Start Em, Sit Em Week 2: Last Minute Advice for Your Fantasy Football Roster
Week 2 of the 2012 NFL season is underway, and across the land, fantasy owners are trying to either get their first win of the new season or avoid their first loss.
In an effort to assist you in accomplishing the former while stiff-arming the latter, here's a late-week look at some players who either have the sort of favorable matchup that portends a good game, the kind of sketchy one that makes gluing them to your bench a real consideration.
START: QB Eli Manning, New York Giants
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning had a relatively quiet first game of the 2012 season in New York's loss to the Dallas Cowboys, throwing for 213 yards and a touchdown.
A Giants team desperate not to fall into an 0-2 hole should come out with a much greater sense of urgency Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
That should mean a solid fantasy day for the ninth-year veteran, given that the Buccaneers allowed the fourth most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2011.
SIT: QB Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
At the opposite end of the season opener on Wednesday night's contest between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants was quarterback Tony Romo, who looked very sharp in throwing for over 300 yards and tossing three touchdown passes.
However, not only does the 10th-year pro travel this week to face a Seattle Seahawks team that was stingy to opposing quarterbacks last year, but the last time that Romo played a game at Qwest Field, he failed to top 200 passing yards.
START: RB Ahmad Bradshaw, New York Giants
Yep, I'm on the Big Blue bandwagon this week.
Somewhat lost in the Giants loss to the Dallas Cowboys was the solid effort turned in by running back Ahmad Bradshaw, who averaged 4.6 yards a carry, topped 90 total yards and scored a touchdown.
The 26-year-old should make it two nice fantasy weeks in a row this week against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who looked good against the run last week but were the friendliest fantasy matchup in the NFL for opposing running backs in 2011.
SIT: RB Kevin Smith, Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions running back Kevin Smith made his fantasy owners very happy in Week 1, as the fifth-year veteran racked up over 90 total yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in Detroit's win over the St. Louis Rams.
Those smiles will turn into frowns Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers.
The 49ers run defense is beyond stifling, allowing less than 80 yards a game on the ground a year ago, and San Francisco was far and away the worst fantasy matchup for opposing ballcarriers in 2011.
START: WR Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown is an excellent example of the fickle fates of fantasy football.
If the New York Jets were at 100 percent, then the third-year wideout would draw star cornerback Darrelle Revis in coverage, killing his fantasy upside for the week.
With that said Revis is out this week with a concussion, and there's a world of difference between Revis and reserve defensive back Kyle Wilson, so get Brown into your starting lineup.
SIT: WR DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles
There are a couple of reasons why fantasy owners should give serious thought to leaving Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson on the bench this week.
First, there's the balky hamstring that has limited Jackson in practice all week. Granted, Jason LaCanfora of NFL.com reported that the fifth-year pro has a "good shot" at playing Sunday, but a speedster with a bad hammy is bad mojo.
Second, the Baltimore Ravens are far from a favorable fantasy matchup for opposing wideouts, surrendering the fourth fewest fantasy points per game to the position in 2011.
Combine the two, and thanks, but no thanks.