Fantasy Football On Target - Week 2

by Eric McClung on September 12, 2012 @ 11:16:20 PDT


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Short routes

  • Kansas City Chiefs WR Dexter McCluster
    A McCluster of targets
    Laurent who? The Dallas Cowboys' new No. 3 wide receiver, Kevin Ogletree, led his team with 11 targets, eight receptions, 114 yards and a pair of scores. Given the Boys' success out of this position a year ago, Ogletree is an obvious waiver wire addition. Just don't get carried away as he played less than half of the offensive snaps. Keep in mind the injury-riddled secondary Ogletree faced. Also, tight end Jason Witten (spleen) wasn't 100 percent, and receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) was slowed by a hamstring injury.
  • Another leading receiver from last week to target, especially in PPR formats, is Kansas City Chiefs slot receiver Dexter McCluster, who caught six passes on 10 targets for 82 yards. Meanwhile, popular sleeper wide receiver Jon Baldwin saw a limited number of plays and was not targeted at all. Dwayne Bowe is still working his way into top game shape after his holdout, and it looks like Brian Daboll is trying to use McCluster more, at least early on, because of that.
  • Indianapolis Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener saw 10 targets, catching six passes for 82 yards as he continues to produce with quarterback Andrew Luck, his former Stanford teammate, under center. However, three of his receptions came during the two-minute drill near the end of the first half. This may happen often for Indy this year, but it's premature to make Fleener an every-week play.
  • Not only did Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta see more targets than tight end Ed Dickson, but his nine targets led all the team's receivers. He also caught a nice jump ball in the end zone during quarterback Joe Flacco's beatdown of the Cincinnati Bengals. If the Ravens' pass attack continues to be this lethal, Pitta and Dickson should see a healthy dose of chances in the red zone.
  • Bengals wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was a YAC machine in Week 1 and led his team with 86 yards. Much of this production came against a Ravens defense that was playing with the lead and employing a lot of zone coverage. It remains to be seen if Hawkins can produce on a weekly basis, but this is a team that needs a secondary receiver to step up. Get Hawkins on your watch list.

Quick Runs

  • Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looked bad, but the running game was simply dreadful against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense that was basically a paper bag in 2011. (They might be better this year, though.) Running back DeAngelo Williams only managed one positive run on six attempts and finished the day in the red. Even Newton, a prolific runner, only managed four yards on the ground. It's fair to argue they abandoned it too quickly based on game flow, but the Panthers can only hope the return of running back Jonathan Stewart (ankle) can stabilize their befuddled offense.
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About Eric McClung

Eric McClung has been profiled by the FSWA for covering the fantasy sports spectrum and is a three-time award finalist. Over the years, he's made several appearances in print and on radio. McClung began contributing to KFFL in 2008 and currently serves as one of KFFL's featured fantasy NASCAR experts. He's also captured the fantasy football championship in the KFFL staff league twice.

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