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Fantasy Football: A veteran resurgence hits Week 2 of the season

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Week 2 of the NFL season was dominated by the old guys.

Three of the top seven fantasy football point totals from Sunday came from players in their 30s. It was a throwback day of sorts, coming on a day when some present-day stars struggled (I'm looking at you, Jeremy Hill and Eddie Lacy).

The first two weeks of the NFL season always lead to rampant overreaction (see: 2007 New York Giants), much like the fantasy season. So jump head first into some of these storylines at your own peril.

But if stars like Tony Romo and Dez Bryant (poor Cowboys fans) do miss major time with injuries while these wily veterans continue a renaissance in 2015, it could make for an interesting fall.

Here are the best performers from each position in Week 2:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Big Ben is 33 years old now, but given how many dynamic weapons he has around him, it's hard not to love him as your fantasy quarterback. On Sunday, the Steelers were clicking on all cylinders. After a Week 1 loss, they routed San Francisco, winning 43-18 in their home opener. Ben spread the wealth, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns to three different receivers. His 30 fantasy points were the most in the league in Week 2, and it could get even better from here. Next Sunday, Pittsburgh welcomes running back Le'Veon Bell back from suspension.

DeAngelo Williams, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Speaking of Bell, Williams has shockingly done more than his part in handling the Pittsburgh backfield early this season. Long thought of as a backup anywhere but Carolina, Williams excelled again Sunday, rushing for 77 yards and three touchdowns en route to 26 fantasy points. His 204 rushing yards are the second-most in the NFL this season (Carlos Hyde, 211). The 32-year-old Williams will likely fade into a backup role now that Bell will return Sunday, but his production may have saved some owners who needed RB1 production in the meantime.

Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Arizona Cardinals

The third and final breakout performance of the week from a has-been came from 32-year-old Fitzgerald, who's obviously much more valuable when a competent quarterback is throwing him the ball. A healthy Carson Palmer has Arizona two games ahead of Seattle in the NFC West, and Fitzgerald has played a big part in that. Eight catches for 112 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against Chicago was a blast to the past for the former top-5 wide receiver. Fitzgerald's 29 fantasy points was tops among wide receivers in Week 2, and as long as Palmer stays healthy, he can continue to be counted on as a strong WR2 and FLEX player.

Crockett Gilmore, TE, Baltimore Ravens

The 23-year-old tight end is relatively unknown except for those who have long been amused with his name. Gilmore is getting plenty of looks from quarterback Joe Flacco now that he's No. 1 on the depth chart. Two of his five catches in Sunday's loss to Oakland went for touchdowns, and his 88 yards receiving was second-most among tight ends (Rob Gronkowski, 113). Gilmore did have a disappointing Week 1, but if the Ravens' defense continues to struggle this mightily, Flacco will be throwing a lot. When that happens, Gilmore's fantasy owners can count on many of those passes finding his hands.


No Romo

For the second time in his career, Tony Romo fractured his left clavicle Sunday in the Cowboys' win at Philadelphia. Romo was a top-10 fantasy quarterback, and if you had him starting on your team (I did), then you're frantically searching the waiver wire for a replacement (I am). Dallas backup Brandon Weeden is a possibility, but he's shown in previous fill-in stints that he's not a high-level fantasy quarterback. Add in that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is out for the near future with a broken foot, and the Dallas passing situation is a circus at this point. Depending on the depth of your league, there could be some decent waiver wire options out there. Tyrod Taylor is a decent choice in Buffalo, as is Cincinnati's Andy Dalton, St. Louis' Nick Foles or Tennessee's Marcus Mariota. But, the bottom line is that Romo's owners are going to be struggling until he gets back.

New England Gold Mine

Blessed be the fantasy owner who drafted a New England Patriot ... any New England Patriot. Seriously, these guys are killing it through two weeks. Tom Brady has the most points among all quarterbacks. Rob Gronkowski has the most points among all tight ends. Julian Edelman has 22 catches and two touchdowns, maybe the best true WR2 candidate you could have. Oh, and don't forget the widely unknown running back Dion Lewis, who's 30 fantasy points in two weeks is surely going unnoticed as he's owned in just 40 percent of ESPN leagues. The Patriots are clearly the best team in the AFC early on this season. And any fantasy owner who has bought in is reaping those benefits.

More Quarterback Injuries reported Monday that Saints' quarterback Drew Brees could miss multiple games with a rotator cuff injury. Brees isn't poised for as productive of a year as he's had in the past with lesser players around him, but just by shear volume of pass attempts, he's a top-10 fantasy QB. The backup options in New Orleans are questionable at best (Luke McCown). As I noted earlier, there may be a couple of decent options on your league's waiver wire, but nobody that can closely resemble Brees' week-to-week potential. Sorry fantasy owners.

Short on Luck

Andrew Luck has a total of 23 fantasy points in two games this season. Drafted as either the No. 1 or No. 2 quarterback in almost every fantasy league, Luck's owners expected 23 points each week. But five interceptions and a lost fumble in two games have really limited his ceiling. He has the most turnovers of any player since the star of last year, but a lot of that can be credited to a below-average offensive line, which allowed the Jets' defense to live in the backfield on Monday Night Football. Luck has been underwhelming, but still needs time to find some rhythm. Remember, the Colts also started 0-2 last season and ended up in the AFC Championship game.

Local Outlook

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Minnesota Vikings

After a struggle to start the season in Week 1, Bridgewater regrouped for a solid performance in Minnesota's 26-16 win over Detroit on Sunday. The Louisville product wasn't asked to do much with running back Adrian Peterson carrying the ball 29 times, but Teddy was efficient. He finished 14-18 for 153 yards and a touchdown. He added a rushing touchdown in the second quarter on a red zone bootleg. 

Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons

Coleman started strong in Week 2, rushing nine times for 32 yards and a touchdown in the first half. But just before the break, the former Indiana star suffered a fractured rib. ESPN is reporting Coleman could miss a couple of weeks, but the team hasn't officially announced a timetable for his return. The Falcons rookie had some nice momentum going, but he'll have to gain back the trust of his coaches if he misses several games.

Devante Parker, WR, Miami Dolphins

Parker caught his first career NFL pass for three yards Sunday in Miami's loss to Jacksonville. It was his only target from quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Parker is still working his way into the rotation after missing extensive practice time this summer because of foot surgery. His production should progressively rise, but it could be slow.

Josh Bellamy, WR, Chicago Bears

U of L fans may recognize Bellmay's name from the Cardinals' roster several years ago. He went undrafted in 2012 and has played for four different teams in his short NFL career. On Sunday, he caught his first career professional pass in style, a 48-yard touchdown in Chicago's 48-23 loss to Arizona. It was a cool moment for a former Card who has worked hard to find a place in the NFL.

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