Fantasy Football Week #2

Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/ Eastside Staff

Did you have a good week 1? My predictions were pretty good, yet my teams did horribly! I actually should follow my own advice.

Who to Start:

QB: Joe Flacco (BAL) vs. CIN: As I thought, he had a pretty poor week against the Jets. That shouldn’t been an issue against the Bengals, who got torn apart for over 250 pass yards and 3 TD’s against the Patriots.

RB: Steven Jackson (STL) vs. OAK: The only Ram you would ever want to start and that trend continues in the black hole. The Raiders got ran over by CJ2K for 142 yards, and still maintain one of the worst rush D’s from the 2009 season. Jackson should pile up big numbers here.

WR: Santana Moss (WSH) vs. HOU: Even though Donovan McNabb didn’t have a great stat week last week, and Moss is on the decline, those are irrelevant against a Texans pass D that gave up almost 450 pass yards to Peyton Manning last week and put up very little resistance.

WR: Malcolm Floyd (SD) vs. JAX: I said this last week, and even though he was overshadowed by Legedu Naannee last week, I’ll say it again: He’s going up against a porous pass D (who gave up almost 300 yards to Kyle Orton of all QB’s), and may be without their starting strong safety on Sunday.

TE: Brent Celek (PHI) vs. DET: With Michael Vick starting for the Birds this Sunday, Celek will be targeted early and often. The Lions gave up 370 yards passing against Chicago last Sunday, so expect Celek to have more than 32 yards this Sunday.

DEF: Green Bay vs. BUF: The Bills offense was anemic last Sunday against an arguably worse Dolphins D, so expect the fantastic Packers D to keep the Bills O at bay (no pun intended).

Who to Sit:

QB: Carson Palmer (CIN) vs. BAL: If you saw what happened to poor Mark Sanchez on Monday, you’ll know why Carson Palmer should be benched in every single league this Sunday. No further explanation needed.

RB: C.J Spiller (BUF) vs. GB: He did nothing last Sunday (14 all purpose yards), and in a 3 back rotation where Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch got more action, he will continue to do nothing.

WR: Braylon Edwards (NYJ) vs. NE: After his bad performance on Monday, and bearing in mind his 1 game against the Pats from last season, he should be on the bench in all leagues this week.

WR: Mike Wallace (PIT) vs. TEN: His best game is in the vertical passing game, and because Dennis Dixon isn’t very good at that, he’s already at a disadvantage. And, after the Titans only allowed 58 yards to wideouts last week, he should remain on your bench this week.

TE: Jeremy Shockey (NO) vs. SF MON: He’s averaged 3 catches for 31 yards in his last 7 games, and hasn’t scored a TD since October. Not recommended to start this week by anyone.

DEF: New York Giants vs. IND: Even though the Giants D was great last week, against Eli’s brother Peyton, who set the Texans D on fire through the air, this D is not great to start this week.

3 Super Sleepers for Week 2:

QB: Michael Vick (PHI) vs. DET: He performed very well in relief duty last week, and against a Lions pass D that allowed 370 pass yards to Chicago, Vick is a very capable backup option for this week.

TE John Carlson (SEA) vs. DEN: Don’t let last week fool you, he still has the tools to be a great fantasy TE this week against a Denver D that gave up 2 TD’s to Jags TE Marcedes Lewis last week.

WR Mike Williams (TB) vs. CAR: The Panthers gave up 3 passing TD’s to the same guy last week, and because Mike Williams is the new feature target in Tampa, he should have a good game on Sunday.

Waiver Wire Pick Up of the Week:

RB Brandon Jackson (GB): With Ryan Grant out for the season, and the prospect of cold winters in northern Wisconsin, the running game will be very important to the Pack this year. That means the 2nd round pick will have to show his value, and he will, so pick him up while you still can.

Good Luck in Week 2!