Posted: 10:42 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013
By Alex Welch
The first week of the regular season didn't seem to produce as much offense as fantasy owners were hoping for, but Week 2 provided plenty of breakout performances. Dez Bryant, Julio Jones and Jimmy Graham all took over and the world is back to normal.
If your fantasy football team started out 0-2, there still isn't much cause for concern because it's a long season. Keep active on the waiver wire, try to find some buy-low targets to trade for and your ship could be righted soon.
Here are the matchups owners need to keep an eye on for Week 3.
Eli Manning (at Panthers) - He might be attempting to set the record for most interceptions thrown in a season, but it's hard not to get excited about his matchup with the Panthers secondary. Who exactly do they plan on having cover Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks, Rueben Randle and Brandon Myers? Carolina nearly gave up 300 yards passing to rookie E.J. Manuel. Good luck this week.
Lamar Miller (vs. Falcons) - It looks like his owners have stepped back from the ledge. Miller rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. The Falcons haven't given up much to opposing backs so far, but their roster is starting to look a bit depleted with so many injuries. Miller should continue to help his owners' confidence by receiving more touches than Daniel Thomas.
T.Y. Hilton (at 49ers) - Dwayne Allen is out for the year. While that's a blow to the Colts offense overall, it helps Hilton's stock immensely. Indianapolis won't be running two-tight end sets too often without Allen now. The team also made it a point to get Hilton involved last week and that paid off.
Greg Olsen (vs. Giants) - Cam Newton loves looking for Olsen. He's been targeted 16 times over the first two weeks and finished with 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 2. Olsen has a good matchup against the Giants considering they've allowed three scores and 14 receptions to tight ends so far.
Vikings D/ST (vs. Browns) - Brian Hoyer is starting for the Browns, the same team that just traded Trent Richardson for draft picks. What could go wrong? The only plus for Cleveland is the return of Josh Gordon, but that shouldn't matter much in Week 3.
Tom Brady (vs. Buccaneers) - Can you justify benching Tom Brady? If Rob Gronkowski doesn't play, Brady will be working with the same uninspiring group from last week's debacle against the Jets. The Bucs secondary added major pieces in the offseason, i.e. Darrelle Revis. If you have another reliable quarterback, you should seriously consider holding off on Brady until he gets he playmakers back.
David Wilson (at Panthers) - Wilson will be vital to New York's success down the road, but Tom Coughlin isn't going to make him a featured back anytime soon. The Panthers held Marshawn Lynch to 43 yards in Week 1. They're good enough to contain Wilson for the limited snaps he will see.
Cecil Shorts (at Seahawks) - There really doesn't need to be much of an explanation for Shorts. Terrible offense, dominant opposing defense. Just look at Anquan Boldin's stat line from last week if you're on the fence.
Fred Davis (vs. Lions) - Washington reportedly benched Davis for missed assignments last week. He played just 16 snaps, while Jordan Reed was in for 29. There's no reason to be starting Davis until you see a drastic change.
Bengals D/ST (vs. Packers) - Any defense facing Aaron Rodgers and his arsenal should be worried. Disregard the Bengals last game against the Steelers. Pittsburgh is derailing. Green Bay is thriving. Find a replacement D/ST for Week 3.