Just hours before the start of Week 2 I know many people have questions running through their heads. Who should I start? Who should I sit? Let’s take a look at how some of the recent news changes things:
Steven Jackson – Running Back – St. Louis Rams
According to the team’s twitter feed, “No updates on RB Steven Jackson. He’s still rehabbing and will wait until Monday night to see where he is.” In other words, we have absolutely no clue if he is going to play or not.
Normally a must use option, under these circumstances it is impossible to trust both him and Carnell Williams, unless you own both. If it is an either/or situation, then you can hold the course and see how things develop of the course of the day on Monday.
If you are trying to decide between one of the Rams’ running backs or someone on another team, the decision is easy. There is just too great of a risk that you get nothing from either Ram running back, with little option to replace him once Sunday’s 1 PM games start. Move them to the bench and hope Jackson can get healthy in time for Week 3 so we don’t face a similar situation.
Hakeem Nicks – Wide Receiver – New York Giants
The situation with Jackson and Nicks is extremely similar. According to Mike Garafolo (via Twitter), “Giants WR Hakeem Nicks (knee) + DE Justin Tuck (neck) both limited today and listed as questionable for Monday vs Rams.” The risk of getting nothing from Nicks will help to dictate many owners’ decisions this morning.
However, the difference between Nicks and Jackson is how his potential absence affects his understudy. Mario Manningham was a borderline option in two receiver formats, even if Nicks was dressing. If he’s out, he has an even better chance to post monster numbers against a banged up Rams’ secondary. Depending on your other options, Manningham should be considered a solid play for this week in most formats.
James Starts – Running Back – Green Bay Packers
According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (click here for the article), “The Packers decided before the game that Starks would play in most spread formations. That’s the main reason why Starks finished with 45 snaps compared with Grant’s 16. Starks carried 12 times, Grant carried nine.” As for why the decision was made, McGinn said, ‘Fontenot said Starks got the nod over Grant in spread sets because of 'his ability to run in space’ and ‘his ability to digest what the defense is giving us and being able to pass protect.’”
Considering the Packers desire to pass the football and, more specifically, use a spread offense to exploit one-on-one match-ups, you get the feeling that Starks is going to continue to be on the field significantly more than Grant. That makes Starks a viable option as a low-end RB2/FLEX option, while Grant should be benched in all formats.
Arian Foster – Running Back – Houston Texans
We discussed Foster yesterday morning in our Injury Report (click here to view), but it bears repeating. According to John McClain (via Twitter), “Texans are 24-3 under Kubiak when they run at least 30 times. They’d like to get the ball to Foster 20 times and Tate at least 10.” It appears Foster is a safe play in all formats at this point. Get him active and be prepared to reap the benefits.
Dez Bryant – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys
According to Evan Silva (via Twitter), “SI’s Peter King on Cowboys WR Dez Bryant: “I do NOT think he’ll play.” It hasn’t seemed promising for much of the week, as owner Jerry Jones softened his stance on Bryant’s chances of playing as the week progressed. While it’s not a definitive statement, King’s comment feels like it seals the deal. He’s too risky of a play at this point, so fantasy owners need to look to their alternatives.
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