Wanna win this week in fantasy football? Pay attention.
Put Em In: Andy
- Chris Johnson – He’s got a tough match-up this week against the Steelers but until he is stopped, he has to be #1. His 76 yard TD run last week gives him four touchdowns of his career over 75 yards. That is good enough for second all-time. This is only his third season folks. He also has 12 consecutive 100-yard games. That’s only two shy of Barry Sanders’ record. Again, it’s obvious but until a team slows him down, he makes my list. 21 carries, 130 yards and two touchdowns…look for him to be Young’s safety net from the Pittsburgh blitz…leading to more receptions than usual.
- Steven Jackson – The Rams tried to get their money’s worth from #1 pick, Sam Bradford in his first NFL game…Bradford threw the ball 55 times. No team wins when their QB has that many attempts. While they were in it until the end against the Cardinals, the Rams know to be successful, they have to rely more on Jackson. Chris Johnson gashed the Raiders defense last week so expect Jackson to do the same and go for 25 carries, 100 yards, two touchdowns and at least five receptions.
- DeAngelo Williams – I keep expecting Williams to fade as a fantasy star but he continues to prove me wrong. He didn’t have a great week one but look for him to do very well against a young Tampa defense. With Matt Moore banged up and Clausen showing stage fright, Williams will be relied upon on the ground and through the air. Take 22 carries, 160 total yards and a touchdown to the bank.
Leave Em Out
- Cedric Benson – I considered last season a flash-in-the-pan season for Benson, and he proved me right in week one. Although he did score, he averaged an awful 2.9 yards per carry against the Pats. This week he gets the Ravens D. I expect a whole lot of Ngata for Cedric.
- Shonn Greene – Chances are you took him high in your league based on projections. I’m sorry. They lied to you. Greene showed promise last year but I just don’t see him as a top 10 back like most projections had him. I will say that he was playing the Ravens last week but you have to hold onto the ball no matter the opponent. I think Rex lost some confidence in him and his value has plummeted. Your better off starting LT than Greene at this point.
- Ronnie Brown – Brown had a decent game against the Bills but let’s face it, they aren’t exactly the ’85 Bears D. I say sit Brown this week with a tough match-up against the Vikings front seven and the fact that Ricky Williams continues to take his carries. If he’s not playing this team, I’d play him.
Is it too late to say Arian Foster? Since my flux-capacitor is broke and I can’t go back in time, I’ll take LaSean McCoy. Detroit’s defense has made some improvements but I think McCoy can have a big game this week and take pressure off of Vick or Kolb. Andy Reid has to do a better job of getting McCoy the ball and letting him use his speed and quickness. This could be the week that we see McCoy have a breakout game.
QBs That Will Make You Look Good: Warzecha
- Peyton Manning – We are all going to see a very pissed off Peyton Manning on NBC this Sunday night. Despite having a monster fantasy performance last weekend, Peyton and the Colts dropped their first season opener in a long time. In addition to seeking to remedy last week’s loss, Peyton will also have the added incentive of slapping his little brother Eli around. It’s the perfect storm. Expect him to have another monster week in an attempt to even the Colts’ record to 1-1.
- Eli Manning – Eli’s Giants will likely be down early and often if the Colt’s come to play like I think they will. This will make it impossible for Tom Coughlin to run the ball as much as he would like to and he’ll be forced to turn to the air. Eli threw three touchdowns last week (all to Hakeem Nicks) and he will have the pass attempts to do it again this week.
- Philip Rivers – Rivers is another QB that will be looking to avenge an unexpected season-opening loss this weekend. Lucky for him, he gets to hang out in Dan Diego while the porous secondary of the Jacksonville Jaguars travels across the country to try and stop the Chargers’ passing attack. Outside of Rashean Mathis, the Jags don’t have anyone who can hold the likes of Michael Floyd, Legedu Naanee, and Antonio Gates. Look for a big bounce-back day for Rivers and the Chargers’ offense.
Three guys to stay away from this week
- Joe Flacco – Cincinnati’s defense is much better than it showed last week against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. They have one of the best corner combos in the league and will play much better this weekend at home. I actually like them for the win against the trendy Ravens.
- Jay Cutler – I was right on in predicting a big fantasy week from Cutler last week, but I think he’ll be shut down by a dominant Dallas defense in week 2. Look for interceptions galore and a lot of Demarcus Ware / Anthony Spencer sandwiches in this one.
- Matt Hasselbeck – You just can’t jump on his bandwagon after last week’s surprising performance. This is likely the week of his annual back injury.
Team Defenses You Want To Start: Jacob
- Green Bay – The Packers D was able to knock Kolb out of the game last week on their way to 5 sacks a fumble recovery. They should shut down a Bills team that only mustard 10 points last week. The Bills are also currently ranked 29th in passing (116yds) & 28th in rushing (50yds).
- Tennessee – The Titans are playing at home against a Steelers team that only managed 15 points last week. Dennis Dixon doesn’t look like the answer in Pittsburgh and should struggle against the Titans who only gave up 13 points last week.
- Dallas – The offense struggled against the Redskins, but the defense looked solid. Look for them to get a lot fantasy points this week against the Bears with turnover prone QB Jay Cutler.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – The Bucs are facing a Panthers team that could be without their starting QB Matt Moore. That means the Bucs defense will get to prey on rookie QB Jimmy Clausen. If you saw Clausen play in week 1 then you saw a QB who looked scared to death. Expect Clausen to look awful and throw for less then 150 yds, no touchdowns and 2 interceptions.