Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2: Stars Who Will Hurt Your Team in 2nd Week

Ryan Reed@@rareedBRCorrespondent IISeptember 11, 2012

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 17:  Running back Chris Johnson #28 of the Tennessee Titans rushes upfield against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in an NFL preseason game August 17, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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So, Week 1 of NFL football has finally come and gone. Now fans and fantasy football owners alike have a taste of what their teams are going to look like this year.

Undoubtedly some fantasy players have begun to panic after poor performances from their stars, many of whom struggled in Week 1.

This coming week will be no different than last, as several top players will struggle. This article will go through three star players in the NFL who should be sitting on their fantasy teams' benches as they make their starts this coming weekend.

Lets start this off with an obvious one and one that kills me as a Tennessee Titans fan.


Chris Johnson

Chris Johnson looked terrible last week. There really is no other way to put it.

Johnson ran for a whopping four yards on 11 carries, giving him a per-carry average of 0.36.

While he managed to redeem himself a little bit by catching six balls for 47 yards, there is no way his play justifies a Week 2 start.

Also, his opponent next weekend, the Chargers, looked good against the rush and allowed only 45 rushing yards to the Raiders last night. What will likely happen is the Chargers will air it out, forcing the Titans to abandon the running game. If they get behind in the game it will be even worse, as there is a good chance Johnson will decide to go easy for the rest of the game.


Michael Vick

Second up on the list is Michael Vick.

Vick had a solid fantasy day, scoring 15.88 points for his owners despite throwing four interceptions.

This week, however, fantasy players should be cautious for two reasons.

First, he is going up against the Ravens defense. If Vick is going to throw four interceptions against the Browns, who knows how bad he could play against the Ravens?

Second, the Eagles will likely try to push the ball on the ground more in Week 2. Last weekend, Vick threw the ball 56 times, a career high, and the team almost lost the game against the Browns.

There is no way that Andy Reid will make that same mistake twice. Look for him to give it to LeSean McCoy, who had 110 yards rushing against the Browns.


Frank Gore

Finally, look for Frank Gore to struggle in his Week 2 matchup against the Detroit Lions.

Last season, the Lions defense was solid against the rush. They have a scary defensive line, but the team is more pass-rush oriented.

Still, they did hold Stephen Jackson to 53 yards on the ground last week, which is pretty good.

This week, San Francisco will likely try to air it out a little bit more, both in an effort to get Alex Smith comfortable with his new targets and to keep up with Matthew Stafford.

Also, they will probably give the three backs behind Gore more of an opportunity to contribute, as each brings his own dimension to the game.

For those reasons, it is very likely that Frank Gore will fail to match his Week 1 performance.