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Fantasy Football Tips: Gettin’ It In, Week 2

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Hate to Brag.

This is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to my competition. You can do some research or give me the fantasy football trophy now. I could be happy to sit back on the 155 points I earned in week one, but I’m trying to help out the public. Every week, I put together a round-up of the NFL players expected to excel or struggle. This week we will compare Alex Welch’s SB Nation’s Start/Sit advice picks versus Michael Fabiano’s NFL.com picks. I called the Psychic Friends network and here’s who will be “Gettin’ It In’ for week two.

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Quarterbacks

Megatron’s unexpected retirement has been a blessing for Jim Bob Cooter and the Lions offense. Amer Abdullah and Theo Riddick are more involved and Stafford is throwing fewer interceptions. Remember, he also had a 5,000-yard throwing season. He is my number one quarterback.

On Sunday, the Giants play their home opener against the Saints. In recent contests, these games have been high scoring affairs. With Beckham Jr., a Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard, expect big points for the Big Blue quarterback. But Giants fans take note, the WR trio of Brees, Willie Snead, and Brandon Cooks is deadly. Let’s hope the millions of dollars the Giants spent on their defense in the off-season pays dividends.

In terms of Dalton and Cutler, what can be said about these two mediocre quarterbacks? Just when you think they’ve taken the next step in their careers, they play horribly. I expect the bad blood between the Bengals and Steelers will stifle the offenses. Further, ask our leaguer Joel about having Cutler as your starting QB with a playoff berth on the line. If you start them, lube up because you will get f’ed.

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Running Backs

It’s tricky to start Stewart in a touchdown or PPR leagues. The Panthers crowded backfield includes dual-threat QB Cam Newton and RB Mike Tolbert who gets the bulk of short yardage carries down near the goal line. Stewart has scored a touchdown in three of the last four games. He should be your RB2 or Flex. After a breakout game 1, C.J. Anderson seems to be separating himself in the Broncos backfield and with a rookie QB pulling the trigger, Anderson became a great check down option. Let’s face it, this is a good matchup for him too. Luck and the Colts can put up yards and points, but their defense is a disaster.

After a breakout game one, C.J. Anderson seems to be separating himself in the Broncos backfield. Anderson has become a great check down option for Denver’s rookie quarterback. Let’s face it, this is a good matchup for him too. Luck and the Colts can put up yards and points, but their defense is a disaster.

Until the Lions prove a consistent desire to balance their offense, consider Abdullah’s week 1 numbers an anomaly–buyer beware. Carlos Hyde won’t see as many holes against the Panthers as he saw against the Rams who left their game and solid defensive play in St. Louis.

Wide Receivers

In:

  • DeSean Jackson (WAS) versus the Cowboys. DeSean Jackson (WAS) versus the Cowboys. Cornerbacks Brandon Carr, Morris Clairborne and Orlando Scandrick played horribly in week one. Jackson is my flex player and I hate the Cowboys. Here’s hoping the Cowboys bad play continues.
  • Michael Crabtree (OAK) versus the Falcons.

Out:

  • Randall Cobb (GB) versus the Vikings. Randall must not like “The Color Purple” because he’s been held in check in recent match ups.
  • Tavon Austin (LA) versus the Seahawks. ‘Nuff said.
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