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Monday Hangover: Week Two

Every Sunday we’re featuring the Sunday Six Pack that covers the day’s biggest storylines. We’ll be following this up each and every Monday with the Monday Hangover, which will look back on those stories and cover what we learned. These back-to-back articles are sure to get you primed, pumped and informed throughout the entire season. In addition, reading these articles will ensure you understand the dangers of not paying attention or drinking too much on Sundays.

Let’s get to it!

Can #1)  Which Week One Waiver Wire Wonders Will Work Wonderfully? 

We mentioned several hot waiver wire additions in the Sunday Six Pack, including Kevin Ogletree, Dexter McCluster, Andrew Hawkins and Dennis Pitta.

Almost predictably, Kevin Ogletree came crashing back to earth with one reception for 26 yards. On the plus side, he caught 100% of his targets. That’s right – Ogletree was targeted just once on Tony Romo’s 40 pass attempts. It’s safe to say Ogletree’s production isn’t going to be anywhere close to consistent without an injury to Miles Austin or Dez Bryant.

Dexter McCluster was decent with four catches for 32 yards. It’s looking like he’s going to get a lot of opportunities if this Chiefs team can’t play any better. In two games, they’ve been outscored 75-41 and a lot of their points have come in garbage time. Yikes.

Andrew Hawkins was fairly quiet on the day until Andy Dalton hit him on a beautiful 50 yard catch and run touchdown. He finished the day with two catches for 56 yards and that touchdown to reward savvy owners who jumped on picking him up last week.

Dennis Pitta was solid again this week as he led the Ravens with eight catches for 65 yards.

One of the best suggestions we had last week was Daryl Richardson, who entered the game as the featured back in St. Louis after Steven Jackson left with a groin strain. Isaiah Pead was nowhere to be found.

Can #2) Will Two Discombobulated Offenses From Week One Get Back on Track?

We really wondered if the Saints and Panthers offenses could get going this week after they each really struggled. After all, one of these teams was going to be surprisingly 0-2 at the end of the day.

Unfortunately for the Saints, it’s them as they got on track and scored 27 points, but still lost 35-27.  They did find some offensive balance as they threw 49 passes, but still had 27 carries. Mark Ingram finally produced something tangible with 53 rushing yards and a touchdown. The Saints are going to be desperate for a win next week and luckily get the woeful Chiefs at home.

For the Panthers, the 35 points was great, but the distribution was maddening from a fantasy perspective as Jonathan Stewart, Mike Tolbert, Cam Newton and DeAngelo Williams all scored once. At least they found some rhythm on offense. They’ll get the Giants on Thursday in a game that should be very interesting.

Can #3) Kolb’s Last Stand

Kevin Kolb was set up to fail today. After all, going into New England to play against that defensive line was like the Millenium Falcon coming out of hyperspace on it’s way to Alderan only to see the giant Death Star. Well, much like the Rebel Alliance, Kolb was able to beat what looked to be insurmountable odds and help the Cardinals beat the Patriots on the road. On the day, he went 15-for-27 for 140 and had two total touchdowns and no interceptions. He did lose a fumble, but more importantly, he was fairly composed under constant pressure – something we frankly haven’t seen in a long, long time. It’s going to be very interesting to see who the Cardinals start next week if Skelton is healthy.

Can #4) Jonathan Dwyer’s Shining Moment

Today should have been the day that Jonathan Dwyer staked his claim to being no worse than a time share running back when Rashard Mendenhall returns from his injury here soon. Instead, the Jets really bottled him up as he was able to finish with just 28 rushing yards on 12 attempts and caught one pass for 12 more yards. This was hardly the performance Dwyer’s owners were hoping for and does nothing to clear up the mess in the Pittsburgh backfield.

Can #5) Spiller Time

Yep, it’s Spiller time.

CJ Spiller was absolutely electric this week as he rushed for 123 yards and two touchdowns on just 15 carries and also added 47 receiving yards on just three catches. It’s the clear the Bills have the best chance to win with Spiller as the focal point in the offense and it’s fair to say he’s a weekly RB1 for as long as Fred Jackson is out. The way he’s playing, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Bills use an incredible amount of caution with Jackson and his recovery – that three to eight week recovery time may end up conveniently ending later, rather than sooner. When Jackson comes back, it’s fair to say this committee is going to start with Spiller as the “1” and Jackson as the “2” in a “1-2” punch now.

Can #6) Can We Get Some Consistency Please?

We mentioned Jay Cutler as a player who drove many owners nuts this week with his egg laying performance on Thursday night. There were a number of players who had huge performances in week one who were squarely in the crosshairs this week to see if they could repeat their stellar days – some delivered and some didn’t. Some of the players we mentioned on Sunday were Robert Griffin III, Mark Sanchez, Blaine Gabbert, Adrian Peterson, Martellus Bennett, and Stephen Hill.

First off, it’s safe to say RGIII is for real. He finished the game going 20-for-29 for 206 yards and a touchdown, but also rushed for 82 more yards and two more scores. Griffin is actually like what Michael Vick should be and he’s a rookie.

Mark Sanchez predictably fell back to earth with a clunker against the Steelers. Sanchez finished the completing just 10-of-27 passing for 138 yards and one touchdown.

For the first time this year, the 2012 version of Blaine Gabbert looked like the 2011 version of Blaine Gabbert. He finished the day completing 7-of-19 for just 53 yards and one five yard touchdown to Maurice Jones-Drew. He left the game with a lower leg injury and it really wouldn’t surprise many to see Chad Henne under center next week.

Adrian Peterson had a quiet game with 80 yards on 19 touches, but it’s still safe to say he’s back.

Martellus Bennett has another fine day with five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown. It could have been even better as he dropped another score from Manning earlier in the day. It’s safe to say Bennett is going to be pretty solid TE2 this year and could even be more. He’s currently on pace to tie Rob Gronkowski’s touchdown record for a tight end. Well, maybe we shouldn’t get that excited.

That brings us to Stephen Hill. We figured Hill’s production could be spotty and we were right – he finished with as many catches as you did this week. He’s going to be big-time boom or bust play all season long as he develops his game.

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Ken Kelly
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Orton
9 years ago

Well I’m guessing I should put Romo on my bench and start playing RG3…

I liked the comparison to Vick and that RG3 is what Vick should be playing like.

Stitch A
Reply to  Orton
9 years ago

I still like Romo this year. He’s just a more proven commodity.

With the way Spiller is playing, would you consider over Jamaal Charles in keeper/dynasty?

Grant Britton
9 years ago

What did you think about Lamar Miller’s performance? Based off Thomas’ poor track record and propensity for injuries do you think he just jumped to the #2 spot?

Nate Brunner
Reply to  Grant Britton
9 years ago

Also wondering about Lamar. I took him in the 2nd round this year in our Rookie draft.

SJ
Reply to  Grant Britton
9 years ago

He’ll likely be Reggies direct backup going forward, at times. I say: at times, purely because I dont think MIA or their GM, who drafted Miller, will give up on him just yet. He’ll have a role. He clearly sucks, however. So just be patient with Miller. Cant use him yet, but his value will continue to trend up over the course of the season. As long as he doenst get hurt.

SJ
Reply to  SJ
9 years ago

*GM, who drafted Thomas..

Clarence
9 years ago

Reggie Bush… should we be looking at this guy a bit differently then we have in the past… if he a late bloomer who we should all be taking very seriously at this point??? Just want some thoughts on him…. (had him on my bench yesterday and am very upset with myself)

SJ
Reply to  Clarence
9 years ago

Reggie Bush has been dynamite going back the last 15 games. Once Daboll finally got him in as the full time runner (and D.Thomas no where to be seen), he been a PPR gem. This MIA team has carried the trend. Hes too good. Its no ones fault but their own if he’s on someones bench.

Dude was always good he just had a lot of freak injuries and played in a Saints offense that loves to use a backfield rotation. People always thought reggie wasnt good enough to breakthrough and lead a backfield, but what really is the case is the saints will never lean heavily on a back full-time. Everyone in that offense plays a role. Period. Just look at Sproles. The man is electric but doenst even get backfield carries. It was the Saints offense, not Reggie Bush. He never once had a full workload till he reached Miami. Only time I remember was his rookie year and early 2008. Times in-between that, he was hurt (ACL, broken leg, etc) or lacked playing time (2009 – 2010).

What you see is what you get with Reggie. Hes explosive and plays well with a good amount of touches. Keep him healthy and give him the ball. I dont want to hear any argument against that. I’m getting sick and tired of it.

Clarence
Reply to  SJ
9 years ago

I love Reggie but prior to the game I went and acquired Ray Rice (couldn’t resist the offer) to pair up with Darren McFadden.. we start 2 rb’s a week and it cost me the win and now I’m scratching my head on where to go from here… knowing the people in my league not sure I could get a fair return in a trade… I’ve gone from having a horrible runningback crew in years past to now having to make a tough decision… Prior to yesterday Rice and McFadden seemed like the easy call but Reggie is making a case for himself here

SJ
Reply to  Clarence
9 years ago

Thats not a bad decision to have. I usually like having 3 rb’s to interchange. You always cover yourself for bye weeks and injuries/under-performance that way. I wouldnt blame yourself too much. Just look at the matchups each week and start the ones trending up. Dont overreact and trade one. You’ll end up needing all three throughout the year. Remember- its just week 3. Your looking long term.

Raymond
9 years ago

What”s with Justin Blackmon? Is it him or Gabbert playing like his old self?

SJ
Reply to  Raymond
9 years ago

Gabbert. Hes not that good against tough D’s. Not yet anyway. Plus their not focusing on getting Blackmon the ball. Laurent Robinson is more of a target monster than he is at this point – for some reason. Not knocking Laurent, but Blackmon is just as good. JAX clearly should restructure their game-planning. Which they may do, however it may just take them till week 8 to get things straightened out, or more likely after their bye week. A lot of teams adjust after their bye weeks.

Allen Sarvinas
9 years ago

RGIII is The QB ATL hoped Vick would become and he’s only a Rk.

alden bietz
9 years ago

I love RGIII , I cant belive owners were taking RB Wilson over him in rookie drafts.

Sensei John Kreese
9 years ago

Highest point total in my league’s history is 268 points, I have 202 going into tonight. I still have Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Wesley Woodyard and Stephen Nicolas.

Jimmy Graham Cracker
Reply to  Sensei John Kreese
9 years ago

Cool story, bro.

Ken Dogson
Reply to  Jimmy Graham Cracker
9 years ago

You can always tell when Jimmy has visited: the toilet is broke and the cat is pregnant.

Sensei John Kreese
Reply to  Ken Dogson
9 years ago

It’s internet cliche Jimmy. Shouldn’t you be “pwning noobs” on xbox live?

Jon Lambrecht
9 years ago

Yeah, had B.Lafell penciled in as a flex and replaced him with Blackmon after some advice… ugh. Should have stuck with my gut. Likely Cost me a win this week as I’m down 18, have Julio, M.Ryan, Gonzo and Bryant vs his R.White going with the 2nd half to go…

stressed…

Jon Lambrecht
9 years ago

Didn’t matter…. R. White went off. Had I started Lafell over Blackmon’s (skunk), I’d still have lost but it would have been by 2 points. It’s an L either way.

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