Here are some last minute Fantasy Buddha calls for you guys out there who like to evaluate your lineups at the 11th hour.
Use them. Love them. Win with them.
- Mike Vick vs. Detroit—Kolb is out and the new revitalized Vick is in. Detroit got exploited by the erratic Jay Cutler in Week 1. The Lions’ poor tackling and even poorer pass rush is a recipe for disaster against the most mobile quarterback in NFL history. Start Vick and enjoy watching him turn in another vintage Vick performance.
- Donovan McNabb vs. Houston—As much as the Titans’ defensive front has improved, their secondary is still vulnerable. They got exploited by Peyton Manning last week to the tune of 40/57 for 433 yards and three TDs. Donnie McFootball should be good for 250 yds and two TDs.
- Kyle Orton vs. Seattle—Orton orchestrates what few people realize is a pass heavy offense. He’s started off the season clicking with his WRs(Royal, Lloyd, and Gaffney). While the Seahawks D was all smoke and mirrors against San Fran in Week 1. A poor QB made the ‘Hawks look better than they are.
- Ahmad Bradshaw vs. Indianapolis—The Colts got gashed by Arian Foster last weekend. They now line up with no Bob Sanders, probably for the remainder of the season, and Brandon Jacobs is still in Tom Coughlin's doghouse. Everything’s adding up to a big day for the little man. Start Bradshaw.
- LeSean McCoy vs. Detroit—Shady possesses a very similar skill set to that of Matt Forte, who lit up the Lions in Week 1 on big plays. The Lions D is clearly not as improved as they hoped it would be. McCoy is a safe bet to be a high-end RB2 this week. Nice play.
- Brandon Jackson vs. Buffalo—The Dolphins running backs had a great game against Buffalo. Jackson is now the undisputed man in terms of touches for the Pack. Expect him to begin his run at 1,000 yards today with a bang. Vulture Alert: John Kuhn could steal TD opps all season if B-Jax struggles at the goal line.
- Darren McFadden vs. St. Louis—The Rams D is simply awful against the run. Tim Hightower ran wherever he wanted when he actually had the ball last week. Run DMC should do the same this week with very little(if any) competition for carries from Michael Bush. Ride the McFadden train while you still can.
- Mike Williams (TB) vs. Carolina—The Panthers pass D got exploited last week. Williams is Freeman’s favorite target and bears an uncanny resemblance to former Bucs WR Keyshawn Johnson on the field. Young Hakeem Nicks had success against the Panthers and I expect young Mike Williams to do the same. Maybe not to the tune of 3 TDs.
- Chargers Receivers vs. Jacksonville—The Jaguars pass D is weak. Very weak. They got taken behind the woodshed by lesser wides Brandon Lloyd/Jabar Gaffney/Eddie Royal in Week 1 and now face an upgraded aerial attack in San Diego. The Rivers to Malcolm Floyd/Legedu Naanee connection should be clicking this weekend. Ride the lightning.
- Chris Cooley vs. Houston—McNabb’s only legitimate options, aside from Santana Moss, are his Tight Ends. Cooley is the man at that spot and he looks to be Donnie’s security blanket in the early going of this season. If Cooley continues getting more looks from his new QB, expect him to creep up possibly into the Top 5 at his position.
- Chiefs D/ST vs. Cleveland—The Browns are starting Seneca Wallace this week. If you’re looking for a matchup play this week, give the Chiefs a shot. Their special teams are suddenly as explosive as any in the NFL and Cleveland’s passing game is limited at WR with a backup QB. Prime sleeper D stuff.
- Carson Palmer vs. Baltimore—The Ravens D was suffocating against the Jets in Week 1 and there is no reason to think that they won’t be the same in this one. Their pressure covers up the CB’s weaknesses and forces opposing quarterbacks to get rid of the ball before they want to. I expect Palmer to be frustrated and boxed in and not put up acceptable numbers for a fantasy QB1.
- Jay Cutler vs. Dallas—The Cowboys’ corners are playing tough. As tough as any in the NFL right now, in fact. DeMarcus Ware is healthy and will combine with Jay Ratliff to generate an overpowering outside/inside pass rush vs. that weak Bears O-line. Nothing about this matchup looks good for Cutler.
- Cedric Benson vs. Baltimore—It’s gonna be a tough day for the Bengals. They are staring at an 0-2 start after a divisional title and a playoff berth in 2009. That seems a long time ago after a ragged performance against the Patriots and a daunting game vs. Baltimore’s bullies. Don’t expect anything from Benson in this one. There are a lot of guys out there with better matchups. Play one of them.
- Buffalo Backs vs. Green Bay—The Packers didn’t do a great job stopping the run against the Eagles in Week 1. In fact, they were downright disappointing. No matter. The Bills backfield is a fustercluck of epic proportions and nobody the likes of Chan Gailey is likely to miraculously come up with a resolution. You just don’t know how they’ll divide the pie and, until the roles of those Bills RBs are more clearly defined, you should shy away from them all.
- Dwayne Bowe vs. Cleveland—Bowe still has to be the man for the Chiefs. He has to be for them to be successful. Will he? Sure. At least I think so. But this week probably won’t be the week that he asserts his dominance. The Cleveland D’s strength is in its’ secondary and I am not sure D-Bowe will get the looks that he, or you as a Bowe owner, would want this weekend.
- Mike Sims-Walker vs. San Diego—MSW no longer looks like the No. 1 guy in Jacksonville. He started to fizzle down the stretch in 2009 and it looks to be continuing into 2010. What’s worse for Sims-Walker owners is the presence of tiny 5′ 9″ receiver Mike Thomas, who seems to have a strong rapport with QB David Garrard. Monitor this situation and look to deal MSW if you can get any value at all. Austin Collie maybe?
- Jermaine Gresham vs. Baltimore—Don’t fall completely in love with this awesome rookie too fast. There will be peaks and valleys. Consider any appointment with the Ravens D a valley for now. Long-term, Gresham is probably still going to wind up as a borderline starter in 12-team leagues. Just look elsewhere this week.
- 49ers D/ST vs. New Orleans—C’mon man. Did you see how bad the Niners looked against the Seahawks last week? That was a bad call on my part as it seems that team is affected, even on defense, by how poorly their quarterback plays. Don’t expect it to get any better this week on Monday Night Football against the defending Super Bowl champs.
Lastly, I expect everyone's favorite “It Boy” at RB, Arian Foster, to come crashing back to Earth this weekend.
He may put up a serviceable RB2 game against Washington, but those of you looking for him to suddenly be an RB1 shooting star after one incredible game have got to get a grip. Foster should play to a high RB2 level the remainder of the season. And not any more than that.
It’s just not who he is. The Colts game in Week 1 has career spike written all over it.