Fantasy Football Bust a Move: Jason Snelling, Handcuff Alert
Jason Snelling (RB, Falcons, 6,065 adds) - Despite the news that Michael Turner could have returned to play after suffering a groin injury on Sunday, but was only held out on account of the lopsided score, fantasy owners just can't seem to ignore Jason Snelling's 186 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. This week Turner will regain the starting job and Snelling may see some carries, but don't expect anything like last week unless Turner gets injured again. Keep in mind, the injury sustained last week was unrelated to the high ankle sprain that derailed Turner's season in 2009.
Kevin Walter (WR, Texans, 5,063 adds) - In a huge week for Matt Schaub and the Texans passing game as a whole, Kevin Walter emerged as the clear No. 2 receiver. In an offense with plenty of statistics to go around, Walter piled up 11 catches, 144 yards and a touchdown. Consistency remains a question mark, but Walter looks like a great addition to any receiver corps at this point.
Mike Tolbert (RB, Chargers, 4,011 adds) - With Ryan Mathews leaving the game in the second quarter last week, Big Mike Tolbert amassed 82 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Mathews' ankle will likely keep him out of Week 3 action, and coach Norv Turner has indicated that Tolbert will be considered for goal-line carries going forward. At this point, Tolbert looks to be a decent play for running back depth, but shouldn't be a viable starter for fantasy owners unless Mathews misses more time.
Demaryius Thomas (WR, Broncos, 3,036 adds) - Call it the year of the rookie. Behind Jahvid Best, Sam Bradford, Ryan Mathews and company, Demaryius Thomas became the next newb to inherit a big job, and he did so admirably, picking up 97 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions. Thomas actually represents the best receiver add this week. In fact, the only reason he falls below Walter in total pickups is because a higher proportion of leagues already had an owner for Thomas coming into Week 2.
Mike Nugent (K, Bengals, 1,981 adds) - With Mike Nugent nailing five field goals and accounting for the entirety of the Bengals offense in their win against the Ravens last week, fantasy owners are clamoring to add him to their rosters, but you know the real reason is for the Ted Nugent team name references.
Reggie Bush (RB, Saints, 1,551 drops) - Reggie Bush suffered a broken fibula in his right leg on Monday night, and while the injury will not require surgery nor end Bush's season, fantasy owners have seen enough. For teams in need of some depth at the position, Bush also makes a decent add if you don't mind burning a roster spot on him while he recovers.
Kevin Kolb (QB, Eagles, 1,207 drops) - As we predicted last week, Kevin Kolb has lost the starting job to Michael Vick in just two short weeks since suffering his concussion. This comes as no surprise, really, as Vick continues to play very well, while Kolb struggled both throughout the preseason and in Week 1. This situation may ultimately evolve into a quarterback controversy, but for now, there's no real value in holding on to Kolb.
Bernard Berrian (WR, Vikings, 1,051 drops) - I don't know who actually held on to Berrian after his one-catch, three-yard performance in Week 1, but apparently even those fantasy-inept folks are coming around. He didn't improve by much in Week 2, catching just two passes for 24 yards, and he also started complaining about taking too much blame for the Vikings' poor start. Until we see some chemistry between him and Brett Favre, Berrian belongs on the waiver wire.
Devin Aromashodu (WR, Bears, 1,045 drops) - In one of the more bizarre stories, Bears receiver Devin Aromashodu went from being the Bears' most-targeted receiver in Week 1 to getting benched after one down in Week 2. Aromashodu did drop some balls in the Bears' opening game, but reports seem conflicted as to whether he actually got benched or if he was playing hurt. For now, the value here is nil as the Bears have too many other options regardless.
T.J. Houshmandzadeh (WR, Ravens, 1,008 drops) - With Joe Flacco struggling to hit his stride, Ravens newcomer T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been a non-factor in the passing game thus far. In two games, Housh only has one catch for 27 yards. It's fair to assume these numbers will improve as the season progresses, but at 32 years old and in a new system with a new quarterback, there's little incentive in holding on to him at this point.