Peyton Manning’s seven touchdown pass performance in the Broncos’ 49-27 win over the Ravens last week is worth mentioning. He tied the NFL record with the seven scoring throws, and his 462 passing yards made his game on Thursday night the second-highest fantasy scoring game of all-time by a quarterback. The only quarterback to have a better fantasy game was Hall-of-Famer YA Tittle who threw for seven touchdowns and had 505 passing yards in a 49-34 New York Giant victory over the Washington Redskins in 1962.
The Ravens 22-point loss is the third worst opening game loss by a defending champion in NFL history. In 1950, the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles lost by 25 points on opening day to the Cleveland Browns. The worst opening day loss was by the 1951 defending champion Los Angeles Rams, who lost 37-7 to those same Browns.
Under The Radar Players You Want In Week 2
Ryan Tannehill— Dolphins at Colts
Tannehill delivered a steady game in week one against Cleveland. In his short career, his best game was in week nine against the Colts last season. He passed for 290 yards, threw for a score and had no interceptions. He did not throw for more than 253 yards against any other team in 2012. Tannehill is quickly developing into a solid fantasy option each week with his college coach Mike Sherman as Miami’s offensive coordinator. The Colts were unspectacular against a below average Oakland receiving corps last week. Indianapolis will have a much tougher game trying to stop Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, hopefully adding to a productive week two fantasy game for Tannehill.
Bilal Powell— Jets at Patriots
Even though the Jets were outscored 78-45 by the Patriots in 2012, they ran for an average of 112 yards in those games. Last week, the Patriots were just one of 11 teams to allow more than 100 yards on the ground. The Jets must establish the run to stay with the Patriots and Powell is their best back. The Jets stayed committed to the run against them in 2012 and the script will remain the same for 2013. Powell will have 20-plus touches and will get the goal line carries.
Reuben Randle— Giants vs. Broncos
With five receptions and 101 yards in week one against Dallas, Randle was popular on the waiver wire and for good reason— the Giants will be throwing more this year than in year’s past. While the Broncos were great against the pass in 2012, this week’s “Manning Bowl” is shaping up as a pass-first type of game. Peyton and Eli each had 42 pass attempts in week one and they should each be within ten of that on Sunday. The Giants will continue to run three wide receiver sets, and Randle will have single coverage for most of the game. It is a favorable fantasy matchup for him.
Brian Hartline— Dolphins at Colts
The Colts struggled to cover Denarius Moore and Rod Streater last week. With the Colts having to double Mike Wallace, Hartline will have another game with favorable coverage as he did last week when he caught nine passes for 114 yards and a score against the Browns. That touchdown matched his total for all of 2012. Ryan Tannehill had his best game of 2012 against the Colts and Hartline had his second best game of 2012 that day, catching 8 passes for 107 yards.
Andre Roberts— Cardinals vs. Lions
The Cardinals passed for 304 yards against a good Rams pass defense last week that had 52 sacks in 2012. Roberts is clearly the second wide receiving option behind Larry Fitzgerald in the Cardinal offense. In 2012, the Lions registered 34 sacks, proving that Carson Palmer should have more time to throw this week. In 2012, the Lions allowed 26 scoring throws. Of those, just below half were to the “second receiver”. Last week, Detroit allowed just three receptions to Greg Jennings, the Vikings top wide receiver, while Jerome Simpson, the second receiver, caught seven passes. Seems like a trend… Roberts caught 97 of the Cardinal passing yards last Sunday. He gets at least that much this Sunday and scores.
Jordan Cameron— Browns at Ravens
Although the Browns will not admit it publicly, they are desperate to get a good game from Brandon Weeden. When Cleveland head coach Rod Chudzinski views the game film from last week, he will see that the Ravens were overmatched by mammoth Bronco tight end Julius Thomas. The only part of the Browns’ game plan that worked last week was the play of third year tight end Jordan Cameron who caught nine passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. He has the same type of size and the Browns have to try and take advantage of that matchup. Unless Baltimore can prove they can stop him, this should lead to a solid fantasy day for Cameron.
Scott Chandler— Bills vs. Panthers
Chandler caught four passes from rookie quarterback EJ Manuel last week against the Patriots. CJ Spiller caught five, giving Chandler the most receptions by a Buffalo wide receiver or tight end. Chandler will be targeted by Manuel especially for the first part of the season. In 2012, Chandler caught four of his six touchdown passes during the first four weeks. The Panthers have solid linebackers but tight ends do score on them. A third of the touchdown passes they allowed in 2012 were to tight ends. Look for Chandler to find the goal line on Sunday.