Fantasy football can be the most addicting and frustrating sport in the world. It is loved by many, discouraged by numerous wives, and is making a name for itself.
I attend Houston Texans games, and I cannot help but notice the attention fantasy football has given itself. There are updates during timeouts, scoreboards all over the stadium, and I myself cannot stay off my phone to check on my team. The world of fantasy is sweeping across the U.S and capturing the eyes of many NFL fans.
Here are this week's hot starts and guys to give a day off to.
Start of the Week
Trent Edwards - QB - Buffalo Bills
Trent has had question marks in the past with his shaky decisions and trigger-happy mentality. It seems, though, that Edwards has become smarter with the ball and is turning into a viable QB option for many. In Week One he put up 200 yards and two TDs on the Pats, and in Week Two he put up similar numbers against the Bucs.
He has 450 passing yards through two games with four TDs and one INT. He has the weapons on offense to be one of the top fantasy QBs in the game. The big question: Has Trent Edwards grown up?
Rodgers faces a very subpar Rams defense this weekend and should be able to pick them apart. Aside from the fact that Rodgers should be a top five fantasy QB throughout the year, the Rams rank 25th in pass defense and 29th in total defense through two weeks.
Eli is the centerpiece to the Giants being able to play football. He is no longer Peyton's little brother; he is Eli Manning.
He gets a very nice matchup this week against the Bucs. The Bucs could not stop Trent Edwards last week and surrendered to Tony Romo in Week One. It looks like Eli may have found his new favorite target in Mario Manningham this past week, which certainly does not hurt.
MJD has a great matchup this week against the Texans. In Week One Houston gave up 150 yards to the Thomas Jones/Leon Washington combo. In Week Two they made the wrong side of the highlight reels with the Chris Johnson show in Tennessee.
The best Houston can hope for is a shootout because the Jags will play ball control football, and MJD will be a workhorse.
Many people are going to start giving up on Jacobs this week. Two weeks in the books and you're still not seeing the results you would like. Well, now is the time. Eli Manning has found his rhythm in the passing game, and the Bucs defense has no chance to stop the Gggggg Men, as Boomer says it.
Jacobs will kick-start his season this week, so don't be one of the people to watch his numbers pile up on your bench. He was drafted early for a reason.
The Cards themselves have been off to a slow start this year, but starting late is better than never starting. Boldin is one hell of a play in PPR leagues, and I expect him to find the end zone this week. Indy will be throwing just as much as Arizona, so expect this game to end up with a score around 31-27, something along those lines. Great matchup for Boldin.
Holmes had a nice performance in Week One and would love to put up similar numbers this week against a slow Cincy defense. Ben Roethlisberger and Holmes have been together for a few years now,and he is clearly the No. 1 receiver ahead of Hines Ward. Holmes has a great matchup and should have around 100 yards and a score.
Gates gets a great matchup against a Miami D that was torched by Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark on MNF. I expect nothing different.
Chris is going against the Lions this weekend, and he is clearly Jason Campbell's safety valve. Cooley has sure hands and is one of the more consistent tight ends in the game.
The Redskins will get points this week because they play rookie Matthew Stafford. He is guaranteed to turn the ball over at least once, and I would not be surprised if it results in instant points. Washington is the defense to start this week.
Denver also faces a QB who will turn the ball over in JaMarcus Russell. Denver will control this game, and Russell will constantly be pressured into making off-balance throws and poor decisions.
Guys to Sit
Tony Romo vs. Carolina
MB3 is likely out, and Romo is not as great as people want him to be. Very risky play; not worth it if you have a viable backup.
Carson Palmer vs. Pittsburgh
Carson is looking good since his year off, but there is no way in hell he will post a solid fantasy day against the Steelers. Frustration will build because of the Pittsburgh pass rush; things are not looking promising.
Matt Forte vs. Seattle
Forte's YPC average is still diminishing, as if we thought it could get any worse. He may not be quite the RB1 fantasy owners were hoping for, and I would keep him out until he proves to be decent again.
Frank Gore vs. Minnesota
Frank had a great Week Two, but no one can seriously think that he will put up two 200-yard games in a row. In fact, Gore won't reach 100 total yards this weekend against a very poised Minnesota D.
Roddy White vs. New England
The truth is, Roddy is not the man in ATL anymore. Tony Gonzalez came to town, and Matt Ryan now has options on where to throw the ball; unfortunately for White owners, Ryan is a smart kid.
Dwayne Bowe vs. Philadelphia
Bowe is one of the most inconsistent fantasy players on earth. Yes, Philly did just give up 50 points to the Saints, but Drew Brees wears Gold and Black, not Red and Yellow. Too bad.
Jeremy Shockey vs. Buffalo
Shockey is on the downslope of what could have been a much more impressive career. Brees spreads the ball around well, which is actually the reason Shockey doesn't have great value.
Dallas Clark vs. Arizona
Clark was magnificent last week as Peyton's go-to guy. The Cards will make sure they do not look foolish against a tight end this week; the production won't be the same.
Tennessee Titans vs. New York Jets
The Titans D got torched last week by the impressive play of Matt Schaub. The Jets have come out of the gate strong and are the team to beat in the AFC. Tennessee will not hold up.
San Diego Chargers vs. Miami Dolphins
San Diego is not quite first to worst, but the Chargers have definitely taken a defensive slide through the last couple of years. They will not stop Ronnie Brown and the Wildcat—sit them down.
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