Week 2 Fantasy Football Thoughts


Sep 7, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back

Giovani Bernard

(25) runs with the ball during the third quarter Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Cincinnati Bengals defeated Baltimore Ravens 23-16. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

One week of fantasy football is in the books and we now have a better idea of what some of our draft picks can offer to us this coming season.

Some players did exactly what was expected of them, while other notable guys failed to perform right out of the gate. My first words of advice, calm down, the world isn’t ending, LeSean McCoy will get into the end zone soon enough. Now fantasy football analysts aren’t straying too far from their preseason predictions, but here are some guys that I believe will have big second weeks, regardless of their pre-draft position.

Giovanni Bernard, RB, CIN

Gio was tabbed as a bottom half RB1, top RB2 before this season, but the way he was involved in the offense last week makes me believe he will consistently be among the top performers at his position on a week-to-week basis. The Bengals get the porous Atlanta Falcons defense and Bernard should have himself a great week, even regardless of getting into the end zone.

Knowshown Moreno, RB, MIA

This may seem obvious now after his big performance against the New England Patriots, but many pundits weren’t talking much about the former Broncos running back before the season. Lamar Miller has had his chances to take the starting job in Miami, but there was a reason why Moreno was given every opportunity to take that gig away from Miller this year, and he has earned it decidedly. Buffalo’s run defense isn’t bad, but the upgrades on the offensive line that the Dolphins made this offseason look to be paying off and Moreno should score another touchdown this Sunday.

Bobby Rainey, RB, TB

A lot of running backs I know, but it is the one position with the most turnover of production in the league. Doug Martin can’t seem to stay healthy and Rainey seems to always find his way celebrating in the end zone with his lineman. Last year during his time starting, Rainey was fantastic, showing that a man of his limited stature is very difficult to tackle when you can move like he does. Josh McCown has shown more than a willingness to check down and Rainey is a perfect fit for this offense. With Martin most likely out this week, Rainey will put up high-end RB2 numbers against a Rams defense that may overextend themselves while trying to get to the quarterback.

Markus Wheaton, WR, PIT

Here is a guy who got a lot of attention during the preseason and for good reason. However, many didn’t expect Wheaton to have the “Emmanuel Sanders” type impact he did in Week 1 for the Steelers. Wheaton is shifty and will become a favorite of Ben Roethlisberger‘s throughout the season, and my bold prediction for the young receiver is that he will finish the year with 90 receptions. Baltimore’s pass defense is mediocre these days and Wheaton should at least have himself a five-catch day against their secondary.