Hits & Misses – Week 2: Vikings ready to pillage

Now that week one is in the record books, we’re starting to get a better idea of how the teams will look this season. It’s obvious that Adrian Peterson is the best running back in the league and he’s being rewarded for his spectacular play in week one with a Detroit Lions defense that was complete owned by the Saints last week. While you would think that that would earn him a spot on the Hit list this week, I had to leave him off for reasons mentioned in my week one post. However, that does not prevent me from including his quarterback, who starts off this edition of the Hits & Misses…

Quarterback
Hits
Misses
Kurt Warner, ARI @ JAX – Anquan Boldin is getting healthier and Warner is due for a big game after last week’s disappointment. I expect at least 250 and a few scores from the veteran, even against a solid Jaguars defense. Matt Schaub, Texans @ TEN – I just heard Mark Schlereth predict that the Texans would beat the Titans this weekend on ESPN, but I just don’t see it happening (he also stated that Mike Bell finally gave the Saints a legitimate rushing attack…so Pierre Thomas wasn’t legit?!) I’m benching Schaub for Flacco this week in one of my leagues and maybe you should think about doing the same.
Brett Favre, Vikings @ DET – Favre didn’t have to do much last week, throwing for just over 100 yards, but this week I think the Vikings will want to get a little better look at the man who is supposed to lead them to the Superbowl. They’ll still hand Adrian Peterson the rock about 30 times, but if Drew Brees and the Saints could put up six touchdowns on the Lions, you have to think that Favre can put up two and a bunch of yards. Carson Palmer, Bengals @ GB – I’m expecting Palmer to have a good year, but it looks like he’s going to take a bit longer than Tom Brady to shake the rust off. He threw two interceptions and zero touchdowns against a Broncos defense that was arguably the worst in the NFL last season and now he heads into Green Bay. Expect a rough one for the Bengals here.
Joe Flacco, Ravens @ SD – Last week Flacco torched the Chiefs for over 300 yards and three touchdowns and this week he plays a San Diego pass defense that isn’t a whole lot better. This could be the year that the Ravens can finally say they have a passing game to compliment their dominant defense and running game (at least I hope so as I picked him up as my backup QB in two leagues!) Mark Sanchez, Jets vs NE – The rookie started off with a solid game in which he threw for over 270 yards and a touchdown, but now he plays a Belicheck-Patriots defense that has a game’s worth of video tape to review. Expect a tougher game for Sanchez unless they can really get the screens to Leon Washington going from the start.
Running Back
Hits
Misses
Leon Washington, Jets vs NE – Fred Jackson and the Bills had a lot of success last week against the Patriots defense using screen passes, so I’m sure New England will be working to defend against them better this week. The problem is they lost their key defender against the screen (Jerod Mayo), not to mention that Washington is better than Fred Jackson at running screens to begin with. Steve Slaton, Texans @ TEN – Slaton struggled against a tough Jets defense last week and now he gets to play a Titans team that only allowed 36 (!) rushing yards last week.
Chris Johnson, Titans vs HOU – He was shut down by the Steelers in last week’s season opener, but the Texans are NOT the Steelers. Expect CJ (and LenDale White) to have solid games for the Titans this week. LaDainian Tomlinson, Chargers vs BAL – He’s already suffering through injuries and while the team isn’t ready to lean on Darren Sproles as their feature-back, they have no problem getting him heavily involved in the offense when LT can’t go. I’d look elsewhere this week if you have options and you’re a Tomlinson-owner.
Correll Buckhalter, Broncos vs CLE – I had a tough time deciding on who to list here, either Buckhalter or Knowshon Moreno, but Buckhalter played better last week and it seems Moreno is still getting up to speed with the NFL. The Browns were absolutely demolished by Adrian Peterson in week one and while the Broncos rush attack is no where near the caliber of the Vikings, they should still manage some solid yardage on the ground. Joseph Addai, Colts @ MIA – With each game I expect that we’ll see a bigger dose of Donald Brown in the Colts backfield, which makes me uncomfortable starting Addai as we get further into the season, but that’s not the real reason he’s on the Miss list. Addai had a measely 2.5 yards per carry last week and now plays a Dolphins defense that kept Michael Turner in check last week…that’s why.
Wide Receiver
Hits
Misses
Terrell Owens, Bills vs TB – Usually when T.O. complains about not getting the ball enough, the team makes a valiant effort to get it to him frequently the next week, so I think we’ll see a lot of passes his way from Trent Edwards this week. As long as he doesn’t drop them all, he should put up solid numbers. Jericho Cotchery, Jets vs NE – New England shut down T.O. and Lee Evans last week. This week, Jericho Cotchery and whoever else the Jets use as their other starting receiver.
Andre Johnson, Texans @ TEN – I have Schaub on the Miss list, but for some reason I think Andre Johnson is still going to get some good numbers this week against a tought Titans defense. Houston’s rushing game will most likely be shut down by Tennessee, so I expect them to take a few shots downfield and Johnson should reel in one or two for some good yardage and possibly a score. T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Seahawks @ SF – Housh is struggling through back spasms this week and it’s not even a given that he’ll play on Sunday. That being said, even if he does play, he’s going against a tough 49er’s defense that will make him earn every catch over the middle that he gets.
Santana Moss, Redskins vs STL – Somehow the Giants were able to completely nuetralize Moss in week one, shutting him down for just six yards on two receptions! I don’t expect this to be commonplace and a date with St. Louis is just what the doctor ordered to get him back to his normal self. Braylon Edwards, Browns @ DEN – Normally playing the Broncos would have been a reason to get on the Hit list, but with the lack of chemistry between quarterback Brady Quinn and Edwards, dropped passes, and the fact that the Broncos shut down the Bengals passing game last week, I have to put Braylon on the Miss list. He continues to be one of the biggest dissappointments in the fantasy football world and I don’t think this week he’ll change that.
Tight End
Hits
Misses
Chris Cooley, Redskins vs STL – I had him as a Miss last week and he still had a decent game (and scored a touchdown!) Imagine what he can do now that he’s on the Hit list and playing the Rams? Jeremy Shockey, Saints @ PHI – I’m not saying he’ll have a terrible game, just don’t expect two touchdowns against a Philly defense that looked scary in week one.