Fantasy Football Week 2: Best Head-to-Head Matchups
Fantasy football managers have the weekly task of choosing which players on their roster to start.
The choices usually depend on injury status, recent performance and the opponent for the week. Let's look at some of the matchups for Week 2 and see who might be in store for some great fantasy production.
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The Jackson Jaguars are reeling with quite a number of injuries. In Week 1, three offensive linemen left the game with injuries. Two defensive starters missed Week 1, and Rashad Jennings left the game with a knee injury. So the Jags will most likely be missing some key players when they play the Texans this week.
This tells me that Matt Schaub, who might be your back-up quarterback, should be started this week. Schaub had a relatively good Week 1, and he should put up even better numbers against the Jags.
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The Philadelphia Eagles' offensive line is a mess. They had six penalties called against them in Week 1. Michael Vick was pressured on 25 on his drop backs to pass and was hit on 16 of them. He threw four interceptions.
That was against the Cleveland Browns. So you can imagine what will happen when the Eagles face the Ravens' defense. Whoever King Dunlap has to block in the Ravens' 3-4 defense will have a great day. That could be either Haloti Ngata or Albert McClellan.
Unless the Eagles can pull a bird out of their hat, the entire Ravens defense will have a heyday. I look for the Ravens defense to be either the top or second best producer of fantasy points this week in leagues where you have a team defense.
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The New York Jets carved up the Buffalo Bills defense last week. In the four preseason games none of the Jets starters scored a touchdown, but against the Bills they scored 48 points. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw four interceptions. Fred Jackson will miss a month of action with a sprained knee. Clearly, the Bills have some major issues.
So if Matt Cassel is your backup quarterback, you need to get him into your starting lineup when the Chiefs play the Bills.
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The Arizona Cardinals will travel across the country to play the New England Patriots. In Week 1, the Patriots' two talented tight ends got most of the looks and pass receptions. So you can believe that the Cardinals' defensive coordinator, Ray Horton, will do some scheming to try to shut down the two tight ends.
I think that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will have a better counterpunch and will turn to Wes Welker, who should have a much better week than he did in Week 1. I'm looking for Welker to have seven catches and a touchdown this week.
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The Minnesota Vikings will face Andrew Luck this week. Luck threw three interceptions and fumbled once last week. The Colts' offensive line might be a little thin with Winston Justice and Joe Reitz dealing with injuries. The two offensive linemen who were just added to the roster might need a little time to learn the system.
So I'm thinking that Jared Allen should get a few sacks and the Vikings defense will have a productive fantasy day against the Colts.