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Fantasy Football Corner

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QB: Cam Newton (Panthers): Despite the history of rookie quarterback’s lack of success in the NFL, Newton has proved to be the exception to that rule. He has thrown for over 420 yards in each of his two career starts, and currently has scored the second most fantasy points among all players. With an unimpresive Jacksonville defense opposing him this week, it’s time to take Newton seriously as a viable fantasy option.
RB: Beanie Wells (Cardinals):  After a dreadful 2010 campaign, Wells has shown signs of being a quality running back so far this year. He’s topped 90 yards and found paydirt in each of his game this season, and the Seahawks don’t have a daunting front line that can bottle him up. Since the Cardinals should have no problem handling Seattle, a big lead should lead to more carries for Wells and plenty of fantasy points for his owners.
WR: Mike Williams (Buccaneers): A near consensus top-15 WR before the season started, the former Syracuse wideout had a rough one catch, -4 yard performance last week. But fear not, as Tampa Bay squares off against division rival Atlanta in Week 3, a team that has been shredded for the sixth most passing yards in the NFL so far this season. Deploy Williams with confidence this week.
RB: Mike Tolbert (SD)
WR: Nate Burleson (DET)
TE: Vernon Davis (SF)
K: Billy Cundiff (BAL)
DEF: Tennessee Titans

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QB: Sam Bradford (STL): The Rams signal caller hasn’t lived up to the hype that he came into this season with. Injuries have riddled his offensive unit, and this week he’ll have to face a Ravens defense that is one of the most aggressive in the league. When the schedule eases up and St. Louis’ offense gets healthy, Bradford can be a valuable commodity down the stretch, but this week he has too much stacked against him.
RB: DeAngelo Williams (CAR): A fantasy titan a few years back, Williams has failed to come close to replicating those Pro Bowl numbers. Carolina appears in full-fledged Cam Newton mode, as they have him winging the ball around at will. The aggressive play calling in the passing game, plus an apparent decrease in skills on Williams’ part make him a shaky option going forward.
WR: Reggie Wayne (IND): The annual Pro-Bowler’s skill cannot be denied, but that of his quarterback is certainly worth questioning. Late yards and a garbage time touchdown in a blowout loss made Wayne’s Week 1 line look great, but he came back down to earth in Week 2. With the Steelers defense locking in on Wayne come Sunday night, the 11-year veteran will long for the days of Peyton Manning at the helm.
RB: Felix Jones (DAL)
WR: Percy Harvin (MIN)
TE: Brandon Pettigrew (DET)
K: David Akers (SF)
DEF: New England Patriots

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QB: Colt McCoy (CLE)
RB: Dexter McCluster (KC)
WR: Eric Decker (DEN)
RB: Roy Helu (WAS)
WR: Denarius Moore (OAK)
TE: Fred Davis (WAS)
K: Nick Novack (SD)
DEF: Arizona Cardinals

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8-8 Overall

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QB: R. Fitzpatrick (23.86 points)
RB: R. Mendenhall (13.8 points)
WR: V. Jackson (29.2 points)
RB: L. Blount (19.1 points)
K: J. Hanson (13 points)

WR: M. Manningham (5.6 points)
TE: J. Gresham (0.8 points)
DEF: Cleveland Browns (7 points)

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QB: J. Cutler (12.96 points)
DEF: Atlanta Falcons (5 points)


RB: F. Gore (12.4 points)
WR: S. Smith (CAR) (13.6 points)
RB: S. Greene (11.5 points)
WR: K. Britt (19.5 points)
TE: D. Clark (9.2 points)
K: J. Brown (10 points)