Week 2 Start'em / Sit'em: 2012 NFL Fantasy Football Lineup Strategy

Sean E. Douglas@@seanfantasyinfoSenior Writer IIISeptember 11, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 18: Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints looks on during the game against the Minnesota Vikings on December 18, 2011 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Saints defeated the Vikings 42-20. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Week 1 is in the books and it’s time to start thinking about some key roster starts and sits for Week 2.


Lance Moore @ Panthers -

Moore will continue to capitalize as his fellow teammates are beat up. Keep Moore in the lineup after a big Week 1, and expect the Saints to come out hot against the Panthers after a big loss at home.

Nate Washington @ Chargers -

The Titans were horrible against the Patriots but Nate Washington still had a productive game. Whether it’s Matt Hasselbeck or Jake Locker as the starter, until Kenny Britt is back to his old self, Washington will lead this passing attack.

Torrey Smith @ Eagles -

Smith started out hot against the Bengals but Baltimore made quick work of Cincinnati and didn’t have to throw the football much in the second half. Joe Flacco looked terrific and we should expect the Ravens to keep their foot on the gas and play aggressive football against the Eagles.

Randall Cobb vs. Bears -

If there is one team that can support three fantasy options at receiver it’s the Packers. The Packers moved Cobb all around the formation against the 49ers, even regularly using him as a running back in the backfield. If you’re in need of a third option at receiver, go with the ultra-talented youngster.


Alfred Morris @ Rams -

For what it’s worth, Mike Shanahan has already informed us that Alfred Morris will start against the Rams after his solid performance against the Saints. Why not, as the rookie scored two touchdowns and pounded out the tough yards to milk the clock at the end of the game.

Stevan Ridley vs. Cardinals -

Before training camp Ridley told reporters he was going after the starting job, and with a terrific performance against the Buccaneers in the third week of the preseason, he earned the right to start Week One. With Shane Vereen nursing another injury, Ridley had a chance to be the workhorse against the Titans and rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries.

The Cardinals have a respectable defense against the run, but Ridley should have a productive game, as New England will blow them out.

Willis McGahee @ Falcons -

This will be a high-scoring game and with the Falcons worried about Peyton Manning, McGahee should take advantage on the ground. Expect Knowshon Moreno to work in third-down situations, but McGahee will be the main workhorse and goal-line back.

Jacob Tamme @ Falcons -

Kevin Boss had a nice touchdown reception against the Falcons last week and Tamme should have success against Atlanta, as well. Look to Tamme as a regular option as a low-end TE1 this year.


Tony Gonzalez vs. Broncos -

Likely his final year in the NFL, Gonzalez will have another solid season, just like he’s had every year of his career. With Matt Ryan playing at an All Pro level, expect Gonzalez to put up respectable numbers weekly.

Patriots Defense vs. Cardinals  -

Terrific start to the season for the Patriots defense and they have a great opportunity to dominate Week 2 against the Cardinals. Look for rookie Chandler Jones to introduce himself to Kevin Kolb as New England rolls to an easy win at home.

Bengals Defense vs. Browns -

We should be concerned about the Bengals secondary this season, but they should play respectably against the Browns' weak passing game. Sound up front, expect the Cincinnati front four to have an easy time shutting down Trent Richardson, loading eight and sometimes nine defenders in the box.


Greg Little @ Bengals -

This is a hard one to suggest because the Bengals have problems in the backfield, but Little failed to catch a pass against the Eagles. Then again, the Eagles have good corners, so perhaps Little will get things going this week.

Let’s hope so, but keep him on the bench for now.

Titus Young @ 49ers -


Young will be a boom or bust receiver this season. Look for the 49ers to force Stafford to throw the football underneath and work his way down the field. Stay away from Young this week.

Kenny Britt @ Chargers -

His one-game suspension is behind him, but Britt still has to prove he’s back from knee problems before we can trust him in lineups. Hopefully he can spark the Titans offense, because they need another X-factor player to force defenses to focus on someone other than Chris Johnson.

Kevin Smith @ 49ers -

Great game for Smith against the Rams, but unless you play in a PPR league, keep Smith on the bench this week. San Francisco is one of the best run defenses, and like they proved last week against the Packers, they can play in sub-packages and still stop the run consistently.

Peyton Hillis @ Bills -

For Hillis to be a productive starter, the Chiefs need to control the game, and it’s hard to trust them at this time. Perhaps Hillis will have a good game in Buffalo, but keep him out of your lineup if you have the depth to do so.

Jason Witten @ Seahawks -

Give Witten one more week on your bench as the Cowboys head out to Seattle and play a talented Seahawks defense. This is a different defense when at home so Dallas should be challenged to move the football.


Bears Defense @ Packers -

Stay away from the Bears as they head out to Green Bay and face one of the premier offenses in the game. Chicago will have better days, but this will be a tough game, especially after the Packers lost to the 49ers.

Packers Defense vs. Bears -

Green Bay will get to Jay Cutler for sacks but expect Chicago to move the football through the air and on the ground. This defense has some serious problems and it’s likely going to take some time before they start playing championship football on defense.

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