Week two is nearly wrapped up, and there won’t be many running backs left when the dust finally settles. Shane Vereen was shelved last week and there is now a laundry list of backs who could potentially join him. From knees, to heads, to hips, Sunday was a brutal one for fantasy backs. Grab a few Advil and read on for some highs and lows from week two:
C.J. Spiller: While the Buffalo backfield split wasn’t quite what us fake footballers hoped for (20 touches for Spiller, 16 for Jackson), Spiller did get rolling this week as he topped 100 yards rushing and added 26 receiving yards as well. This should help Spiller owners inch a little further from the ledge.
Matt Forte: Mr. PPR himself was up to his old tricks, as Forte racked up 11 catches to go along with 161 total yards. Forte didn’t find the endzone this week, but he is just spectacular in Trestman’s offense. Saddle up and ride this guy to a nice stack of fantasy victories.
Steven Jackson: SJax left Atlanta’s game Sunday with a quad issue that popped up during a touchdown run. The waiting game ensues here as news will surface this week on Jackson’s status.
Eddie Lacy: Lacy’s first carry was his last on Sunday, as he was knocked from the game with a concussion. No news has been released concerning the severity of the concussion, but this is obviously not good news and makes me tear up a little actually.
James Starks: After Lacy’s unfortunate exit from Sunday’s game, Starks looked solid while turning 20 carries into 132 yards on the ground. Don’t go too bonkers on the waiver wire just yet on our old friend Jimmy Starks, as he hasn’t been great in previous years and we don’t know how Lacy will be out just yet.
James Jones: There you are, James! Jones was probably sitting on a few fantasy benches this week after his week one goose egg, but James Jones will remain a big part of the Packers passing attack, as illustrated by his 11 catch, 178 yard performance against Washington. Of course it helps when Aaron Rodgers zings the rock for 480 yards, but Jones will be active regardless. Exhale.
T.Y. Hilton: Much like James Jones, Hilton bounced back in a big way, snagging six balls for 124 yards. Hilton is too speedy to be left in the cold in Indy’s target department, so I would consider this performance far closer to the norm than week one.
Lamar Miller: Nothing amazing here, but Miller did run for 69 yards and a touchdown in week two. The Miami passing game did most of the work for the ‘Phins on Sunday, but in case you don’t have a Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas workload app on your phone, Miller received 14 carries to Thomas’ eight. Don’t pop the champagne, but it’s a step in the right direction.
Dez Bryant: You weren’t worried about Dez after week one were you? Were you!?! Good. Our man Dez was back in top form this week, hauling in nine Tony Romo passes for 141 yards and a touchdown and looked as impressive as ever in doing so. This guy is just awesome.
Eddie Royal: As the Chargers knocked off the Eagles, Eddie Royal was busy scoring a hat trick for the Bolts, as he caught seven passes for 90 yards and found pay dirt thrice. If somehow you can find a sucker to take Royal off your hands at this point, go for it as he won’t keep this crazy run going all season. Royal now has five touchdowns on the year. Weird, I know.
Ray Rice: Rice went out with a hip injury during Sunday’s game that the Ravens are now calling a “hip flexor strain.” No definitive explanation has come out yet so we are stuck looking at our magic eight ball for the answer. Bernard Pierce owners may like the next few weeks.
DeAndre Hopkins: As Andre Johnson left Houston’s game early to get checked for a concussion, it was the rookie Hopkins who stepped up and led the Texans to another comeback win. The seven catch, 117 yard performance looks nice, but if you caught any of this game you certainly noticed how good Hopkins looked doing it. This guy has a seriously stellar future ahead of him.
Calvin Johnson: Six catches for 116 yards and two scores. We told you the touchdowns would come, so sit back, relax and enjoy watching the best receiver in the universe.
Knowshon Moreno: Montee Ball received 12 carries to Moreno’s 13, but it was Knowshon who ripped the Giants for 93 yards on the ground at 7.2 yards per carry. This backfield remains a little unclear but Moreno looks like the safest play at the moment.