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Second Thoughts
David Sabino
September 22, 2008
It's still early, but two games can go a long way toward separating the stars from the stiffs
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September 22, 2008

Second Thoughts

It's still early, but two games can go a long way toward separating the stars from the stiffs

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Isn't it amazing that you know so much more now than when you drafted your team? These players have already shown themselves to be more—or less—than previously thought.

JULIUS JONES
Seahawks, RB

With starter Maurice Morris out with a sprained knee, Jones (above, left) ran for 127 yards against the 49ers, the most by a Seattle back since Shaun Alexander in 2006. Jones should continue to pile up yards next Sunday against the Rams, who have given up 79 points in two games, and he could even hold on to the starting job when Morris returns in a few weeks.

ANTHONY GONZALEZ
Colts, WR

He was Peyton Manning's favorite target in the Colts' comeback win in Minnesota, putting up career highs of nine catches and 137 yards. Gonzalez has three 100-yard performances in his first 15 games as a pro—a feat achieved by neither Marvin Harrison nor Reggie Wayne.

AARON RODGERS
Packers, QB

So far, so great: In two starts he has thrown for a total of 506 yards and four TDs against the Vikings and the Lions. Expect more good numbers in what should be a shootout against the Cowboys on Sunday night. Chances are, Rodgers is your backup; if you're secure with your starter, there will be no better time to trade him than after next week—before his schedule gets bumpier and it gets cold in Green Bay.

JAY CUTLER
Broncos, QB

Ascending into the ranks of elite fantasy quarterbacks, he followed his 300-yard, two-touchdown opening-week effort in Oakland with 350 yards and four TDs against the Chargers. You most likely drafted the third-year passer with thoughts of platooning him, but he has grown into an every-week starter.

CARSON PALMER
Bengals, QB

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