Week 2 of the 2012 fantasy football season will feature many intriguing storylines. From players working through injuries to some rookies starting off this season well, Week 2 will have some players with uncertain fantasy value. Here's a look at intriguing over/under predictions for each Week 2 contest.
Week 1 Over/Under Predictions Record: 6-9
A big part of the Packers offensive plan against San Francisco 49ers, Cobb had a big game with a career-high nine receptions for 77 yards in Week 1. With Greg Jennings doubtful against the Bears, Cobb could be a huge target, especially if he continues to see an increased roll in the backfield. With the running game struggling, Aaron Rodgers and the passing game should have great numbers, meaning Cobb could be a huge contributor in Week 2.
Despite playing almost every offensive snap for the Raiders, McFadden finished the game without a touchdown. Facing a Dolphins team that allowed a big scoring day to Houston Texans running back Arian Foster, McFadden could very possibly have a big game for Oakland following their disappointing Monday night loss. With no sign of possibly letting up on his workload, the Raiders may give McFadden plenty of touches in Week 2, possibly resulting in a big day for him.
Despite starting Rashad Jennings, Jones-Drew was the primary back against the Minnesota Vikings, carrying the ball 19 times for 77 yards. Facing a good Houston defense, Jones-Drew may struggle in his second outing as he still tries to get fully up-to-speed in the team's new offense.
The Browns offense was poor against the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 1. With their passing game going nowhere, Richardson could be up for a heavy workload against the Bengals. Even with an injured knee, Richardson will be the focal point of the Browns offense and could muster at least 60 yards on Sunday on the ground.
With Fred Jackson out for at least a month, Spiller gets an extended look as the team's featured weapon on offense. As the focal point of Buffalo's offense, the Chiefs will have ample time to prepare for Spiller, making him a major part of their defensive plans. After a strong showing in Week 1 where they stopped the Atlanta Falcons running game, the Chiefs could once again do the same against Spiller in Week 2.
Baltimore Ravens at Philadelphia Eagles: QB Joe Flacco over/under 2.5 passing touchdowns - UNDER
Flacco stood out on Monday night against the Bengals by connecting with Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith, and Dennis Pitta in the passing game. Facing a much-tougher Eagles secondary, this will truly be a test for the Ravens passing game and whether they can become a top offensive in the NFL. With a tougher matchup this week, the Ravens may look to rely on Ray Rice's contributions more, making Flacco and the passing game play second fiddle to the running game.
With just 17 carries in Week 1, Peterson had a great game for the Vikings. Facing a good matchup against the Colts, he should have good numbers once again but will likely be limited so that he can ease his way into full-time duty. Likely seeing around 15-20 carries in Week 2, Peterson has a good chance at pulling off enough longer runs to get 90 or more rushing yards.
Silent for much of Week 1 with only three catches, Welker saw less time on the field due to offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels' three tight-end sets. Facing a Cardinals team that should result in a high-scoring output by the Patriots, look for Welker to once again be a dominant receiver in the Patriots passing game.
In Week 1, the Saints allowed 320 yards in Robert Griffin III's NFL debut. In Week 2, Newton, who's also a dual-threat as a passer and runner, will get his chance at putting up big numbers against a susceptible Saints pass defense. With improving weapons around him and a struggling running game, Newton should reach the 300-yard passing mark without problems.
Questionable in Week 1 with a foot problem, Nicks had an okay opener with four catches for 38 yards. Despite receiving extra time to prepare for the Buccaneers in Week 2, he is still going through some lingering soreness in his foot, which could make him a minimal contributor once again.
Despite a huge Week 1 and his status as the team's starter, Morris is guaranteed nothing in coach Mike Shanahan's history with running backs. After carrying the ball 28 times in Week 1, Morris may be that one Washington running back that sticks as the starter, meaning another big day on the ground against a so-so Rams defense.
Ogletree was the big surprising of opening night with his big career day against the Giants in Week 1. Facing a Seahawks defense that allowed lots of fantasy points to opposing wide receivers last season, Ogletree could have another big performance in Week 2 if Seattle chooses to focus their defensive efforts on Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, and DeMarco Murray. While he'll probably not match his Week 1 numbers, Ogletree should be in for another big game in Seattle.
Although listed as questionable for Week 2, Mathews has displayed some encouraging signs that he will return in Week 2. If he does play, he'll face a Titans defense that allowed a big game to Patriots running back Stevan Ridley. With good news attached to his playing status for Week 2, Mathews is a risky play this week but could do something good against Tennessee.
Hill was the best rookie wide receiver in Week 1 with two touchdowns in the blowout win over the Bills. Limited in practice this week with a calf injury, he'll face a tougher challenge this week in the Steelers stingy defense. After a great showing last week, particularly in the red zone, Hill and Mark Sanchez could connect in the end zone once again in Week 2.
Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers: RB Frank Gore over/under 16.5 carries - UNDER
Gore played extremely well against the Packers in Week 1 with 112 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Facing a Lions defense that focused on stopping Stephen Jackson, it wouldn't be surprisingly to see them do the same to Gore. With Kendall Hunter seeing more action, Gore will continue to see limited carries this season in order to keep him healthy this season.
Denver Broncos at Atlanta Falcons: QB Matt Ryan over/under 299.5 passing yards - OVER
With the Falcons depending less on the run game, Ryan was able to have a great Week 1 performance with 299 passing yards and three touchdowns in the air. More passing seems to be the trend in Atlanta, meaning 300-yard games could be a likely occurrence regardless of who Atlanta faces. With the Broncos coming into town for a Monday night game, Ryan could easily reach the mark he missed by just one yard in Week 1.
Randall Cobb News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Adrian Peterson Profile, Yahoo! Sports
Wes Welker News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Hakeem Nicks News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Alfred Morris News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Frank Gore News & Notes, Yahoo! Sports
Matt Ryan Profile, 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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