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In an effort to avoid that discussion, Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid said there was no quarterback controversy in Philadelphia just before his team's Week 2 contest, started by Michael Vick with Kevin Kolb recovering from a concussion the latter sustained in the season opener. Before the game, Reid announced that Kolb had passed his concussion tests, taken by both the team and an independent Philadelphia doctor, and that his opening-week quarterback would return to practice this week and should be able to start in Week 3 at Jacksonville.Then Vick went out and threw for 284 yards and two scores in the Eagles' 35-32 road defeat of the Detroit Lions. So, Andy, are you sure there's still no controversy?
|Michael Vick has scored 20-plus fantasy points in each of the first two games this season.|
Jahvid Best was the week's top scorer (40 fantasy points) and Jason Snelling (35) ranked second, but neither one was started in even half of ESPN leagues. So for that reason I'm handing out the hardware to the No. 3 man on the list, LeSean McCoy, who was started in 91.4 percent of ESPN leagues. While the attention was on Vick in the Eagles-Lions Week 2 game, it was McCoy who led both teams in fantasy points, stepping up in the kind of matchup where he should have stepped up.While the Eagles might have some questions to answer at quarterback, it's McCoy who demonstrated his ability to serve as a workhorse starting running back, a plus in light of the season-ending injury to Leonard Weaver and the team's offensive line issues. He carried 16 times for 120 yards and three scores, the touchdowns handing his team a commanding lead (albeit one that was whittled down by the Lions late), and four times broke off a run of 10 yards or greater. With Kolb due back in Week 3, the Eagles would be smart to continue to put emphasis on McCoy to lead, at least until they determine whether Kolb is capable of handling the gig.
• While Vick was the popular from-waivers-to-starting gem at quarterback, Brandon Jackson fit the description at running back, albeit with only modest results. Jackson scored a touchdown, yes, but he also totaled only 29 yards on 11 carries, numbers that don't really separate him from fullback John Kuhn's 9-for-36, and he did it despite a favorable matchup versus the Buffalo Bills. I've written on these pages a few times in the past week that Jackson, for all his skills as a blocker and pass-catcher, isn't especially quick, and my worry is that Kuhn might sneak in to vulture his goal-line work in coming weeks, with rookie James Starks perhaps threatening for additional carries once he's activated from the PUP list. Unfortunately, my advice would have been to sell high on Jackson had he thrived this week, and a nine-point fantasy day might not allow you to do so. I'd still try, at least if I hadn't invested in him under the expectation he'd be a matchups/flex play at best.• Speaking of Favre, his day was dreadful, including three interceptions, one of which was a terribly ill-advised throw deep into coverage, and a fumble. His receivers -- Visanthe Shiancoe excused -- are partly to blame for the awful results, but the rest belongs squarely on his shoulders. Favre's throws look as though they're coming from a 40-year-old's arm (go figure) and his decision-making skills look no stronger than they did in his interception-laden 2005 and 2008 campaigns. Rumors that a Vincent Jackson trade might be on the horizon at least offer hope for Favre, but even if it happens, let's not proclaim Jackson his savior. Even with the rumors, I'm seriously considering jumping off this cliff. • Conversely, Cutler looks great in Mike Martz's offense thus far. The 372-yard passing day in Week 1 was easy to dismiss because it came against the Lions, but after a rocky start he made quick adjustments and confounded the Dallas Cowboys' defense in a road game to the tune of 277 yards and three passing scores.
|Jamaal Charles is playing second fiddle to veteran Thomas Jones in Kansas City.|
|Dustin Keller posted 17 fantasy points Sunday.|
For the latest injury updates, check back for Stephania Bell's analysis throughout the week and keep tabs on the Monday news conferences.• Michael Turner (groin): His is the headliner of Week 2, as his nine-carry, 75-yard performance was easily dwarfed by backup Jason Snelling's 186-total-yard, three-touchdown day, and that might lead people to wonder how significant Turner's groin injury is. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, Turner had been cleared to return to action, but the veteran running back was held out as a precaution because the Atlanta Falcons were already winning by a significant margin. All signs point to Turner being available for Week 3, but keep tabs on his practice reports early in the week, and if you can afford the luxury, scoop up Snelling as a handcuff. After all, his role might be on the rise. No. 3 option Jerious Norwood missed most of the game with a knee injury, so it's not unthinkable the Falcons might arrange some sort of Turner/Snelling Week 3 split. • Ryan Mathews (ankle): He was carted off in the first quarter of Sunday's game, returned to the sidelines for the entire second half, but didn't return to action. Mathews' health bears watching during practice this week, but interestingly enough, it wasn't Darren Sproles who benefited in his stead; Mike Tolbert tallied 82 yards and two scores on 16 carries as the San Diego Chargers' primary back. Sproles, meanwhile, totaled 100 yards on nine touches, demonstrating that he'd remain involved in the event Mathews misses further action, but it'd probably come more on passing downs or as a change-of-pace option than as a starter. • Jason Witten (concussion): The Dallas Morning News reports that the hard hit he took when he collided with both Bears defenders Brian Urlacher and Chris Harris gave him a concussion, which puts Witten's Week 3 status in doubt. NFL rules regarding such an injury are strict, and Witten will need to prove he is symptom-free if he's to be able to play next week. Martellus Bennett might see a few added targets if Witten sits, as evidenced by his four catches late in this week's game. But he'd be no more than a high-level No. 2 option even if that's the case. • Percy Harvin (hip): He was limited for much of the second half after aggravating his hip injury on a block in the second quarter, and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that he will undergo an MRI. With Harvin's status up in the air again, expect rumors to continue to swirl about a possible Vincent Jackson trade. In the event a Jackson deal doesn't materialize -- which is indeed possible -- and Harvin misses further time, the Vikings might be left with only Bernard Berrian and Greg Lewis as their starters in Week 3. • Dennis Dixon (knee): Dixon departed early in the second quarter because of a knee injury, disconcerting in that he had knee surgery in college and the Pittsburgh Steelers lack any reliable, eligible alternatives at quarterback. Coach Mike Tomlin admitted after Week 2 that he doesn't know who his starter will be -- he stressed he wasn't volunteering for the gig -- but Charlie Batch, who was 5-for-11 passing and fumbled twice, might be the de facto choice. You can be sure the Steelers are counting down the weeks until Ben Roethlisberger is eligible to play. • Darrelle Revis (hamstring): He left with an aggravation of his hamstring injury in the second quarter, though even before his departure he was beaten for a score by Randy Moss. "Revis Island" received low ratings in limited action, and if he misses further time, fantasy owners should have considerably less fear of starting top wide receivers who face the New York Jets. Tristan H. Cockcroft is a fantasy football analyst for ESPN.com. You can e-mail him here, or follow him on Twitter @SultanofStat.