Did you have a good week 1? Now, we are learning a bit more about who may be good starts, and who are going to be the good waiver wire pickups. We also have the questions surrounding injuries and others, so checking out the waiver wires and your lineups is a good thing to do.
Who to Start:
QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. SEA: Last week was about as abysmal as it could get for Big Ben. He had accounted for 3 picks, and the Steelers only scored 7 points. This week though, he gets a suspect Seattle defense and this is their second roadie in a row, and the Steelers are not happy. This has blowout central written all over it.
RB Tim Hightower (WSH) vs. ARZ: He was a good sleeper choice a week ago, but he's a very good start this week. He's facing his former team this week, and the Redskins should try to establish tempo with a good ground game, so Hightower looks like a good start this week.
WR Santonio Holmes (NYJ) vs. JAX: Even though the Jags defense was pretty stout a week ago, Kenny Britt had a big day with 2 TD's, and with the Jaguars not having Derek Cox, their second corner, this week due to a rib injury, Holmes could have a very big day.
WR Mario Manningham (NYG) vs. STL MON: With the injury to Hakeem Nicks, Manningham should see increased targets this week. With that, and the fact that he's facing a weakened Rams secondary, Manningham may have a very big game on Monday Night.
TE Owen Daniels (HOU) vs. MIA: After last week's demolition of the Dolphins by the Pats, no one will even hesitate to start any Texans offensive players this week. Daniels should have a big game against a Dolphins defense that allowed 189 yards and 2 TD's to Pats Tight Ends a week ago.
DEF Dallas vs. SF: The 49ers may have scored 33 points a week ago, but remember that 14 of them came via Ted Ginn kick returns. They had trouble moving the offense all day against a bad Seahawks D, and Dallas' is much better.
Who to Sit:
QB Donovan McNabb (MIN) vs. TB: He threw for 39 yards TOTAL a week ago. That's all you need to know.
RB Mark Ingram (NO) vs. CHI: Now we know a bit more about how much Ingram will be used in the 3 back rotation in New Orleans, and it involves Ingram getting the fewest amount of carries. Until something changes, Ingram is not a player to start.
WR Chad Ochocinco (NE) vs. SD: He had only one catch a week ago, and with the plethora of weapons that the Patriots use, Ochocinco may not be targeted too much, and that is not a good thing in this offense.
Try to start a guy like Deion Branch or Rob Gronkowski instead.
WR Davone Bess (MIA) vs. HOU: He had a good game on Monday night, but Houston's defense is very good, and even with all of the hype, there should be a sign of worry about starting him this week. The Pats and Texans defenses are completely different.
TE Zach Miller (SEA) vs. PIT: He only had 2 catches for 19 yards a week ago against San Francisco, and their defense is nothing like the Steelers defense. And, it doesn't help that Tarvaris Jackson will struggle to get the ball to him.
DEF San Diego vs. NE: Watch out here. Even though the Chargers defense is very, very good, the Vikings are much different than the Patriots. It should be a shootout, which does not bode well for the Chargers defense and their fantasy numbers.
The 3 Sleepers:
QB Mark Sanchez (NYJ) vs. JAX: He's not an auto-start in every league, but going up against a Jags secondary that does not have their second cornerback due to injury should help improve his numbers, even though he had very good numbers a week ago.
RB James Starks (GB) vs. CAR: It seems that he is getting many more touches than Ryan Grant is right now, and because of that, he should see the field more against a Carolina run defense that got torched by Beanie Wells and the Cardinals last week.
WR Nate Burleson (DET) vs. KC: After Matt Stafford's big game a week ago in Tampa, it should come as no surprise that he may pull off the same trick against Kansas City. Their defense was awful last week against Buffalo, and that should mean Burleson will possibly get big yards this week.
WR Dwayne Bowe (KC) vs. DET: Was I not right about him last week? And, with that said, his numbers were awful a week ago, and facing a very good Detroit defense, he may not have any new found success this week.
Good Luck in Week 2!