Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2: Early-Round Picks Who Will Disappoint

Kyle BrownCorrespondent IIISeptember 10, 2012

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 16: Matthew Stafford #9 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the start of the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field on October 16, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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When you wake up early Sunday morning to make sure your fantasy football lineup is set, you generally overlook the players you drafted early on and automatically assume that they should be starting.

Not so fast.

In Week 2 of the NFL season, there are some players that you might've taken in the first few rounds of the draft that are sure to underachieve.

If you want to avoid starting one of these players, here's a list of three early-round picks that you should sit on the bench in Week 2.


Matthew Stafford

The Detroit Lions' quarterback got off to a slow start against the improved, yet still mediocre St. Louis Rams' secondary. Matthew Stafford did throw for 355 yards and a touchdown, but it came in the closing seconds of the game and it was coupled with three interceptions.

Next week it isn't going to get any easier when the Lions travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers in a Sunday Night thriller. The 49ers' defense is coming off an extremely impressive performance against the Green Bay Packers, the most potent offense in the NFL that had six months to game-plan for that specific game.

Stafford did throw for 293 yards and two touchdowns when the Lions faced the 49ers in 2011, but that was in Detroit, and the 49ers' defense has had almost another year to grow together as an even more cohesive unit since then.

Stafford is going to be under duress throughout the entire game and is sure to make mistakes, much like he did against the Rams.


Maurice Jones-Drew

The Jacksonville Jaguars running back looked decent in his 2012 debut after holding out the entire preseason.

Maurice Jones-Drew touched the ball 19 times for 77 yards, but his longest carry of the day was only 11 yards. And while Jones-Drew looked like he didn't miss a beat after his holdout, the Jaguars will be taking on the Houston Texans, who ranked fourth in the NFL last year by surrendering only 96 yards on the ground per game.

The Texans' defense only gave up 79 yards rushing to the Miami Dolphins last week, so things aren't shaping up for Jones-Drew to put up many fantasy points in Week 2.


Marshawn Lynch

While 85 yards on 21 carries for Marshawn Lynch against the Arizona Cardinals isn't that bad of a performance, Lynch didn't look like the same running back of a year ago when he rushed for 1,200 yards.

He was constantly going down on first contact and wasn't getting the extra yards he was fighting for, which is unlike Lynch when he is on his game.

Now, the Dallas Cowboys will be coming to Seattle, who owned the seventh-best rush defense in the NFL last season. Moreover, they only surrendered 82 yards on the ground to the New York Giants last Wednesday, who generally have a very potent ground game.

Lynch is going to get his carries against the Cowboys, especially with Russell Wilson starting at quarterback, but don't expect Lynch to put up big numbers.