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Fantasy Football 2011: Week 2 Starts and Sits

09.16.11 at 1:35 pm ET

Here are our starts and sits for week two. A quick word on how we put these together. We look for the players that are on the edge of lineups as much as we can. We’€™re staying away from the obvious plays. Nobody needs us to tell them to start Tom Brady or Adrian Peterson. If any of these picks creates a tougher decision for you, please feel free to check out our complete player rankings at The rankings are posted throughout the day on Fridays. Further clarity can be provided by leaving a question in our forums. Registration is free. Good luck in week two!



Joe Flacco @ Titans

He stood up tall against a better defense in week one, so we can’€™t see him flopping in Tennessee. Flacco looks like he’€™s raised his game a little since 2010. He’€™s got enough options to be a solid play and he dumps the ball off to backs who can make yards after the catch, not to mention after contact.

Jay Cutler @ Saints

The Saints are good on defense and this game could go in a lot of directions based on the way Chicago was hitting last week. Check our ranking to see if you have a better option, but we like Cutler and would see no issues putting him in there this week. We think there will be enough scoring to support solid fantasy production. Cutler is using all of his weapons and is not as one-dimensional as he was early in 2010.

Chad Henne vs Texans

He looked improved against the Patriots in the opener, and the Fish seemed determined to keep pushing the offense through the air.

Cam Newton vs Packers

We wouldn’€™t avoid him despite the bad matchup. He can create fantasy points in a lot of ways, so roll with him if he’€™s your best option. We still view him as an average play or even a bit better. Look to our QB Rankings at to see if you have a better option.

Rex Grossman vs Cardinals

I can’€™t believe I’€™m typing this, but he looked ok in his first start and he’€™s got a better matchup this week hosting the Cardinals. If you are in need, Rex might be able to help you.


Eli Manning vs Rams

If Hakeem Nicks practices Friday and is a full go, we’€™ll step back off this prediction. At this point, we’€™re concerned about Manning facing an aggressive defense with limited weapons at his disposal.

Matt Cassel @ Detroit

He looked dreadful last week, and we need to see it before we buy back into him being a viable option. Kansas City is not looking good right now and the loss of Charlie Weis may prove to be a significant loss. You can find a better option on most waiver wires.



LeGarrette Blount @ Vikings

How the Bucs abandoned the ground game in week one is beyond us, but we seriously doubt they will make that mistake in week two. We expect them to rededicate and use Blount early and often. He’€™s still a fine option as a RB2.

Ben Tate @ Dolphins

He should be a solid flex option in large leagues and may give you big numbers as we just aren’€™t sure how much they are ready to use Foster. Derrick Ward hasn’€™t practiced this week, so Tate should have a role no matter what. If you need a flex, he’€™s a nice RB3 this week.

Cedric Benson @ Broncos

He looked pretty good in week one, and he should be solid again in week two as Denver did little to slow down the Raiders. Don’€™t be afraid to use him as a RB2.

James Starks @ Panthers

We like the matchup, and though Starks is not the starter, we think he’€™s the more valuable back as we told you during the preseason. Week one did little to alter our take. Starks should be able to increase his carry total from week one and make for a strong flex play.

Cadillac Williams @ Giants

Steven Jackson is a long shot to play at all. Even if they allow him to suit up, Williams will be a big factor. We expect him to post RB3 numbers or better. He’€™s a nice solution if you are in a bind.


Mark Ingram vs Bears

You may have no other choice depending on your roster’€™s makeup, but we’€™d look at all our options before playing Ingram against the Bears, who ate the Falcons in week one with a ferocious defensive display. We like this kid, but he’€™s not yet a full-time guy and he’€™d need more than 20 touches to have much value in this matchup. We think you’€™ll get more out of Cadillac Williams, and he’€™s available in a lot of leagues on the wire.

Marshawn Lynch @ Steelers

He couldn’€™t do much against the 49ers, and he shouldn’€™t fare any better here. The Steelers will be looking to hit anything that moves after dropping their opener. Look for other options if you can. Lynch is a capable back, but he’€™ll need to wait until at least week three to get it going.



Percy Harvin vs Buccaneers

We fully expect him to bounce back as he is their only legit playmaker after Adrian Peterson. We expect him to produce on most weeks and we think he’€™ll make enough plays on the turf as the Vikes host the Bucs.

Deion Branch vs Chargers

We told you in preseason that Branch was the inexplicably forgotten man. We probably ranked him a bit low ourselves, but we knew we could steal him late, and we did in a lot of leagues. It was apparent last week that Branch is still a vital target for Tom Brady, and we expect flex or at even WR3 production from him on most weeks, and that includes this one. He might be a bit inconsistent, but that’€™s the way it is when you play in New England, where the ball gets spread around.

Jacoby Jones @ Dolphins

He should see increased reps and targets this week with Kevin walter likely out. He makes for a nice sneaky WR3 or flex play if you need one.


Hakeem Nicks vs Rams

If he practices, then consider him, but right now he doesn’€™t seem likely to make much of an impact. We’€™d start looking for a fall-back option now just in case.

Lee Evans @ Titans

He got dinged up in week one and we want to see him connecting with Joe Falcco before we put him back in there as a WR3 or flex. He’€™s risky right now.



Fred Davis vs Cardinals

He looked great last week, so we are sticking with him. There’€™s the threat that Cooley could emerge, but coach Shanahan indicated that the Redskins would be running a lot of two tight end sets going forward. In short, Davis was their most dynamic offensive threat in week one; they are going to use him.

Brandon Pettigrew vs Chiefs

He looked good last week and we expect him to do even more against the Chiefs, who now have issues at safety with Eric Berry gone for the year.

Kellen Winslow @ Vikings

It’€™s a good matchup and he is healthy right now. We like him to produce TE1 numbers in week two.


Jared Cook vs Ravens

We love him, but we respect Ed Reed and company too. The Ravens were nasty last week and we don’€™t think Matt Hasselbeck will have as much time to throw in week two.  Better days are ahead for Cook, but look at least one week further down the road.

Zach Miller @ Steelers

He’€™s not in a good spot with his new team and his new quarterback, and this is a terrible matchup. He may emerge over time, but we’€™d be very hesitant to play him this week.



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