Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs
Week 2 of the NFL season is here! It is time to start planning and strategizing and burning Jerry Jones dolls to the fake football gods.
But first, let's look at some nice matchups.
Blaine Gabbert put up his best game ever last week against Minnesota, and Andrew Luck will do the same this week. In Luck's NFL debut, he turned the ball over way too often, but he looked good for the most part and threw the ball often.
I have been a Law Firm detractor for most of my adult life, but he looked strong against the Ravens Monday night. And he now gets a Browns team that gave up over five yards per carry to the Eagles in Week 1. Add in the Browns' inability to move the ball, and Green-Ellis should see plenty of carries in a game in which they will most likely lead.
If you are in a PPR league where McCluster can be played as a running back or wide receiver, he has a lot of value, especially against the Bills, who gave up 210 yards and three touchdowns to Jets receivers last week.
Last week, Redskins wide receivers torched the Saints, and this week, Brandon LaFell should see plenty of work. Against the Buccaneers, LaFell had 65 yards and a touchdown on three receptions and was on the field for every offensive snap. He will get plenty of opportunities against the Saints in a game with an over/under of 50.5 points.
The Colts gave up 276 yards and two touchdowns to Bears receivers last week, and Harvin is easily the best wide receiver on the Vikings. He totaled 104 yards against the Jaguars, and we should see more in Week 2.
The Ravens have handled Vick well in their past two meetings, limiting him to an average of 131 passing yards, 24 rushing yards and a total of one touchdown pass and one interception. He also looked horrible against the Browns in Week 1. I would wait for a cupcake-ier matchup before starting him again.
He isn't the passing-down back, so after the Patriots get up on the Cardinals, he won't see much work. He has a hamstring issue, and the Patriots' rush defense is much improved—do not start him.
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Running Back Against 49ers
This week, it's Kevin Smith who gets the fun matchup. He can probably still be flexed in PPR leagues, but never expect much from a back facing the 49ers.
The Steelers will be back home and coming off a loss. Plus, Ryan Clark will be raring to go, and Shonn Greene won't have a huge lead to run with. Unless you're desperate, keep him hidden away.
Even after Pierre Garcon went down, RGIII didn't look toward Davis all that often. Add to that the Rams' tough defensive play against tight ends, and I'd be wary.
The Jets only allowed nine receptions to wide receivers against the Bills on Sunday, and Darrelle Revis should be matched up on Wallace to take away the big play.
His LCL sprain should keep him out at least four games and possibly more. It seems there is no real timetable. Make sure you get C.J. Spiller into your starting lineup.
He has set his sights on a Week 2 return, but Matthews still hasn't been cleared for contact. There is a chance he could be cleared this week, but don't rely on him.
He dislocated his non-throwing shoulder, but all signs point to him playing this weekend.
It looked like Skelton had snapped his leg in a few places, but he only has a low ankle sprain. You don't want to have to start a Cardinals quarterback anyway.
His foot injury is something like turf toe, but not really—or something. Garcon says he will play this week, but the Redskins aren't coming out and saying anything of substance. Keep an eye on him, but it seems like he will play—maybe.
He still hasn't been cleared to play, so Week 2 isn't a given. We'll just have to wait and see at this point.
Fresh off his one-game suspension, it looks like Britt will play in a limited role. Unless news gets better about his time on the field, hold off on starting him.
McCluster led the Chiefs in targets (10) and receptions (six) last week. He can be used as either a running back or wide receiver in many leagues, which gives you flexibility.
He's nothing special, but Eli Manning uses his tight ends well and makes them fantasy stars. Well, fantasy serviceables.
He led the Bengals in receiving yards and receptions on Monday night. As long as A.J. Green gets the extra coverage, Hawkins looks to be a good add in PPR leagues.
The Jets put a beating on the Bills, and Hill's two touchdowns were a big part of that. He will be inconsistent, but Hill has big-play upside.
Brandon Weeden finished Week 1 with a stat line of 12-of-35 for 118 yards and four interceptions. That is all.
Their run defense has looked great during the preseason and Week 1, and they've committed to the run more. Plus, they face the Kevin Kolb-led Cardinals.
He gets his second straight dome, this time in St. Louis, where kickers thrive.
He nailed a 55-yard field goal and connected on his other three field goals. He also gets to go play in a dome against a poor Indianapolis defense.
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