2009 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice: Week 2

09/17/2009 4:26 am by in Start Bench Advice

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Here is our Week 2 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice for the 2009 Fantasy Football Season. Start ‘EM & Sit ‘Em Advice was meant to be bold, yet calculated. We know that and we understand that. We also understand that fantasy owners aren’t looking for answers to the obvious questions, which is why we have addressed more dilemma-like situations entering Week 2 of the 2009 fantasy football season.

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Should I start Cadillac Williams (@BUF) or Joseph Addai (@MIA)?


I’ll roll with Cadillac Williams at Buffalo in this match-up. It takes a while for a young team to overcome a last minute defeat, and while Buffalo played very well vs. NE, I believe they come out flat against Tampa. Joseph Addai will get his against the Dolphins but TB prefers to run.

Should I start Tony Romo (vs. NYG) or Kurt Warner (@JAC)?


A classic win/win scenario. In one game, Kurt Warner’s passing vs the Jaguars poor pass defense. In the other game the Giants D stop the Dallas rushing attack forcing Tony Romo to the air. I expect similar production from both QBs.

Should I start Marion Barber (vs. NYG) or Steve Slaton (@TEN)?


Marion Barber got 50% of the work last game and I’d expect similar numbers in this one. After seeing what the Titans did against the Steelers I believe Steve Slaton will follow up one of his worse games as a pro, with one very similar. I’ll take Barbers 15 rushes and the handful of receptions.

Should I start Chad Ochocinco (@GB) or Terrell Owens (vs. TB)?


This is tougher than it seems. Tampa Bay’s secondary made some major mistakes last week. That offers Terrell Owens some hope. Chad Ochocinco and company face an aggressive defense that will pressure Carson Palmer all afternoon.

Should I start Kevin Smith (vs. MIN) or Knowshon Moreno (vs. CLE)?


I go with Kevin Smith, no hesitation. What he doesn’t get on the ground he’ll add with his 7 or so receptions. Knowshon Moreno will have to get more than 8 touches before he garners serious fantasy consideration.

Smitty’s Week 2 Thoughts

Get Ready For The Show!

Again, as I said last week, I’m expecting 300 and 3 scores out of Tom Brady every single week, and I’m not happy unless Randy Moss gets 100 yards and at least one score. I own both in almost every league this year and the duo will walk me into a grip of playoff brackets in 2009. Back to Week 2, Brady and Moss will hook up at least once against the Jets, but don’t be surprised if Moss has 90 and a score in just the first half of this contest.

If you think for a second that Drew Brees won’t be a top five overall player at season’s end, this thing we call fantasy football just might not be for you. Brees is a fantasy MACHINE and I believe both Brees and Brady will blow every other QB out of the water in 2009. I still have Brady as my number one QB moving forward, but Brees is clearly right up there with him this season. Brady’s 4+ TD game is coming, though, don’t worry!

Doubt Ronnie Brown all you want — Sure, he didn’t deliver in Week 1, but it is just that… Week 1. DeAngelo Williams scored 18 rushing touchdowns last year, yet he scored roughly eight fantasy points during Week 1 last season. Don’t sell-low based on one week, and consider investing if the Brown owner in your league is looking to jump ship. Take full advantage of that! Brown faces the Colts in Week 2, a rushing defense that ranked 21st last season against the run and is currently ranked 23rd after one week of action. The Colts surrendered 114 rushing yards and 1TD on the ground last week and I firmly believe that fantasy owners can expect at least that out of Brown alone in Week 1.

Speaking of DeAngelo Williams, I think this kid is going to easily finish inside the top five for fantasy RBs in 2009. He faces the Falcons in Week 2, a rushing defense that ranked 25th against the run last year and is currently ranked 21st in the league after one week. If you want Williams this year and are determined to trade for him, act now because his value will only increase moving forward.

Don’t Sit ‘Em, But…

Don’t be surprised if LaDainian Tomlinson struggles in a major way in Week 2 against the Ravens. Baltimore ranked 3rd against the run last year, surrendering just 81.4 yards per game. That unit also surrendered just 4 rushing touchdowns in 16 games. This could be a rough outing for LT2, but we still think that LT2 will have a good overall season. It might be a good time to trade for the runner after Week 2 (heading into Week 3).

Bench ‘Em If You Have Alternatives…

I would bench Kevin Smith in Week 2 against the Vikings if you have a better option. Not only will Smith have a tough time finding room to run the football against last year’s top rushing defense, the Vikes should get out to an early lead and force the Lions to pass almost the entire second-half. Not sure what we consider a "better option" for Week 2? ASK OUR STAFF !!!!!!

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