Studs and Duds: Matt’s forte is scoring touchdowns

Luke Garza

Sports Blogger

@LukeAGarza

Studs

Matt Forte, running back, New York Jets

Running back Matt Forte, now playing for the New York Jets, is silencing doubters early. (philliesfan136, Flickr)
Running back Matt Forte, now playing for the New York Jets, is silencing doubters early.
(philliesfan136, Flickr)

Those who thought Forte was too old to be a team’s workhorse were proven wrong Thursday night. The ninth-year veteran carried the ball a whopping 30 times for 100 yards and three scores in the Jets’ 37-31 victory against the Bills. He averaged only 3.3 yards per carry but got so many touches that it didn’t affect his performance.

Stefon Diggs, wide receiver, Minnesota Vikings

Diggs surely enjoyed quarterback Sam Bradford’s Vikings debut. Bradford threw for 286 yards. Diggs hauled in 182 of them to go along with a touchdown. Diggs has surpassed 100 yards in each of his first two games this season, making him an intriguing option to put in your starting lineup as we progress through the season.

Martellus Bennett, tight end, New England Patriots

In Week 1, Bennett saw five passes thrown his way; he caught three of them for 14 yards. Bennett received six targets Sunday and hauled five of them in for 114 yards and a touchdown. Rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett is slated to start against the Houston Texans on Thursday night, meaning Bennett, who doesn’t run many complicated routes, has a good chance to reap the benefits of a simplified offensive game plan.

Duds

Jameis Winston, quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Winston followed a four-touchdown performance in Week 1 with a four-interception game Sunday. The Cardinals defense had its way with Winston, allowing him to complete less than 52 percent of his passes. It doesn’t get much easier for Winston, he faces the Rams, Broncos and Panthers in his next three games.

Fantasy favorite Antonio Bryant flopped Week 2. (Brook Ward, Flickr)
Fantasy favorite Antonio Bryant flopped Week 2.
(Brook Ward, Flickr)

Antonio Brown, wide receiver, Pittsburgh Steelers

Known as one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers, Brown disappointed fantasy owners in his game against the Bengals. He finished with four receptions for 39 yards but could have had a much better day, considering the ball was thrown his way 11 times.

Sammy Watkins, wide receiver, Buffalo Bills

Watkins entered Thursday’s game against the Jets battling a foot injury. Watkins hauled in a mere two of his five targets for 20 yards. Through two games this season, Watkins has only 63 receiving yards and has yet to reach the end zone.

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