Our own harshest critics: Week 2

It's Tuesday, so that means it's time to take a look back at the things we said over the past week, see how close we came to what actually happened, and occasionally throw up all over the keyboard.

  • Brandon's Spot Starts (scroll down):
    • Michael Pittman: "…look for Pittman to fill in relatively well against a defense (New Orleans) that was sliced and diced by Joseph Addai last week…" Cadillac actually was OK to play, so Pittman didn't have a fantasy-worthy day.
    • Derrick Ward: "Brandon Jacobs sprained his knee and looks like he might miss a couple weeks, so logically his backup would be a good recommendation as a 'spot start.'" Had a nice game with over 100 total yards.
    • Patrick Crayton: "If you’re looking for a spot start to fill in for Glenn or one of your other receivers that isn’t panning out, Crayton should make a decent play…" No catches, no yards. Oopsie.
    • Arnaz Battle: "…he should be able to get some decent yardage and fill a 3rd WR hole here and there…" 2 catches, 17 yards.
    • Brandon Stokley: "…Stokley should see his fair share of tosses." 3 rec, 43 yards, 1 TD. Very nice WR3 fill-in day.
    • David Garrard: "…should put up good enough numbers to be worth starting him…" 272 yards and a TD, which is an OK fantasy day, but also approximately the same production your grandmother could manage against the Falcons.
    • Wes Welker: "…Welker would make a good start if you’re in need of a receiver for the week." 8 catches, 91 yards, and looking more and more like a better option in this receiving corps than Stallworth.
  • My Cut Your Losses:
    • Joey Harrington: "This team has truly screwed the pooch, if you’ll pardon the expression, and I don’t want any part of their offense." 200 yards, no nuthin' else, and his coach is talking smack: "I think right now Joey is playing a little bit conservative, a little bit not to throw the interception."
    • Isaac Bruce: "Bruce had a nice fantasy career, but it’s over now…" Well, maybe not quite yet (8 catches, 145 yards). I still wouldn't expect consistent production, but that was surprising, I gotta admit.
    • Ted Ginn Jr.: "Obviously, he can only improve from here, but is it worth a roster spot to see how much?" After a one-carry, negative-three-yard performance, the answer is pretty clear.
    • Jeff Garcia: "…I’d be very hesitant to hold onto an older QB who takes a nasty concussion." Apparently Garcia escaped the dreaded Trent Green Syndrome (243 yards, 2 TD).
    • Boller/McNair: "Three words for this potentially brewing quarterback controversy: Just. Stay. Away." Boller's respectable 185-yard, 2-TD, 0-INT day against the anemic Jets defense still isn't enough to convince me that owning any Ravens QB is a good idea.
    • Devin Hester: "The rumors that he was going to be more involved in the offense were clearly overblown." The Bears did try to get him the ball on offense, but it didn't happen. Happily for Hester, he did get one of his trademark long touchdown returns, so if your league awards points for such things, AND it's a deep league, he might be worth a roster spot to see if they continue to try and get him the ball… but in 99% of leagues, he doesn't belong on a fantasy team.
    • Eric Moulds/Brandon Jones: "Vince Young, while he’s already fun to watch in a Mike-Vick-circa-2002 sorta way, clearly isn’t ready to be the kind of passer that is going to provide any kind of statistical consistency for the Titans’ WRs." Neither Moulds nor Jones did much. Next week's matchup with New Orleans is one of the few games that I'd consider starting Jones.
  • Brandon said: "There should be another free agent quarterback that makes a better play than Clemens against the Ravens." 260 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT – frankly better than I would have expected, but still a pretty bad fantasy day.
  • My Proceed With Caution – weak plays for week 2:
    • Warrick Dunn: "…the Jags D is going to be out to kill a man, and lil’ Warrick has them drooling." 50 yards, 1 TD. Nothing special, and the yardage is proof that the Jags rush D is better than it looked against Chris Brown.
    • Chris Brown: "It’s hard to believe, but Indy’s D is truly scary now…" I was right on with this prediction, but I still started him in one league, because I'm an idiot.
    • LaMont Jordan: "Jordan’s not going to repeat his week 1 performance this week, or do anything even close." I'm still trying to figure out how he managed to rush for 159 yards against the Denver D. Shanahan's probably calling people into his office right now (defensive coordinators, linebackers, the laundry guy) and strangling them out of spite.
    • Julius Jones: "Jones’ line will probably look something like this: 16 rush, 38 yds, 0 TD. Does that sound like something you might be interested in?" Jones' actual rushing statistics: 15 rush, 32 yds, 0 TD. I was one 6-yard carry from you owing me a beer (yes, you).
    • Plaxico Burress: "Whether it’s [Eli] or a backup playing, consider benching Plax if you’ve got a reasonable plug-in option on your bench." Only two catches (for 32 yds), but one was for a TD.
  • I said: "Alexander (sprained left wrist) might not get as many touches as he usually would, and the Seahawks most likely won't run any of the new plays they're been working on to pass him the ball instead of fullback Mack Strong, but he's still a better start than any other RB on your team." 70 yards and a touchdown was a little less than I expected, but it was still a passable fantasy day.
  • Ask the Geeks:
    • "bulger or matt schuab for week 2?" – Brandon and I both said Bulger, who put up 368 yards but only one touchdown, compared to Schaub's 227 yards and two TDs. In yardage-heavy leagues, Bulger was the better play, and the difference in yardage totals is a direct reflection on how much you can trust these two quarterbacks going forward.
    • "L.evens, t.bell, j.norwood (atl), or deangelo williams in week 2 for my final flex spot?" We both said to start Lee Evans, who wound up having the most useless day of all the choices. None of them had big games, though. The Buffalo offense looks completely overma
      tched so far, and it doesn't get any easier in week 3 against the Pats (their schedule is mostly nightmarish until the last five games).
    • "owen daniels or alge crumpler in week 2?" – I said Daniels, Brandon said Crumpler. It was pretty much a toss-up: Daniels had 5 rec for 58 yards, Crumpler had 3 for 53.