If only you would have listened to our podcast last week – you would have known that Eddie Royal was going to blow up… but – you ignored us. Tsk tsk.
Anyway, Matt and I weren’t able to get our schedules together this week, so we’re going to hit you up with our Week 2 Fantasy Football picks here instead of via podcast.
I’m almost tempted to say this might be even better than the podcast, because it’s a little easier to comment and react to a post here, rather than trying to comment on something we said on the podcast. Hmmmm…. maybe this is the way to go?
So, we’ll hit this the way we did last week. We’ll do one START/SIT recommendation per game, then give a sleeper pick for each of the QB, RB, and WR positions. Here we go!
Tennessee Titans at Cincinnati Bengals
Matt says: START RB Chris Johnson. Until proven otherwise, I am going to assume he’s option 1, 2, and possibly 3 for the Tits. Besides, it’s not like VY’s meltdown suddenly made the Tits have WRs.
Buffalo Bills at Jacksonville Jaguars
Chris says: START RB Marshawn Lynch. The Bills looked great against Seattle in week 1, and though the Jags are known for their brand of tough defense – you can’t sit a guy you drafted in the first round… at least, not in this instance. Keep riding Lynch until he gives you a reason to think twice.
Oakland Raiders at Kansas City Chiefs
Matt says: START RB Darren McFadden. The Chiefs defense is not as good as it looked against the Flying Cassels, and Russell is not going to light anyone up through the air, so both DMC and Fargas should get upwards of 80 yards. I like DMC to get a score, too.
Indianapolis Colts at Minnesota Vikings
Chris says: START WR Anthony Gonzalez. I love AG in the against Minnesota. Sure, Reggie Wayne and Marvin Harrison got more catches for Indy last week, but I see Gonzalez’s role getting bigger on a weekly basis.
Chicago Bears at Carolina Panthers
Matt says: SIT WR Devin Hester. The Panthers D is for real and Hester is not a real WR. Unless your league gives points for every 15-20 return yards, no way should Hester start this week. And even if your league *does* score like that, you probably have better options.
Green Bay Packers at Detroit Lions
Chris says: START QB Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers did better than most figured he would with all that crushing pressure – on Monday night football – at home – in Favre’s shadow – against the division favorite. Now, he faces the perennially-soft Detroit Lions defense on the road. Rodgers is a very solid start against the Lions.
New York Giants at St. Louis Rams
Matt says: START WR Torry Holt. Barely. The Rams SUCK but Holt is the only real WR option and I don’t know that Jackson will get much going against the Giants. Holt probably won’t find the endzone, but he should get 6 for 50 or so.
New Orleans Saints at Washington Redskins
Chris says: SIT WR Robert Meachem. Even with Marques Colston out, let’s not forget that Meachem wasn’t even at the end of the bench last week – he was inactive. I don’t see Meachem being a good play this week. I think it just means more work for Reggie Bust and Jeremy Shockey.
Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Matt says: START WR Joey Galloway. I see no reason to sit anyone against the Falcons unless you have a much better option.
San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks
Chris says: SIT Seahawks Defense. The 49ers didn’t exactly light it up against Arizona last week. Of more concern is the Seahawks defense itself. It’s too early to depend on this unit. The 49ers could go into the tank and make me look silly, or they could blow up and have a big game. Either way – let the season play out a bit before you start looking to Seattle’s D.
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Matt says: SIT WR Wes Welker. Assuming you have two better choices (Galloway perhaps?), I’d give the Pats’ offense a week to sort things out before I included Welker among the “must starts.” Honestly, Moss is the only player on the Pats’ offense I would start this week.
San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos
Chris says: START WR Eddie Royal. Yep, I know Brandon Marshall is back from his suspension this week – but the way I see it, Royal wasn’t a one-game wonder. He and Jay Cutler have great chemistry – and even after continuously embarrassing the allegedly great DeAngelo Hall last week – I look for Marshall to get the majority of the double-teams, which could leave Royal open for a big day. Roll the dice and start Royal if you don’t have a better WR3 option.
Miami Dolphins at Arizona Cardinals
Matt says: START RB Ricky Williams. I think Ricky is the real deal this year and he’s going to have some nice numbers every week. That goes double for games against AZ.
Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns
Matt says: SIT RB Jamal Lewis. The Steelers’ D is for real. Like really for real. Really. I would only start Westbrook and LDT against them. Lewis is not those two.
Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Chris says: SIT QB Joe Flacco. The way the Texans played last week, any quarterback could carve them up… but I think Houston will rebound. It will be Flacco’s first NFL road game, and he’s going to have one Mario Williams breathing down his neck. If you are even having to consider starting Joe Flacco – you already have major issues on your fantasy team, so if you need to gamble this week – do it with one of your RBs.
Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys
Chris says: START WR DeSean Jackson. Reggie Brown has a hamstring issue (again) and even if/when he does come back – Jackson is going to rip his job from him. He will be the unquestioned starter opposite Kevin Curtis by the end of the season, assuming Curtis also successfully returns from his injury. This week, go with Jackson against a questionable Cowboys secondary.
Chris says: Jake Delhomme, Carolina – Jake looked like his old self against an allegedly good defense on the road in SD. He’ll be facing the Bears at home this week, and despite the Bears shut-down of Peyton Manning, I think Delhomme is a solid play.
Matt says: Trent Edwards, Buffalo – I am standing by my prediction that the Jags are going to struggle this year and that Buffalo will be a surprisingly solid team, so I like Edwards to exploit a Jags pass D that gets NO pressure from the front four.
Chris says: Sammy Morris, New England – You would think the Pats would now rely more-heavily on the run. Add to that, Morris got more carries last week than Laurence Maroney, who is supposed to be the #1. I wouldn’t put it past the Patriots to totally change their offensive look after losing Tom Brady.
Matt says: Felix Jones, Dallas – Marion is dinged and Jones looked good in limited action both last week and throughout the preseason. It probably won’t happen this year, but I fully expect people to be asking “why did Dallas pay so much for Barber if they were going to draft Jones” within the next couple seasons.
Chris says: Mushin Muhammed, Carolina – he was targeted 15 times last week against SD, and he’ll benefit from one more game without Steve Smith – plus, he’s playing his former team. Great one-week play.
Matt says: Steve Smith, NYG – The Rams are, quite frankly, horrible on defense. I see no reason why a third WR with a lot of upside couldn’t have a field day in the slot against St. Louis.
Alright, tell us what you think! We’d love as much fantasy football input as you can stand to give.