Each week, we'll comb through the stat sheets to identify fantasy football performances of note. Then we'll try to analyze these performances to see if these players should be applauded or if they're a one-week fraud. As we do this, we'll focus on players that are start/sit decisions for most fantasy owners or players who are on many waiver wires. The reason for this is that we all know to applaud Adrian Peterson, and so saying that doesn't give fantasy owners insight they can act on. Note that not all verdicts mean the same thing. Some mean pick the player up or let him stay on the waiver wire; others mean start the player or leave him on your bench. The report beside each player spells out our thinking.
We list quarterbacks from Week Two in this post. You can read our applaud or a fraud analysis of running backs, wideouts, and tight ends on www.footballrelativity.com.
Jake Delhomme, Panthers - Delhomme bounced back from a disastrous Week 1 performance to throw for 308 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 at Atlanta. He looked much smoother throwing the ball and avoided turnovers except for a fourth-quarter interception in which he had to take a shot on a fourth-down play. With this performance, Delhomme is back to being ownable in fantasy leagues with at least 12 teams, but he's nothing more than a backup. Still, after being a fantasy afterthought post-Week 1, that's an improvement that deserves a small smattering of applause. Verdict: Applaud
Kevin Kolb, Eagles - In his first career start, Kolb put up big numbers against the Saints, throwing for 391 yards and two touchdowns, with three interceptions. Keep in mind, though, that the Saints' pass D isn't especially stingy, and that Kolb did make some mistakes. If Donovan McNabb returns this week, it's a moot point, but if McNabb is out for the game against the Chiefs, Kolb is worth considering as a borderline starter for fantasy leagues. Don't get carried away, but if you had McNabb and need a one-week option for Week 3, Kolb is worth consideration. Just make sure McNabb is out for the game before you pull the trigger and clap for Kolb. Verdict: Applaud
Byron Leftwich, Buccaneers - Leftwich can't move at all in the pocket and has a painfully slow delivery, which makes him a below-average NFL quarterback. But his production so far this season has been a pleasant surprise from a fantasy football perspective. He threw for 296 yards and three TDs (with two picks) in Week 2 at Buffalo, and he has thrown for at least 275 yards in each of the first two games. He seems to have a rapport with TE Kellen Winslow, who has scored in each of the first two weeks. Leftwich's numbers are good enough to make him a fantasy backup, and that means he's worth a pickup in your league. Verdict: Applaud
Mark Sanchez, Jets - People are going crazy about the Sanchise after he has "led" the Jets to a 2-0 start. We put "led" in quotes because the defense is really what has prompted the Jets' wins. Sanchez has been OK, throwing for touchdowns in each of his first two weeks, but he hasn't surpassed the 200-yard mark. Sanchez is going to be a great quarterback for the Jets' franchise, but he's not going to be a great QB for your fantasy team. He shouldn't be anything more than a backup, and that's only in leagues of 12 teams or more. Verdict: A fraud
Matt Schaub, Texans - After a disastrous Week 1 performance against the Jets, many fantasy owners benched Schaub against a tough Titans defense. That turned out to be a mistake, because Schaub lit up Tennessee for 357 yards and four touchdowns. We saw this week that the Jets are a supertough matchup for opposing quarterbacks, which makes us think that Schaub's weekly performance will be closer to what he did in Week 2 than in Week 1. If you have Schaub, you should return him to starter status next week against Jacksonville. Verdict: Applaud