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Beyond The Box Score Week 2 Recap: Getting The Green Light

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Hope you liked last week’s column because our content editor liked it enough that he gave it the green light.

That’s right. Unbeknownst to you and despite my outstanding credentials, there was still some debate about this column. However, he gave it the green light and we are all systems go.

Again, if there is something you would like me to evaluate or you have a question that goes beyond the box score, reach out to me. Let me know what it is and I will try to address it in this space.

Meanwhile, the green light has been lit….Gentlemen, start your engines as we go beyond the box score!

Week 2 Beyond the Box Score Week 2 Recap

Can the Ravens provide enough RB points to support two running backs?

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Last year, the Falcons had two running backs that in PPR leagues were both Top 25 RBs. If we look at the box score, for the second week in a row at least two Baltimore running backs saw double-digit PPR Fantasy points. And there might even be a third in the picture as Alex Collins had a robust 42 yards on seven carries. Given the Ravens defense this year, is it possible Baltimore will be worthy of having two Fantasy RBs?

Absolutely not. And here’s why–the Ravens might have won on Sunday, but they suffered a devastating loss when they learned that All-Pro tackle Marshal Yanda was out for the season. The offensive line has already been through a cavalcade of injuries, but this one might be the worst. Outside of Justin Tucker, you could argue that Yanda was the most valuable Raven on the team. This was a huge loss for the Ravens.

Any of the Ravens running backs might have a good day any given week. But moving forward there is no way the Ravens will be able to provide enough Fantasy points for two running backs.

 

Who is the better WR on a bad team I should grab Jermaine Kearse or Marqise Lee?

Whether it is due to injuries or something else, Kearse and Lee suddenly find themselves as the top receiving options on their respective teams. So who should we give the green light to? While Lee had more receptions and yards, Kearse definitely did more for his small minion of owners, hauling in two touchdowns.

However, if we look at targets, Lee has been the far more targeted receiver. Despite the two touchdowns, Kearse only saw five targets, while Lee saw a dozen of them. That is now 16 targets in two weeks for Lee including a dozen this past week versus Kearse who had only five and has 14 total. Lee might have a rough week against the aforementioned Ravens this week, but his arrow is pointing much farther up than Kearse. Kearse might be the one who wears green, but Lee is getting my green light.

 

Did this surprise you as much as it surprised me?

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So Tom Brady had three passing touchdowns in the first quarter. We knew the Patriots would come out firing, especially against the Saints suspect secondary.

Yawn.

But this might be the most surprising stat from the weekend not found in the box score: Brady has started over 250 games but not once has he thrown three touchdowns in the first quarter. He might not do it again this season, but don’t worry, plenty of three TD games are coming.

 

Should I worry about my Panthers offensive players?

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If you have Greg Olsen, yes. Olsen broke his foot on Sunday and will be out at least six weeks. However, if you have any of the other offensive players, I would not be worried. In fact, the loss of Olsen should mean more targets for “CMac” and the rest of the Carolina pass catchers.

Furthermore, the Panthers were missing center Ryan Kalil, who tweaked his neck Sunday morning. Don’t you think offensive lineman make a difference? The Bills constantly pushed two defenders up the middle and stacked the A gap disrupting the Panthers game plan. Yet Sean McDermott gets my applause for winning the game of wits.  Instead of coming through the middle every time, the Bills showed the A gap blitz but then called it off at the last second and set Jerry Hughes loose on the end.

Let’s also not forget that Cam Newton twisted his ankle in the fourth quarter. Yet with Kalil likely back next week and the less formidable Saints defense coming to town, I would not worry about any of my Panthers. If you are thinking about a couple of talents like Kelvin Benjamin or Christian McCaffrey who have started slow, I definitely would give them the green light!

 

 

 

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Mark Strausberg

Mark Strausberg

Mark Strausberg remembers making Jerry Rice his first round selection as well as taking a flyer on a young pitcher named Doug Drabek. His Fantasy analysis has spanned multiple sports including football, baseball, basketball, and even golf. A FSWA finalist, his fantasy analysis has been featured in various outlets including but not limited to SI.com, USA Today national magazines, Yahoo! and RotoExperts.
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