Week 2 brought some interesting revelations for wide receivers, at least to me. Consistency is not a coveted skill for a WR1. Andre Johnson finally broke out in a big way and so did DeSean Jackson (with a little help from Michael Vick). Mike Sims-Walker decided to play along and got himself 105 yards. The biggest losers were Chad OchoCinco and Pierre Garcon. The most consistent receiver of the WR1s? How about Miles Austin with two nice games in a row and it’s looking like he’ll have a third game against the shootout in Houston.
The coming week has a couple of prime matches for showdowns and there should be a resurgence of big WR numbers (some coming from unlikely candidates). I’ll be watching a couple of those games if I can (the big one especially Houston vs. Dallas). If you look a little deeper you’ll see a few games with a lot of promise (Denver vs. Indy and Green Bay vs. Chicago).
That leads us to week 3 keepers and sleepers for 2010 fantasy football.
As an FYI I did better in my leagues for week 2
ESPN was 6-5 and Fanball held similar results.
1) Brandon Marshall – Don’t get all crazy and start trading him away. First thing is this week he faces a Revisless Jets defense and I’m guessing he’ll finally hit the end zone and the 100+ plateau for the first time this season. Miami will exploit the huge hole that from the absent Revis Island. Second thing is this Mr. Brandon Marshall and he’s one of the closest things to a lock for 100 receptions in the WR world.
2) Calvin Johnson – I see a lot of people panicking on this one. MegaTron is one the game’s best receivers and Jahvid Best will continue to give him some room to work with. Sure Shaun Hill isn’t ideal but neither was Matthew Stafford. I’m betting on resurgence because I believe Calvin Johnson could put up good numbers with you throwing to him. I’m going to actively try and trade for him.
3) Hines Ward – Yes he stunk it up last week but this guy is pretty darn consistent most of the time. Wallace is a deep threat which leaves the underrated Ward open for the chain moving short throws that he excels at. The Steelers are 2-0 in large part due to the play of this future Hall of Famer.
4) Larry Fitzgerald – Look at these last four names… Never thought they’d all be here at the same time. Listen, Derek Anderson will eventually wake up and realize he has a top three receiver on his team. When he does, look out because Fitz will explode. The backup receivers are not bad and should be able to alleviate the pressure on Fitzgerald. But here’s the real deal: Their week 3 opponent is Oakland and yes Asomugha will be covering him, but not all the time. Anderson will figure this out and hit Fitz for some nice yardage and at least one score.
5) Anquan Boldin – OK repeat after me. Joe Flacco is not that bad. Really, this guy will get his act together and he’s going to make sweet music when he does. Baltimore is 1-1 and the team is prime to right the ship and make a run towards the playoffs. This is the week things come together and Boldin will get some nice looks because of it..
1) Demaryius Thomas – I am super high on this guy this week. Denver is playing Indy and Knowshon Moreno is out and Addai is banged up. This will be a great passing match as neither team has a great passing defense. The immediate instinct is to go with Peyton Manning and crew. A stat Matthew Berry brought up is intriguing when considering the star power Indy has… Kyle “NoName” Orton is a whopping 22-5 at home. Take a second to digest that. Thomas showed up last week and caught 8 of 9 balls with decent numbers. I’m predicting over 100 and a score.
2) Johnny Knox – This guy is Jay Cutler’s number one receiver no matter what anyone says. Cutler trusts Knox like Romo trusts Austin. Hester is the bomb guy with speed but when the ball needs to be caught Knox will be making the play. Look for excellent numbers (again over 100 yards and a score) as Chicago and Green Bay take to the air to win the game.
3) Malcom Floyd – Forget Legadu Naanee (most people have already) and keep Floyd in your lineup. Seattle actually has a stout run defense and Ryan Matthews will not be playing. That leaves Phillip Rivers and his arm to win the game. The Chargers will win and Antonio Gates and Malcom Floyd will each get a TD.
4) Austin Collie – Not sure if this is more than a hunch but I caught some of the last Indy game and it looked to me that Peyton trusts Collie an awful lot. He won’t approach his week 1 numbers but I could see the standard sleeper phrase of 100+ yards and a score happening. In fact I know it will happen.
5) Mark Clayton – Well someone has to catch the ball and Clayton is definitely favored. This game should be a shootout with the Rams falling behind and Bradford chucking balls left and right. A few of those will get to Clayton and he’ll score a least once maybe twice…
Well that’s it. Week 3 locks and you better get moving. Feel free to visit www.babybluemonkey.com. Leave me a comment or just say hi. Good luck for week 3 and we’ll have the picks down to a science by week 4 (byes).