Found September 19, 2012 on Fox Sports:
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A few things have become clear after two weeks of action. The Saints, Bengals, Titans and Redskins (added to the list after losing Brian Orakpo to IR) can't stop anybody and should be picked on by fantasy owners all year. The Chiefs defense appears to be in a similar boat, allowing a league-high 75 points (tied) through two games, but that could be a mirage as the Chiefs are still getting healthy and may yet get it together. For those teams lacking any scoring stopgap, expect many days of heavy passing. Others, like the Bucs and Bills, are highly susceptible to the pass, while the Raiders and Panthers can't stop the run to save their lives. Conversely, the Dolphins suddenly look like about as promising a matchup for running backs as the 49ers. They've held Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Darren McFadden to a combined 42 carries for 107 yards on the ground and have the league's longest streak (16 games) of denying a 100-yard rusher. So take those matchup notes into account when choosing a second quarterback. No. 2 QUARTERBACKS 1. Andy Dalton at Washington - The Redskins were already one of the league's worst against the pass (31st in yards allowed, 32nd in TD allowed), but the losses of Brian Orakpo (pectoral) and Adam Carriker (quadriceps) for the year added injury to insult. Defending the pass for Washington figures to get even uglier now. Enter Dalton, first up to the plate and fresh off a career-high fantasy day. With the Bengals equally inept defensively, and Robert Griffin III having more than enough ability to put up points, expect Dalton to be slinging it an awful lot in this potential shootout. 2. Alex Smith at Minnesota - Bottom line, the Vikings don't have the talent in the secondary to stop or even slow the pass. It looks like any quarterback in the league can take advantage of the miserable Vikings secondary. And in the case of Smith, the former No. 1 overall pick finally looks the part and has the weapons and the confidence of his coach to use them. Expect another quietly productive, turnover-free day. 3. Andrew Luck at Jacksonville - If Luck had better weapons he'd be a No. 1 option many weeks. But he doesn't, so get used to seeing him here. Regardless of matchup, he's one of the two or three QB2s every week, and a ho-hum Jaguars defense doesn't change that. The Jags are not particularly aggressive, have no special pass rushers or cover corners and no answer for the receiving duo of Reggie Wayne and Donnie Avery. 4. Ryan Fitzpatrick at Cleveland - No Joe Haden, no problem. Cleveland can't cover without him, so Fitzpatrick should have little trouble involving his top targets. The threat of C.J. Spiller busting a long run out of the backfield will also open up the deep middle of the field to burn Browns safeties, particularly with T.J. Ward's eagerness to provide run support. So despite a surprisingly good pass rush from Cleveland, it looks like a great opponent for quarterback production. Indeed, Michael Vick and Andy Dalton combine for 635 yards and five touchdowns against the Browns. 5. Matt Cassel at New Orleans - This game sets up beautifully for Cassel. The Chiefs and Saints defenses haven't come close to stopping anyone and are tied for the most points allowed thus far, each with 75 in two games. Cassel has been productive with his arm in garbage time and has even done some damage with his legs (45 yards and a score on six carries), so when Drew Brees and the Saints jump out to an early advantage, expect Cassel to throw Kansas City back into it using his deep assortment of weapons. 6. Ben Roethlisberger at Oakland - The Raiders have actually been very effective against the pass, but they also just let Ryan Tannehill throw his first career touchdown and post a 91.0 passer rating. Big Ben is not a jittery rookie and has Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace as targets. Nuff said. 7. Mark Sanchez at Miami - Sanchez has historically struggled versus Miami. In six career games against the division-rival Dolphins he's only twice topped 250 yards through the air, with a high of 265. That will all end Sunday when he faces a defense that's one of the league's best versus the run (4th in yards allowed) but one of the worst stopping the pass (tied 31st in yards allowed). When Shonn Greene fails, look for Sanchez to air it out with regularity en route to his first 300-yard outing in South Beach. No. 2 QB RANKINGS *Check injury status 13. Peyton Manning DEN vs. Hou 14. Andrew Luck IND vs. Jac 15. Michael Vick PHI at Ari 16. Matt Cassel KC at NO 17. Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF at Cle 18. Andy Dalton CIN at Was 19. Josh Freeman TB at Dal 20. Ben Roethlisberger PIT at Oak 21. Jake Locker TEN vs. Det 22. Matt Schaub HOU at Den 23. Brandon Weeden CLE vs. Buf 24. Russell Wilson SEA vs. GB 25. Joe Flacco BAL vs. NE 26. Carson Palmer OAK vs. Pit 27. Christian Ponder MIN vs. SF 28. *Blaine Gabbert JAC at Ind 29. Sam Bradford STL at Chi 30. Mark Sanchez NYJ at Mia 31. *Kevin Kolb ARZ vs. Phi 32. Ryan Tannehill MIA vs. NYJ Follow @Hoover_L_A on Twitter. Get a FREE RotoWire 10-day trial (no credit card required) at RotoWire.com .
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