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The Extra Point: Highs and lows in fantasy football

Brandin Cooks leaped onto our list of top five best bargains on Saints roster in 2015. (Photo by Mark Lagrange) Brandin Cooks leaped onto our list of top five best bargains on Saints roster in 2015. (Photo by Mark Lagrange)
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Week two was a harsh reminder for some that what goes up, must come down. Several players that typically haven’t been big-time fantasy performers made a case to be in our starting lineups in week one, only to let us down in week two.

Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston tops my list. He ate the Falcons’ secondary up in week one when he threw four touchdowns. It was the exact opposite against Arizona this week. Winston’s four interceptions marked his worst performance since week four of his rookie season when he did the same thing against the Panthers.

Is this a reason to write him off as your starting quarterback? Not yet, but it is a reminder that matchups mean a lot. I’d save the second-year slinger from Florida State for weaker opponents in your bye week.

Locally, you may be throwing a side-eye at Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks. He broke out against the Raiders with a 27-point performance and two touchdowns, only to muster up just seven catches for 68 yards against the Giants. That’s simply the life of the fantasy football wide receiver. Cincy’s A.J. Green and Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown fell even further than Cooks from week one.

Of course, there are also the players that are yet to perform well at all. I wrote about it in my preseason entry, and I’m sticking to it: Coby Fleener will be a solid contributor at tight end before it’s all said and done. His targets doubled in week two, even though he still didn’t live up to expectations. The tight end is too important to the Saints’ offense to be forgotten about, not to mention they’re not too deep at the position. So the targets will continue to be there. Fleener just has to get open and/or come down with the tough catches like Saints tight ends have been known to do. And when he does, you don’t want him on your bench. Unless you truly have another quality tight end to start, don’t give up just yet. Not to mention that Raiders tight end Clive Watford caught six of seven targets for 50 yards and a touchdown against the Falcons last week. It could be a big week for Fleener against the dirty birds in the dome.

Enjoy your lineups now! The bye weeks begin in week five, and we’ll all be reaching.

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