Sep 13, 2012
It’s Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season, and what a week we had to start the season! We saw a jaw-dropping debut from Robert Griffin III, the New England Patriots are reloaded, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers appear to have a hard-hitting defense again. We finally got to see several teams and players in action who we had several questions about going into this season, but be careful not to overreact after one week.
Here are our “Fantasy Football Start ‘Ems” for Week 2 of the 2012 season. As a reminder, everyone knows to start elite players like Aaron Rodgers, Calvin Johnson, and LeSean McCoy, so when we compile our list we make sure to focus on serviceable players that will benefit from a favorable matchup.
Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) at St. Louis
The NFL’s new darling will try to give an encore performance at the Rams’ indoor stadium that should make the game feel like a track meet. Griffin faces a defense that gave Matthew Stafford trouble last week, but still allowed him to carve them up for 355 yards. Griffin has several weapons at his disposal, with or without Pierre Garcon, and a running attack that pounded the rock 48 times in Week 1, including 10 rushes himself. The Rams gave up the second most points to the running backs last week and that should help set up RG3’s play action precision passing.
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Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Tennessee
One of the reasons that Tom Brady was able to pick the Titans clean apart last week was that Cortland Finnegan left the Titans in free agency, leaving a big hole to fill in their secondary. They won’t catch a break this week when they travel to San Diego to face Rivers who also spread it around to eight different receivers on Monday night, completing 73% of his passes against an aggressive Raiders defense and Antonio Gates is back healthy.
POTENTIAL QB SLEEPER PICK OF THE WEEK
Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings) at Indianapolis
Ponder did not throw a touchdown against the Jaguars last week but still managed to complete 74% of his passes, and averaged 10.0 yards per pass. Look for Ponder to fare even better against a toothless Colts defense that allowed 333 yards to Jay Cutler, especially if they’re without Dwight Freeney.