Week 1 Breakouts, Week 2 Sleepers
Every fantasy football owner is always looking for the next move to propel his team to championship status. I will highlight one player from each major position that had a break out game in week 1 and share with you my sleeper’s for week 2. Here is the Ninja’s breakout players for week 1, and sleepers for week 2.
QB=The breakout QB in week 1 is no other than Washington’s newest celebrity and number two overall draft pick this fall Robert Griffin III (RG3). RG3 dropped 33 fantasy points this weekend according to Yahoo’s default settings and went into the 40s in leagues that use bonuses over 300 yards. RG3 ended with 320 yards, 2 pass TDs, and 42 rush yards last week against the New Orleans Saints, who did not lose at home last year.
RB= The breakout RB in week 1 goes to Stevan Ridley and the new found rushing attack the Patriots put on display last week in Tennessee. Stevan Ridley scored 22 points according to Yahoo’s default settings and ended in the thirty’s in leagues that use bonuses when a player rushes over 100 yards. Stevan Ridley ended with 125 rush yards, 1 rush TD, and 2 receptions for 27 yards. Last year Ridley ended the season with 87 rushes and a 5.1 yards/rush average but carried the ball 21 times this Sunday, which has fantasy owners very happy about the future.
WR= The breakout WR in week 1 is the second year player out of Alabama Julio Jones who looked like a veteran receiver on Sunday, shredding the Kansas City secondary all afternoon. Jones ended with 6 catches for 108 yards and 2 Tds this week which earned him 28 points in Yahoo’s default scoring and well into the 30s in leagues that use accelerators over 100rec yards. Jones, like every other Rookie missed OTA’S/Training camp last year due to the NFL lockout and missed out on gaining timing with QB Matt Ryan; it took all the way into Week 9 last year for Julio to find the end zone. It looks like he found that timing and is prime for a big season reeling in 2 Tds Week 1.
QB= The Week 2 sleeper at QB is second year player out of Florida State Christian Ponder. Ponder was 20 for 27 last week, and threw for 270 yards. Ponder did not find the end zone Week 1 as first year head coach Chuck Pagano wanted to reward Adrian Peterson in the Redzone for his dedicated rehab all summer, handing AP two scores on the day. This week, Ponder is going up against the Indianapolis Colts secondary that gave up 293 pass yards/game in 2011, and a whopping 333 yards week 1 to Jay Cutler. Ponder can be a great start week 2.
RB= The week 2 sleeper at RB is Isaac Redman of the Pittsburg Steelers. Redman only rushed for 21 yards on 11 carries last week against Denver’s stingy rush defense, and even lost some carries to Jonathon Dwyer down the stretch. This sounds bad, but starting RB Rashard Mendenhall is likely out again this week, and Redman still got more carries than Dwyer Week 1, so it looks like he will receive most of the carries this week against the Jets. The Jets gave up 195 rush yards Week 1 to the Bills and is a great team for a hungry Redman to bounce back against.
WR= The Week 2 sleeper at WR that can do damage as a WR3 or WR/RB spot this weekend is Brandon Lloyd of the New England Patriots. Lloyd ended Week 1 with 4 catches for 69 yards which is a double digit day in any PPR leagues. His matchup in Week 2 is the Arizona Cardinals who gave up 254 yards week 1 to a suspect Seattle Seahawks offense ran by rookie QB Russell Wilson. Lloyd also has 3 career TDs against Seattle in 9 games.
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