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.
Brandon Pettigrew (Detroit Lions) at San Francisco
Watching the 49ers-Packers in Week 1, San Francisco’s defense shifted towards Green Bay’s speedy receivers, leaving Finley and Randall Cobb open in the short game. Finley was the most targeted (11) tight end in Week 1, and looking back to last season in Week 6 in the infamous Jim Harbaugh pat-on-the-back game, Matthew Stafford was defended in similar fashion. He targeted Pettigrew 14 times for eight receptions and one touchdown. Given the 49ers ability to stuff the run and emphasis to cover Calvin Johnson that should give plenty of space for Pettigrew to work. Don’t be surprised if he puts together a game that rivals the one from a year ago.
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Coby Fleener (Indianapolis Colts) vs. Minnesota
There was plenty of chatter about the Andrew Luck-to-Coby Fleener connection not clicking in preseason and we found that observation ridiculous, understanding that Luck was trying to build chemistry with his other receivers. When Luck tried to mount a comeback in Week 1, he relied on instincts and targeted Fleener 10 times, tied for second in tight ends. He didn’t get in the end zone, but has a good opportunity at home against the Minnesota Vikings, who gave up the 10th most points to tight ends last week. If you own Fleener, don’t hesitate to use him in Week 2.