Are you ticked off that you drafted Chris Johnson yet? Well you should be. After two games, he has a mere 21 rushing yards on 19 carries. That’s 1.1 yards per carry, an absolutely pathetic total for any NFL back, let alone your first-round pick.
That 21-yard total is less than what his own quarterback, Jake Locker, has. Even worse, Cleveland’s 28-year-old rookie QB Brandon Weeden has 31 yards on the ground.
Even better, he has now gone out and said that the blocking hasn’t been up to snuff and that it’s not his fault that he’s not rushing very well. That’s a great way to get your offensive line on your side.
It will probably be a good idea to start considering sitting CJ on a week-to-week basis, depending on who he’s playing. Not exactly what you want from your supposed top RB.
The good news is that the last time he faced Detroit, Johnson rushed for 125 yards and two TDs — but that was back in 2008.
- For those worrying about Jamaal Charles and his status for this week, there’s no reason to worry. While he did sit out for a while last week in Buffalo after hurting his surgically repaired knee, it was just a bruise after a hard fall. By the time he felt comfortable to come back, the game was out of hand and Peyton Hillis and Shaun Draughn were doing alright at running back.
- I hope you enjoyed that touchdown that Michael Turner scored on Monday night, because he did a little too much celebrating after it. Turner was pulled over for speeding and arrested for DUI early Tuesday. That could cost him a game suspension depending on how the NFL feels like dealing with his arrest. Keep an eye on this case as you might need to find a plug-and-play back.
- I’m sure that many owners were sad to see Aaron Hernandez leave Sunday’s game due to an ankle injury without even picking up a single point. It looked like a high-ankle sprain and the Pats have already said that he will be out for a “few” weeks. I wouldn’t drop him for something that’s not too serious, but I would go out and find a replacement for the next while.
n Sticking with the Patriots passing attack, it will be interesting to see what happens with Wes Welker now. He didn’t start in Week 2 and hasn’t been getting nearly the same amount of targets as he usually does. With Hernandez out, he’ll likely see more action in three-WR sets, but it’s clear that he’s not even the top wideout in town any more – that’s Brandon Lloyd.
- All signs point to Ryan Mathews returning this week from a broken clavicle in the pre-season. Facing the Falcons is a good matchup considering that Willis McGahee scored twice and ran for more than 100 yards against them on Monday night. But, it has to be considered that the Chargers may ease him back into the lineup, especially when it comes to goal-line carries.
- Matt Forte is out this week after hurting his ankle against the Packers last Thursday. With Michael Bush around to ably take the majority of the carries, it didn’t make sense for the Bears to risk their top RB’s future health. Even if a hobbled Forte did play, Bush would still have been a good bet to rack up some points this week.
- I’m sure that Julio Jones caught some fantasy flak from owners this week after his poor performance against Denver. The supposed break-out star receiver was on the sideline much of the third quarter while Roddy White was looking like the Falcons main man. Jones and White though were limited in practice this week, which is something to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t be too concerned though, as coach Mike Smith said earlier this week that many of his guys were limited because they’re on a short week.
Sit or Start
Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS vs. CIN
The Bengals just gave up 322 yards to Brandon Weeden and this is RG3’s home debut.
Peyton Manning, QB, DEN vs. HOU
Manning is coming off a short week and threw three picks on Monday. Houston’s D is better than Atlanta’s too.
Michael Bush, RB, CHI vs. STL
With Matt Forte out this week, he’s a solid play against an the Rams’ average defensive front.
Reggie Bush, RB, MIA vs. NYJ
If there’s one thing the Jets defence does very well, it’s shut down one dimensional teams like the Dolphins.
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN vs. DET
The Lions can score and have a decent defensive front, two things that go against opponents’ running games.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR, ARI vs. PHI
Coming off a terrible showing and now has to square off with Nnamdi Asomugha.
DeSean Jackson, WR, PHI at ARI
The Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson has very quickly become an absolute shut-down corner.
Dennis Pitta, TE, BAL
Has the most targets out of every tight end and is tied for the most receptions.
San Francisco has allowed only three rushing TDs in 20 games under head coach Jim Harbaugh.
ADD OF THE WEEK
Andre Brown, RB, NYG
With Ahmad Bradshaw sidelined with a neck injury, it was Brown who got the majority of the carries in Week 2 and racked up 113 yards and two TDs on Thursday night. He’ll be their main back until Bradshaw returns as it seems like David Wilson has fallen out of favour ever since fumbling on his first career carry.
DROP OF THE WEEK
Fred Davis, TE, WAS
A lot of fantasy owners dropped the Skins tight end when it was revealed that he suffered a concussion in Week 2, but it won’t keep him out. What should keep him out of your lineup is the fact that he only has four catches and 52 yards in two games. He was touted for a breakout season, but we’ve yet to see any spark yet.
WAIVER DEFENCE OF THE WEEK
Arizona vs. Philadelphia
While you may scoff at the Cardinals facing the Eagles, remember what Arizona did on the road at New England last week. The Cards’ defence is keeping the team in games while the offence stumbles its way to victories. Don’t forget that Michael Vick has been turning the ball over like crazy so far and the Eagles lost their starting centre.