Week 2 Fantasy Football Projections: Rex Grossman Not so Gross, Ocho Cinco Oh No
You don't need me to tell you to start your studs; here you will find some guys that I think will have good or bad games based on their matchups.
Some of these picks are more applicable to deeper or two-QB leagues until bye weeks start. My Hail Mary picks are gut feeling, sleeper-types that could put up some points.
Start These Guys
1. Rex Grossman (Was) vs. Arizona Cardinals
"Sexy Rexy," as he was known in his Florida days, is coming off a solid 305-yard, two-TD game against the Giants and this week faces a Cardinals team that allowed rookie Cam Newton to throw for over 400 yards last week.
2. Cedric Benson (Cin) vs. Denver Broncos
Benson had a nice game last week—121 yards and a TD—against an improved Cleveland D. QB Andy Dalton is dealing with a wrist injury and Benson should see a lot of carries against a Denver D that was gashed by Darren McFadden on Monday night.
3. Matt Schaub (Hou) vs. Miami Dolphins
You are probably starting Schaub if you have him anyway, but some owners may be down on him after last week's game vs. Indy. Keep in mind, Houston was up early and big last week and didn't need the passing game. This week Schaub plays a Miami D that allowed over 500 passing yards last week. Schaub should rebound against a defense on short rest this week.
4. James Starks (GB) vs. Carolina Panthers
During the preseason we were led to believe that Ryan Grant was still the starter in Green Bay, and he was on the field for the first play, but Starks got more carries and it was clear by watching him play that he is the running back you want in Cheeseland.
5. Plaxico Burress (NYJ) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Did anyone notice what Kenny Britt did to the Jaguars defense last week? Burress is WR2 for the Jets but is better suited to use his size advantage than WR1 Santonio Holmes.
Sit These Guys
1. QB Kerry Collins (Ind) vs. Cleveland Browns
This is what the Colts get for signing a backup quarterback mere weeks before the season starts to run a complicated timing-based offense. Collins looks like he has been spending his retirement sitting on the couch. Maybe in a few weeks Collins will be playable with all the talented receivers Indy has, but steer clear against the Browns.
2. QB Matt Hasselbeck (Ten) vs. Baltimore Ravens
Last week we saw the resurgence of the "Hass" against the Jaguars, but folks, the Ravens defense is for real; it caused seven turnovers against the Steelers last week. Leave Hasselbeck on your bench this week.
3. Chad Ochocinco (NE) vs. San Diego Chargers
No. 85 is having a hard time learning the Patriots offense—he looks lost and hasn't even been able to line up correctly on some plays. Brady threw for over 500 yards and Ochocinco had one catch; he is not part of the game plan right now, keep him reserved until he is.
4. Marshawn Lynch (Sea) vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Seattle's offense is a mess, if you own anyone on the Seahawks they should be benched. Sure, Ray Rice beat up the Steelers defense last week, but Lynch, minus his earthquake run in the 2010 playoffs, is no Ray Rice.
5. Steve Smith (Car) vs. Green Bay Packers
The Steve Smith of football seasons past showed up last week with an 8/178/2 line. This week he gets former Defensive Player of the Year Charles Woodson in coverage. Smith could be back to his two receptions for 26 yards days.
Toss Up a Hail Mary With These Guys
1. Chad Henne (Mia) vs. Houston Texans
The Texans secondary is not the laughing stock it was last year, but I see the Fins being down in this game and Henne is a prime candidate for some nice garbage-time scoring. On Monday, Henne threw for over 400 yards, while trailing the Patriots, if you need a QB2 he is worth a play.
2. Alex Smith (SF) vs. Dallas Cowboys
Alex Smith is not good, but Dallas lost half its secondary against the Jets on Sunday night and couldn't cover anyone. Just like Henne, Smith should get some garbage-time points and makes a nice QB2 play.
3. Nate Burleson (Det) vs. Kansas City
Kansas City lost safety Eric Berry last week and will likely double team Calvin "Megatron" Johnson, leaving Burleson with single coverage and an inexperienced safety.
4. Brandon Gibson (StL) vs. New York Giants
There is a lot of speculation as to whom will assume Danny Amendola's slot role, my guess is Gibson sees more targets this week. The Giants are thin at corner due to some injuries and the slot receiver may be able to exploit this weakness. Another candidate for slot duty is rookie Greg Salas. Both these guys are super deep league plays.
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