How did Kevin Ogletree work out for you? How about Stephen Hill? As one of the many fine writers here at the Alarm franchise pointed out recently, ride the studs! It's well known that rookie wide receivers often struggle. Players like Julio Jones and A.J. Green are freaks of nature, they are not the norm. Atlanta and Cincinnati, as well as the many fantasy owners that had Jones and Green as rookies, were well rewarded in 2011. Will Alshon Jeffery be a solid NFL receiver? probably so, but maybe not the extent of his SEC brethren, certainly not as quickly and more importantly, not as consistently.
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-Fantasy owners wondering about Victor Cruz after week one were well rewarded if they stuck with him in week two. With Hakeem Nicks out tonight against Carolina, Cruz will draw extra attention from the Panthers defense, but should also maintain Eli Manning's attention.
-Is everyone in your league after Danny Amendola? Someone has to be the go to guy in St.Louis, right? The difference between Amendola and players like Hill and Jeffrey is experience. Amendola has been through OTA's, he knows what to expect and his quarterback knows what to expect from him.
-As Miles Austin and Dez Bryant continue to get healthy, they will provide the big numbers you expect and paid for in your draft or auction. Of course the success of the two Cowboys stars comes at the expense of players like Ogletree.
-Cam Newton needed another receiver to compliment Steve Smith to allow him to grow as a quarterback. Safe to say, Brandon LaFell is deveolping into just that.
-With Vincent Jackson off to Florida, Philip Rivers needed a new partner and Malcom Floyd is definitely that man. If Robert Meachum can emerge, it will only help take pressure off Floyd.
-Too many people gave up on Greg Little. While other receivers will flash some numbers from time to time, Little is the best bet in Cleveland.
-Josh Morgan stepped up with Pierre Garcon out, but his last second bone headed penalty brought death threats via twitter.
-Is Julian Edelman a younger, cheaper Wes Welker? I sure hope not as I am heavily invested in the latter.
Week 2 Risers
11/17 Victor Cruz NYG
15/16 Danny Amendola STL
10/15 Hakeem Nicks NYG
5/9 Miles Austin DAL
6/8 Brandon LaFell CAR
6/8 Malcolm Floyd SD
4/8 Eric Decker DEN
4/8 Darius Heyward-Bey OAK
3/8 Denarius Moore OAK
2/8 Kendall Wright TEN
5/7 Greg Little CLE
5/6 Julian Edelman NE
5/6 Michael Jenkins MIN
3/6 Jonathan Baldwin KC
3/6 Brandon Stokley DEN
2/6 Earl Bennett CHI
5/5 Armon Binns CIN
5/5 Josh Morgan WSH
-Its not really fair to list Reggie Wayne below. He only lands here because of his ridiculous numbers in week one. Donnie Avery's deep speed will help Wayne long term.
-Julio Jones' disappearing act on Monday night certainly impacted fantasy impacts. Check his injury status heading to the weekend.
-Is it time to give up on Larry Fitzgerald? The answer is obviously no, but he is costing teams that paid dearly for his services.
-A very quiet week two for Andre Johnson. Houston would run the ball every play if they could, which isn't great news for those tied to the Texans passing game.
-Randall Cobb was my week two mistake. I grabbed him across every league I could. While he certainly disappointed in week two, make no mistake I am keeping him.
-Braylon Edwards delivering on his enormous potential in Seattle? I hope you didn't start him last week.
Week 2 Fallers
6/7 Reggie Wayne IND
4/7 Julio Jones ATL
2/5 Brandon Marshall CHI
1/4 Larry Fitzgerald ARZ
2/5 Lance Moore NO
2/5 Steve Johnson BUF
3/4 Marques Colston NO
3/4 Andre Johnson HOU
0/4 Robert Meachum SD
1/2 Randall Cobb GB
1/2 Alshon Jeffrery CHI
0/2 Stephen Hill NYJ
1/1 Jeremy Maclin PHI
1/1 Randy Moss SF
1/1 Kevin Ogletree DAL
0/0 Braylon Edwards SEA
-AJ Green is quietly, consistently going to deliver the fantasy points you need, week in and week out, to win.
-Brandon Lloyd posted some superhuman numbers in St.Louis last season, I was surprised he didn't draw much higher attention across leagues with Tom Brady now throwing his way.
-Dwayne Bowe had owners dog cussing him after week one, those same owners were giddy about a pair of late, trash time scores.... unless of course, he was on their bench.
-As long as he stays healthy, Percy Harvin is all the Vikings have in the down-field passing game. If he carries the ball like they say he will, he's fantasy money!
-Are you biting on Brian Hartline? I worry about the quarterback and his lack of speed and athleticism.
-Is Calvin Johnson going to fall victim to the Madden jinx? As high as he was going in drafts and auctions, owners expect more..... now!
-I have both DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin across various leagues. I worry they are going to be the dreaded "questionable" many weeks this season.
28 Victor Cruz NYG
25 Danny Amendola STL
25 Reggie Wayne IND
23 AJ Green CIN
21Brandon Lloyd NE
21 Dwayne Bowe KC
21 Percy Havin MIN
21 Hakeem Nicks NYG
20 Vincent Jackson TB
20 Brandon Marshall CHI
20 Brian Hartline MIA
19 Roddy White ATL
19 Santonio Holmes NYJ
19 Calvin Johnson DET
18 Donnie Avery IND
18 Demaryius Thomas DEN
18 Antonio Brown PIT
17 DeSean Jackson PHI
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Tom Blaz is a writer for Fantasy Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.