Week One has got to be the most aggravating week in all of fantasy football, and one of the most difficult to predict in Start-Sit columns.
For example, I don’t think anyone saw Brandon freaking Lloyd catching 5 balls for over 100 yards, or Andre Johnson only catching 3 balls for 33 yards.
But we still had some positive outcomes last week as three of last week’s mentions made the Top 10 receiving list in the NFL, while my entire sit list failed to even post 350 cumulative yards…which is a good thing.
But week two usually puts flukes and the unpredictable to rest, so let’s dive right into this week’s list and see what who’s who in the Start-Sit world of fantasy football.
Flyyy Jackson fly…
Must Start Of The Week: DeSean Jackson – Eagles
Jackson was visibly frustrated over the lack of targets against one of the better secondaries in the NFL on Sunday, and it wasn’t until Mike Vick came traipsing along that Jackson finally saw some balls come his way.
Now, a total of three reputable Philly beat writers ( Geoff Mosher, Wilmington News, Les Bowen, Philadelphia Daily News, and Jordan Raanan, CSN Philly) all agree that Vick could start this week against the leagues worse pass defense, which means a little redemption for DeSean Jackson.
Vick is a very mobile QB, but so are the Lions LBs, so Vick will be forced to throw more and run less, and the whole situation just lays out the red carpet for the Eagles standout, making him our Must Start of the Week.
Two Through Ten
2. Anquan Boldin – BAL: The Bengals are gonna ball all day with the Ravens, and even if the Ravens fall behind, this contest is sure to be a shootout with Anquan Boldin leading the way.
3. Marques Colston – NO: The Seahawks exploited a weakness in the SanFran defense by spreading the field last week. So what do YOU think will happen when Drew Bress and company come rolling into town. Colston is a must start.
4. Miles Austin – DAL: Wondering if last year’s season was a fluke for Austin? Nah, me either and this week’s matchup will feature Austin running all over Chicago’s poor pass D. Start him with confidence.
5. Austin Collie – IND: Collie’s stock continues to rise in INDY, and after last week’s game, you can bet big brother will take out his frustrations on little brother starting with his new toy. Don’t ya just love family feuds?
6. Andre Johnson – HOU: Three catches for 33 yards? Well, the Texans held the lead for most of the game, and ran very well. This week it will be tougher for Arian Foster against Washington’s front line, and DeAngelo Hall will have no answer for Johnson.
7. Roddy White – ATL: Clearly Matt Ryan and Roddy White have taken things to the next level which means nothing but the best nearly all season long for White. He’s a fine start this week against the Cardinals.
8. Malcom Floyd – SD: Jacksonville is about as good at covering WRs as Detroit…need I say more?
9. Steve Breaston – ARI: Fitz’s knee started to bother him late last week and slowed him down by the fourth quarter, and Derek Anderson had trouble with is downfield accuracy, but the “dump and go” style the Cardinals switched to worked out just fine for Breaston. You can expect more of the same against the Falcons this week.
10. Wes Welker – NE: Coach Rex Ryan already committed to Darrell Revis covering Randy Moss which means Welker will have a huge day because, well, that’s just how it goes in New England. And don’t worry about those blitz packages from New York either, this isn’t 2009.
Honorable Start Mentions: A quick look at some additional players who should have a modest week, but significantly tougher matchups than those mentioned in the Top Ten.
Greg Jennings – GB vs. BUF Greg Camarillo – MIN vs. MIA
Reggie Wayne – IND vs. NYG Chad Ochocinco – CIN vs. BAL
Dwayne Bowe – KC vs. CLE Kevin Walter – HOU vs. WSH
Mike Sims-Walker – JAC vs. SD Louis Murphy – OAK vs. STL
Michael Crabtree – SF vs. NO Devery Henderson – NO vs. SF
Must Sit of the Week: Braylon Edwards – New York Jets
There isn’t a doubt in my mind that Edwards is in line for one of the worst career season this year, and a lot of that simply has to do with watching him play, and coming to the understanding that he has little talent left in the tank to spread.
Well that, and the fact that Mark Sanchez isn’t as good as everybody thinks he is.
Edwards has been playing incredibly lazy for nearly two years now, and this was indicative of last year’s 35-541-4 line that makes his ownership in fantasy all the more curious.
The Patriots are hurting in their secondary, but their front five is just fine and you can expect them to give Sanchez trouble all day.
He’ll be lucky to throw anything over 15 yards.
Two Through Ten:
2. Terrell Owens – CIN: He managed just 53 yards on seven catches against a weak Patriots secondary. Just imagine what the Ravens are going to do to him.
3. Steve Smith – CAR: Matt Moore has a concussion and there is no way I am going to believe Jimmy Clausen is just gonna come in and take week two by storm (if he does in fact start). Either way, Tampa Bay is a bad matchup this week especially with the return of shut down corner Aqib Talib.
4. Hines Ward – PIT: Hines Ward will not have the same type of opportunities this week against the Titans as he did in week one and whoever winds playing QB for the Steelers is in for a very long day. Sit Ward this week.
5. Lee Evans – BUF: Lee Evans against the Packers secondary…hmmm. Yeah it’s pretty safe to sit Evans this week.
6. Mike Williams – SEA: He has to show he can separate at the line of scrimmage and play better when double covered before he is anything more than a WR4. The Broncos’ nickel packages should take care of Williams this week. A prime sit candidate.
7. Mohamed Massaquoi – CLE: Seneca Wallace could start as the Browns’ QB (man Delhomme just can’t catch a break, huh.) but he’ll have a tougher matchup against Brandon Flowers and company this week. Sit, sit, sit!
8. Laurent Robinson – STL: Robinson tweaked is ankle last week and if he does play a full 4 quarters he’ll have to deal with Nnamdi Asomugha. Just not a good matchup.
9. Jabar Gaffney – DEN: I have Gaffney sitting for a second straight week against Seattle’s up start defense. He’ll have to show more production in the redzone before he even climbs back up to sleeper status at this point.
10. Roy Williams – DAL: Another second straight-week sit, Williams isn’t even an option against the Bears…how sad is that?
As always, leave your questions below if you have one, and good luck this week!
Fuente: Fantasy Knuckleheads