We are back! Yes welcome back fantasy football fans. It is my great pleasure to return for another year of what I hope will be great fantasy advice to help you on your way to championships, and big rewards. In case you were wondering, yes I started Arian Foster this past week, as well as Matt Forte, all told in my 5 fantasy football leagues, a nice record of 4-1.
So now that we have a feel for who is who it is my time to give you 3 fantasy football players to start this week and 3 fantasy players to sit from the major positions and why I believe the moves are correct. So check it out, set your line-ups accordingly and good luck.
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Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Bills: If Rodgers is to be the new big time fantasy QB well then his numbers will have to be big at home. The Bills secondary did a nice job last week against Miami, and kept Brandon Marshall out of the end zone, but the Pack just have to many weapons. Now that starting RB Ryan Grant is out for the season, it is expected that the Packers will pass even more, which is a great sign for Rodgers owners.
[adinserter block=”2″]Michael Vick, Eagles at Lions: No, this is not a misprint. The Vick of 2005 appears to be back, only this guy seems to know how to pass as well. The Lions defense was better last week but still far from perfect and Vick makes an excellent sneak play here. The Eagles do have WRs who can go get it, and Vick can buy some time with his feet. I can’t say what they will do with him down the road, but this week he should be pure gold. Just keep an eye out to make sure Kevin Kolb does not play here.
Tom Brady, Patriots at Jets: I thought that New England would be soft this year, but to my surprise they came out in full swing last week against the Bengals. Many feel the Jets were over hyped coming into this year, and it is possible that super corner Darrelle Revis may not be fully in game shape yet. WR Randy Moss came out and publicly slammed his team for not wanting him or using him, well an angry Moss can be dangerous, and Brady always knows what to do with his weapons. I for one am not getting scared off by a match-up here.
Carson Palmer, Bengals vs. Ravens: The Ravens sure did look like their old selves this past Monday night, handling the Jets and keeping them at bay. For me the whole “Two number 1’s” in Cincinnati just does not seem ready to dominate, and the running attack looks slow too. Expect the Ravens to come hard at the Bengals, and try to set the tone early in the division as they try and jump to 2-0.
Jay Cutler, Bears at Cowboys: An awful week 1 loss to rival Washington has Dallas more than hyped here, and it is the home opener in Big D. Cutler looked average last week in a win over the Lions, but his young WR group does not look ready enough yet for this type of showdown. I would expect Dallas to try and go big early and jump out to a lead forcing the Bears to play from behind, and that kind of pressure never suits Cutler. The Bear rushing attack was not overwhelming either, so Dallas may be able to cheat a bit here.
David Garrard, Jaguars at Chargers: For all of you that ran out and grabbed him off a waiver wire after his big week last week do not get too excited. He had a good day against a very banged up Broncos defense, but now they will travel to San Diego, where the Chargers should be pretty fired up after last week’s loss. Also if Mike Sims-Walker continues to put up zeros, it could end up being a long year.
Jamaal Charles, Chiefs at Browns: Charles will be seeing more of the field, and will have to if the Chiefs expect to keep winning. Thomas Jones looked decent Monday night, but Charles was easily more explosive. Last season he had a nice day against Cleveland late in the year, and has the skill to go off again against a Browns defense that could not hold down Tampa last week.
Arian Foster, Texans at Redskins: Yes I will hop on this wagon and tell you to use him this week. Some may be hesitant after watching the Cowboys do little on the ground last week, but Houston has a nice scheme and also a dangerous passing attack that many defenses have to respect. I don’t think that Foster will go for 200 plus yards again, but I do expect over 100 and 2 TDs, the Texans looked sharp after week 1, and it may finally be their year.
DeAngelo Williams, Panthers vs. Bucs: How quickly we forget Williams. He had a nice week last week against a much improved Giants defense despite the loss, and now a weak Tampa rush defense comes into town. Jonathon Stewart also showed very little last week, so for now you have to have faith in the hot hand of Williams. The Panthers are far from ready to be a pass happy team, but still have enough on the O-Line to push a good ground game, and Williams should be big this week because of that.
[adinserter block=”1″]Chris Johnson, Titans vs. Steelers: Shall I have my head checked now? I may never say this again, but here is a small warning. Last year the Steelers made Johnson look silly and most of that defense is back this season. They did a pretty good job last week with another quality back in Michael Turner and are still very tough to run on. Heck any fantasy football guy can tell you to start him every week and look like a genius, but how many dare tell you to sit him? Probably just me, but I am alright with that for this week.
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Anyone from the Bills vs. Packers: Last week the Eagles got very little on the ground, so this undecided mess of Buffalo’s should fair just as poorly. Miami man-handled rookie CJ Spiller and the rest of the Bills attack last week, and this defense is no slouch. Until one man toughens up and becomes a clear leader here, you start none of them.
Jerome Harrison, Browns vs. Chiefs: I know full well how huge he was against KC last season, but two factors here: 1) Peyton Hillis is getting more carries, why I do not know? 2) The Chiefs defense looks better up front this year and the Browns are not scaring anyone with the pass. Harrison should be the main man here, but for now he is not, so this situation needs to be monitored very carefully.
Wide Receivers/ Tight Ends:
Miles Austin, Cowboys vs. Bears: The more I see of this guy, the more I love his talents. Austin is big and fast and tough with soft hands, and he should reek havoc on the Bears this week. Last week in a game the rest of the team was quiet in, he still managed double digit catches and over 100 yards. Simply put, this guy gets it done.
DeSean Jackson, Eagles at Lions: Here is the true test of just how “big time” this kid will be. Last week he got off to a very slow start against a good Packers secondary, but the Lions are not all that scary and Eagles coach Andy Reid likes his QBs to throw long, so expect strong-armed QB Mike Vick to take a few chances Jackson’s way, and you know he does not miss those chances much.
Reggie Wayne, Colts vs. Giants: Forget about the Manning Bowl for a moment here. Peyton is 0-1. Yep that’s right, 0-1 so you know he is ready. Steve Smith of Carolina found some space against this Giants defense last week so I would be shocked not to see Wayne do some big things. Plus he always seems to be big on prime time, and this is the big Sunday night showdown.
Steve Smith, Giants at Colts: He just seemed to vanish last week, and now it is all about Hakeem Nicks. We also saw some good things from Mario Manningham last week, and if the Texans showed America anything it’s that you can run on Indy and play ground control football and have a chance. I expect to see more of the run game and the ball spread around evenly, not the Smith-dominated pass attack of last season.
Calvin Johnson, Lions vs. Eagles: No, I don’t have a huge fear of the Eagles defense, but I also have no faith in Sean Hill finding Johnson a lot this Sunday. Greg Jennings had a decent day against Philly, but nothing to send off fireworks, and that was with Aaron Rodgers at QB. This Lions team will lean on Johnson a bunch, but I just do not think he will be super this weekend.
Michael Crabtree, 49ers vs. Saints: This kid is starting to strike me as a quitter. No pre-season action and pretty much invisible in week 1. The Saints are no longer pushovers on defense either and Josh Morgan and Vernon Davis just seem more ready to play and more willing to take the ball. Don’t jump on Crabtree until he shows you something big, very big.
Yes I know it is week 2, but there are already a few gems on the wire to be had, grab them before someone else does:
Brandon Jackson, RB, Packers: He looked good last week in the second half, and starter Ryan Grant is now out for the year. Jackson may not be a championship winning back, but a good guy to fall back on.
Darren McFadden, RB, Raiders: I was impressed at what I saw last week. Despite being down early, the Raiders back put up good numbers and they have a soft match-up this week as they host St. Louis. As long as Michael Bush is out, McFadden only has Michael Bennett to compete with, which would worry me if this was like 2003.
Legedu Naanee, WR,Chargers: It was supposed to be Malcolm Floyd taking in the action while Vincent Jackson was away, but Naanee did a nice job this past week. Not totally sold on him, but keep an eye on him.
Defenses I like this week:
Vikings vs Miami
Packers vs Bills
Eagles vs Lions
Defenses I’m not liking:
Jaguars at Chargers
Giants at Colts
Bears at Cowboys
OK friends and readers, here it is. I wish all of you luck in week 2.Don’t forget to check back every week with more fantasy picks, waiver finds and news. Also a reminder that “Beat The Shark” will debut next week. Good luck football fans!
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