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Week 2 Fantasy Review

Patrick Daly
Friday February 10, 2006

If you were smart (or fortunate) enough to grab Dallas Desperados offensive specialist Terrill Shaw go ahead and take a moment to pat yourself on the back. With 320 receiving yards and seven touchdowns, Shaw is a top scoring threat now that heís been reunited with quarterback Clint Dolezel. At the same time, making Dolezel your starting quarterback is a great move.

Following that same vein of top performers, Las Vegas Gladiators offensive specialist Marcus Nash hasnít suffered from Dolezelís move to Dallas and should continue to produce good numbers if the first two weeks are any indication.

For the no-brainer picks, Colorado Crush quarterback John Dutton and offensive specialist Damian Harrell have left no doubts about their ability to product fantasy points. Both probably went early, but if youíre lucky enough to have either player, youíre in good shape.

One of the biggest surprises comes out of Chicago where Rush quarterback Matt DíOrazio not only won the starting job, but has produced top notch points with his arm and legs. Heíll lose his offensive specialist with the Rush dealing Henry Douglas to Columbus in exchange for WR/DB Jeremy Unertl. While the move makes sense for Chicagoís defensive needs, Douglas will have to find his niche in the Destroyersí offense where Thabiti Davis has already established himself as the major offensive presence.

Another surprise, which means a player that may still be available, is Kansas City Brigade rookie wide receiver/defensive back James Jordan, who has 152 receiving yards and four touchdowns in two games. With Andy Kelly manning the helm in Kansas City, Jordan and fellow rookie Jerel Myers, should put up some good numbers.

In New York, itís been offensive specialist Kevin Swayne that has put up the bigger numbers over wide receiver/linebacker Mike Horacek. Donít expect Horacek to lag far behind, but Swayne appears to have the better shot at big scores provided he stays on the field. Meanwhile, quarterback Aaron Garcia is only on pace for eighty touchdown passes, but that wonít last for long.

The biggest bust so far is Philadelphia Soul quarterback Tony Graziani, and thatís not just because he ended up being my top pick. With three touchdowns so far, heís not off to a good start, and the dislocated finger he suffered on his throwing hand on last weekís opening drive isnít a good sign. Heíll rebound, but it might be a week or two before he shakes that injury.

In Austin, beware of the Wranglersí receiving game since most of their offensive scoring has come on the ground, with 10 rushing touchdowns compared to four touchdowns through the air. Thatís certainly an oddity in the Arena Football League, but fullback/linebacker Dane Krager has benefited from that switch and seems to be the main guy for the short yardage calls.

Patrick Daly has been an Arena Football League enthusiast since he first stumbled across the late-night ESPN broadcasts and has followed the Arizona Rattlers since their inaugural season in 1992. He graduated from Arizona State University with an engineering degree and is currently a member of a web development team for Direct Alliance in Tempe. Patrick currently resides in the Phoenix suburb of Chandler, Arizona with his beautiful wife, son and a very large football helmet collection.
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