Start Em’ QB – Peyton Manning DEN, Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF, Philip Rivers SD
I really like Peyton Manning’s matchup against the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders defense thus far has been shredded by opposing quarterbacks. Manning should continue this trend. Last season against New England, Fiztpatrick garnered over 676 yards passing yards and threw for 6 touchdown in 2 games. Fitzpatrick and the Bills just seem to give New England fits whenever they meet. This is the classic time for a bounce back game for Phillip Rivers who looked god awful against Atlanta. I expect the Chargers’ passing attack to be a lot more lethal this week.
Sit Em’ QB – Matt Casel KC, Mark Sanchez NYJ, Tony Romo DAL
Cassel should head back to your bench this week facing the San Diego Chargers. The only passer who has been effective against them thus far has been Matt Ryan and he is the best fantasy quarterback of this young fantasy season. If Mark Sanchez struggled against the Miami Dolphins, what do you think he is going to do against a pissed off San Francisco 49ers defense? I expect Tony Romo to face an immense amount of pressure that will probably lead to a couple of picks. After his stellar week 1 performance, Romo has regressed.
Start Em’ RB – Ryan Mathews SD, Mikel LeShoure DET, BenJarvus Green-Ellis CIN
Ryan Matthews is finally 100 percent and should be a must start from here on out. His ability to make play in the passing game make him a great play. LeShoure took over the Detroit rushing attack with a strong performance last week in Tennessee. He could see a large workload as Detroit could be without Matthew Stafford. Every team that has faced the Jacksonville Jaguars thus far has been able to the run ball effectively. Green-Ellis should finally put in a complete game with a lot of yardage and a score.
Sit Em’ RB – Chris Johnson TEN, Darren Sproles GB, Shonn Greene NYJ
Until proven otherwise, Chris Johnson is a matchup based start and this week he belongs on your bench. Now granted the first week you sit him will probably be the only week he goes off. With his inconsistent role I would have a real concern about about putting Darren Sproles in my starting lineup. With the way the Saints have been going back and forth with their 3 backs, you just never know what you’re going to get. I would not start any New York Jets offensive player this week, especially Shonn Greene. Not only are the 49ers great against the run, Greene is losing carries to Bilal Powell.
Start Em’ WR – Brandon Lloyd NE, Denarius Moore OAK, Hakeem Nicks NYG
Brandon Lloyd continues to do what he does at every stop and that is make plays. I’m expecting him to breakout and finally get into the end zone against Buffalo. It’s a little scary to endorse a Raiders wide receiver, but with virtually no one else left to throw it to Moore looks like a solid start this week. If Nicks is healthy, which is a huge if, I would insert him right away. The Philadelphia Eagles secondary looks in disarray right now and it should be the perfect match for Nicks.
Sit Em’ WR – Anquan Boldin BAL, Sidney Rice SEA, Randall Cobb GB
Anquan Boldin’s status as a clear starting fantasy wide receiver seems to be a thing of the past. His inconsistent play and lost ground to Torey Smith and Dennis Pitna would have me looking in another direction this week. Sidney Rice has a rookie quarterback and plays on a team that relies on it’s rushing attack. It also looks like Golden Tate is now the number one wide receiver in that offense. With Greg Jennings back healthy and Randall Cobb having little to show in his absence, I would just plan on stashing him away on your bench this week.
Start Em’ TE – Owen Daniels HOU & Brett Celek PHI
Throughout his career, Daniels has been a excellent tight end when he has been healthy. As of right now, he is healthy and a must start every week. Michael Vick will be under immense pressure from the New York Giants’ front four. I expect him to dump it off a lot to Celek this week.
Sit Em’ TE – Brandon Pettigrew DET & Jared Cook TEN
I expect Pettigrew to spend more of his day blocking for either a new quarterback in Shaun Hill or for an injured Matthew Stafford. Ah the inconsistent Jared Cook, who comes up with a huge touchdown grab one week and then forgets to show up the next. Of his 77 yards receiving last week, 61 came on one play.
Start Em’ DEF NYG & Arizona
With how much the Philadelphia Eagles offense has struggled of late, I really like the New York Giants this week. It seems like whoever plays against the Eagles are guaranteed three turnovers and a lot of sacks. Arizona’s defense at this point should be a must start regardless of who they are playing. With that being said they should absolutely dominate the Miami Dolphins this week.
Sit Em’ DEF – New England & Buffalo
Since 2010, all but one of their games has featured at least one team scoring over 30 points. In both of their previous first encounters, both went for over 30 points. Not a good sign for fantasy defenses.
Lock of the Week – Marshawn Lynch SEA 100 rushing 1 TD
I’m keeping my lock a little more reasonable this week after my previous two picks have been solid, but not stellar. The only way Marshawn Lynch doesn’t end up with over 100 rushing yards and a rushing TD is if he gets hurt. Or, if they run out of Skittles in the Pacific Northwest.
Intriguing Matchup of the Week – Josh Freeman TB vs. Washington Redskins secondary
The Washington Redskins have given up the 2nd most passing yards in the NFL thus far. That being said Josh Freeman only managed 110 passing yards last week with most of that coming in the final four minutes of the ballgame. Could this be the week he turns it around?