Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:
Start: Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, at St. Louis
This seems obvious, but some people tend to be cautious. After one week, should we really be declaring him one of the elite quarterbacks in the game? Of course not, but it is hard to complain about a debut of 320 passing yards, 2 TD and 0 INT (as well 42 yards on the ground).
Obviously the numbers could (and likely will) regress, but with the potential to score with his legs he is quickly proving what is possible. Unless you have one of the true elite, he has to be in your starting lineup.
Sit: Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, at Pittsburgh
I know how good he was in Week 1, but can I really buy into him being THAT good? Or, for that matter, that the Jets can’t help themselves and get Tim Tebow significantly more involved in the offense?
The Steelers will be a much tougher test, so if he performs again this week, my long-term opinion could change. However, given his history and the concern about Tebow eating into his snaps, I would be extremely cautious.
Start: Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins, at St. Louis
All we heard about this preseason as if the Redskins would go with Roy Helu or Evan Royster as their lead back. In Week 1? It was rookie Alfred Morris, who impressed by getting 28 carries and turning them into 96 yards and 2 TD.
Coming off a preseason where he averaged five yards per carry, there is every reason to believe that he will continue to carry the load. Yes, Mike Shanahan can be frustrating, but for now I would be willing to bank on Morris.
Start: C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills, vs. Kansas City
You can argue that a lot of his Week 1 production came in a blowout, but with Fred Jackson out of action for the next few weeks Spiller is going to get the chance to shoulder the load. He showed what was possible at the end of 2011, averaging six yards per carry in December (54 carries). Throw in his potential to be a force in the passing game as well and Spiller could prove to be a RB1 in all formats.
Sit: Beanie Wells, Arizona Cardinals, at New England
There are two major negatives hanging over Wells this week. First is the fact that the Cardinals play the Patriots, meaning they will likely fall behind big and be forced to pass to keep up. The second is whether or not he is even going to be the lead back, thanks to the presence of Ryan Williams. Put the two together and I actually wouldn’t touch either Arizona back this week.
Sit: Ronnie Brown, San Diego Chargers, vs. Tennessee
Whether Ryan Mathews plays or misses one more game (and right now that is a complete unknown), does anyone really believe in Ronnie Brown to produce? I certainly wouldn’t, regardless of the matchup. People may think that he’s a “lead” back, so he has value, but I wouldn’t bother.
Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)
Start: Mike Wallace, Pittsburgh Steelers, vs. New York Jets
If Darrelle Revis is going to play I may change my tune slightly, but probably not. Revis can’t cover both Wallace and Antonio Brown, and I am not so sure the Jets would put him on one exclusively.
Regardless, I am not expecting Revis to play after having suffered a concussion in Week 1. Without him the Steelers shouldn’t have a problem making plays through the air and, with a week under his belt, I would anticipate Wallace being even better in Week 2.
Sit: Michael Crabtree, San Francisco 49ers, vs. Detroit
I know he had a strong opening week, but until we know that the 49ers are not only going to pass the ball enough, but target Crabtree over guys like Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, I am going to proceed with caution in shallower formats.
Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)
Start: Eric Decker, Denver Broncos, at Atlanta
While Decker didn’t have a huge Week 1 (five receptions for 54 yards), it likely is only a matter of time before he makes his presence felt. With this game poised to likely breakdown into a shoot out, don’t be surprised of Decker lights it up and finds the end zone.
Sit: Kenny Britt, Tennessee Titans, at San Diego
He is expected to be on a snap count, so it is hard to trust him. Sure, he always is going to have the potential to break a big play, but unless you are desperate I would be cautious with him this week. It probably will be the last time I say that this season, however.
Make sure to check out our Week 2 rankings: