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2010 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start’Em Sit’Em

Dave B’s Week 1 Fantasy Matchups Part I

With the NFL Fantasy football season underway we encourage you to be checking out our FANTASY FOOTBALL WEEKLY ARTICLES for all your rankings and analysis for the upcoming week.

Looking for a little help on who to start this week in your Fantasy leagues? Dave B has the Breakdown of each game and who should start for your squad in each of these games.

Browse the preview, make informed choices and let me know what you think about my calls.

Arizona at Atlanta

The Arizona Cardinals should be able to attack the porous Atlanta pass defense through the air. Dennis Dixon looked OK versus the Falcons last week meaning that Larry Fitzgerald, and Steve Breaston should be good plays. Derek Anderson should be OK as should Tim Hightower – just don’t expect elite numbers from them.

For Atlanta, Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez should all be starting for your Fantasy team. Look for Michael Turner to rebound this week as well.

Buffalo at Green Bay

Pretty simple formula here –  keep all your Bills on the bench. They were miserable last week and now have the pleasure of facing one of the NFL’s elite defenses.

Simple here too – start all of your Packers! Aaron Rodgers, Donald Driver, Greg Jennings, Jermichael Finley and the Green Bay defense are all solid plays. Brandon Jackson could be started in an emergency basis as well.

Tampa Bay at Carolina

Until the Tampa Bay Buccaneers show something offensively and defensively, I would steer clear. Kellen Winslow is about the only Buc that I would consider.

Carolina didn’t exactly light it up last week either. Still, Steve Smith has scored in four straight games that Matt Moore has started and warrants a start. The running game should get on track against a Tampa defense that made the Cleveland running game look good last week. Start DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart with confidence. Carolina’s defense might be an OK start as well.

St. Louis at Oakland

This game figures to be dominated by the running games. Steven Jackson is an excellent play against a very soft Oakland run defense but the passing participants should remain on the bench.

Ditto about the passing game! Darren McFadden is about the only Raider worth starting. If you are absolutely stuck, take a look at Tight End Zach Miller who is clearly the best threat in the Oakland Arial Attack.

Kansas City at Cleveland

Kansas City played well in Week 1 and their star Jamaal Charles should be huge once again. Outside of Dwayne Bowe, I would stay away from the KC passing game. If you are in trouble this week, take a look at the KC defense – only on an emergency basis.

Cleveland is certainly void of playmakers. I would venture to say that Jerome Harrison will get more work this week, especially since Peyton Hillis fumbled twice last week.

Seattle at Denver

Seattle looked good in Week 1. Matt Hasselbeck is worth a look but depending on a wide receiver may be a problem. Mike Williams will probably line up against Champ Bailey this week so stay away. Until the running game proves something for Seattle, I would avoid it all together.

The Denver passing game was a true surprise last week. Eddie Royal and Brandon Lloyd should produce OK numbers and Kyle Orton should be above average in this game. Knowshon Moreno is a talent and if you drafted him, you will probably wasn’t to use him.

Philadelphia at Detroit

Michael Vick will likely start for Philadelphia and is worth a look because of his rushing numbers alone. He is very motivated and should build on what was a very good last week. The receivers may be a crap shoot however. We have no idea if Vick has any sort of chemistry with DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. I’d still start them as well as Brent Celek. As for Le Sean McCoy, he should be OK but remember, he lost his fullback and starting center in Week 1.

Detroit is in trouble – I would be hesitant to start any of them! Shaun Hill will start at quarterback and surely affect Calvin Johnson’s numbers. Jahvid best was a bust last week and without a throwing threat the Eagles are likely to stack the box to stop the run.

Jacksonville at San Diego

Jacksonville needs to play a very conservative style of offense in order to be successful meaning that the running game has to take center stage. Start Jones-Drew of course but bench the rest of your Jags.

Start all of your Chargers. They are pissed off and in front of a home town crowd. Rivers, Matthews, Gates, Floyd and Naanee all warrant a start this week.

Pittsburgh at Tennessee

Pittsburgh will likely take a conservative approach on offense once again. Rashard Mendenhall is an excellent play, especially after seeing what Darren McFadden was able to do against Tennessee last week. Possession receivers will be the order of the day, meaning that Hines Ward and Heath Miller are startable. Start the Steelers defense of course.

Tennessee has the misfortune of playing against Pittsburgh’s stout defense. Chris Johnson, as always should be started but that’s about all.

New England at N.Y. Jets

The Jets defense is awesome, making it difficult to start any of the Patriots offensive stars. Tom Brady has to be started – that’s why you drafted him! Wes Welker will see plenty of balls as always but I would actually stay away from Randy Moss who has a bad matchup against Darrelle Revis and also has a bad attitude. Don’t expect anything from the Patriots running game.

Based on last week’s performance, the Jets defense is the only startable factor on the team. If you are stuck, Shonne Greene may be an option but not a great one.

Miami at Minnesota

Miami will find it difficult to run the ball this week so be wary of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Brandon Marshall will likely be the only standout for a Miami team that couldn’t generate much offense against Buffalo last week.

Brett Favre may need another week to get on track but he’s not a terrible play. Of course, start Adrian Peterson. Percy Harvin will likely be the best receiving threat this week but he certainly isn’t the automatic start that Visanthe Shiancoe is – he’s an emerging super-star.

Houston at Washington

Arian Foster stole the show last week and although I expect his solid numbers to continue, I also expect the Houston passing game to get on track. That means start Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson with confidence. Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter are a gamble – one that I wouldn’t take unless absolutely necessary.

The Redskins offense was a mess last week and although they have an easier matchup this week, I’m still not expecting much. McNabb may be better but not great, leaving Chris Cooley as the only reliable option for Washington.

Baltimore at Cincinnati

Cincinnati’s defense is better than they showed last week, making it a tough matchup this week. Baltimore will lean on Ray Rice who had good games against Cincinnati last week and will also depend on Anquan Boldin in the passing game (he gained 110 yards against Revis last week!). Joe Flacco may be a sneaky play especially since Ray Rice is such a factor in the passing game. As always, start the Baltimore defense.

Chad Ochocinco had a great game last week and considering that Baltimore’s defensive weakness is in their secondary, the passing game could actually do quite well. Start Ocho, Carson Palmer and maybe even Terrell Owens. Be wary of Cedric Benson although he is certain to get a ton of work. I would probably start him based on the 30 touches he’s certain to get.

Chicago at Dallas

It pains me to say it, but start Matt Forte. He has rediscovered his receiving abilities and reeled off a great game last week because of it. Jay Cutler is a low end QB 1 this week and Devin Aromashodu and Greg Olsen should benefit. You could do worse than the Chicago defense – they are a different squad with Brian Urlacher back in the fold and they could force a few turnovers.

Dallas will be mad and should come out firing. Because of the struggling running game, Tony Romo and the passing game should be heavily utilized this week. Start Romo, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Whitten. As for the running game, your guess is as good as mine.

N.Y. Giants at Indianapolis

Did you see what Arian Foster did to the Indianapolis run defense last week? Then I shouldn’t have to tell you to start Ahmad Bradshaw and maybe even Brandon Jacobs. In what should be n shootout, Eli Manning, Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks are all starters as well.

The Giants held the Carolina running game in check last week so definitely bench the Indianapolis rushers. That said, Peyton Manning will have to throw the ball all over the park in order for the Colt to win. Start Manning, Reggie Wayne and Dallas Clark. Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon could neutralize each other but if you are a gambling man, take a shot.

New Orleans at San Francisco

Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Robert Meachem and Pierre Thomas are all automatic against a defense that made the Seattle Seahawks offense look good last week. Reggie Bush will be playing with an enormous chip on his shoulder and could be huge too. If you are stuck, the New Orleans defense is playable too against an offense that is totally out of sync.

San Francisco was plain terrible last week. Based on that, Frank Gore, who should be heavily featured and Vernon Davis are the only startable 49ers. Bench the rest – trust me!

How about it, owners? Email me your thoughts or comment below!

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Dave B has been a Fantasy Football writer for us for 10 years. A couch potato wannabe, Dave’s insights have been read by 10’s of people for years. He hope’s for world peace + global relaxation. Enjoy and remember only smoke things that are completely natural.


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