Week 2 Fantasy Football Start Em Sit Em: 5 Players You Must Insert into Lineup
Fantasy football leagues really begin in week 2. Week 1 is fun because it's the first taste of fantasy football, but there is so little gamesmanship.
In week 1, most players are healthy and ready to go, leaving owners with very few roster decisions.
Week 2 is a little different. Some of those must-start players are nursing injuries now and others don't look like they'll be as big a part of the offense as you and other owners had hoped.
No longer will you be able to just leave your lineup alone and hope for the best.
If you lost in week 1, you have to look for little tweaks to make in your lineup. You can start by getting the following five players in your lineup.
Mario Manningham- New York Giants
Manningham was already a pretty good fantasy play, but now you can expect elite-level production from him.
Fellow receiver Hakeem Nicks is going to play, but it's hard to imagine he will be completely healthy given how up in the air his status was earlier this week.
Manningham, for better or worse, will go as far as Eli Manning will let him. Manning had a tough game last week against the Redskins and playing the Rams won't be any easier.
Even with his struggles, he will manage to find Manningham early and often.
Cadillac Williams- St. Louis Rams
I have been touting Cadillac Williams all week as a great fantasy running back option and I haven't changed my mind.
Williams has been a top running back before and that experience will be huge for him being that this is a high-profile Monday night game. You can guarantee he won't be awed by what is being asked of him.
Williams took over for Jackson in the team's week 1 game against the Eagles and he played well, carrying the ball 19 times for 91 yards.
Look for more of the same in week 2 when Cadillac will again be a big part of the game plan with Steven Jackson unlikely to play. Even if Jackson does somehow play, it's hard to imagine Williams not getting significant carries.
Scott Chandler- Buffalo Bills
Coming into last week's game, Scott Chandler had caught all of one pass in his NFL career. Last week, he caught five passes for 63 yards.
Chandler isn't a one week wonder in Buffalo. He is the go-to tight end and it's obvious that he and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick already have a good working relationship.
Chandler is likely an even better play in week 2 than he would have been in week 1. The Bills take on the Oakland Raiders, a team with a sneaky-good defense.
Oakland will spend much of its time trying to slow down wide receiver Stevie Johnson and that should open things up a little for a guy like Chandler underneath.
Joseph Addai- Indianapolis Colts
There was a time when Joseph Addai was considered a top-ten fantasy running back. Those days have been over for quite a while, but if the Colts' offense is going to be successful in 2011, they will need that version of Addai to return.
It's clear that Kerry Collins won't be able to win games on his own. In week 1, the Colts tried to keep the focus on the passing game and all that got them was a 34-7 loss at the hands of the Houston Texans.
The Colts must establish the running game first and foremost and that will benefit Joseph Addai. There are a couple of other backs on the roster that the Colts will want to get carries, but the offense has to revolve around Addai. He is the only guy on the roster that has a history of being a go-to running back.
If you have Addai on your roster, put him in your lineup for week 2. He will get plenty of opportunity to prove he can be a bell cow back once again.
Bryant Johnson- Houston Texans
This perennial fantasy football disappointment has another chance to prove himself with the Houston Texans.
He was brought in late in the preseason as little more than the fourth wide receiver.
Now that Kevin Walter has gone down to an injury, Johnson will get his chance to see the field. Johnson isn't a big play threat or someone that Matt Schuab will feature in that offense, but as good as that offense is, everyone is a fantasy threat.
Monitor the Texans' injury situation closely from here on out. As long as Walter is out, Johnson will be a good fantasy play.