The randomness and near impossibility to predict a player's performance is what makes fantasy football so enjoyable.
It is also what makes it so incredibly frustrating. Take these five freaky fantasy football facts through Week 2 for example.
Who Needs Gronk and Graham?
Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham entered the season as the undisputed top two fantasy tight ends. In Yahoo! leagues Graham's Average Draft Pick (ADP) was 14.4 to Gronk's 15.3. Through Week 2 the dynamic duo has combined for 25 receptions, 291 yards, and four TD's.
The not-so-dynamic duo of largely undrafted TE's Dennis Pitta and Brandon Myers have combined for 24 receptions, 289 yards, and one TD. Both Pitta and Myers went largely undrafted.
Chris Johnson = CJ168YDS?
Chris Johnson's ADP was 5.4 - one of the first players off the board. This was supposed to be Johnson's "bounce back" year where he regained is 2,000-yard mojo, and his CJ2K nickname.
Through Week 2 Johnson has rushed for a total -total! - of 21 yards on 19 carries. Johnson trails his own quarterback, Jake Locker, in rushing yards. Locker has rushed for a whopping 32 yards.
At this rate Chris Johnson will rush for 168 yards in 2012. I propose his nickname be changed from CJ2K to "CJ168YDS."
Through Week 2 Matt Cassell has produced 40.9 fantasy points, placing him above fantasy studs Aaron Rodgers (39.0 points) and Tom Brady (38.8). Rodgers' ADP was 4.1, Brady's was 8.2, and Cassel was largely undrafted.
Through two weeks wise fantasy owners would have started Matt Cassel over both Rodgers and Brady. Never doubt a man whose last name sounds the same as He-Man's dwelling.
Throwing a Fit for Fitzgerald
Larry Fizgerald's ADP was 12.8, placing him second among all wide receivers behind only Calvin Johnson. Through Week 2 Fitzgerald's five receptions this year place him fourth on his own team, trailing Todd Heap (eight receptions), Andre Roberts (six), and Early Doucet (six).
Somebody in Arizona needs to throw Fitzgerald a bone - or a ball - every once in a while.
Steven Jackson Getting Jacked
Steven Jackson was a "tier two" running back coming into the season. Jackson has been a workhorse throughout his career and was not supposed to have any competition for carries.
Through Week 2 Jackson has rushed for 111 yards. His backup, Daryl Richardson, has rushed for 103 yards, gaining most of his yardage after Jackson was benched for the second half of last week's game.
Jackson's ADP was 39.5.
Richardson went almost completely undrafted. Prior to this season the only people who knew which team Daryl Richardson played for were members of his immediate family.
For all of the above reasons I both love and hate fantasy football.
Now it's time to sit back and see what freaky fun emerges in Week 3.
Andrew Sweat is a fantasy football veteran. For more from this author, visit Andrew's archive or check these out articles:
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