Gettin’ It In Fantasy…Football That is (Week 2)
This is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) to my league and fellow GMs. Do some research or just give me my fantasy football trophy now. To show that I am not a total ‘dick’ resting on the 155 points I amassed in Week 1, here’s some help. If you follow the site, you know I provide a weekly round-up of the players expected to excel and struggle. This week, we compared Alex Welch’s SB Nation’s Start/Sit advice vs. Michael Fabiano’s NFL.com’s Start’Em, Sit’Em.
After careful deliberation and a call to the Psychic Friends, here’s who will be “Gettin’ It In’ and who will need some tips on self-love for Week 2.
The unexpected retirement of Megatron has been a blessing for the Jim Bob Cooter-led Lions offense. Stafford is spreading the game around and there seems to be more of a concerted effort to get Detroit’s RBs involved, Amer Abdullah and Theo Riddick. Stafford is throwing less INTs under Cooter and he is only a few seasons removed from a 5,000 yard throwing campaign. He is also my QB 1.
Easy Eli and the Giants play their home opener against the Saints on Sunday. In recent contests, these Saints games have been high scoring affairs. With ODB, a steadily recovering Victor Cruz and rookie Sterling Shepard, expect points galore from the only remaining Manning in the league. But Giants fans take note, the trio of Brees, Willie Snead and Brandon Cooks is just as deadly. Let’s hope the war chest the Giants spent on defense pays dividends.
In terms of Dalton and Cutler, what can be said that hasn’t been already said. They are inconsistent and untrustworthy. Just when you think they will take the next step in their careers, they fall flat on their faces. The bad blood between the Bengals and Steelers will stifle the offenses and ask our leaguer Joel about having Cutler as your starting QB with a playoff birth on the line. If you start them, lube up.
It’s tricky to start Stewart in TD or PPR leagues with a crowded backfield that includes dual-threat QB Cam Newton and RB Mike Tolbert who gets the bulk of short yardage carries down near the goal line, but Stewart has scored a TD in three of the last four games in Carolina. He may be better as 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 there 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.
- DeSean Jackson (WAS) vs. Cowboys – CBs Brandon Carr, Morris Clairborne and Orlando Scandrick looked like amateurs against the Giants in Week 1. I hate the ‘Boys and have Jackson as my Flex, so here is hoping the trend continues.
- Michael Crabtree (OAK) vs. Falcons
- Randall Cobb (GB) vs. Vikings – Randall must not like Oprah or “The Color Purple” because he’s been held in check in recent match ups.
- Tavon Austin (LA) vs. Seahawks – ‘Nuff said.