Fantasy Football Week 2 Start 'Em Advice

Michael WhooleySenior Writer ISeptember 18, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs the ball against Stephen Cooper #54 of the San Diego Chargers on September 14, 2009 at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Whether you won, lost, or tied in Week 1, many of you are looking for start and sit fantasy football advice.

And don’t you worry.

We’re here to make sure you get the needed advice to win your weekly matchup. So, check out our Fantasy Football Week 2 Start 'Ems for players to start with the utmost confidence, helping you to steal a victory from lesser-informed competitors.


Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Chicago

Roethlisberger had a field day in Week 1 (363 yds, TD, 2 INT), and with what looked like a declining run game (36 rushing yards), expect Roethlisberger to drop back at least 30 times.  The Bears defense looked good against up-and-coming stud Aaron Rodgers, but it seemed like he was out of sync for the majority of the football game. 

However, the Steelers passing offense was clicking on all cylinders in the opener, and it would come as no surprise to get 250 yards and 2 TDs out of the big QB from the Steel City.

Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) @ San Diego

Another QB who had a stellar Week 1 performance, Joe Flacco posted 307 yds, 3 TD and 1 INT.  Granted, Flacco was playing against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, but the Chargers didn’t exactly look like they could stop anyone, either. 

San Diego’s defense gave up 225 passing yards to JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski, and the Chargers were having trouble getting off the field on third down, where it matters most.

Flacco is much better than the QBs in Oakland, and we expect him to continue where he left off in Week 2.  Look for him to get Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton to play a role on the outside, but for Todd Heap to play the biggest role in the passing game, as San Diego has trouble defending the tight end.

Trent Edwards (Buffalo Bills) vs. Tampa Bay

Edwards didn’t exactly look like a world-beater in Week 1 vs. the New England Patriots, but he was everything they needed him to be. In the primetime spotlight, he posted a respectable 212 yards and a 2:0 TD:Int ratio.

What is great about his success is that it wasn’t until late in the game that he got Terrell Owens involved, and neither of his TD passes went Owens' way. As his rapport with Owens continues to gel, it will only make Edwards' numbers increase.

The Tampa Bay defense gave up a catastrophic 353 yards and 3 long TDs to the Dallas Cowboys, so they obviously have some work to do. Edwards should have a nice game against the defensively hapless Buccaneers.


Brandon Jacobs (New York Giants) @ Dallas

While almost splitting carries between Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw (16 to 12), the New York Giants were unhappy with their overall run performance in the season opener.

Fortunately for Jacobs, he is going up against the Cowboys this weekend, who had trouble stopping the run and gave up 174 rushing yards and 2 TDs a week ago to Carnell Williams, Derrick Ward, and co.

If Jacobs could see half of those stats, he is a worthy start this week in Dallas, a team he torched for 117 rushing yards and a TD in his lone meeting a year ago.

Ronnie Brown (Miami Dolphins) vs. Indianapolis

Brown had a disappointing Week 1 against Atlanta with only 53 total yards, but he is going up against a Colts defense that allowed 123 total yards and a TD to Maurice Jones-Drew last weekend.  On Monday Night Football, you can expect the Dolphins to play with a sense of urgency, as they don’t want to fall to the dreaded 0-2.

Plus, we feel Miami will lean on the ground game and might have some trick plays up their sleeves after a pretty ordinary first game; so start Brown with the confidence that he can shatter his frustrating Week 1 statistics. 

Darren McFadden (Oakland Raiders) @ Kansas City

Run DMC looked quite impressive on opening night against what used to be a stout San Diego Chargers run defense.  Perhaps their defense is declining slightly, but McFadden put up 93 total yards on them.  While he didn’t have outstanding numbers, the MNF game was an offensive struggle throughout.

The Chiefs, on the other hand, did allow unbelievable statistics (Baltimore had 198 rushing yards and 2 TDs against them in Week 1), and you know the Raiders will attack on the ground. If the Raiders win this week 2 matchup, McFadden will have a lot to do with their success.

Finally, in Week 2 of the ‘08 season, McFadden torched this very same Chiefs defense for 164 rushing yards and found pay dirt.


Percy Harvin (Minnesota Vikings) @ Detroit

Harvin had a nice debut with 57 total yards and a TD, and it seems like each week he will become more involved in the Vikings offense.

Going up against the Lions porous pass defense (358 pass yards and 6 TDs to Drew Brees in Week 1) can only increase Harvin’s value in Week 2. While he isn’t the top receiver on this team, neither was Devery Henderson (103 receiving yards, 1 TD against Detriot in Week 1).

Harvin should have another solid performance in this matchup in Motown and you should feel comfortable using him as a WR3 with upside.



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