As the 2014 edition of the Salem Witch Trials continue aiming at Roger Goodell's job (and rightly so), it is quite hard to remind yourself that there is actually football going on. So if you find yourself feeling terrible that you love a league that may indirectly condone domestic abuse, just remember that as a soccer fan I condone modern slavery and corruption out that would make the Sopranos blush by watching the World Cup. Oh right, wasn't I supposed to talk about fantasy football...
Who to Start:
QB Colin Kaepernick (SF) vs. CHI: While his passing game is nowhere the quality of what he can do with his feet, he had a solid outing against a porous Dallas secondary last week and with the Bears defense being slightly better and that's being kind, Kaepernick could once again have a massive week.
RB Alfred Morris (WSH) vs. JAX: While last week wasn't a good one for Morris or the entire Washington offense, this game against Jacksonville should fare a little better. Once the D tired, the Jaguars had trouble stopping Sproles and McCoy, and Morris should be able to capitalize on it.
WR Randall Cobb (GB) vs. NYJ: Now while the Jets defense was impressive Sunday against Oakland, it was Oakland. With 10 days to prepare for a Jets secondary minus Dee Milliner, Cobb and Jordy Nelson could both be in for fun afternoons at Lambeau.
WR Michael Floyd (ARZ) vs. NYG: It might be time to say he's the better fantasy wideout of the Floyd-Fitzgerald duo. Certainly seems like the torch has been passed. The Giants secondary was a sieve on Monday night against Detroit, so Floyd could light up the MetLife scoreboards.
TE Zach Ertz (PHI) vs. IND MON: After his big game against the Jaguars, odds are he'll continue his good run into the game against Indianapolis. The Colts were shredded by Julius Thomas, and with Nick Foles appearing to be a little bit more skittish in the pocket, he may look for the safer option more often.
DEF Tampa Bay vs. STL
I can't tell you who will be starting for the Rams at QB, and if that's the case, start the defense they are playing against.
Who to Sit:
QB Tony Romo (DAL) vs. TEN: Despite the fact I don't think the Titans defense is any good, everyone who watched the game against San Francisco saw the decline of a once very solid QB in front of our eyes. He's unstartable at this point, even in 2 QB leagues.
RB Maurice Jones-Drew (OAK) vs. HOU: My old friend... it didn't go well for you against the Jets did it? The odds aren't in your favor against Houston either, whose defense was absolutely suffocating against Washington and figures to do the same in the Black Hole.
WR Victor Cruz (NYG) vs. ARZ: As the Giants offense slowly goes completely horizontal, that won't do any wonders for the fantasy numbers at the skill positions for Big Blue. It doesn't help that Arizona's secondary is one of the best in football either.
WR Mike Wallace (MIA) vs. BUF: After a nice game against the Patriots despite the odds, he's not a great option this week despite the matchup not striking too much fear in me. Why? He's not a particularly reliable option in any road game recently, only going over 50 yards 2 times in his last 8 games away from Sun Life Stadium.
TE Antonio Gates (SD) vs. SEA: Despite him still being a very reliable option in weeks when he's not playing the Seahawks, this week he's playing the Seahawks. That's not a good sign.
DEF Minnesota vs. NE: Yes their stat line was incredibly impressive, but that was against Shaun Hill and a QB no one has ever heard of before. I may have been living under a rock for a good while, but I think people have heard of this Tom Brady fella before.
3 Super Sleepers:
QB Jake Locker (TEN) vs. DAL: While I still don't think he's any good whatsoever, he's playing Dallas this week, and if there's any fantasy value I'll post to the wall this year, is start every single player playing against the Dallas defense (yes, even the Rams next week).
RB Terrance West (CLE) vs. NO: With Ben Tate out a fortnight (yes I did just write that, sue me), West will get the bulk of the carries going forward. He broke out against Pittsburgh, and the Saints rush defense was a little more than suspect last week against Atlanta.
TE Larry Donnell (NYG) vs. ARZ: As many of my Giants friends had told me before the season started, they had no clue who the starting Tight End would be. They may know the name Larry Donnell now, and some enterprising fantasy players may know him as well. Even though Arizona's defense is very good overall, they struggle to defend Tight End's, and see MNF as proof positive.
WR Roddy White (ATL) vs. CIN: You're more than likely starting him this week if you have him but consider these 2 things: Cincinnati defense was very good last week against Baltimore, and White may be a bit dinged up after that big game against New Orleans. Also, he's not put up great numbers against AFC teams, for what that's worth.
Good Luck in Week 2, and if you have something to say Roger... say it.