Get ‘em or Don’t Sweat ‘em Week 2

Sep 21, 2009

There were some unusual heroes on Sunday.  There always are.  Let’s take a look at them and see if they are worthy of your fantasy rosters.

Jake Delhomme, QB, Carolina Panthers - Delhomme owners couldn’t get rid of him soon enough after Philly destroyed him.   He responded with 308 yards and a TD against Atlanta, but they were playing from behind the whole 4th quarter.  I don’t expect Delhomme to have to attempt 41 passes again anytime soon.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Byron Leftwich, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Leftwich topped 275 yards for the second straight week.  He has attempted 91 passes already.  Eventually he will step aside since the Bucs aren’t going anywhere, but until that point he should be able to produce because they are so bad.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Jacoby Jones, WR, Houston Texans - Jones had a nice game with 73 yards and a TD.  Before you get too wrapped up in the 13.3 fantasy points he registered, realize that he was only targeted on 4 of Matt Schaub’s 39 passes, coming up with 2 catches.  He can’t be counted on for consistent fantasy production.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Nate Washington, WR, Tennessee Titans - Nate was kind of the forgotten man after his injury, Kenny Britt’s debut, and Justin Gage’s big Week 1.  In a shootout against Houston he had 4 catches for 36 yards and a TD.  He led all Titan WRs in targets with 7, but Tennessee is a run-heavy team and it’s hard to rely on any of their wides.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Bobby Wade, WR, Kansas City Chiefs - Finally, someone worth endorsing.  Wade recently joined Kansas City following his release by the Vikings, who wanted to create more opportunities for Rookie Percy Harvin.  Wade is an excellent slot receiver, and should be able to produce for his new club.  He tied for the lead with 9 touches and led the Chiefs with 72 receiving yards.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots -  With Wes Welker out, Edelman had a busy Sunday with 8 catches (on 16 targets) for 98 yards.  He’s one to monitor because he plays in what should be an explosive offense, but I wouldn’t recommend using a roster space on him just yet.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Mike Sims-Walker, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars - Mike had a great game with 6 catches (on 9 target) for 106 yards and a TD.  Jacksonville got buried early so they were forced to pass.  Don’t expect that type of production regularly.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears - Earl Bennett has been a popular pick-up lately, but it was Know who led the Bears with 9 targets, 70 yards, and a score.  I wouldn’t give him a shot, but in real deep leagues, he’s worth a shot.
Ruling:  Don’t Sweat ‘em.

Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants - Manningham made a spectacular grab for a TD.  He did much more than just that highlight reel grab though as he hauled in 10 passes for 150 yards.  The G-Men clearly have their 1-2 punch with Manningham and Steve Smith.  If either are available, go get them.
Ruling:  Get ‘em.

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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Anonymous
    September 21st, 2009 at 6:54 am #

    Thanks for the tips … seems my guys made it through the week 2 games without injuries. Bengals winning is one thing, but shutting out Greg Jennings is another.

    FYI: You didn’t hear from me last week as I was vacationing with limited Internet access. Hope all is well.

    September 21st, 2009 at 7:33 am #

    Palmer looked great. I did not expect that outcome.

    Hope you had a good vacation!

  3. Frank
    September 21st, 2009 at 7:58 am #

    The Bengals surprising beat them up front …. more yards rushing, more sacks on the QB (than sacked).

  4. LestersLegends
    September 21st, 2009 at 11:14 am #

    That’s how you win ball games.

  5. Rotoprofessor
    September 21st, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    Byron Leftwich?!? Really?? I couldn’t endorse getting him, even in 2 QB leagues. They just don’t have enough fire power on the outside and he’s never proven to be an elite QB in the NFL

  6. Living with Balls
    September 21st, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    I waited too long to try and pick up Mario Manningham. He could be poised for a big season.

  7. LestersLegends
    September 21st, 2009 at 12:06 pm #

    they are bad. they have to throw. He’s not sexy, but he’s averaging 286 yards on 45.5 attempts per game with 4 TDs to 2 INTs. Like it or not, those are numbers that could help fantasy owners. If you have McNabb or Hasselbeck, he should be considered.

  8. LestersLegends
    September 21st, 2009 at 12:39 pm #

    You and me both. I agree on your assessment.

    September 21st, 2009 at 12:55 pm #

    From Rotoworld:
    The Bucs poor secondary will ensure that they’re playing behind, which makes Leftwich a better fantasy option than expected.

    From Fanball:
    Leftwich is resembling a decent fantasy option at this point as he has thrown 91 passes through two games. We have our doubts that this team will continue forward with this gunslinging identity, but if they have to play from behind every game, they seem confident in letting Leftwich throw plenty.

  10. vandeventer6
    September 25th, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    would you drop antonio bryant to get wade or even laurent robinso????

  11. LestersLegends
    September 26th, 2009 at 5:37 am #

    Maybe Robinson. Not Wade. I may give Bryant some time to get healthy before I cut him.

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