Start Em’ QB – Matt Schaub HOU, Alex Smith SF, & Matt Ryan ATL
Schaub is a solid pick this week against a Jacksonville defense that struggled with the inferior Minnesota Vikings offense. With Detroit limiting the 49ers run game, I’d expect Alex Smith to be forced to throw it early and often. His O-line should give him plenty of time to make plays. Matt Ryan is a must start from here on out. With Jones and White at his disposal, he should be guaranteed to be put up solid stats.
Sit Em’ QB - Russell Wilson SEA, Michael Vick PHI, & Mark Sanchez NYJ
Wilson was unable to meet the ridiculously high expectations put on him from his pre-season performance. Make sure to temper expectations. Remember, this is a rookie 3rd round Quarterback with a clear lacking at the wide receiver position. Michael Vick’s week one performance would make me wonder if his rib injury is a little more severe than intially reported. I would be a little hesitant about throwing him out there against the Ravens this week. Sanchez played out of his mind last week. He won’t do the same this week against a Dick LeBeau led Pittsburgh defense.
Start Em’ RB – Stevan Ridley NE, Doug Martin TB, & BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
Ridley should at least find the end zone and possibly a whole bunch of space to run this week. I would expect a repeat performance from last week. The Giants defense was gashed last week by the Demarco Murray so I would expect Martin to produce similar results. The man beasted his way through the 4th quarter. Green-Ellis looks to be the perfect running back for the Cincinnati Bengals. The man did damage against the Ravens on Monday despite the lopsided score, which is saying something. I expect him to lead a rejuvenated Bengals attack.
Sit Em’ RB - Michael Turner ATL, Kevin Smith DET, & Ryan Mathews SD
Atlanta promoted the fact that they were going to rely more on the passing game and limit Turner’s reps this season. After game one, it’s not looking like he will be a solid number two back this season. Temper your expectations on Kevin Smith this week. He faces the number one rushing defense. Matthews is still not completely 100%. I would look at another option this week. I expect a limited amount of carries and production.
Start Em’ WR – Percy Harvin MIN, Reggie Wayne IND, & Dwayne Bowe KC
Percy Harvin seems to be the singular force that is the Minnesota Vikings passing attack. Minnesota made it a point of emphasis of getting the ball in his hands to make plays in the 2nd half last week. They should continue to do so this week. Wayne led the entire NFL in targets this past week. Expect him to be a must start wide receiver every week from here on out. Bowe should feast upon a matchup against a inadequate Bills passing defense. He’ll score six. Mark it down.
Sit Em’ WR - Randy Moss SF, Titus Young DET, & Nate Washington TEN
Moss may have found the end zone, but he still is only getting a limited amount of snaps in the San Francisco offense. I would hold off another a week before sticking him in. Titus Young’s boneheaded personal foul in the first quarter put him in Jim Schwartz’s doghouse. We will see Nate Burleson as the number two in Detroit at least for the near future. Kenny Britt is back, pushing Nate Washington back down the chart as the team’s number two wide receiver. San Diego forced the Raiders pass game into just checking down to McFadden on almost every play, which makes Washington not a good bet this week.
Start Em’ TE - Kyle Rudolph MIN & Cody Fleener IND
After Harvin, Rudolph is Christian Ponder’s favorite target in the passing game. WIth how effective Chicago was passing the football, I expect Rudolph to see plenty of action this week. I really like Fleener as my starting tight end, especially against the Minnesota passing defense.
Sit Em’ TE - Heath Miller PIT & Dustin Keller NYJ
It’s all or nothing with Miller. One week is a major player and then he disappears for weeks on end. There are plenty of better options out on the waiver wire. You can’t rely on Miller simply because he lacks consistency. Keller’s hamstring problems look to have limited him to be a blocking tight end in the Jets offense. He didn’t even manage a catch last week. That has to worry you.
Start Em’ DEF - New England & Cincinnati
Kevin Kolb was named the starter in Arizona. I would play any defense that Kolb is facing and because it’s the Patriots it makes them a must-play. I expect another dreadful Kolb performance, which should result in a lot of Patriot points. I know the Bengals got blown out last week, but did you see how bad the Browns offense was? I expect the Bengals to turn it around this week on both sides of the ball.
Sit Em’ DEF - Seattle & St. Louis
I had high hopes for Seattle’s defense and they played pretty well last week. That being said, the Cowboys offense looks really good. I would be a little hesitant throwing Seattle out there this week. I know St. Louis managed to force the high flying Detroit defense into three picks last week, but I am still going to hold off on jumping on that bandwagon. After facing RG3, we should find out if they are a defense to look at the rest of the way.
Lock of the Week – Adrian Peterson vs. Indianapolis Colts
With the way AP was running last week, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go 150 total yards and 2 TD’s.
Intriguing Play of the Week – Reggie Bush & Daniel Thomas MIA
Miami’s rushing attacked gashed the Oakland Raiders last season, racking up 209 yards rushing. This makes both Bush and Thomas interesting plays. Bush is a definite must start with Thomas being a possible solid flex start.