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Fantasy Football Forecast: Helping Fantasy Owners As They Get Ready For Week Two

It doesn't matter how last week went (although we hope you won), the season marches on and week two is about to kick off. Here is the inside scoop to help you get ready for this week's contest.

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Last weekend is in the books and regardless of how your team did it is time to move on. The season is still young. Week two is either a chance for you to rebound after a disappointing week or for you to begin to exert your dominance. Here is a look at some favorable (and not so promising) match ups to help you get started.



Jake Locker - Against the Kansas City Chiefs Locker put up 266 yards and two touchdowns on his way to a 111.4 passer rating. This week he has a chance to perform even better as the Dallas Cowboys come to town. Dallas is struggling to generate pressure on the passer and their secondary is circumspect as well. As much as I may hate to say it, Jake Locker stands a good opportunity to put some serious points on the board against a defense that last week surrendered 21 fantasy points to the San Francisco passer.

Andy Dalton - Any quarterback who has A J Green in his arsenal has to be considered a threat to put up big numbers. This week he has the added luxury of facing an Atlanta Falcons defense that is struggling and who failed to generate any pressure on the passer last week. Look for a big day from the Red Rifle.


Tony Romo - Tony saw limited work (both in games and practice) during the preseason, and he does not look like he has shaken off the rust yet. Romo will have some big games this year, and if he is on your roster I think you are lucky to have him, but I am not ready to commit to him quite yet.

Eli Manning - I have lost what little faith I had in Baby Manning. This week, Eli faces a Cardinals defense which has a ball hungry trio of DB's looking to pick on and pick off the quarterback who led the NFL in interceptions last season. I would not want to have him as my passer this week.

Running Backs


Arian Foster - If you have a thoroughbred in the stable, why would you ride an old nag? The same goes for running backs. Foster is healthy this season, so count on him to put up some big numbers. This week he faces a silver and black sieve known as the Oakland Raiders defense. Last week they surrendered 175 yards and two scores to the Jets backs. I would not be shocked if Foster single-handedly matches that output.

Montee Ball - Ball did not pick up a lot of yards on the ground during week one, but Peyton Manning did show confidence in the young back by handing him the rock  23 times. Against a Kansas City Chiefs squad that just lost All Pro LB Derrick Johnson and lineman Mike Devitoto to Achilles tears, look for Ball to remind people why he was a record setting back in college.

Gio Bernard - Gio faces an Atlanta Falcons defense that led the league in fantasy points surrendered to RB's last week. That fact alone points toward the Bengals number one runner being a likely choice to rack up some serious points for your team.


Doug Martin - Martin is coming off of a leg injury last week. From most reports the injury is minor, but he will be facing a stingy St. Louis Rams defense that limited Adrian Peterson to 75 yards last week. I love Martin as a fantasy running back, but not this week.

Zac Stacy - Don't expect much from the Rams RB in this game either. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are nearly as stingy against the run. This game will be decided through the air. If there are any big gains made on the ground in this contest I suspect that they will come from Rams receiver Tavon Austin on a reverse or end around play.

Wide Receiver


T Y Hilton & Reggie Wayne - The Colts face a Philadelphia Eagles secondary that is not very good. Last week this pair of receivers combined were targets for two dozen Andrew Luck passes against the Denver Broncos. Look for a similar effort this week against the Eagles but with better results.

Pierre Garcon - With TE Jordan Reed slated to miss this week's game, Garcon will be Robert Griffin, III's most reliable target. Garcon caught 10 balls for 77 yards last week and should see more opportunities as the Skins face Jacksonville this time around.


Victor Cruz - My anti-Giants bias has nothing to do with this one. Victor is the victim of a lousy New York offense that is struggling to find itself. The offensive line is not giving Eli Manning enough time to fling the ball in Cruz' direction. The many talents that he possesses (and his dancing abilities) will go for naught until the G-men get their entire offense in sync.

Tight End


Zac Ertz - Defending tight ends is proving to be a weak link for the Colts ( Denver TE Julius Thomas ran up 116 yards and three TDs last week), and Nick Foles loves to get the ball to his. That is a recipe for some serious production from the TE slot. He might be an Eagle, but I also think that Ertz will be the next perennial All Pro tight end, and he will show why this weekend.


Martellus Bennett - The Chicago Bears face a San Francisco 49ers defense that held Jason Witten to a pair of catches and 14 yards during the opening week. Does anyone think that 'Tellus will do better?

Editor's Note: SB Nation's partner FanDuel is hosting a $250,000 Fantasy Football Contest for Week 2's NFL games. It's only $10 to join and first place wins $25,000. Starts Sunday, September 14th at 1pm ET. Here's the link.

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