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Fantasy Football: Week 2 starts, sits

09.13.13 at 2:08 pm ET
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Welcome to the Week 2 starts and sits. I’ve got a solid list of suggestions this week, and for those of you who have further questions, please feel free to join me for a Sunday morning chat right here at WEEI.com where we’ll discuss all of the Week 2 injury situations as well as your key lineup choices. For those of you looking for updates on our content at Rotobahn.com and here are WEEI, I strongly suggest that you follow us on Twitter. I tweet links to our fresh content every day as well as key injury information on game days. Good luck to all this week.

QUARTERBACKS

STARTS

Eli Manning, Giants vs. Broncos

The younger Manning will have no choice but to throw and throw often in this game. With his trio of quality receivers, that should point to a good fantasy day.

Terrelle Pryor, Raiders vs. Jaguars

The matchup is solid, and Pryor’s style of play is fantasy gold, as we’ve been saying for years. Unlike a lot of the other read-option-style quarterbacks, Pryor is not being saved for later. The Raiders are letting it all hang out with the young QB and will let him get first downs by any means necessary. That’s good for you if you start him.

Sam Bradford, Rams at Falcons

It’s a road matchup against a quality opponent, but it’s indoors, which is good for all the Rams’ speed weapons, of which there are many. Look for Bradford to have another solid day. The Rams have more quality options than the Falcons can cover.

Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Vikings

The offense looked good last week, and Cutler will have some good one-on-one matchups in this game. The new Bears system is a very good change for Cutler, who seemed comfortable last week against a quality Bengals defense. He should provide QB1 level production in this plus home matchup.

SITS

Josh Freeman, Buccaneers vs. Saints

There’s just too much bad karma in Tampa right now. Freeman always has upside in this matchup because the Saints will post some points, but you should have at least one stronger option on your roster. Freeman could go either way this week. You can do better.

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Bengals

It’s very rare that I’d even consider Big Ben on a sits list, but he’s lost his best offensive lineman and has a broken backfield and still no healthy Heath Miller. If you factor in the road matchup against a very formidable defense, you have a player to avoid in Week 2.

RUNNING BACKS

STARTS

Eddie Lacy, Packers vs. Redskins

He managed to scratch out some value in Week 1, but he needed the touchdown to do it. This week should look better on paper. The Redskins are not a pushover, but they are less stout than the 49ers, plus it’s a home game. I’d have Lacy active in any league size this week.

David Wilson, Giants vs. Broncos

Wilson is here to make a point as much as anything else. I’m sticking with him this week, and the matchup could help him out a bit, as I project him to catch more passes than usual in a game they are likely to end up trailing in. I have very little faith that the Giants can slow down Peyton Manning. There’s just too many places for him to throw the ball, and the addition of Wes Welker helps a lot vs. the blitz.

Lamar Miller, Dolphins at Colts

This is a better matchup for Miller, and they should keep him involved this week. The Browns front seven gave them fits in Week 1 and the run game was basically abandoned. That shouldn’t be the case with Indianapolis. Miller is a reasonable RB2 option and a solid flex option in Week 2.

Ben Tate, Texans vs. Titans

He’s not quite an RB2 in 12-team leagues, but I think he makes a strong flex. Tate is going to see more touches than he saw last week. The Texans would be absolute loons if they allowed Arian Foster to touch the ball as much as he did in 2012. I expect a very nice second half from Tate this week in a home game that should be decided early.

SITS

Rashard Mendenhall, Cardinals vs. Lions

Mendenhall is not playing at full strength right now, and that’s extra bad when you consider that his offensive line is weak and the Lions defensive line is absolutely nasty. I’d steer clear of Mendy this week.

Giovani Bernard, Bengals vs. Steelers

His time is coming, but this is a bad matchup, just as the Bears were in Week 1. He’s more of a flex than an RB2 in 12-team leagues, but that could certainly change as Cincinnati settles in on offense. A little more patience is required with Bernard.

WIDE RECEIVERS

STARTS

Mike Williams, Buccaneers vs. Saints

He looked good against the Jets but was hurt by his team and quarterback. The Saints don’t have the defensive personnel that the Jets do, so I expect a solid day from Williams worthy of WR3 production in 12-team formats.

Mike Wallace, Dolphins at Colts

I expect good things from Wallace this week on the turf in Indy. He won’t be locked up with a star cornerback this time and his QB Ryan Tannehill is looking pretty good.

T.Y. Hilton, Colts vs. Dolphins

Colts coach Chuck Pagano says they are committed to getting Hilton the ball more than they did in Week 1. I  believe him. Keep Hilton active in most formats as a very solid WR3 option.

Chris Givens, Rams at Falcons

Givens had a very rough Week 1 matchup, but things are looking decidedly up for him in Week 2 against a weaker set of cornerbacks and on turf, where his high-end speed is that much more effective. Givens is one of the more underrated receivers out there and should break out a bit this week. He’s a viable play in any format or league size.

SITS

Greg Jennings, Vikings at Bears 

He’s a good player, but he’s playing a much tougher hand this season and this is a particularly nasty matchup for the Vikings and Christian Ponder. Jennings will be viable on some weeks, but this is not one of them.

Greg Little, Browns at Ravens

I like Little and I think he’ll have a solid year, but this is a week to keep him on the bench. The Ravens are very strong on the outside and Little should be their focus this week. Avoid him in most league sizes.

TIGHT ENDS

STARTS

Jordan Cameron, Browns at Ravens

Cameron should be a huge part of the game plan this week as the Browns should go after the Ravens much the same way Peyton Manning did in Week 1. The level of success won’t be the same, as Weeden-to-Bess is a long way from Manning-to-Welker, but the Weeden-to-Cameron hookup should yield some fantasy fruit. He’s a TE1 in all formats.

Julius Thomas, Broncos at Giants

The Giants have weaknesses in the secondary, and Thomas should be good for a few big plays and has a very solid chance at scoring. He’s a fine option in any format this week.

Greg Olsen, Panthers at Bills

He’ll bounce back from a rough Week 1 performance against the Bills, who have injuries in the secondary and specifically at safety. Keep Olsen active. He’s Cam Newton’s top target after Steve Smith.

SITS

Kyle Rudolph, Vikings at Bears

It’s just a brutal matchup, and though Rudolph did score against Chicago last year, you have to worry about the Vikings passing game in this one. How many red zone opportunities will there be? This is a week to at least consider alternatives to Rudolph, especially in 10-team leagues.

Jermaine Gresham, Bengals vs. Steelers 

There are too many places to throw the ball right now in Cincinnati, and Gresham is going to be asked to block again against a pesky Steelers defense that generally matches up well against tight ends.

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