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Week 2 Recap

(CLE at CIN)

Looking Good

    1. Bengals Triplets CIN) - Carson Palmer threw for 352 yards and 2 TDs.  Chad Johnson caught 6 passes for 78 yards and a TD.  Rudi carried the ball 26 times for 145 yards and 2 TDs as the Bengals steamrolled the Browns.
    2. Chris Henry (CIN) - Henry filled in for T.J. Houshmandzadeh and led Cincy with 5 catches for 113 yards.  He is a great waiver addition for Housh owners and is a great start as long as he is the team's #2 WR.
    3. Reuben Droughns (CLE) - Droughns did not find much running room against the Bengals, but he was much more involved in the offense.  He carried 14 times for 32 yards, but added 3 catches for 30 yards.  Plus, he was the GL back and scored on a 1 yard TD.  I guess the Browns got the message that rookie FB Laurence Vickers is not the answer.  Droughns remains a solid #3 fantasy back, but keep your expectations realistic, because Cleveland stinks.
    4. Braylon Edwards (CLE) - The Browns will be behind a lot this year, which means that Braylon Edwards will get plenty of passes in the 2nd half of games.  He had a long TD called back in week one and added a 75 yarder this week late against Cincy.  He is a good #4 WR and will be a fine #3 when the Bye Weeks hit.

Cause for Concern

  • 1. Browns Def (CLE) - The Browns D looks awful and they are on the field a lot thanks to the team's offensive ineptitude. If there are higher upside options like Minnesota, on the waiver wire, cut the Browns loose.

(OAK at BAL)

Looking Good

  • 1. Ravens Defense (BAL) - The Ravens still have not allowed a TD on the year and they are the latest team to embarrass the Oakland Raiders. Baltimore held OAK to 6 points had 6 sacks and 6 turnovers. They are a must start every week and look like the Ravens of old.

Cause for Concern

  • 1. LaMont Jordan (OAK) - The Raiders made the switch to Andrew Walter and that could be the end of his fantasy value. Jordan was held to 35 yards on 19 carries and did not catch a pass for the 2nd straight week. Fortunately, Oakland is on a bye in week 3, but Jordan has to be downgraded to a #3 back for now. Hopefully, Oakland can get its power running game in line for week 4.
  • 2. Aaron Brooks (OAK) - Brooks was hurt after fumbling two snaps early in the game. Andrew Walter replaced him and committed 4 turnovers in his own right, so Brooks, if healthy, could be back under center in week 4. If the O-Line does not get better, it won't matter at all. If David Carr is out there, cut Brooks and add him to your team, as the immortal Joe Montana himself would be struggling behind this O-Line.
  • 3. Randy Moss (OAK) - It could be a LONG year for Randy and all Raider fans. Sit him over the Bye Week and hope for improvement in week 4.
  • 4. Steve McNair (BAL) - The Ravens should have killed the Raiders, but McNair was not accurate and made some poor decisions with the ball. He completed less than 50% of his passes on the day and threw for just 143 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Still, McNair is a good backup because of the strength of the Baltimore Def/running game, which should give him ample opportunities to post solid totals.
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