Below you will find our Week 2 Fantasy Football Start and Bench Advice for the 2010 fantasy football season. Start ‘Em and Sit ‘Em advice was meant to be both bold and calculated — We provide both here at Fantasy Football Xtreme.
DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart (vs. TB) – Both of these runners are must-starts this week. Both are great buy-low grabs as well, especially in dynasty leagues. No one is going to give D-Will away extremely cheap or anything, but after a disappointing Week 1 outing, you might be able to acquire him as a fantasy RB2. He is still a fantasy RB1 — Take advantage! The Bucs are awful against the run… they ranked dead last in 2009 against the run and will surrender well over 5.0 yards-per-carry in this game. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if both runners ran for at least 90 yards and a score, with one of them getting well above 120 rushing yards.
My start of the week last week was Arian Foster, and the rising star ripped off 231 rushing yards and 3TDs in his monster debut. Expect the fantasy monster to have at least 100 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins in Week 2. By the way, only sell-high if you own Foster… think big, don’t trade him in for players ranked outside of your top 10 overall. He is the real deal.
Cedric Benson (vs. BAL) – I recommend sitting Benson this week if you have even decent alternatives. The Ravens will likely control this game from the start, and if they get out to an early lead, the Bengals will have to abandon the run and try to pass their way back into this game (“try” being the key word). Even if Benson gets handed 15-18 carries in this battle, he will have a tough time getting even 60+ yards (with no score). I’d start players like Jonathan Stewart (vs. TB) and Brandon Jackson (vs. BUF) over Benson this week. Both face bottom three rushing defense from last year. Need help with your line-up? Ask Our Staff!
Last week I advised fantasy owners to bench Shonn Greene and the runner did in fact disappoint. Not only did Greene disappoint against that Ravens defense, LaDainian Tomlinson appears to have a Kung Fu grip on at least half the touches moving forward. Greene is the future in New York, but his breakout party will be delayed (at least until later this season).
Jermichael Finley (vs. BUF) – Finley didn’t explode in Week 1, but I expect him to during his Week 2 outing against the Bills. I see Aaron Rodgers having 300+ yards and 3-4TDs in this one… I’m going to go bold and predict 90 yards and 2TDs out of Finley in this contest. If you want Finley, now is the time to attack him via trade. No one is going to sell him extremely cheap, but now is the time to trade a Visanthe Shiancoe for Finley (especially in dynasty leagues).
Ryan Mathews was my “Explosion of the Week” last week, and Mathews failed to have a monster outing. I will add that I expect him to rebound in Week 2 and post roughly 100 total yards and 1-2 scores against that Jaguars rushing defense. He is a great buy-low candidate right now.
Jermichael Finley – As I wrote above, now is the time to strike. Look for Finley to have a handful of multiple-TD games in 2010, as well as a handful of 90+ yard outings. Once he has one of those performances (this week for example), he will be untouchable.
DeSean Jackson – Don’t let the Eagles’ quarterback situation scare you off – This kid is still a fantasy WR1 and you might be able to steal him away from an owner in doubt. Try to get him at high-end fantasy WR2-type value.
Arian Foster, Jermichael Finley and Mike Wallace – If you didn’t go after Arian Foster last week, it’s probably too late. But it’s not too late to go get Jermichael Finley or Mike Wallace. Both will have monster seasons, so take advantage of their somewhat disappointing Week 1 outings.
Darren McFadden (vs. STL) – Let me first start by saying that McFadden could have a good outing in this one, but his value is so high coming off last week’s performance, it’s tough not to act now and sell-high. Michael Bush will soon be back to complicate that backfield, and on top of that, Oakland’s offense is plain awful. All this is going to make McFadden extremely inconsistent. Don’t trade just to trade, but if you can trade McFadden away for an extremely undervalued WR, or a major QB or RB upgrade, make the move! If you can’t get the right deal and maximize value, wait and hope he has another great game at home against the Rams. Then sell him.
Clinton Portis – The veteran received 18 carries in Week 1, but he averaged just 3.5 yards-per-carry. His heavy workload in Week 1 might allow you to sell him high this week. Look to trade him for an undervalued Mike Wallace, or use him to upgrade your TE or WR3.
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MLB – Paul Posluszny
Posluszny will miss about three weeks due to a right knee injury. He is stud, so he’s worth holding onto in IDP leagues, but find an alternative for now. It is also possible Poz may not be back until after the Bills’ bye week, in late October. We’ll keep you updated.
LB – Dan Connor
Need an LB from the wire? How about 13 tackles and a sack in week 1!!! Connor is now being worked into the nickel packages, and his value will skyrocket. Hope he falls to you on the waiver wire, or grab him now and start him!
SS – Bob Sanders
Sanders has a torn biceps tendon and is out indefinitely. Given his injury history, if you took a flyer on him, which makes sense, drop him. He could be done for the year. In tackle-heavy leagues look to add his replacement, Melvin Bullitt, he started last year in place of him and produced 63 solos. Bullitt’s value is in tackle-heavy leagues.
NT – Kris Jenkins
A torn ACL ends Jenkins’ year and the Jets pass rush gets downgraded as a result. Fornow Sione Pouha moves from De to NT and Mike DeVito takes over the vacated DE spot. The Jets defense was tough last year, and it is still a top option as a team defense.
ILB – Derrick Johnson
We told you about the move Johnson made into the starting lineup last week. The results are in: 11 solos, and assist and a forced fumble. He is an LB to target if he’s still available on your waiver wire. You can start him with confidence against the Browns ground game this week, there should be a lot of three and outs for both teams.
CB – Bryant McFadden
Don’t be fooled by McFadden’s big tackle numbers last week. Matt Ryan targeted Roddy White 23 times. Leave McFadden on the wavier wire.
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