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.
Stevan Ridley (New England Patriots) vs. Arizona
Teams are so concerned with stopping the Patriots’ aerial assault that they overlook the running game. They would be unwise to do so this season because Ridley is as good a running back the Patriots have had during the Brady-Belichick era. Ridley is the complete package, whereas in the past, the Patriots ran the ball with a committee of specialists. Ridley rushed for 125 yards and a 6.0 average against a solid front seven. Yes, Danny Woodhead and Brandon Bolden were expected to get a slice of the pie, but Ridley carried the ball at all the crucial times, including inside the red zone. Arizona held Marshawn Lynch to 85 yards but they didn’t have to defend Brady, Wes Welker or two monster tight ends.
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Darren Sproles (New Orleans Saints) at Carolina
Sproles didn’t carry the ball once in Week 1, but we still think he’s worth a flex start in Week 2. He maximized his six touches scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion and in two games against the Panthers last year, Sproles rushed for 91 yards and caught 10 passes for 69 yards and one touchdown.
Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) at New York Giants
It’s a risky play, but given that Martin was able to post 95 yards on an improved Panthers run defense is encouraging enough for a start. DeMarco Murray also ran very well against the Giants last Thursday so I think the climate is good for another solid performance from the rookie who holds onto the ball and is always running or falling forward. He even caught four passes for 23 yards so that gives him some added value in a PPR league.
Michael Turner (Atlanta Falcons) vs. Denver
Turner owners are understandably down on him after Week 1 but when the defense stops the run, NFL teams fall back on the passing game, especially when it’s as potent as Atlanta’s. The Broncos are a bit more balanced on defense, and adding Tracy Porter upgraded their secondary. Denver was able to keep the Steelers at 2.9 yards per carry average, but you can compare Turner to Jonathan Dwyer, who rushed for 43 yards on 9 carries. I’m also betting on Turner being at home, where he ran on average (99.8) over 20 yards more than his away games (67.8) in 2011 and the Falcons wanting to improve on 84 total rushing yards.