Fantasy Football: Week 2 Player Breakdowns By Match Up

Keet Bailey@@KeetBaileyCorrespondent IISeptember 15, 2010

He'll have a bigger day in week two.
He'll have a bigger day in week two.Larry French/Getty Images

We are back at it again, assessing and analyzing all of the major (and not so major) fantasy options, their matchups, and their potential for the week, so you don't have to!

Can Mendenhall boost fantasy owners again this week?
Can Mendenhall boost fantasy owners again this week?Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

This is week two of dissecting every single NFL game on the schedule, breaking down the fantasy players who are likely to make some sort of an impact (whether positive or negative) in fantasy football, while we also provide our readers with a rating.

We are rating on a scale from one star to five in terms of value in starting during the week.

Read on for all the fantasy matchups in our second installment of our 2010 Fantasy Football Player Breakdowns:

Miami Dolphins @ Minnesota Vikings

QB Chad Henne- Henne didn’t provide much value in week one against Buffalo. That won’t change against the Vikings. **

RB Ronnie Brown- Brown isn’t a bad option this week despite a great rushing defense. He still scores touchdowns. . ****

RB Ricky Williams- Will get his fair share of carries, but is facing a tough defense ***

WR Brandon Marshall- Was targeted 8 times in his first game. Not the worst option against the Vikings secondary. ****

WR Davone Bess- He's not the "official" number two, but he holds more value than Hartline currently. **

WR Brian Hartline- Was targeted 3 times, and didn’t register a catch. Don’t play him until he proves to provide any value. *

TE Anthony Fasano- Showed nice ability down the field in week one, but there are better options. ***

Miami Defense- They still aren’t great, and have to face Adrian Peterson and Brett Favre. ***


QB Brett Favre – Played less than stellar against a top defense. He’ll rebound this week. ****

RB Adrian Peterson – Peterson makes play against all defenses. Start regardless. *****

RB Toby Gerhart - Only has value in deep leagues, but could score, should be in the lineup. *

WR Percy Harvin – Favre’s top option, with amazing YAC ability. ****

WR Bernard Berrian – Has great speed, and gets the nod with Rice out. Great sleeper option. ***

WR Greg Camarillo – Won’t see many balls, but not a bad slot target. Start if you’re desperate. *

TE Visanthe Shiancoe – Showed excellent ability down the field, and is a top red zone target. ****

Minnesota Defense – Miami’s offense is still working things out with Henne and the wide receivers. But they have tough runners. Still, Minnesota is a top defense. ****


Kansas City Chiefs @ Cleveland Browns

QB Matt Cassel- Even against the Browns there are better options. 68 yards in his first start and completed less than half his passes. ***

RB Jamaal Charles- 92 yards against the Chargers defense. The Browns still struggle heavily in the ground game. *****

RB Thomas Jones- He’ll get around 10-15 touches in the game, but is mostly a red zone threat. **

WR Dwayne Bowe- Cleveland’s secondary is improving, and Bowe will go up mostly against Eric Wright. There are better options. ***

WR Chris Chambers- Will be going up against Sheldon Brown and Joe Haden. He will be a good sleeper this week. ***

WR Dexter McCluster- Role isn't big enough yet, but could be a nice play going forward in return leagues. *

TE Leonard Pope- Don’t bother with Pope. He has the potential to be solid, but not in fantasy. *

TE Tony Moeaki- He needs to show us some consistency, but he showed some real talent on Monday night. **

Kansas City Defense- They played Philip Rivers tough, and the Browns offense doesn’t pose much as a threat. There are better options, but feel good starting them against Cleveland. ***


QB  Jake Delhomme- Delhomme still is turning the ball over and Cleveland’s wide receivers are unreliable. **

RB Jerome Harrison- Didn’t see a carry until the 2nd quarter against Tampa Bay. But Kansas City can still be run on.  ****

RB Peyton Hillis- Is seeing plenty of time. If he can avoid putting the ball on the ground (twice Sunday), then he’ll be a solid start. ***

WR Brian Robiskie- Only one reception against Tampa Bay and Jake Delhomme isn’t showing us anything. *

WR Mohamed Massoquoi – Mo Mass still can’t run a route to save his life, but a downfield threat. **

TE Ben Watson- He’ll be covered by rookie Eric Berry who didn’t do too badly against Gates until the red zone. The Browns don’t get into the red zone much. **

TE Evan Moore- He won't get 80+ yards every game, but he clearly has too much talent to be sitting all game. *

Cleveland Defense- Showed some pass rush and didn’t disappoint until the end of the game. Not a terrible start here. ***


Buffalo Bills @ Green Bay Packers

QB Trent Edwards- Really not much you can say about Edwards and fantasy value. *

RB C.J. Spiller- Green Bay’s defense is top notch, and Spiller put up a whole goose egg in week 1. Proceed with caution. ***

RB Marshawn Lynch- Won’t get many carries and won’t produce much against Green Bay. *

RB Fred Jackson- Tough to tell how many touches he'll get week to week, but the injury isn't grounding him like we thought it would. **

WR Lee Evans- He can produce, but needs a quarterback to do so. Keep him on the bench. **

WR Steve Johnson- Showed very little in the pre-season. Poor quarterback play makes him a bad option. *

TE Johnathan Stupar- Really not much value with the Buffalo tight ends until Shawn Nelson comes off suspension. *

Buffalo Defense-  Sit this week against one of the league’s top quarterbacks in Aaron Rodgers. *


QB Aaron Rodgers- Being a top 3 quarterback, Rodgers is a must start every week. *****

RB Brandon Jackson- Fared well in his 18 carries against the Eagles. Not a bad sleeper start against a weak defense. ***

RB John Kun- With Grant gone, Kuhn's short-yardage role just increased, big time. **

WR Greg Jennings- Jennings will score regardless. Throw him in this week against the Bills. ****

WR Donald Driver- Still one of Rodgers’ favorite targets. May not get the yardage but could get a score. ***

WR James Jones- Is pretty inconsistent, but worth a shot in such an explosive offense. **

TE Jermichael Finley- Finley is quietly moving up among fantasy TE’s. He’s a good start this week. ****

Green Bay Defense- Start 100% this week against a week Bills offense. *****

Key Note- Ryan Grant is done for the season, as is Justin Harrell.


Baltimore Ravens @ Cincinnati Bengals

QB Joe Flacco- Flacco wasn’t too bad against a tough Jets defense that was penalized heavily. However, he’s going against two top cornerbacks in the league. ***

RB Ray Rice - Cincinnati isn’t bad against the run, and Ray Rice was shut down in week 1. Still, go ahead and start him. He should rebound nicely. ****

RB Willis McGahee- Start with caution as McGahee is still a situational running back.. **

WR Anquan Boldin- He’s worth a start every week because of his play making ability. He finds ways to get open. ****

WR Derrick Mason- He’s quietly one of the more productive receivers. But Boldin’s presence will limit him. **

WR TJ Houshmandzadeh- One catch in his debut; not enough to go on just yet. *

TE Todd Heap- He looked solid in week 1, and will be utilized heavily against a team with dominant cornerbacks. ***

Baltimore Defense- Baltimore still puts pressure on quarterbacks, and New England showed what a solid defense can do. Start with confidence. *****


QB Carson Palmer-  He had a great week, but fell short. I still don't expect him to throw for 300 yards against this defense, but he's not a bad start. ***

RB Cedric Benson- He should get at least one touchdown, but won’t fare that well against this tough rushing defense. ***

RB Bernard Scott- With Benson getting most of the carries, Scott’s value seems a bit limited here. *

WR Chad Ochocinco- He is what he is, and that’s a productive wide receiver. Child please, start him.  ****

WR Terrell Owens- With Ochocinco and Andre Caldwell around him, he will get open. ***

WR Jordan Shipley- A hail mary made his numbers appear better than they were, but he'll be semi-involved. **

TE Jermaine Gresham- He will be Palmer’s go to guy with a tough pass rush coming in. ***

Cincinnati Defense- They have a tough secondary, and don’t fare too badly against the run. There are better options, however. ***


Seattle Seahawks @ Denver Broncos

QB Matt Hasselbeck- He really looked solid against the 49ers stout defense. Not a bad sleeper option. Start as QB2 in two quarterback leagues. ***

RB Justin Forsett- Despite a limited amount of carries, he rushed for over 6 yards a carry. If Seattle gets him the ball more, he could make an impact. ***

RB Leon Washington- Julius Jones isn’t worth discussing. Washington will at least have the return duties and could provide some value. **

RB Julius Jones- He's not a sexy pick, but he's still involved in the offense. *

WR Deion Branch- Branch is still inconsistent as ever and there are many better receivers to start. **

WR Mike Williams- Williams had a nice game catching 4 passes for 64 yards. Hasselbeck seems to like him. He’s a nice sleeper target. ***

TE Jon Carlson- He’s still a nice red zone target against a mediocre linebacker corps in coverage. ***

Seattle Defense- I’m still not very confident in the Seattle defense. The 49ers’ offense was unimpressive. **


QB Kyle Orton- Orton had a solid week 1 start nearly breaking 300 yards. Seattle’s secondary is weak. Not a bad option here. ****

RB Knowshon Moreno- Denver needs to get him more touches because he can make plays, but the addition of Laurence Maroney may not help. Go ahead and start as RB2. ****

RB Laurence Maroney- It’s hard to tell what sort of impact he’ll have with Denver. He was disappointing with New England. Sit until further notice. **

WR Eddie Royal- He had a nice first week, and doesn’t look to slow down. Start as a WR2. ***

WR Jabar Gaffney- Gaffney isn’t bad, and will be more of a slot guy for Denver. There are better options. ***

WR Brandon Lloyd- Lloyd had a great first week, and Seattle will have to find a way to guard him and Royal. Not a bad sleeper start. ***

TE Daniel Graham- Graham isn’t a fantasy tight end at all. Stay away. *

Broncos Defense- They’ll have to put the pressure on Hasselbeck so that he can’t beat them up like he did the 49ers defense. Sit this week just in case. **


St. Louis Rams @ Oakland Raiders

QB Sam Bradford- He threw over 50 passes, and didn’t look terribly bad. However, his receivers dropped a lot of passes. Stash him in keeper leagues, but don’t start yet. **

RB Steven Jackson- The bright spot on the Rams offense is this stud RB. Start him against the Raiders defense. *****.

WR Laurent Robinson- Robinson dropped a few passes, but did manage a touchdown. Still, he’s worth stashing on the bench until he shows consistency. **

WR Mark Clayton- Clayton caught 10 passes and appears to be a favorite target of Bradford. May not be a bad option in the Flex position against a weak Raider secondary. ***

WR Danny Amendola- Solid PPR guy with good potential. Needs to show consistency on a weak team, though. **

TE Daniel Fells- The “Hoo” is out for about a month, and Fells shows nice hands. Still not a fantasy option. *

St. Louis Defense- We aren’t starting the Rams defense regardless of who they play. Too inconsistent. *


QB Jason Campbell- Campbell didn’t play too badly against a tough Titans defense, but we still don’t want to start him just yet. If you have to start him, however, this may be the week. ***

RB Michael Bush- Don’t start Bush until we’re fully sure that he’s 100%. He does have a small injury history, and McFadden looked good in week 1. **

RB Darren McFadden- McFadden rushed for nearly 100 yards, and caught 6 passes for over 50 yards against the Titans. With Bush questionable, and going against the Rams, be confident with McFadden here. ****

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- Only was targeted twice in the first game. Let’s keep him on the bench until he shows more. *

WR Louis Murphy- He’ll get the start again with Chaz Schilens still out. Still, we aren’t expecting much. **

TE Zach Miller- He was targeted 8 times, and should catch more passes this week. A great sleeper tight end. ****

Oakland Defense- Oakland’s defense is still inconsistent as ever, and they shouldn’t be started regardless of who they are facing. **


Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Carolina Panthers

QB Josh Freeman- Freeman didn’t throw the ball too badly on Sunday, but we want to see more consistency out of the young talent before we start plugging him in weekly. **

RB Carnell Williams- Williams was solid in week one, and is going against another struggling rush defense. ***

RB Kareem Huggins- Huggins didn’t get a touch on Sunday, but is still the 2nd running back on the depth chart. Don’t start until further notice. *

WR Mike Williams- Freeman likes Williams, targeting him 9 times in week one. He’s not a bad Flex option. ***

WR Michael Spurlock- Spurlock got the looks instead of Reggie Brown. Still he’s not a fantasy option just yet. *

WR Sammie Stroughter- He's still a starter, so we''ll see what he's got in the next few weeks. *

TE Kellen Winslow- Winslow only caught 4 passes in week one, but he should rebound against a weak linebacker corps of Carolina. ****

Tampa Bay Defense- They are still very suspect versus the run. Don’t start them this week. **


QB Matt Moore - He's a decent bet to start week two, but looked too erratic to trust in week one. **

RB DeAngelo Williams- One of the top backs in the NFL and should be started ever week regardless. *****

RB Jonathan Stewart- The Panthers should run the ball down the heart of the Tampa Bay defense. He should be much more productive than his 12 week one yards. ****

WR Steve Smith- Despite Matt Moore playing poorly, he still got his play maker the ball. Smith is still a good start against Tampa. ***

WR Dwayne Jarrett- Jarrett caught a couple of nice passes, but he’s still not a legit fantasy option. You can do better. **

WR Brandon LaFell- Started in week one, but needs to do more than just catching two passes. *

TE Jeff King- There are many better options. He’ll split time with Dante Rosario and doesn’t see the end zone. *

TE Dante Rosario- Neither he or King have great value. *

Carolina Defense- This defense is still inconsistent, and even though Tampa Bay doesn’t offer much of an offense, it’s still risky. **


Chicago Bears @ Dallas Cowboys

QB Jay Cutler- Cutler had a nice week one, but it was against a weak  Lions secondary, and he still couldn’t avoid throwing an interception. Start with caution against the Cowboys. ***

RB Matt Forte-  Forte was mediocre carrying the ball, but he made several nice catches out of the backfield. I’d still start as a Flex RB. ***

RB Chester Taylor- Don’t put too much stock into Taylor, but he could get more carries if Forte becomes more of a 3rd down back. **

WR Devin Hester- Hester accounted for 17 of Cutler’s 372 yards in week one. Start with caution. ***

WR Johnny Knox- Knox only caught 3 passes, but still amassed 52 yards. The fact that he was targeted 7 times is a good sign that Cutler is confident in his young receiver. ***

WR Devin Aromashodu- Had a decent week one, and could explode in this system. **

TE Greg Olsen- If Cutler can cut down the turnovers, Olsen can have a big year. In this game, I like Olsen quite a bit. ****

Chicago Defense- We’re holding off on the Chicago defense who just lost a linebacker and has been mediocre lately. **

Key Note- Hunter Hillenmeyer was placed on the IR effective September 14, 2010.

QB Tony Romo- You can count on Romo in his week two matchup against Chicago. ****

RB Felix Jones- Dallas needs to get Jones the ball more. He only had 8 carries, but he should get a few more against Chicago. ***

RB Marion Barber- He’s going to be utilized more in the red zone to pound the ball in. The touchdowns are there, but may not be guaranteed. ***

WR Miles Austin- As I said in week one, Austin would have a big day. He should be reliable for week two. ****

WR Dez Bryant- Eight catches in his first game says it all. ***

WR Roy E. Williams- We’re still not starting Williams until he can stop dropping passes. *

TE Jason Witten- Witten should be starting every week as he’s one of Romo’s favorite targets. ****

Dallas Defense- We’re still starting Dallas’ defense against Cutler who’s a turnover machine. ****


Pittsburgh Steelers @ Tennessee Titans

QB Dennis Dixon- Dixon wasn’t too bad passing the football, but against a better defense, he’s still not a viable fantasy QB. *

RB Rashard Mendenhall- Mendenhall started slow, and finished strong. Darren McFadden fared well against Tennessee, and Mendenhall should be able to have a solid day. ****

RB Mewelde Moore- Moore will spell Mendenhall here and there. But against this defense, we’re sitting him being the 2nd RB on the depth chart. **

WR Hines Ward- He was one of Dixon’s favorite targets last week, and that shouldn’t change much in week two. ***

WR Mike Wallace- Wallace only caught two passes, but they were big. Not a bad Flex option this week. ***

TE Heath Miller- There are still better options, but Miller should be able to grab a touchdown in the red zone this week. ***

Pittsburgh Defense- Pittsburgh still has a tough defense, but it’s not easy to face Chris Johnson regardless of who you are. If they get pressure on Young, they may not fare too badly. ****


QB Vince Young- Even against Oakland, Young only threw 17 passes. He did have two touchdown passes, but he’s still not a legit fantasy option. **

RB Chris Johnson- The #1 overall pick in most leagues needs to be starting on a weekly basis. Enough said. *****

RB Javon Ringer- Not a bad sleeper pick, and candidate for 5-10 touches a game. Fantasy value is limited unless Johnson goes down, however. **

WR Nate Washington- He broke out with a nice touchdown pass, but it’s not going to be an every week thing. Temper your expectations. **

WR Justin Gage- It’s not fair right now to expect many catches for the Tennessee wide receivers, so let’s not expect much. **

WR Kenny Britt- Still in the doghouse, but he can't stay there forever. *

TE Bo Schaife- He’ll get his receptions, but he doesn’t get into the end zone. There are better options. **

Tennessee Defense- It’s hard to tell about this one, but I think Tennessee will be able to shut down Dennis Dixon. ****


Arizona Cardinals @ Atlanta Falcons

QB Derek Anderson- Anderson played very well against the Rams, but it was the Rams. He’s facing a legit defense in Atlanta. Toss him back on the bench. **

RB Beanie Wells- Wells sat out week one with an injury, but will return to practice. He’ll be relied on more now as Hightower is unreliable putting the ball on the ground. Keep up to date with his injury as the week goes on. ***

RB Tim Hightower- Hightower got the carries with Wells being on the bench with an injury. But if Wells is back, then bench Hightower because fumbles are unacceptable. **

WR Larry Fitzgerald- You have to love Fitzgerald, and even with a poor quarterback, he’ll still make plays. Derek Anderson at least gets the ball down the field.  *****

WR Steve Breaston- Breaston can stretch the field, and Anderson can throw down the field. However, going against a better defense, Breaston won’t have the week he did like last week. ***

TE Ben Patrick- There are many other options at tight end here. Anderson isn’t much for getting the ball to his tight ends. *

Arizona Defense- Going against Matt Ryan and Michael Turner won’t be an easy task for this group of underachievers. Sit them. **


QB Matt Ryan- Ryan looks to rebound in a big way against a defense that’s much worse than the Steelers. He’ll look to put the ball in the end zone this week. ***

RB Michael Turner- He was shut down by Pittsburgh, but he should bounce back this week against Arizona. ****

RB Jason Snelling- He only registered two carries against Pittsburgh. Let’s sit him until Atlanta wants to give him more touches. **

WR Roddy White- White shouldn’t disappoint this week either after a nice week in Pittsburgh. We should see a score for him this week. ****

WR Michael Jenkins- Jenkins sat out week one, but should see the field in his second week. We’re still sitting him. **

TE Tony Gonzalez- Gonzalez is a tight end to start nearly every week. Congratulations to him on 1,000 career catches, and he should see more looks this week. ***

Atlanta Defense- If they can cover down the field, Atlanta should fare well in this matchup. ***


Philadelphia Eagles @ Detroit Lions

QB Michael Vick- Vick stepped in for the concussed Kevin Kolb, and played very well. If you need a replacement quarterback, Vick should be fine this week. ***

RB LeSean McCoy- McCoy only got seven attempts on the ground last week, thanks to the Eagles playing from behind and Vick being a runner. He should be better in week two. ***

WR DeSean Jackson- He’s a top notch receiver, but with Vick throwing the ball, his catches could be limited. ***

WR Jeremy Maclin- He’s got an ability to get open down the field, and Vick has a strong arm. I like him more than Jackson this week. ****

TE Brent Celek- This is a no brainer here as Celek is a top TE. Start with confidence as he’ll be Vick’s go to man if he’s in a bind. ***

Philadelphia Defense- This is going to be a surefire start as Shaun Hill will take the snaps for the Lions in place of the injured Stafford. ****

Key Note- Kolb is unlikely to play. He didn’t pass the first concussion test from Monday.


QB Shaun Hill- We’re going to pass on Hill. He’s a journey man QB with limited upside.

RB Jahvid Best- Best showed his versatility last week. If anybody on the Lions offense succeeds, it will be Best. ***

RB Kevin Smith- Smith isn’t a fantasy option unless Best goes down. *

WR Calvin Johnson- Johnson’s value takes a slight hit with a lesser quarterback throwing the ball, but he still makes plays. You can still start him. ****

WR Nate Burleson- Burleson was disappointing in week one. Without Stafford, he loses value. **

TE Brandon Pettigrew- As expected, Pettigrew didn’t get many catches. Tony Scheffler actually was the better option. However, in week two, I think Hill will get Pettigrew in the mix. **

TE Tony Scheffler- Five receptions in his debut might tell us he's a solid sleeper. Beware of his value with Stafford out, however. **

Detroit Defense- We won’t be starting Detroit’s defense for awhile. Let’s keep them in the free agency pool. *

Key Note- Matthew Stafford is out with a sprained AC joint.

Houston Texans @ Washington Redskins

QB Matt Schaub- Shaub didn’t need to do much in week one thanks to Arian Foster’s record breaking performance. However, Schaub should manage at least one score in this one. ***

RB Arian Foster- After week one’s performance against a mediocre Colts rushing game, we’re still expecting a nice day from Foster. But he’s not going to get 200+ yards in this one. ****

RB Steve Slaton- He clearly won't be getting a huge piece of the pie. *

WR Andre Johnson- Johnson is a must start every week. He’s the #1 wide receiver in the NFL. *****

WR Kevin Walter- Walter is a nice slot receiver who can make plays, but he’s still not a great option in fantasy. **

WR Jacoby Jones- Schaub went after Jones 6 times in week one. Jones has big play ability, but most likely won’t harness it if Foster keeps it up. **

TE Owen Daniels- We’re still questionable about Daniels who only caught one pass in the first game. However, as the season goes on, he should be a nice option. **

Texans Defense- The Texans defense may not be a bad start here despite facing Donovan McNabb. Mario Williams and company will put the pressure on and hold the Redskins under 14 points. ****


QB Donovan McNabb- A mediocre performance against Dallas suggest that he’s still not a viable fantasy option. He has some targets, but he’s not a stud with the stats . ***

RB Clinton Portis- Portis can still be started as a Flex RB or RB3, but don’t put too much stock in him. ***

WR Santana Moss- Moss had a nice day against the Cowboys’ secondary, and should be a solid option for week 2 as a Flex WR. ***

WR Joey Galloway- There’s almost no value here. Devin Thomas should take over eventually. *

TE Chris Cooley- Cooley was one of McNabb’s favorite targets in the Dallas game, and I don’t see why that should change. ****

Washington Defense- Despite an impressive shut down of Dallas, I’m still not ready to start Washington just yet. ***


New England Patriots @ New York Jets

QB Tom Brady- Tom Brady had a great day against Cincy’s solid secondary. The Jets secondary made a lot of mistakes on Monday, and you’ll start Brady regardless. ****

RB Fred Taylor- Surprisingly, Taylor still has some juice left in him, toting the ball for 71 yards. The absence of Maroney will make him more valuable. However, the Jets do have a nice run defense shutting down Ray Rice. **

RB Sammy Morris- Rumor has it that Morris could get more carries, but may not be utilized much in the red zone. *

WR Randy Moss- Moss versus Revis will be a nice matchup, and Moss should be started weekly anyway. ****

WR Wes Welker- Even if Welker does’t get 100 yards, or more, he’s going to see the ball. He’s a top target for Brady and a top PPR option. ****

TE Rob Gronkowski- Gronkowski only caught one pass, and had one yard, but it was a touchdown. Look for Brady to get him more involved as he’s one of the better sleeper tight ends. ***

Patriots Defense- The Patriots did a nice job against Carson Palmer, and they should do well against the young Mark Sanchez. They aren’t a top option, but not a bad one. ***

Key Note- Laurence Maroney was traded to the Broncos on Tuesday.

QB Mark Sanchez- Just as suspected, Sanchez was an undesirable start last week. This week doesn’t look to be much better, although I’d hope he could eclipse the 100 yard mark…. **

RB Shonn Greene- I wasn’t sold on Greene coming out of college, and still don’t know about him. I’m sitting him week two. **

RB LaDainian Tomlinson- With Greene’s inability to hold onto the football, Tomlinson could see more carries. He still shows a nice burst, but we’re unsure about the number of carries he will see. **

WR Braylon Edwards- Braylon still isn’t a fantasy option as long as he drops passes and has Mark Sanchez as his QB.  *

WR Jerricho Cotchery- Cotchery’s value is very limited, and Sanchez doesn’t help. *

TE Dustin Keller- I wonder how many sprints Keller has to do after completely missing a wide open first down on Monday night. Keller’s value is still limited, but there is upside. **

New York Defense- The defense takes a big hit with their nose tackle out for the season. Anybody that knows about the 3-4 defense realizes the NT position is the most important. With all the penalties and lack of discipline in week one, we’re questionable for the Jets defense this week. **

Key Note- Kris Jenkins (NT) for the Jets is out for the season.

Jacksonville Jaguars @ San Diego Chargers

QB David Garrard- Garrard looked solid against the Broncos, but still was a bit lucky. We don’t anticipate him throwing another three touchdowns in this one. **

RB Maurice Jones-Drew- You’re going to start this top 5 pick every week regardless. *****

RB Rashad Jennings- Expect him to see a few carries, but not enough to start him this week. *

WR Mike Sims-Walker- I’m still looking for Sims-Walker to be consistent. His week one “absence” doesn’t help. **

WR Mike Thomas- He was able to get open more against Denver and showed that he has a solid set of hands. Not a bad Flex option if you need it, but don’t go in expecting a lot. **

TE Marcedes Lewis- Lewis only caught two passes, but both for touchdowns. I don’t see Garrard having another nice day, so sit Lewis. **

Jacksonville Defense- Philip Rivers is a very good quarterback, and the San Diego offense looks to rebound from a bad start. Sit this defense. **


QB Philip Rivers- Even with the loss, Rivers still nearly eclipsed 300 yards. He should have a nice day versus the Jaguars. ****

RB Ryan Mathews- He didn’t’ have the game I thought he would, but was somewhat productive. He’ll get his first score or two in week two. ****

RB Darren Sproles- Mathews is the head honcho in the backfield, and most leagues don’t offer points for return yardage. Sit this week. **

WR Malcolm Floyd- Even with just three receptions, he amassed over 50 yards. The fact that Rivers targeted him 12 times makes me think he’ll have a bigger week against Jacksonville. ***

WR Legedu Naanee- I was wrong in the first week, as Naanee caught the Chiefs off guard. However, don’t expect those numbers every week, but grab him as a sleeper. ***

TE Antonio Gates- There’s no reason to sit Gates, ever. ****

San Diego Defense- The Chargers were without their pass rusher in Shawne Merriman, and Sunday could be the same. After a disappointing game against the Chiefs, we may sit them just in case. ***

Key Note- Shawne Merriman (Achilles) may be sidelined again on Sunday.

New York Giants @ Indianapolis Colts

QB Eli Manning- Manning had three touchdowns, but turned it over three times as well. There are better options, but with a solid running game, he could be solid. ***

RB Ahmad Bradshaw- Without Bob Sanders, the Colts rushing defense was really exposed against the Texans. Expect a nice day from Bradshaw. ****

RB Brandon Jacobs- He’ll get his fair share of carries, and maybe a few red zone looks, but we’re sitting him still. **

WR Steve Smith- I have my doubts with Smith, and Manning has shown a preference for 2nd year man, Hakeem Nicks. ***

WR Hakeem Nicks- Nicks broke out against Carolina. He won’t have another three touchdowns, but he’s the man in the red zone. ****

WR Mario Manningham- He won't get the action Nicks will, but could be a decent random WR3 play. **

TE Kevin Boss- Again, there are much better options, so we’re sitting Boss this week. **

New York Defense- I’m not one for starting defenses against Peyton Manning and the Colts. **


QB Peyton Manning- Manning is a start every week regardless. I’m favoring him over brother Eli. *****

RB Joseph Addai- He didn’t have a bad day against the Texans, but the Colts are a pass first team. Start in the Flex spot in PPR leagues as he’ll catch four or five passes. ***

RB Donald Brown- Go ahead and sit him as the Colts aren’t looking to give him the carries that a fantasy owner wants to see. *

WR Reggie Wayne- Hopefully you listened to us and not ESPN and started him. He’s still a great option being Peyton’s No. 1 wide receiver. Start with confidence. ****

WR Pierre Garcon- He didn’t see many passes his way as Reggie Wayne stole the show. But with Peyton Manning, you can’t deny he’ll see more catches. ***

WR Austin Collie- Collie had a great game and is clearly the choice above Anthony Gonzalez currently. ***

TE Dallas Clark- The top option in PPR leagues at TE. Manning finds Clark on a regular basis. *****

Indianapolis Defense- We’re not starting the Colts defense until they can shut down the run. **

Key Note- Bob Sanders will miss a significant amount of time this season with a torn biceps injury.

New Orleans @ San Francisco 49ers

QB Drew Brees -  Are you really not going to start Drew Brees? *****

RB Pierre Thomas – This is a risky matchup, but Thomas wasn’t too bad last week. The 49ers run defense disappointed, but they still are coming off a top notch season. ***

RB Reggie Bush – Don’t start Bush unless you’re desperate in a PPR league. He’s not a true RB. **

WR Marques Colston – Colston will see his catches, and is still a favorite in the red zone. ****

WR Robert Meachem – Meachem got shut down in week one, but is facing a mediocre secondary. May not be a bad option. ***

WR Devery Henderson – Henderson is still the top down field threat, but there’s so much talent offensively, it’s hard to start him. **

WR Lance Moore- May never get back to where he was in 2008, but he's still in a great offense. **

TE Jeremy Shockey – I’m not confident in Shockey. He’s one of the most inconsistent tight ends in the game and San Francisco has the linebackers to shut him down. **

New Orleans Defense – I’m starting New Orleans this week after Alex Smith broke down against a weak Seattle defense. *****


QB Alex Smith- Don’t’ expect much more out of Smith than what he did against Seattle. Sit him this week. **

RB Frank Gore- Gore was shut down, but Smith still found him out of the backfield. I think he’ll bounce back this week and be productive as a Flex RB. ***

RB Anthony Davis- Davis is more of a dynasty league guy, but he could get some red zone looks this week. *

WR Michael Crabtree- Don’t’ give up on the Texas Tech product. He was targeted 8 times, but was well covered. He could be a solid start this week. ***

WR Josh Morgan- The number two guy. Could start progressing, but his value hinges on Alex Smith's progress, too. **

WR Ted Ginn Jr.- Even if he starts, he’s not going to make much of an impact. Bench him against the Saints. *

TE Vernon Davis- You can’t not start Smith who will see catches regardless of how well Smith plays. ****

San Francisco Defense- Despite a great season in 2009, week one was disappointing, and we’re not about to start the 49ers’ defense against the former World Champions. **

Key Note- Teddy Ginn Jr. may be sidelined on Monday after spraining his left MCL.


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