Good, Great, and Gamble Plays Week 2

Week 1 is always tough to predict because we either don’t know how a team is going to play or the team plays a completely inferior opponent. Well, we made it through week 1 and hopefully you escaped with a victory. Starting here in week 2, I want to try to stay away from the more obvious choices (Braxton Miller, Tajh Boyd, Johnny Manziel, etc.) I want to dive a little deeper into some plays that you may not be thinking about. Here are my plays for

week 2. This week is a little difficult as well due to many teams playing FCS opponents. I know CBS leagues deduct points when playing FCS schools so I try to avoid those matchups unless it is too good to pass up.

Update: Ka’Deem Carey downgraded to a Good from Great due to his not starting. 

Update 9/9: Grades for Week 2 posted

Grading Scale: Works basically the same way as a GPA would be calculated
A+= 4.2       C+= 2.2       F=0
A = 4.0         C = 2.0
A-= 3.8         C-= 1.8
B+= 3.2        D+= 1.2
B = 3.0          D = 1.0
B-= 2.8          D-= .8

Quarterbacks

Good QB: Blake Bortles, UCF (vs. FIU)You probably had never heard of this guy before week 1 but now you will remember him as the guy who caught his own backwards pass to eventually throw it for a touchdown. Seriously though, this guy can play. He totaled 314 yards and 3 touchdowns through the air. FIU should not put up much resistance as they gave up over 300 yards passing in a week 1 loss to Maryland. Look for him to continue to roll in this one. Lineup Alert: this one is a Friday night game. Grade: B-

Good QB: Zach Mettenberger, LSU (vs. UAB)- The LSU passing attack answered a lot of questions in the Week 1 win over TCU. He threw for 251 yards and a touchdown in week 1. Expect him to find the endzone at least a couple times against a clearly inferior UAB squad. Definitely could be worth a play in a deeper 2 QB league this week. Grade: A+

Good QB: James Franklin, Mizzou (vs. Toledo)- After a disappointing 2012 season, Franklin is poised for a bounce back season in 2013. In the week 1 victory over FCS opponent Murray State, Franklin threw for 318 yards and 3 touchdowns. He also ran for 44 yards in the contest. Now, keep in mind that Toledo is no joke as they are coming off a week 1 loss to Florida, 24-6. I still think Franklin could be highly productive in this game. Grade: C+

Great QB: C.J. Brown, Maryland (vs. Old Dominion)- Brown missed the 2012 season due to injury, but he started this season off with a bang. In the week 1 win against FIU, Brown threw for 281 yards and 3 touchdowns. He added 105 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. If that isn’t enough, he is playing against a team that is coming off a loss to my other “Great QB” play this week. Grade: A

Gamble QB: Jeff Driskel, Florida (at Miami)- In order for the Gators to start the season 2-0, they will need this guy to play well. He has the athletes around him to make him great, but underachieves in many great fantasy matchups. I say that but I feel like this could be a game for him to finally break out and be a productive fantasy performer. Grade: B-

Running Backs

Good RB: Storm Woods, Oregon State, (vs. Hawaii)– It looks like the Beavers want Woods to be the lead back this season. He was coming off of injury last week so his status was up in the air but he came out and got 16 carries for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns. Also, he caught 8 passes for 48 yards. That was in a disappointing loss to a pretty good Eastern Washington team. This week, he is playing a Hawaii team that can’t stop the run so I would say that he is a pretty good play this week. Grade: B

Good RB: Jeremy Smith, Oklahoma State (at UTSA)- Smith is the next one in line for fantasy stardom in the Oklahoma State backfield. He started off slow last week but finished with 102 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground. That was against an SEC defense so this week should be a little easier for him to get going. Grade: C-

Good Play: Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona (at UNLV)- Carey will always be a pretty good play but I love him this week against UNLV for multiple reasons. Firstly, this is his first game of the season after sitting out last week due to suspension. Secondly, he should absolutely torch this defense as the Wildcats are trying to break in a new quarterback. The news today said that Carey would not start but will play Saturday. Grade: A

Gamble RB: Mike Davis, South Carolina (at Georgia)- Davis could be in line for a pretty good day even though he faces a tough test this week. The Georgia defense will try to regroup after giving up 38 points to Clemson in week 1. In the loss, they gave up nearly 200 yards on the ground so it is possible to see Davis get a heavy workload on Saturday.  Grade: B+

Wide Receivers

Good WR: Baylor WRs (vs. Buffalo)- If you have any of the top options for the Bears’ passing attack, you should expect to cash in this week. Of course the top target, Tevin Reese is a must start every week but guys like Levi Norwood,  Antwan Goodley, or even the freshman Robbie Rhodes should be good plays this week. Buffalo struggled to stop the Ohio State passing game in week 1 so expect this one to be a blowout. Grade: B-

Good WR: Bryce Treggs/Chris Harper (vs. Portland State)- Like the Baylor WRs, the Cal receivers should get plenty of balls thrown their way. Each of these guys eclipsed the 10 catch mark last week and should be a threat to do so almost every week. Grade: B

Great WR:  Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (vs. Hawaii)- Cooks went for 196 yards last week in a shootout loss to Eastern Washington. He is clearly the Beavers’ top wideout and should light up this Hawaii defense especially at home. Look for him to reach double digit receptions and find the endzone at least once.  Grade: A

Great WR: Stefon Diggs, Maryland (vs. Old Dominion)- If your league keeps up with return stats, this one could pay off even more. Diggs is a threat to score every time he touches it and surely will find the endzone against a weak Monarch defense. Grade: A

Gamble WR: Louisville WRs (vs. E. Kentucky)- Not saying that these guys won’t find the endzone, it’s just a matter of who will find the endzone. Teddy Bridgewater spreads the ball around so much that it is very difficult to say who is the best play. If I had to choose one though, I would choose Damian Copeland. Grade: B+


Week 2 Grade: B+

 

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