Week 2 Start Em Sit Em: What You Must Do with Shocking Stars from Season Openers
The opening week of the 2013 NFL season saw a few players take the league by surprise with breakout games, and now they will have the difficult task of following up their big performances with a strong Week 2.
There are always bound to be a few one-game wonders that trick the fans, so the players in this article will need to find a way to avoid a letdown this week.
Players on this list have the potential to produce quality numbers, but fantasy owners want to know if the players will deliver on that potential. Owners should play the matchups this week until these players show that they are consistent.
Here are a few stars from Week 1 that owners need to take a hard look at, followed by my advice for starting them or sitting them in Week 2.
Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders
Pryor nearly led his team to an upset over the Indianapolis Colts in his second start, and he put up impressive numbers. Now that there is some tape on him, the quarterback may have a tougher time moving the football.
Lucky for him, Oakland will host the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. Not many people will follow this game, but Pryor should be able to have another strong performance.
He threw for 217 yards and a score and added 113 yards on the ground. The former Ohio State star also had two interceptions, though, so he will need to make better decisions.
Alex Smith threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns against the Jaguars last week. The Chiefs got out to an early 21-2 lead, so Smith didn't need to throw the ball late in the game.
Pryor is big, athletic and tough to bring down, which makes him a dynamic weapon with dual-threat ability.
The 24-year-old will be able to pass and run all over the Jaguars, so fantasy owners should give Pryor a start unless they have one of the elite quarterbacks.
Verdict: Start 'Em
Joique Bell, RB, Detroit Lions
Reggie Bush stole the headlines in Week 1 for the Lions, but Joique Bell also had a big game on the ground. He didn't put up huge numbers, but he certainly helped any fantasy team that he may have been on.
Bell had only 25 rushing yards on six carries against the Minnesota Vikings, but he added two rushing touchdowns and 67 receiving yards. He put up 20 points last week and is now owned in 95.2 percent of ESPN's leagues.
The Lions head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals in Week 2. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald didn't take long to establish chemistry, so this could turn into a shootout. That means Bush and Calvin Johnson are going to need to step up and rise to the occasion.
Bell has always been used more in the passing game than on the ground, but he will struggle to have another big game. He averaged only 30.3 receiving yards and 25.8 rushing yards per game last season, so 100-yard games in consecutive weeks is unlikely.
The 27-year-old had only three touchdowns all of last season, and he already has two this year. Detroit likes to throw the ball rather than pound it in, so look for Matthew Stafford to use his arm to find his big receivers near the goal line.
Verdict: Sit 'Em
Julius Thomas, TE, Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning had a huge night last Thursday, throwing for 462 yards and seven touchdowns, and tight end Julius Thomas was a big part of his success.
The tight end had five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns, good enough for 23 points in Week 1, which was the second-highest total by a tight end.
Sunday's game will be all about the Manning brothers. However, the Giants' defense could allow Peyton to outshine Eli. The Giants allowed 263 passing yards last week to the Dallas Cowboys, and Dez Bryant had only 22 yards. They were unable to stop tight end Jason Witten, who hauled in eight receptions for 70 yards and two touchdowns.
New York was unable to stop the tight end last week because it was focused on trying to stop the receivers. Well, the Broncos have plenty of playmakers at wideout. Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker and Wes Welker will demand lots of attention on the outside, so Thomas should be able to get open in the middle of the field once again.
Having Peyton Manning throwing the football helps Thomas. Manning always got Dallas Clark involved in the offense in Indianapolis, so look for him to continue to get his tight end involved this week.
Verdict: Start 'Em
*All information is courtesy of ESPN.com
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