NFL Soup|Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Week 2 NFL Baba Ghanoush: Tom Brady, David Wilson, Reggie Bush and More 

It’s hard to believe that week two has already started and in pretty poor fashion after last night’s uneventful game. Half of you are happily watching your team come into this week with a winning record and the other half, not so much. With Sunday’s kickoff just a few days away, let’s take a look at some of the recent news.

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-Tom Brady had a less than Bradyesque performance last night; going 19-of-39 and only tallying up 185 yards, 39 of which came on the sole touchdown for the patriots. The entire offense looked out of sync as Brady struggled to connect with anyone other than Julian Edelman.

Fantasy Implications: Many of you drafted Brady early on in your draft and have yet to really benefit from this investment. With a depleted offense and very little help from the running game, Brady will continue to struggle. I’d look elsewhere until Amendola and Gronkowski return.

-Mike Wallace is hungry in Miami. It didn’t take long for the new Dolphin to make waves in sunshine state. He is actively voicing his desire to be more involved in the offense.

Fantasy Implications: With a young quarterback and a mediocre run game, Wallace could see double coverage all year. However, Miami did not pay him all that money to simply let him go unnoticed. He will see his targets, but won’t be a reliable source for fantasy teams week in; week out.

-Geno Smith came down to reality last night in Foxboro. After a Tim Tebow-like win in Tampa, he was held in check by the Patriots defense. He went 15-of-35 and had three interceptions.

Fantasy Implications: It is disappointing to see how inept the Jet’s offense looks. The wide receivers have no separation and frequently drop big passes. The run game is non-existent and Smith is unequipped to burden the weight of an entire team. Look for an up and down season for Smith.

­-David Wilson did not ease any Giant Fan’s nerves last week with two early fumbles that led to his ultimate benching. Luckily, Tom Coughlin reiterated that Wilson will be a big part of the game plan. Although, he has yet to publicly endorse his clumsy running back.

Fantasy Implications: Those who drafted Wilson were likely expecting to say “I Told You So” coming into the first week against the small front line of Dallas. However, they quickly realized that this young, talented back has a long way to go. I still expect a huge season for Wilson and we will get to see his coming out party this week against Denver.

Reggie Bush showed up on the injury report this week with a knee injury. He “hyperextended his knee in the second quarter of Week one’s game. Bush had a monster performance and continued to play through the knee injury as well as a groin and finger injury.

Fantasy Implications: Bush showed Week one that he can be one of the most dynamic/playmaking running backs in the league. In a high-powered Lion’s offense, he has the potential to finish number one in points for all running backs. Monitor his weekly status, but continue to plug him in as long as he is playing.

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Demarco Murray: After a solid week one outing that had Murray touching the rock 28 times, it appears that he will be the focal point in this Cowboys offense.  Garret came out this week saying that they want to be even more balanced going into Week two, so look for Murray to get a hearty amount of carries in this contest. I predict a 2 TD afternoon for Murray.

Ryan Matthews: Matthews actually made it through Week one without sustaining an injury or a fumble. However, this week he will be going up against an Eagle’s defense that kept Alfred Morris in check last week. Look for the Chargers to be behind early and airing it out. Matthews will have an underwhelming performance.


About the author: Derek Miller

Derek Miller is an new fantasy football writer at NFLSoup and regrettable Cowboys fan. You can read his blog at or follow him on twitter @ItIsMillerTime.

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