Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start\'em/Sit\'em Decisions
Week 2 Start'em/Sit'em Decisions Quarterbacks Must Plays: Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Tom Brady, Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan Start'em Michael Vick (PHI)--After one game in Chip Kelly's high-speed offense, it is pretty clear that Vick fits into his system very well. The Chargers allowed three passing touchdowns to Houston's Matt Schaub on Monday night, proving that their pass defense is still a work in progress. I am not saying he is going to return to elite status, but this is a matchup that should be exploited. Terrelle Pryor (OAK)--Not only was Pryor very effective in the Raiders passing game last week, he also beat the Colts with his legs, rushing for over 100 yards finishing with close to 20 fantasy points in most standard formats. The Jaguars defense played better than last weeks score indicated, but still allowed Alex Smith to finish with a nice fantasy day, making Pryor's matchup look even more appealing. Sit'em Ben Roethlisberger (PIT)--Not only has the Steelers running game held back their offense, now Big Ben will be without his starting center for the remainder of the season. The Bengals have statistically been able to contain the Steelers passing game over the last few seasons, which is not a good mix for anyone looking to use Roethlisberger on Monday night. Jay Cutler (CHI)--When evaluating his matchup this week, one would likely consider Cutler a good start against a defensive group that allowed over 20 fantasy points to Detroit's Matthew Stafford in Week 1. However, in recent games Cutler has struggled against the Vikings, passing for more interceptions (3) than touchdowns (2) combined in both games a season ago. Running Backs Must Plays: Adrian Peterson, Jamaal Charles, Ray Rice, C.J. Spiller, Alfred Morris, Marshawn Lynch, Matt Forte, Trent Richardson, LeSean McCoy, Arian Foster, Doug Martin, Reggie Bush Start'em Darren McFadden (OAK)--Not only did McFadden finish just outside of the top 10 among running back in fantasy points for Week 1, he also had a second touchdown taken away, which would have put him in the top 5. The Jaguars allowed Jamaal Charles to find the end zone last week, where I expect to see McFadden at least once in Week 2, considering how he is utilized in both the running and passing game. Eddie Lacy (GB)--Although he was matched up against the Niners in his first career start, Lacy still finished with a respectable 14 carries for 41 yards and a touchdown to go along with one receptions for 31 yards on two targets. This week he will go against a defense that allowed the third-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in Week 1, so things are looking good for Lacy come Sunday. Daryl Richardson (STL)--Although Richardson will be considered questionable for this week's game as he deals with a foot injury, he is worth starting if he is active. The Falcons surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing running backs in Week 1, including over 100 yards allowed in the passing game, which is great news considering the Rams are a pass-happy team. Sit'em David Wilson (NYG)--Although Wilson will likely start Sunday's game against the Broncos, there is a good chance the team will use newly added Brandon Jacobs when in close to the end zone, limiting Wilson's fantasy upside. He is only one fumble away from losing his starting job completely, so until he proves otherwise the best place for him is on the bench. Frank Gore (SF)--Gore finished with a respectable line in Week 1, but has a tough matchup on Sunday going up against a Seahawks defense that has allowed only one rushing touchdown to him over the last three seasons (six games). It is tough to bench a guy that has an automatic starting spot in your fantasy lineup, so if you have to start him, so be it. Just don't say I didn't warn you. BenJarvus Green-Ellis (CIN)--The Steelers allowed over 100 yards on the ground to the Titans in Week 1, making it appear to be a good start for the Law Firm. Not so fast. Green-Ellis has not fared well against the Steelers since joining the Bengals, totaling only 83 yards in two games a season ago. Continue to Page 2 for the rest of this week's start'em/sit'em decisions... Wide Receivers Must Plays: Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, Dez Bryant, Brandon Marshall, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Randall Cobb, Victor Cruz, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson Start'em DeSean Jackson (PHI)--Jackson finds himself on my start list once again this week after a stellar performance on Monday night (7-104-1) in his debut in Chip Kelly's high octane offense. The Chargers secondary is suspect at best, having allowed three touchdowns through the air in Week 1, plus the fact they are playing on the road makes me believe they will give up a lot of points in this contest. Julian Edelman (NE)--Process of elimination landed Edelman in a great position in the Patriots offense, at the top producers in the passing game are all gone from a season ago. The Patriots have already ruled out Danny Amendola for Thursday night's contest, so Edelman should top his nine targets from Week 1 making him a must-start in most fantasy formats. Dwayne Bowe (KC)--Although Bowe was practically non-existent in last week's win over the Jaguars, this week should be a different story. The Cowboys allowed the second-most fantasy production to opposing wide receivers in Week 1, allowing 333 yards and three touchdowns. While the Chiefs will likely not come close to those numbers, expect them to exploit the Cowboys weak secondary with Bowe as the top beneficiary. Sit'em Greg Jennings (MIN)--Stats don't lie, and neither does the fact that the Vikings need to reevaluate their passing game if they want to stay relevant in a pass-happy era. This week will likely not be the week they turn things around going up against a Bears defense that has limited the Vikings over the last few years, including Jennings. Dating back to his days with the Packers, Jennings never fared well against the Bears and has scored only once in his last five contests against them. At this point he should be permanently benched until he starts to show some consistency, which may take a few weeks. Stevie Johnson (BUF)--Despite finding the end zone in Week 1, Johnson was rather ineffective, hauling in only three receptions for 39 yards on six targets. If you were unaware, the Panthers have a very good defense, and with an inexperienced quarterback under center, it is going to be hard to get the ball into Johnson's hand enough to make him worth starting. Roddy White (ATL)--If you haven't see it, White tweeted Monday that "As far as fantasy if I don't participate in practice than don't start me it's a red flag." That pretty much sums up why he is on the sit'em list. Until White is 100 percent, he is not going to get his normal amount of targets in the Falcons passing game, making him a liability until further notice. Tight Ends Must Plays: Jason Witten, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski (If Active), Vernon Davis, Greg Olsen, Tony Gonzalez Start'em Jared Cook (STL)--Boy was I off last week when I had Cook on my sit'em list. In fact, Cook ended up being the highest scoring tight end in most formats, after hauling in seven receptions for 141 yards and two touchdowns, not to mention he was cruising in for another score before being stripped right before the goal line. This may be the last week before he joins the "Must Plays" at his position, considering the Falcons have struggled defending opposing tight ends the last few seasons. Brandon Myers (NYG)--Heading into the fourth quarter last week Myers' owners had to be frustrated, but things turns around after a few grabs and a touchdown gave him a solid finish. This week he is matched up against the Broncos, who allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2012, and have have actually taken steps backwards this season. Expect Eli Manning to have the same plan, looking Myers' way after proving he is sure-handed. Sit'em Dallas Clark (BAL)--Although Clark finished Week 1 with seven receptions for 87 yards on 12 targets, don't expect the Ravens to throw the ball 62 times again. If Flacco continues to target him heavily, then I will reevaluate my feelings towards Clark, but for now there are plenty of other serviceable options other than Clark. Antonio Gates (SD)--It is sad to say, but Gates' days as a TE 1 have passed him by, and that was proven in his Week 1 performance. Gates finished with just two receptions for 49 yards on four targets in the loss to the Texans, despite the team not having a true No. 1 option in the passing game. Not to mention the Eagles allowed only four touchdowns to opposing tight ends in 2012. Defense/Special Teams Must Plays: Houston Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals Start'em New England Patriots Defense/Special Teams--The Patriots defensive group under-performed in Week 1, but facing the Jets at home on a short week should be what the team needs to turn things around. This is the second week in a row that the Patriots will go up against a rookie quarterback, so expect them to pressure Geno Smith early and often in this contest. Expect Bill Belichick to have schemes perfect for flustering the Jets youngster, forcing him to make typical rookie mistakes. Sit'em St. Louis Rams Defense/Special Teams--Although the Rams defense may be one of the best up-in-coming groups in the league, there aren't to the "Must Play" level just yet. The Falcons have a better passing attack than the Cardinals, who torched the Rams for 327 yards through the air in Week 1. Not to mention they will be playing in the Georgia Dome, where the Falcons seem to play their best football. Be sure to join me live in Rotoinfo.com's new chat room before setting your lineup every Sunday as I answer all your last minute start/sit decisions. Live From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m Sunday morning. Matthew Beck is a Fantasy Sports Columnist for Rotoinfo.com. If you have any questions or comments feel free to e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also follow him on Twitter @MatthewRBeck for up-to-date Q&A and fantasy information. And, to make setting your Fantasy Football lineup easy, be sure to utilize RotoInfo.com’s new NFL Lineup Grids.
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@stmyers1 thanks for the follow!
@stmyers1 I would say so now that they have grilli and smith in setup roles...just dont know how many innings he will get now