Fantasy news and views
Week 2 of the regular season is in the books. What are the latest roster shakeups and how will, or should, they affect your lineup? Let's take a look.
Views: Talk about a fantasy owner's dream: Romo threw for 312 yards and three touchdowns (two for
Verdict: I am officially a supporter of McNabb's fantasy campaign in '08. Sure, he's prone to injury and the Lincoln Financial Field playing surface is horrible during the soggy November and December months. But when healthy, NO ONE does more with less pass-catching talent than McNabb ... and fantasy owners would be wise to move heaven and earth to grab him, via trade -- especially if
Views: Williams is one of the most polarizing talents in fantasy football. The man wears his heart on his sleeve -- meaning when things are good, he'll tell you about it all day, and when things go bad ... well, it could get ugly. On the surface, he's averaging a healthy eight targets per game (the number of times a receiver has the ball thrown his way) -- ranking 22nd in the league among wide receivers. However, he has caught only six of those 16 passes (37.5 percent) for a miniscule 95 yards (and one touchdown). That production has been easily dwarfed by Williams' low-key, but high-profile partner-in-crime,
Verdict: Johnson is rapidly becoming one of the best pass-catchers in the NFL, obviously relegating Williams to WR2 status with Detroit. But since the Lions are the NFL's best garbage time team, there should be enough scoring opportunities to satisfy both first-round picks (Williams, 2004; Johnson, '07). Now, if only Detroit could send Williams out on more crossing patterns or fly routes -- instead of those inward curls more suitable for shorter, quicker slot receivers -- and not 6-foot-4 jumping jacks with soft hands.
Views: A receiver is only as good as the guy who's throwing him the ball -- and vice versa. And right now, no starting QB (not named
Verdict: If you had Edwards pegged for 1,400 receiving yards and 16 TDs (similar to last year), you may want to adjust your slide-rule tip calculator -- because the Browns are a mess right now. Realistically, Edwards could still register 81 catches for 1,100 yards and 8 TDs for the season -- numbers worthy of a WR2. In other words, he's the perfect "Buy Low" candidate in fantasyland.
Views: Yes, Raiders running back
Verdict: What's not to like about McFadden in fantasyland? The Raiders are a top-5 team in rushing attempts, D-Mac can catch balls out of the backfield and he's an every-down back (McFadden accounted for 89 of 95 yards in a third-quarter scoring drive against K.C.). Barring injury, he should be a mortal lock for 1,300 total yards and 10 TDs.
Verdict: There is ray of light at the end of the tunnel: Both