After an interesting start to the fantasy season, owners are already having to make key lineup decisions heading into week two. I have nine teams myself, yes nine, and heading into week 2, I am looking at some decisions regarding my roster. Breaking down each position after the jump, let’s see if we can help some of you die hard fantasy players out there. Here are my Starts and Sits for week 2.




Matt Ryan – Ryan had a 301/2/1 line last week against a questionable New Orleans defense and faces off against the St. Louis Rams this weekend. Carson Palmer was able to post a 327/2/1 line against the Rams, and the Falcons posses a much more powerful offensive attack. Look for Ryan to improve on last weeks numbers despite Roddy White not being 100%

Ryan Tannehill – Keeping with the “Ryan” theme, Tannehill will make a case to be a starting fantasy quarterback by the middle of the year. While he posted a 272/1/1 line last week against the Browns, he faces Indy this week who’s secondary is iffy at best. Look for Mike Wallace to be involved more in the passing game and the Dolphins playing catch up. Neither Lamar Miller or Daniel Thomas impressed last week and this lead to 38 pass attempts. I’m not saying he will light up the world this weekend, but Tannehill will be serviceable if you need a spot start. He’s also more than likely available in all leagues.


Terrelle Pryor – I can already hear the critics for this pick here. I have gone on the record saying that Pryor will not be effective for a full season, although he is athletic and freaky fast, defenses will figure him out eventually. However, he faces a Jacksonville team that is flat out horrible. The fact that Pryor is not afraid to tuck and run makes him a breakout candidate for this week, and if his receivers can find their hands, he may light up the passing charts as well. This is firmly a plug and play option that could pay off more than you think.


Phillip Rivers – I doubt he’s on many rosters, but don’t let the inflated numbers fool those who scooped him up. He still threw for less than 200 yards last week and due to hiccups in the first half stumbled into 4 touchdowns. Look for him to return to the Rivers we all know this week as he travels to Philly and faces a revamped, high flying defense.


RGIII – Although he turned around in the second half last week, I still don’t trust him. If you drafted him, I am hoping you handcuffed him with someone decent for at least the start of the year. Green Bay got roasted by Kaepernick last week and is looking for vengeance. I’m not saying RG3 will put up single digits this week, but if you are tossing up between him and someone serviceable, go with the safe play. Give him a few weeks to regain form.

Wide Receiver



DeSean Jackson – Jackson looks to have regained his old form under Chip Kelly and will continue his upward trend this week. Kelly has found a way to use Jackson in the screen game and on quick hit passes, taking advantage of his freakish speed. Look for him to be above or around his 9 target mark form last week, and take advantage of each opportunity.

Reggie Wayne – The ageless wonder is the one person I caught heat for drafting this year. Your speed may go down with age, but your hands stay the same (8 catches on 8 targets last week.) Indy is facing a tough run defense this week in Miami and no one knows how effective (or healthy) Ahmad Bradshaw is. Indy will air the ball out once again, and expect Wayne to see a good number of looks.

Eric Decker – Although Decker had a very disappointing week 1, look for him to bounce back against a suspect Giants secondary. Peyton may not throw for 7 touchdowns this week, but last week he still looked for Decker 7 times. A big redzone target, Julius Thomas should draw extra attention away from Decker this week. He may not light up the yardage line, but he will find his way into the endzone.


Brian Hartline – After putting together a nice game last week, look for Hartline to repeat in week 2. Defenses are going to be drawn to Mike Wallace and his speed every week. This is going to open up huge holes for Hartline underneath where he can do a lot of damage. He posted a 9/114/1 line last week, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him flirt with those numbers again.



Roddy White – Roddy hurt his ankle this preseason, and my feelings in week 1. I hand it to the Atlanta organization for keeping the severity low key, but that doesn’t help me at all. White has the dreaded high ankle sprain and will still need a few weeks to regain form. While it wouldn’t surprise me if he managed to find the end zone, in my eyes he’s a very risky play this week. If you have other options, use them.

Anquan Boldin – This guy surprised a lot of people last week with his 13/208/1 line last week. Now he’s facing off against Richard Sherman and the bad boys in Seattle. This is going to be a defensive slug fest and I don’t trust anyone on either side of this passing game. He may be a low end WR2 this week, but once again look elsewhere.

Torrey Smith – I know what your thinking, “But he’s the only option!?!” And you are correct in thinking that. But Smith is going to draw Pro Bowl corner back Joe Haden this week and have a hard time getting any separation. I expect big numbers out of both sides on the ground and not a lot of movement through the air. There are better options out there.

Running Back


DeMarco Murray – Injuries have chased Murray since his rookie season, yet this year he appears to be healthy. After a strong performance in week 1 (86 yards on the ground and 8 catches for 39 yards,) look for Murray to duplicate those numbers in Kansas City this week. Tony Romo is a little banged up after playing the Giants and Dallas should lean on the running and screen game more this week.

Ben Tate – Arian Foster may have been upset with his involvement last week, but Ben Tate showed he deserves more touches. Averaging 6.5 yards per carry last week, expect the 9 touch mark to rise against the Titans. With the possibility of playing with the lead for most of the game, Houston is not going to risk a Foster injury this early in the season. Tate will be a good flex play this week in all leagues.


Darren McFadden – Just like the quarterback in front of him, McFadden is looking at a juicy matchup in week 2. Jacksonville is struggling just as bad on defense as they are on offense. I expect McFadden and his revamped offensive line to take advantage of their opportunities this week. McFadden is a strong flex play with the upside of a very good RB2.


Lamar Miller – While Lamar Miller possesses all the skills to be an every down back in the NFL, for some reason the Miami brass thinks otherwise. Daniel Thomas stole the goal line work last week and essentially split the carry load with Miller. Miller is a back with high potential, but unless the situation changes he will continue to disappoint.

Daryl Richardson – (Sorry Phil) Richardson tried to make the most out of his 20 rushes last week but came up with only 63 yards. This week he faces an Atlanta defense that will be even less forgiving than Arizona was last week. The match up is bad and the offense has yet to find their grove. You can find a better flex play.


David Wilson – Let the Brandon Jacobs show begin!!!! Just kidding. But Tom Coughlin has shown he is not afraid to yank Wilson from the game. Ball security issues have been a problem, not just this season, and the Giants will do everything possible to not start 0-2. Eli will be playing in the shadow of his big brother on Sunday and will try to move the ball through the air as much as possible.

Tight End


Brent Celek – Chip Kelly has an offense designed to get the tight end open in the middle of the field and Mike Vick showed the potential last week. With so many weapons around him, Celek is bound to find space over the middle every week. Available in most leagues, Celek will be more than a fill in throughout the season.


Jared Cook – If it wasn’t for a fumble last week, Cook would have found pay dirt three times. Sam Bradford seems to trust him and St. Louis loves him. With 26 points in standard leagues, Cook was a pleasant surprise to many. This is a relationship that will continue to blossom and the trust is already there. If he’s available, pick him up as quick as you can.

Owen Daniels – Daniels has been a disappointment in the past, but with minimal options through the air this could be his year. With Tate and Foster laying the ground work and Andre Johnson looking 5 years younger, Daniels will reap the coverage benefits. Schaub will have him on his radar inside the redzone and Daniels will not disapoint.


Kyle Rudolph –  No matter the skill set, Christian Ponder will handicap the players around him. Rudolph may fall into a few touchdowns throughout the season but streaky will become his middle name. There are better options here.


Antonio Gates – With virtually no weapons on offense, Gates still found a way to remain unseen on Monday night. He’s gone downhill over the past few years and has yet to show any signs otherwise. Personally, I don’t think he deserves a fantasy roster spot.

Brandon Pettigrew – The drops may have finally caught up in Detroit. They drafted a tight end this year in Joseph Fauria and have already shown they are not afraid to use his skill set in the redzone (6’7, 250 lbs.) With Reggie Bush lighting up the backfield and Calvin being Calvin, Pettigrew will be the odd man out.



Houston – Facing a Titans team this week, look for Houston to build off a strong second half last week. When choosing a defense I look for turnover potential, Houston has just that this week.


Philadelphia – Phillip Rivers will return to earth this week and Philly will be there to benefit from that. A revamped attack under Chip Kelly, Philly has great scoring potential this week.

Chicago – Two words, Christian Ponder. He is a turnover machine and look for Chicago to take advantage of him. Ponder was awful last week and he faced man coverage everywhere. Chicago has the playmakers to make something out of nothing. You won’t be disappointed.



Arizona – Rumor has it that Arizona will let Patrick Peterson man Calvin Johnson with minimal roll coverage and focus more on Reggie Bush. This could spell disaster because Megatron eats single coverage for breakfast. Check downs and screens should keep sack numbers low. And even though Stafford finds a way to throw a pick or two each week, the point potential is minimal.

Denver – Baltimore found a way to do damage last week and the Giants passing game is much more efficient. Eli finds a way to escape sacks and I expect his INT number to drop against big bro. Look for this game to have a high point total and those scores to come from the offense. There are better choices.

Pittsburgh – They looked old against a struggling Tennessee team last week and face a young, quick hitting Cincinnati team in week 2. Some thought this could be a top 5 defense before the season started but they haven’t lived up to that so far. It may still be early in the season, but this match up does not favor them.


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