I’m Greg Danchik. I will be giving you a wrap up of each week and then I will give you a couple of prediction. There will be a surprising stud and disappointing dud for the review and prediction. I will also give a BOLD prediction. To give you an idea of what I mean by bold… check out my midseason baseball predictions at thesportsdojo.com
Week 1 Surprising Stud- Julius Thomas
Julius Thomas was named the starting tight end for the Broncos before Week 1, but no one saw this Week 1 performance. Thomas dominated the Ravens secondary and linebackers for 5 catches and 110 yards with 2 touchdowns. A bonus to all of these stats is he played every offensive snap for the Broncos. He has the background similar to current tight end star, Jimmy Graham. Thomas has all the skills, but can he do it every week for a whole season? I doubt it happens this year. There will be more games like this, particularly against the Raiders, but there will also be serious disappointments. It isn’t because I don’t think Thomas will be an inconsistent player. I just think that there are way too many mouths to feed in the Denver offense. Eric Decker, Demariyus Thomas, and Wes Welker all have to get their fair share of targets. If you are lucky enough to get him on the waiver wire, remember there will be bad games mixed in with these dominating performances. He’s set the bar high for himself.
Week 1 Disappointing Dud- David Wilson
This is the one that hurts me the most. I played against someone with Peyton Manning so I felt I needed to take some good calculated risks… I calculated wrong. I started David Wilson against the Cowboys in my flex when I could have started Jordy Nelson. It cost me the game. Wilson gave me negative points with his multiple fumbles and miniscule 19 yards. His second fumble guaranteed his benching. Coughlin put him in the doghouse for fumbling in Week 1 of 2012, and he did it for the game against the Cowboys. However, I doubt he stays in there for too long. Coughlin said after the game that the Giants need Wilson to succeed. He will continue to start for the Giants and get carries. He is the perfect buy low candidate. Go get him on the cheap now and reap the benefits the rest of the season.
My Week 2 Surprising Stud- Alshon Jeffery
The Bears are going to need Jeffery if the team wants to have a dominant offense. Look for the Bears to take on the Vikings with a full head of steam. The Bears should want to get up big early so they can force the Vikings to put the game into Christian Ponder’s hands and not Adrian Peterson’s. The Vikings also gave up 352 yards in the air against the Lions in Week 1. I would suggest starting him if you have him. I am starting him over Mike Wallace in my flex spot in a dynasty league.
My Week 2 Disappointing Dud- Anquan Boldin
I am a Ravens’ fan… watching Week 1 hurt for so many reasons, but Boldin’s performance was a big one. A lot of people probably benefitted from this, but don’t expect it this week. The 49ers face off against the Seahawks in Seattle, and everyone remembers what happened the last time the 49ers went into there (42-13 Seattle). The Seahawks are so much better at home with the 12th man backing them up. The 49ers won’t be able to move the ball like they did in Week 1 against the Packers. I know it is hard to put Boldin as a disappointment when people should not expect that Week 1 performance, but be extra cautious this week when the 49ers travel to Seattle.
EJ Manual throws for 3 touchdowns and runs in another score for the Week 2 upset against Panthers