Fantasy Football Week 2: 5 Players You Should Start Sunday

Justin UseltonContributor ISeptember 18, 2011

Fantasy Football Week 2: 5 Players You Should Start Sunday

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    Every fantasy football enthusiast is looking for that one player each week to give them the edge over their opponents.

    The difference between success and failure often comes down to your decision on who to start or sit on your current roster.

    How to find that diamond in the rough? How to avoid that bust?

    Who should you turn to in Week 2?

    Here are five players that you should start to guarantee fantasy success for Week 2.

LaDainian Tomlinson

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    To many, Tomlinson is a running back who is simply a second-string running back on a nonthreatening offense.

    To others, he is still fantasy gold.

    If you are in a PPR league, Tomlinson's value is increased. Last week, L.T. had six catches for 73 yards, and his value is increased this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    The Jaguars defense seems to be much stouter against the run than in 2010, but still vulnerable against the pass, as demonstrated in Week 1 against the  Tennessee Titans.

    Look for Shonn Greene to struggle to find running room against the Jaguars, and for Tomlinson to play an increased role in the Jets offense in Week 2.

    You should start Tomlinson with confidence, as he will get you 100 total yards, at least five catches, and at least a 50 percent chance to locate pay-dirt against Jacksonville. 

Steve Smith

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    All we really needed was one solid week to know Steve Smith was back, didn't we?

    Smith torched the Cardinals defense last week for eight catches, 178 yards and two touchdowns—numbers like that are rarely a fluke.

    While I don't expect Cam Newton to dominate defenses the way he did against Arizona in Week 1, I do expect the Panthers to throw often, as they will likely trail much of the time this season.

    Smith is easily their No. 1 option in the passing game, and showed plenty of burst last week. 

    He is easily a No. 2 wide receiver on any fantasy team, and may still be available on waiver wires in 12-plus-team fantasy leagues.

Plaxico Burress

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    Kinda hard to trust an aging wide receiver that has been in jail for a couple years, eh?

    Not if you're a Plaxico Burress owner.

    Burress registered four catches, 72 yards and a touchdown against Dallas last week, and expects to play an expanded role against the Jaguars in Week 2. 

    With Santonio Holmes questionable with an injury, Burress is likely to be targeted with more frequency, even with Holmes in the game.

    In addition, Burress, at 6'5", will be a strong weapon for the Jets inside the 20. 

    Expect five catches for 80 yards, and a likely touchdown for Burress against the Jaguars.

Chad Henne

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    I've never been on the Hate Chad Henne Bandwagon, as I haven't felt the Dolphins have surrounded him with enough talent to make him a viable fantasy quarterback (and a winning quarterback, for that matter).

    I might have a hard time telling the Patriots that.

    Henne impressed last week, throwing for 416 yards and two touchdowns. Furthermore, Henne is sneaky fast, adding 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

    Miami is likely to trail often this season, and, with Brandon Marshall at his disposal, Henne figures to put up big fantasy numbers.

    The Houston Texans defense Henne faces this week gave up decent numbers to Kerry Collins in Week 1, which means that Henne should be good for around 250 yards and two touchdowns.

    Try to ignore the fact that the Dolphins are a bad football team and start Henne if you need help at quarterback.

James Starks

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    Ryan Grant may be the Packers' starting running back, but it is by title only.

    James Starks was in the lineup for more than twice the amount of snaps as Grant, and proved to be the Packers' primary threat in the running game.

    Starks, with limited carries, registered 57 yards and one touchdown for the Packers against a good Saints defense.

    As the year goes on, expect Starks to spend even more time on the field, and expect increasing value from the second-year Packer running back. 

    Ryan Grant, a victim of numerous injuries, seems to lack the burst that Starks possesses, and is unlikely to get the goal line carries that Starks promises to get.