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Weekly Matchups: Strong Plays, Weak Plays Week 2

Kyle Fisher

Kyle Fisher writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.


Matt Schaub vs. WAS

Schaub was surprisingly a non-fantasy factor in last weekís win over the Colts as Arian Foster broke out on the fantasy landscape with a 233-yard, three-touchdown performance. This week the Texans travel to Washington to play a Redskins defense that wonít allow Foster to dominate and should allow opportunities for Schaub to get back in the good graces of his fantasy owners. The Redskins gave up 282 yards passing last week while holding the Cowboys to just 95 yards on the ground. While the Redskins were fairly solid last season against the pass overall, they did struggle against the better passing teams they faced. Look for Schaub to make his fantasy owners happy with a solid week.

LeSean McCoy vs. DET

McCoy had just 35 yards on the ground last week against the Packers as the Eagles played from behind most of the second half, and the running game was dominated by Michael Vick. McCoy may never be a 20-25 carry back in this offense, but he does have the type of matchup that should be very valuable in a PPR league this week. McCoy scored a touchdown and caught five passes for almost 50 yards and should easily exceed those totals against a Lions defense that allowed 101 catches to running backs last season (3rd most in the league) and were torched by the Bearsí backfield to the tune of 10 catches for almost 200 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1. Look for McCoy to have a better day on the ground and be a big target in the passing game, regardless of who starts at quarterback for the Eagles.

Ahmad Bradshaw vs. IND

The encouraging thing for Bradshaw owners is that he got 62.5 percent of the carries in Week 1 and 80 percent of the goal-line carries, which resulted in a touchdown. If this trend continues Sunday night, expect a big game from Bradshaw. While the Colts run defense is not as bad as Arian Foster made it look, it might have lost its best run defender in Bob Sanders, and last season the Colts gave up almost 120 rushing yards a game. Bradshaw will benefit in what very well could be a shootout in Indianapolis.

DeAngelo Williams vs. TB

Williams didnít light it up in Week 1, gaining just 62 yards on 16 carries, but the good news was that Williams got nearly 70 percent of the teamís carries and has one of his better matchups this week. In his last two games against Tampa Bay, Williams has averaged 169 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Tampa Bay gave up the seventh most fantasy rushing points to running backs last season and gave up more than five yards a carry and a rushing touchdown in Week 1. Look for Williams to have one of the better running back performances of Week 2.

Legedu Naanee vs. JAX

Naanee impressed in the season opener, going for 110 yards and a touchdown, despite poor weather in Kansas City. In a big game for the Chargers, look for Philip Rivers to take control against a Jaguars pass defense that gave up 295 yards passing last week to Kyle Orton and that gave up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers last season. Despite his relative inexperience, Naanee was targeted eight times last week and was efficient with those targets, catching five balls. Look for the Chargers to get back on track and Naanee to back up his strong Week 1 performance.


David Garrard vs. SD

With all the quarterback injuries in Week 1, Garrard has suddenly become a hot pickup after his three touchdowns last week. History tells us that this is not the week to have Garrard in your lineup. In Garrardís last seven games after throwing multiple touchdowns, Garrard has thrown a total of one touchdown. Furthermore, Garrard threw just 21 passes compared to 35 rushes in Week 1, and we expect that to continue. Garrard is also matched up against a Chargers unit that looked much better against the pass (65 yards allowed) than the run (135 yards). The Jags should have some success on the ground and with Garrardís history; we think he should stay on the bench.

Knowshon Moreno vs. SEA

Moreno owners had to be excited by the 60 yards and one touchdown in Week 1 despite getting just 15 carries. Moreno got 60 percent of the teamís carries but looks to have a much tougher matchup against what could be a surprise in 2010, the Seahawks run defense. The Seahawks stuffed Frank Gore and the 49ers to the tune of 49 yards on 19 carries and appear to have made vast improvements from the front seven of 2009. Moreno has yet to distinguish himself as a special back and looks to have limited value this week.

Joseph Addai vs. NYG

Addai had little impact in Week 1, rushing for just 44 yards in a loss to the Texans. The Colts have recently been one of the worst rushing teams in the league and with the sudden pressure of a big September matchup in the Giants, we see more of the same, limited opportunities for Addai as Peyton Manning and the pass offense try to win the game. This coupled with a Giants run defense that looked more like the fantasy powerhouse of a few years ago in Week 1 as opposed to the injury ravaged sieve of 2009 and this game has the all the makings of a bad matchup for Addai. The Giants held the powerful Panthers running attack to just 89 yards on 24 carries and should be just as good, if not better, this week against Addai.

Mark Clayton vs. OAK

Clayton got 16 of Sam Bradfordís 55 targets in Week 1 in a close loss to the Cardinals. Because of this, Clayton has been a big target on the waiver wire, but donít expect the same opportunities against the Raiders this week. The Raiders gave up the most fantasy points to running backs last season, which could allow Steven Jackson to be a bigger part of the offense and the Rams to cut Bradfordís attempts. The Raiders are also solid against the pass as they were the ninth best unit against wide receivers in 2009 and gave up only three catches to wide receivers in Week 1. Clayton may be good as a flex option in certain weeks, but this is probably not one of those weeks.

San Francisco Defense vs. NO

The Saints looked a little rusty against the powerful Vikings defense but have had 10 days to prepare for what was supposed to be one of fantasyís best defenses. The 49ers were one of the biggest disappointments in Week 1 as they had just one sack and one turnover against a Seahawks unit that was one of the worst offenses in 2009. The Saints rarely get sacked (once against the Vikings) or turn the ball over (none against the Vikings) and appear to have too many weapons for the 49ers. The Saints should be able to put up points without sacrificing sacks or turnovers, and the 49ers defense should be benched against this explosive offense.