Stars shined in Week 1 of the fantasy football season, but not every star helped your fantasy team (I’m pointing at you, Roddy White). A few fantasy sleepers also put up good numbers and helped many teams in Week 1. Julius Thomas and Harry Douglas definitely helped their teams.
I want to explain what I mean by “sit” and “start.” Of course you are going to start some of the guys i say to bench this week, because you probably used high draft picks or a lot of money in an auction for them. I am just not completely sold that they will have good weeks. If you have a guy that you are on the fence about, maybe this will help you pick between the players.
Can Reggie Bush keep up the stellar fantasy numbers?
- Reggie Bush – I was very high on Bush this preseason. The Lions haven’t had a running back who can catch since Jahvid Best. Best was also a dual threat and he did very well in the Lions offense. Bush is a better overall player than Best, so I knew he’d have a big year. He didn’t disappoint in Week 1, so expect the same against Arizona in Week 2.
- Stevan Ridley – I know, I know…he burned you in Week 1, right? He will definitely benefit from Shane Vereen’s injury and his move to injured-reserve. If Vereen was healthy, Ridley would be benched due to last week’s fumbles. Not only will Ridley start, but he may even get more work. I feel confident he’ll have a good week. I don’t see Leon Washington, Brandon Bolden or LeGarrette Blount taking away his carries in Week 2, but keep an eye on the situation moving forward.
- Terrelle Pryor – I watched last week’s Raiders/Colts game very close. I’m a life-long Colts fan and watched Pryor up-close at Ohio State (I lived in Columbus during his college career). I was well aware of his running ability, so I was a little worried. He looked good against the Colts and now the Raiders face the horrible Jaguars this weekend. I’m not saying start Pryor over Rodgers, Brady or Brees, but in a two-quarterback league or a very deep league, he’s worth a start. He’ll be a top-12 quarterback in Week 2.
- DeSean Jackson – He burned team owners in fantasy last season, but he will be the most targeted receiver in Chip Kelly’s fast-paced offense. He would be a top-5 receiver if he had a more accurate quarterback, but he’ll get his targets and make the most of them. San Diego’s corners did not look good last week and will struggle with the speed of Philadephia’s offense.
- Eric Decker – Decker was not a factor in last week’s blowout win over the Ravens. He’s too good of a receiver to not get more targets this week. Giants will give Welker more attention, so Decker should get open a lot easier. Peyton Manning is known for spreading the ball around consistently.
- Jordan Cameron – Starting a guy who relies on Brandon Weeden is a big risk, I realize that. Cameron excelled last week in spite of one of the worst quarterback performances I’ve seen. Cameron is convenient for Weeden who can check-down to him if the receivers aren’t open (which is the case more times than not). Cameron will end the year as a top-5 tight end and the Ravens proved last week that they don’t do well covering the position…Julius Thomas is not THAT good.
- Dallas Cowboys Def/ST – Dallas easily forced turnovers last week. They made Eli Manning look like a rookie. I’m not a Kansas City believer this season and Manning is a better quarterback than Alex Smith. I realize Smith will not take as many chances as Manning, but the Chiefs will score less points than the Giants and Cowboys will still force a few turnovers.
- Chris Givens – This pick is for a possible flex start or a must-start in deep fantasy leagues. Tavon Austin will be started in 50x more fantasy leagues this week, but the Rams are just blowing smoke with his actual role with the team. I don’t trust rookie receivers and have only been burned a few times using this philosophy. Givens didn’t do much in Week 1, but even though teams probably have the same idea that Austin isn’t the man the Rams are touting, they still need to gameplan for him. Givens should get some open looks and Sam Bradford appeared to trust him a lot this preaseason
- Eddie Lacy – I love rookie running backs more than I hate rookie wide receivers. I liked the way the Packers used Lacy in Week 1. He’ll get his usual touches and the fact they used him at the goal line last week was a great sign for fantasy team owners. Historically, Packers running backs have been devalued from John Kuhn getting all the action inside the five yard-line. I expect Lacy to get most of those, which will only increase his value.
- DeAngelo Williams – The one gripe about Williams in year’s past has been the fact Jonathan Stewart was taking away some of his carries. Well, Stewart isn’t currently a factor and Williams is the man. Cam Newton will take away a few carries (possibly goal line work), but as a flex option or RB2 guy, he’s solid.
- LeSean McCoy – NO BRAINER START – It goes without saying that you’re starting McCoy. He’s another one of those guys who burned owners last year, but he’s benefiting from a offense that suits his skills the best. I predict he’ll end the season with more fantasy points than Adrian Peterson.
- Harry Douglas – DEEP LEAGUE START – If you have Roddy White on your team and have an open roster spot, pick up Douglas. He’s the so-called ‘handcuff’ for White, if there’s a such a thing for wide receivers. Matt Ryan will be passing all over against St. Louis and Douglas will receive a nice percentage of targets. He’s a start in very deep leagues and a possible flex play in 12 team leagues. I wouldn’t feel confident on starting him in a standard 10 team league, but if you’re thin at WR, it’s your call.
- Roddy White – This one is a no-brainer. After last week’s game, he admitted that he’s nowhere near 100% and was used as a decoy. It’s a pretty stupid thing to admit, because St. Louis will know he’s out there to get the double teams off Julio Jones.
- Isaac Redman – If you’re holding out hope for Redman to be a fantasy stud, give up. LeVeon Bell will get the job once he’s healthy, so avoid Redman and maybe pick up a flyer on Bilal Powell or Rashard Mendenhall instead.
- Joe Flacco – I was not impressed with Flacco’s play last week against the Broncos. Jacoby Jones is out and Dallas Clark played like a guy who’s already mentally retired. Joe Haden will shutdown Torrey Smith and that will leave the rest of the receivers to pick up the slack. I do expect Ray Rice to go off in this game, maybe he’ll break a few swing passes for big gains, but Flacco’s fantasy production will solely rely on Rice and Marlon Brown.
- Montee Ball – Ball was the favorite going into the season to win the Broncos starting job. Knowshon Moreno did start last week’s game and Ronnie Hillman got some carries before Ball entered the game. He didn’t even start getting carries until the game was completely out of hand. As much as I like rookie running backs, I don’t see him doing much in Week 2 against the Giants.
- Pierre Garcon – I may be biased as a Colts fan, but I will always and forever be a Garcon detractor. He’s not as good as many people believe. Leonard Hankerson will actually have a better fantasy week than Garcon. He’s not a smart play, but if you reached in a draft to get him, you may not have much of an option than to start him in Week 2.
- Julius Thomas – Thomas is this year’s first ‘overreaction waiver pickup of the week.’ He’s a nice tight end, but he shouldn’t be started if you own Brandon Myers, Kyle Rudolph or Martellus Bennett. I’m not saying Thomas is a one week wonder, but I don’t see him putting up anything close to his Week 1 fantasy numbers.
- Seattle Seahawks & San Francisco 49ers Def/ST – I don’t want either of this defenses in Week 2. These teams don’t like each other and have prolific offenses. ESPN has both defenses ranked in their top-5, but I don’t see it. There will be a few turnovers, but points will be scored in this game. There are other defenses worth playing over Seattle and San Francisco. I’d rather play Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys over either team.
- Mike Wallace – Wallace had a bad first week of the season and I don’t see it getting much better this week against the Colts. The Indianapolis secondary is improved with the additions of LaRon Landry and Greg Toler to join Antoine Bethea. I’d rather play Brian Hartline than Wallace this week and I don’t think it’s close.