Ok so how many of us started Buffalo RB Fred Jackson in week 1? How many people thought it was sensable to sit Chris Johnson? Well no matter what you thought last week it means nothing at this moment, because in fantasy football you are only as good as your current week. So I’m here again to bring you another edition of my start ’em or sit ’em segment known as “Flash and Crash”, plus one sleeper and one player to start with caution.
1. Trent Edwards, Buffalo vs The Bucs
Ok, so maybe its a quick jump on the band wagon, but Edwards was sharp last Monday night against the Patriots and now enters Tampas defense which was shredded by Dallas. You don’t expect Terrell Owens to play this poorly 2 weeks in a row do you? Plus Fred Jacksons ability to run will make room to pass.
2. Brett Favre, Minnesota at The Lions
Yes we know Favre plays poorly in the domes, but last week it was proven by Drew Brees that the Lions defense is actually (get this) worse than we first thought. Also it may be safe to assume that the Lions will be stacking the box in an attempt to slow down Adrian Peterson. So while it won’t be gunslinger Favre, I still expect a couple of TD’s for Brett.
3. Ben Rothelisberger, Pittsburgh at The Bears
Last week I said to sit Ben, and well he only posted 1 TD against the mighty Titans defense. Despite that he showed signs of life and it appears that this Steeler club will have to throw plenty to move the ball. The artist formerly known as “Fast” Willie Parker looks more like Peter Parkers Aunt Mae. Also with the season ending injury to Brian Urlacher the Bears defense suddenly looks weak.
1. Carson Palmer, Cincy at The Packers
So Carson is back huh? Don’ t tell that to the Broncos defense who kept him in check last week. The Packers are fresh off of a 4 interception game against Jay Cutler and now welcome the lowly Bengals to the tundra. This should be a long day of Tweeting for Ocho.
2. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs The Chargers
This may be a bit of a risk by me, but the Charger defense looks like it can be run on, but it seems to be decent against the pass. Flacco had a nice week last week against a Chief defense that isnt’t thought of as tough, so it will be interesting to see how he plays on the road against a more agressive squad.
3. Kevin Kolb, Philadelphia vs The Saints
No brainer, maybe? Andy Reid will have the stripped down version of his West Coast offense on display this week. The Saints defense isn’t world beaters, but Kolb has looked meek in his spot performances so far. If he has any success it will be based on the screen pass mostly.
Sleeper Pick: Mark Sanchez, Jets
Handle with care: Philip Rivers, Chargers
1. Chris Johnson, Tennessee vs The Texans
I can’t help but wonder what it will take for Jeff Fisher to realize that a “2 shift for Johnson, 1 shift for LenDale White” formula will solve? Against a very tough Steelers run defense Johnson managed 57 yards, but had 2 big burst to prove he is the fastest back in the league. Houston isn’t real tough up front, so Johnson should have a big day.
2. Clinton Portis, Washington vs The Rams
Julius Jones rushed for 118 yards against this Rams defense last week. Julius Jones!?
3. Larry Johnson, Kansas City vs The Raiders
This is not a misprint. The once super-stud Johnson looked weak last week against the Ravens, but then again most backs do. What many may not realize for not looking at the big picture is that before L.T. went down last week he was averaging over 5 yards per carry and Sproles had a big day as well. The Raider defense is ok against the pass, but I’m not sold on the run. Perhaps one last big fling for L.J.?
1. Matt Forte, Chicago vs The Steelers
This one pains me as I love Fortes stuff. However if Jay Cutler will not throw him the ball then Fortes game takes a big step back. He is a great runner but so is Titans back Chris Johnson, and the Steelers kept him in a bottle last week. Unless Forte gets into the passing game, he should be in your “passing lane” this week.
2. Cedric Benson, Cincy at The Packers
I know Cedge is looking better and making a nice comeback, but this new 3-4 defensive scheme of the Packers is looking tough. Chicagos Matt Forte looked lost in an attempt to find holes last week, and thats with a decent offensive line. The question mark filled line in Cincy will appear over-matched and Benson will have a fair day at best.
3. Mike Bell, New Orleans at The Eagles
I posted Bell because I know he’s a big waiver wire darling this week. However once the Eagles defense settled down last week they held super star back DeAngelo Williams to just 47 yards rushing. Bell looked red hot last week, but that was against the Lions, and Drew Brees and his big arm had the Lions clueless as to who to cover. I don’t see fooling the Eagles quite as easily.
Sleeper Pick: Cadillac Williams, Bucs
Handle with care: Stephen Jackson, Rams
1. Reggie Wayne, Indy at The Dolphins
With Anthony Gonzalez down for 3-6 weeks, the electrifying Wayne expects more double teams, but has that ever stopped Peyton Manning before? Wayne is sure to go nuts in his first real true solo act. No more Harrison and now no proven number 2. I think Reggie steps up and follows last weeks crazy effort with another big one here.
2. Greg Jennings, Green Bay vs The Benglas
I no longer get concerned as to who they play, Jennings is just mammoth. The supporting cast in Green Bay is talented and it always adds space for Jennings. With no disrespect to some of the big names in the game today, Jennings just may be the best all around receiver in the business. Add to it his “im just going out and playing” attitude and you have the makings of a guy who you will never dare bench!
3. Terrell Owens, Buffalo vs The Bucs
I saw Roy Williams and Miles Austin and even Patrick Crayton do bad things to this defense last week. I think it is more then safe to say that Owens went to Trent Edwards to remind him that he is on his team now. T.O. will not be out played by his former mates against the same defense you can bet on that. He will get lots of looks and I think he’ll make them work.
1. Anquan Boldin, Arizona at The Jaguars
A stubborn groin injury mixed in with a stubborn Boldin mixed with a dash of a stubborn coaching staff is a recipe for a big fat meatball for Boldin. It took the Cards 3 quarters last week to find some guy named Fitzgerald and some other guy, an average back named Hightower found all the action for the Cards. The Jags still bring some pass rush so Warner may look his age ths week.
2. Steve Smith, Panthers at The Falcons
I may get lynched when this one goes wrong, but there is something very messy with Jake Delhomme right now, and this aggressive defense may only make things harder. Smith did little to go off last week against the Eagles and it led to Delhommes benching. Could it be that Delhomme is finally going to let the Panthers know how average he really is?
3. DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia vs The Saints
I just don’t trust back up Kevin Kolb with the ability to find guys deep. And if Kolb can’t cut it, we will see Jeff Garcia who loves the 5 yard pass, not suited for Jackson.
Sleeper Pick: Josh Morgan, 49ers
Handle with care: Dwayne Bowe
Green Bay vs The Bengals
Washington vs The Rams
Atlanta vs The Panthers
Philadelphia vs The Saints
Detroit vs The Vikings
Chicago vs The Steelers
Good Luck in week 2!
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