a look at my under-owned players for this week. These are all guys who have fewer than 30 percent ownership in ESPN formats and should be picked up and owned in more leagues.
Quarterbacks For Week Two
Chad Henne (MIA) 7 percent owned – While Henne is still only seven percent owned in ESPN leagues, you should be running to pick him up if your backup QB situation is not good. Henne looked far more comfortable in the Miami offense in his best game ever on Monday, and he looks like he might finally be ready to take the next step towards being a serviceable fantasy quarterback. Henne was far more willing to take shots downfield, and he has a couple weapons that can make plays after the catch in Reggie Bush and Brandon Marshall. Look for Miami to be playing from behind often, putting Henne in a position to sling the ball to his playmakers.
Rex Grossman (WAS) 6 percent owned – Grossman proved to everyone that he deserves to be the starting quarterback over John Beck. While the turnover prone Grossman used to be thought of as a joke, he seems to have rejuvenated his career playing in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Keep in mind this is the same offense where Matt Schaub blossomed into a fantasy star in Houston. Grossman has a great matchup this weekend against the Cardinals, who just let the errant Cam Newton pass for 422 passing yards in his NFL debut. If your starting quarterback has a tough matchup this week, I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up Sexy Rexy for a spot start.
Other QBs to look for: Colt McCoy, Cleveland (19 percent owned), Alex Smith, San Francisco (4 percent owned)
Running Backs For Week Two
Cadillac Williams (STL) 14 percent owned – The Cadillac busted out this week after Steven Jackson went out with a quad injury to the tune of 140 total yards on 25 touches. With everyone already saying S-Jax will be out next week, expect Williams to be able to at least match those touches against the Giants. There is no guarantee that Jackson will be able to shake the injury quickly, especially since it is the same quad that has bothered him in the past. Williams should be heavily involved in the offense the rest of the way, beginning with a workhorse type role this weekend.
Others worth mentions: John Kuhn, Green Bay (1 percent owned) as a possible goal line back
Wide Receivers For Week Two
Devery Henderson (NO) 15 percent owned – With Marques Colston out for a while due to a broken collarbone, Henderson looks to be the biggest benefactor. Top tier quarterbacks have a way of making all the players around them fantasy relevant. That is the case in New Orleans. Henderson has Drew Brees as his quarterback and he will be a threat for 100 yards with a touchdown every week. If you had Colston, I advise picking Devery up as your replacement. He will be a fine WR3 the rest of the way.
Doug Baldwin (SEA) Less than 1 percent owned – I know this is a piece about deep sleepers that are less than 30 percent owned, but you probably won’t often see someone that is less than one percent owned make an appearance here. Baldwin led the team in targets in Week One and his role will only expand as the season progresses. Having an atrocious quarterback in Tarvaris Jackson who will consistently look to check down to his slot receiver doesn’t hurt either. I am expecting Baldwin to get between six-to-eight targets weekly. If he can make the most of his opportunities, he can be a nice little surprise in fantasy football.
Others worth mentioning: Jabar Gaffney, Washington (2 percent owned), Eric Decker, Denver (1 percent owned)
Tight Ends For Week Two
Jermaine Gresham (CIN) 8 percent owned – When Andy Dalton was in the game on Sunday, he targeted Gresham as a security blanket often. One of those targets was for Dalton’s first career touchdown. As long as Dalton is healthy enough to play in Week Two, Gresham should see plenty of passes come his way. The accurate Dalton will continue to look to utilize the short passing game and make easy throws to his tight end. The big target of Gresham will also be a big red-zone threat no matter who is playing quarterback. Something around five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown are numbers he could put up fairly consistently. Not bad since tight end is a position that many fantasy players struggle to find consistent production at.
Other TEs to look for: Scott Chandler, Buffalo (5 percent owned), Ed Dickson, Baltimore (3 percent owned)