Week 2: Fantasy football start and sit

Matt Lichtenstadter ('12)/Eastside Fantasy Football Expert

Matt Lichtenstadter looks to nail the fantasy football picks for the second straight week after his great debut as Eastside’s fantasy football expert.

Start:

QB Tony Romo (DAL) vs. NYG: Ignore the ankle injury. Tony Romo is amazing against the Giants. In his last 3 starts against them, he has thrown for 836 yards and 10 touchdowns. Wow! I expect big things for Tony Romo this week.

RB Chris Johnson (TEN) vs. HOU: Houston’s run defense was very poor against the Jets, and Chris Johnson ran pretty well against one of the best defenses in the league in the Steelers. Johnson is a great start against a Houston D that gave up 190 yards in week 2.

WR Santonio Holmes (PIT) vs. CHI: Even though Chicago held Aaron Rodgers in check for most of the game last week, Santonio Holmes will have a huge game against the Bears. Why? Because no matter whom he plays, he always seems to have a big game. And without Brian Urlacher, the Bears D may have even more trouble stopping Holmes.

WR Reggie Wayne (IND) vs. MIA: Is it bad picking the same person 2 weeks in a row? Not in this helpful guide it isn’t. Reggie Wayne had a huge game last week, and will against a pretty weak and inexperienced Miami secondary. Will you be seeing him here more often? Likely.

TE John Carlson (SEA) vs. SF: He could be the best fantasy tight end this year. He led all tight ends in fantasy points last week, and San Francisco is 26th in pass D. Carlson will get open with T.J Houshmanzadeh on the wings taking up most of the safeties attention.

DEF Tennessee vs. HOU: Houston’s offense was very shaky against the Jets last week, and the Titans D looked very sharp against Pittsburgh. With a troubled Houston O-Line standing up against a great pass-rush, the Titans will be in Matt Schaub’s face all day.

Who to Sit:

QB Jay Cutler (CHI) vs. PIT: I know he will throw fewer interceptions and be more efficient, but this week won’t be that week. Even without Troy Polomalu, the Steelers are still the Steelers. And with not a very strong group of wide outs, it will be tough on him to have a good game.

RB Steve Slaton (HOU) vs. TEN: Last week, Steve Slaton showed he could be human. This week, it will stay the same. Last week, Willie Parker ran for under 20 yards. Steve Slaton will struggle to do any better.

WR Desean Jackson vs. NO: I’m going to get hate mail for this, but with Kevin Kolb under center, don’t expect too much. If Jeff Garcia plays at all, his stats may go up, but with Kevin Kolb taking snaps, it will be a lot of Lesean McCoy, Brian Westbrook and the Birds D.

WR Dwayne Bowe (KC) vs. OAK: Dwayne Bowe is a great receiver. But nobody beat Nnamdi Asomugha last year, and the same will stay true this year. Even if Matt Cassel plays, it will still be tough for Bowe to get many receptions against the league’s best corner

TE Ben Watson (NE) vs. NYJ: I know he had a great game on Monday night, but with a slew of other receivers and backs at Tom Brady’s disposal, he might not see many balls thrown his way. He is not a bad 3rd option, but if you have better tight ends at your disposal, use them first.

DEF San Diego vs. BAL: The Chargers D looked pretty bad against a pretty bad QB. Joe Flacco played great against KC. The Chargers D could be in for a long game.

Sleepers:

QB David Garrard (JAX) vs. ARZ: ‘Zona allowed more passing TD’s than they threw for. That’s saying something. Garrard won’t stay slumping for too long.

RB Darren Sproles (SD) vs. BAL: I know the Ravens have a good D. But you can’t stop a lightning bolt like him. Will see more work if LT is out.

WR Louis Murphy (OAK) vs. KC: Better than Darius Heyward-Bey? Maybe. Better than him on the stat sheet against San Diego also. KC also gave up 300 yards to Joe Flacco.

WR Chris Henry (CIN) vs. GB: Will get plenty of targets, and even against a good Packers D, will still make big plays

TE Brent Celek vs. NO: Kevin Kolb will look to Celek as a safety net in case the pocket collapses or there is just no one open. Could have a very good week if Kolb plays well.

DEF Green Bay vs. CIN: They looked very good against Chicago. The Bengals Offense looked pretty pedestrian against what I would call a pedestrian Broncos D. Favor the Pack here.