Fantasy Football: It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
Philadelphia fans got their first in person look at new coach Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense. While being on the short end of a 33-30 score against visiting San Diego brought them down to earth a bit, they still have plenty to look forward to this year. Fantasy owners who drafted their key offensive players have to be absolutely ecstatic.
Michael Vick racked up 428 passing yards and two touchdowns while also adding another 23 yards on the ground and a score. On the season he has accounted for 631 yards and four touchdowns through the air with 77 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. If you don’t think he is a perfect fit for this offense you are crazy. On the season he has completed 62.9 percent of his passes. He has only completed over 60 percent of his passes once in his 12-year career. You have to love the comfort level Vick is exhibiting thus far.
Fantasy owners have come to expect elite production from LeSean McCoy, but through two weeks he has thoroughly exceeded our expectations. His 356 yards from scrimmage leave him on pace for 2,848 on the season. McCoy’s ability to do damage in the passing game is going to make him virtually unstoppable this season. At this point, I don’t think I am even going out on a limb here, but he looks like a sure thing to finish atop the running back scoring unless he falls prey to injury.
DeSean Jackson has burst back into the Fantasy forefront. Photo Credit: throwinrocks!
And let’s not forget about DeSean Jackson, who has racked up 297 yards receiving and two scores thus far. For his career he has never caught more than 62 passes or gained more than 1,156 receiving yards in a season. He is currently on pace to haul in 128 passes for 2,376 yards with 16 touchdowns. Obviously, it’s ludicrous for us to think he can maintain this pace, but he looks like a lock to set career highs in both receptions and yardage. Not bad for a guy getting drafted in most leagues as a low end WR3.
The bonus of this whole situation, though, is the fact that Philadelphia’s defense just isn’t good. They are going to try and mask it as much as possible by blitzing a ton to try and force mistakes, but this unit really looks capable of easily giving up 28-plus points a game. Fantasy owners need to exploit any matchup they get against the Eagles.
If you are reading this, you obviously are here for some Fantasy football knowledge. Let me be the first to tell you not to listen to all the NFL analysts trying to diagnose what is wrong with Robert Griffin III. Sure, his knee may not be 100 percent. Yes, it’s also plain as day that he isn’t looking to use his legs unless absolutely necessary. As the season progresses he will get stronger and improve his mechanics. What I love is that through two games the Redskins defense has given up 71 points and has had him constantly playing catch up. His 89 pass attempts are the most he has had over a two game stretch in his career. They also led him to his first back-to-back 300 yard passing games of his career. If someone is selling low in your league in a panic, cash in while you can.
Heading into the season, Denver’s running back situation was a three-headed mess. Ronnie Hillman topped the depth chart for a good portion of training camp but ball security issues have ultimately left the job up for grabs between the veteran Knowshon Moreno and rookie Montee Ball. After two games, though, based on performance one would have to argue Moreno should be the favorite for playing time. His superior ability on passing downs means opposing defenses can’t key on him for the run. When Ball is on the field, they will stack the box, as evidenced by his 12 carries for 16 yards against the Giants. Moreno makes this offense better because of this. He may not offer a ton of big play value, but in this offense if he sees 20 touches a game he is going to carry RB2 value. Right now, he is the lead dog in this race, and should be viewed as a flex play at the very least. Another strong performance next week against Oakland and he vaults into RB2 status.
Sometimes all you need is an opportunity. Eddie Royal has had his fair share throughout his career, but always squandered them because of his inability to remain healthy. A season ending injury to Danario Alexander opened up the door for some playing time to start the season. Another scary injury to Malcom Floyd’s neck against Houston left Royal as Philip Rivers go to receiver. On the season he has caught 10 passes for 114 yards and five (yes five!) touchdowns. San Diego’s offense has moved from a downfield attack to a quick hitting west coast style. It obviously fits their personnel, as they have already scored 61 points on the season. Royal works well in traffic and has plenty of short area burst, so this makes him a logical fit for this offense. Vincent Brown was the sleeper many experts were targeting heading into this season, but it looks like we all slept on Royal. He is worth owning in all leagues right now.
It’s a well-known fact that Drew Brees spreads the ball around. It is one of the keys to the success of their offense. What I have noticed though through their first two games, it’s that he isn’t exactly sharing with his receivers all that much. Tight ends and running backs have accounted for 51 targets and receivers just 28. While we know Marques Colston will continue to see a steady diet of looks, this trend doesn’t exactly bode well for Lance Moore. Heading into this season Moore was looking like a rock solid WR4. Through two games he has seen just eight passes thrown his way, hauling in only three for 38 yards. He shouldn’t be sniffing lineups at this point.
One week of quality play is enough to get your name on the Fantasy radar. Follow that quality week with an even bigger week and now you’ve got our attention. Miami H-back Charles Clay reeled in five passes for 109 yards and also punched one in from a yard out in the Dolphins Week 2 victory in Indy. His versatility to line up both in the backfield and on the line of scrimmage should help create him plenty of mismatches. With an obvious lack of quality pass catching options behindMike Wallace and Brian Hartline, his two week outburst is starting to look like he is settling into the third man in Miami’s pecking order in the passing game. That alone makes him worth adding on any tight end needy squad. The fact that he has the potential to add some goal line carries means he quite possibly could flirt with double-digit touchdowns this year as well.
Reggie Bush tweaked his knee twice during Detroit’s Week 2 loss in Arizona. The second tweak landed him on the bench for good and has him scheduled for a MRI on Monday. Mind you, this is the same knee that was giving him issues in Week 1. While he is claiming he doesn’t expect to be sidelined long, it’s hard not to expect the Lions to now err on the side of caution here even if that MRI does come back clean. If there is one thing we have seen it’s that his backup, Joique Bellis more than capable of racking up plenty of Fantasy points when he has the backfield to himself. Last season he averaged 5.0 yards-per-carry and was third on the team with 52 receptions. This year, he already has 10 grabs for 108 yards and has added 14 carries for 56 yards and a pair of touchdowns. For as long as Bush is out, Bell is an immediate play for just about any Fantasy roster.
*All statistics include the games of Sunday, September 15
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