Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2013 Week 2 Fantasy Advice

Week 1 is finished, and despite a record being broken for the amount of TD passes thrown, there are a number of teams that looked incapable of producing any offense (mine included). And with injuries already playing a major role in the proceedings, Week 2 is the first test of depth for many teams out there.

Who to Start:

QB Mike Vick (PHI) vs. SD: Pumping the brakes on Chip Kelly's speed game aside, Mike Vick is a good fantasy option again. The Chargers pass defense struggled mightily at the end of their game against the Texans, and on a short week traveling cross-country, the Eagles will pray on that.

RB Darren McFadden (OAK) vs. JAX: Although I think he won't last the entire season because he will get injured, he'll do fairly well against a banged up Jacksonville defense on Sunday. The threat of Terrelle Pryor running certainly helps.

WR Steve Smith (CAR) vs. BUF: He might have been the only Panther to have a good offensive day last week against the Seahawks, and now he gets to go up against the Bills secondary which last week gave up two TD's to Julian Edelman and whose top 2 corners are out.

WR Dwayne Bowe (KC) vs. DAL: Despite being maybe the only Chief to not look good last week, he should fare much better against the Dallas secondary which was absolutely picked apart last week despite the defense as a whole forcing 6 turnovers.

TE Owen Daniels (HOU) vs. TEN: The Titans defense was surprisingly effective last week against the Steelers, but going up against the Texans is a different task. Daniels has always done well against the Titans, and he had a huge game Monday night as well.

DEF Cincinnati vs. PIT MON: While the Bengals defense was always a good 2nd defense option for most, this week they should be starting for you. The Steelers offensive line was a sieve before the Maurkice Pouncey injury, and is now even worse without him. They gave up 5 sacks and looked pretty terrible, so the Bengals will probably feast on that. And speaking of that...

Who to Sit:

QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) vs. CIN MON: Big Ben will be under siege most of the night Monday, and while his numbers aren't usually good against the Bengals, they'll be even worse because of what I spoke of above.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) vs. OAK: Last week the Jaguars interior offensive line was a revolving door, meaning MJD got only 15 carries. Despite Chad Henne starting meaning MJD will likely get a few more carries, the interior O-Line is not only bad, but banged up. Bench him if possible.

WR Roddy White (ATL) vs. STL: Still dealing with the effects of a high-ankle sprain, White did next to nothing against the Saints last Sunday. This one figures to be no better, despite a semi-favorable matchup if he's still gimpy.

WR Greg Jennings (MIN) vs. CHI: His performance last week did nothing to silence doubts about his fantasy value, and going up against a far better D this week in Chicago won't help those doubts go away any time soon. 

TE Dallas Clark (BAL) vs. CLE: The name makes you sing, but the hands make you swoon. Dallas Clark was targeted plenty last Thursday, but that meant little since he dropped a ton of passes. There are better tight ends out there, and ones who aren't over the hill, so start them.

DEF Washington vs. GB: Their defense, aside from the fluky backwards pass, was very bad against the Eagles. Next up... they get Green Bay! That won't make their fantasy numbers go up any higher.

3 Super Sleepers:

RB Daryl Richardson (STL) vs. ATL: I'm really hoping I'm right here (since I own him in my league), and that he performs a little better than he did last week against Arizona against a defense that is almost as sketchy against the run as New Orleans.

TE Brent Celek (PHI) vs. SD: He's not going to be targeted often, but he'll make big plays when he is. The Chargers defense gave up a ton of points to Owen Daniels on Monday, and Celek figures to benefit from the same defensive problems.

DEF Oakland vs. JAX: It's Chad Henne. Come on now.

Buyer Beware:

RB Frank Gore (SF) vs. SEA: He's never played all that well against the Seahawks in his career, and he hasn't scored many TD's against them either. They held DeAngelo Williams to 86 yards rushing, and figure to hold Gore to about the same.

Good Luck in Week 2!

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