Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season featured big games by Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush, Philadelphia Eagles tight end Brent Celek and San Diego Chargers tight end Dante Rosario. With 14 games played on Sunday, September 16, here's a look at the most surprising fantasy performers from each Week 2 game on Sunday.
Oakland Raiders at Miami Dolphins
Dolphins RB Reggie Bush - 26 carries, 172 rushing yards, 3 receptions, 25 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
A monster day in Week 2 against an Oakland Raiders defense that had no problems against the San Diego Chargers' running backs, Bush is nearly the single-handed reason for the Dolphins win. From scoring on touchdowns of 23 and 65 yards in the third quarter, he showed the playmaking abilities and skill desired from running backs. Although his situation in Miami is still undesirable, Bush could be a good RB2 at best this year and has no competition for his starting job.
Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars
Texans RB Ben Tate - 12 carries, 74 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 23 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
While Arian Foster was the best back in the game, Tate also found a way to have a very productive outing with nearly 100 total yards and two touchdowns. Although second fiddle to Foster, games like this make Tate a potential starter. Unfortunately, it's difficult to predict when Tate will find the end zone unless he is the starter, making a difficult player to start due to his backup status.
Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals
Browns QB Brandon Weeden - 26-for-37, 322 passing yards, 2 carries, 6 rushing yards, 2 touchdown passes
After a pitiful debut, Weeden bounced back in a high-scoring game against the Browns. While Trent Richardson was still the focus of the offense, Weeden's efficiency and effectiveness led the offense to many scoring opportunities. Still the starting quarterback of one of the less-proven offenses in the NFL, Weeden is not starting material in fantasy leagues yet.
Kansas City Chiefs at Buffalo Bills
Chiefs RB Shaun Draughn - 5 carries, 56 rushing yards, 1 reception, 23 receiving yards
Even with the presence of Jamaal Charles and Peyton Hillis in the backfield, Draughn has been the most impressive of the three so far this season. While the Chiefs have played in games with garbage time, he has been productive in his sizeable role. Draughn is someone to watch if he still runs effectively and gets a large chunk of carries in closer contests.
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles TE Brent Celek - 8 receptions, 157 receiving yards
Even with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin both available despite injuries, Celek was the one receiver with a huge performance in the Eagles' win over the Ravens. With a career-high 157 yards on eight catches, Celek was Michael Vick's favorite target and has been targeted many times in these first few weeks. A player whose stock is quickly rising, Celek is a tight end worth starting in most leagues.
Minnesota Vikings at Indianapolis Colts
Colts WR Donnie Avery - 1 carry, 0 rushing yards, 9 receptions, 111 receiving yards
After Reggie Wayne and Coby Fleener served as Andrew Luck's top targets in Week 1, Avery served as Luck's favorite target in Week 2 with 11 passes thrown his way. With a career-high nine catches in the win over the Vikings, Avery looked impressive on short slant patterns and looks to be in Luck's rotation of typical targets. With Austin Collie still struggling with concussion issues, Avery could easily serve as the team's No. 2 wide receiver, making him a potential flex play next week against the Jaguars.
Arizona Cardinals at New England Patriots
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski - 4-for-5 FGs made
From a fantasy perspective, Gostkowski had a great game with four made field goals, including two longer than 50 yards. The primary source of points for the Patriots, his last field goal attempt was unfortunately the biggest one in the game, as his missed 42-yard field goal let the Cardinals get the shocking win. Despite his letdown at the end fothe game, Gostkowski is still a high-end fantasy kicker.
New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
Saints RB Pierre Thomas - 9 carries, 110 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 33 receiving yards
While Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles each had good games for the Saints, Thomas had the best game on the ground with his first 100-yard rushing game since Week 3 of the 2009 season. Still stuck in a position where he is sharing carries and catches with Ingram and Sproles, Thomas' great day is likely an abnormality and he is best served as a flex option against defenses that struggle to stop running backs.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New York Giants
Giants QB Eli Manning - 31-for-51, 510 passing yards, 3 carries, -2 rushing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions
After throwing three interceptions in the first half, Manning led the improbable comeback for a win over the Buccaneers. Throwing for 378 yards to Hakeem Nicks & Victor Cruz alone, Manning had a huge passing day in Week 2 and could have had an even bigger game if passes weren't dropped in the end zone. With great wideouts around him, Manning is a top fantasy quarterback in Week 3 against the Panthers.
Washington Redskins at St. Louis Rams
Rams RB Daryl Richardson - 15 carries, 83 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 19 receiving yards, 1 fumble lost
While Danny Amendola had an amazing first half, especially for owners in PPR leagues, Richardson was the big surprise from this game. Replacing the benched Steven Jackson, the seventh-round pick looked extremely effective against the Redskins and could become a major competitor for the starting job before the end of the season. Richardson will be a top waiver wire running back add this week given his high fantasy ceiling.
Dallas Cowboys at Seattle Seahawks
Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy - 5 receptions, 41 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
McCoy was Seattle's best receiver with the most catches, yards, and Russell Wilson's only touchdown pass. While the game was dominated on the ground by Marshawn Lynch, McCoy looked good when he caught his first career touchdown and definitely has a connection with head coach Pete Carroll as a former USC product. With the team's struggles at tight end over the years, McCoy could become the answer at the position in Seattle.
Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers
Chargers TE Dante Rosario - 4 receptions, 48 receiving yards, 3 touchdowns
Getting extra playing time for the game day scratch of Antonio Gates, Rosario lit up the scoreboard with three touchdown catches. While he had a career day against the Titans, Rosario's value is completely-dependent on Gates health. If Gates is set to return for Week 3, Rosario will once again become an irrelevant fantasy option.
New York Jets at Pittsburgh Steelers
Jets RB Bilal Powell - 9 carries, 33 rushing yards
While the Jets offense did very little against the Steelers in Week 2, Powell was one player who had an intriguing performance. Outperforming backup Joe McKnight once again, he was called upon to get extra carries when Shonn Greene momentarily left the game with a head injury. With this showing, Powell is the team's likely No. 2 running back and is the better handcuff to own in case of another Greene injury.
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers
49ers TE Vernon Davis - 5 receptions, 73 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
While Davis definitely has the ability to produce like a top-notch fantasy tight end, he continued to show as Alex Smith's top receiver against the Lions. With two more touchdowns on the season, it appears even more than ever that the 49ers intend to make Davis an even bigger option in the passing game. Possessing great chemistry with Smith and having less blocking responsibilities in the team's "bigger" formations, Davis could well be on his way to a career year.
Week 2 Scoreboard, Yahoo! Sports
Reggie Bush News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Donnie Avery News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Stephen Gostkowski News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Pierre Thomas Game Log 2009, Yahoo! Sports
Tampa Bay at NY Giants | Sunday September 16, 2012 Box Score, Yahoo! Sports
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Austin Chang is a lifelong football fan, San Francisco 49ers supporter, and fantasy football player since 2005. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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