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Fantasy Football Week 2 Start ’em / Sit ’em

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By: A. J. Applegarth

Here’s a list of some guys I like, or don’t like, for Week 2’s games.  The players are grouped together by position, but each position may not have a “Start ‘Em” or “Sit ‘Em” representative.

Good luck with your games this week!

Start ‘Em Players for Week 2:
Robert Griffin III (WAS @ STL) – Looking for the rookie to have another big day against the woeful Ram Defense.

Christian Ponder (MIN @ IND) – A nice Week 1 performance coupled with an easy Week 2 match-up against the Colts.

BenJarvis Green-Ellis (CIN vs CLE) – The “Law Firm” should have an easy time finding gaps in the Cleveland Defense.

C. J. Spiller (BUF vs KC) – Spiller had a big game filling in for the injured Fred Jackson, and F-Jax is projected to be out for at least three weeks.  Spiller took advantage of the starting opportunity last season when Jackson went down, so I expect him to do so again.

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Stevan Ridley (NE vs ARI) – Ridley had a big game against a decent Tennessee Defense, and I can see him running all over Arizona, too.

Reggie Wayne (IND vs MIN) – Wayne had a good game last week and was targeted a whopping 18 times, so he’s clearly Luck’s safety net, and showed some signs of life after an underachieving 2011.

Percy Harvin (MIN @ IND) – Harvin had a nice Week 1, and he should be able to replicate that performance against the Colts.

Coby Fleener (IND vs MIN) – Like Wayne, Fleener also had a good start last week, and was targeted 10 times.  Fleener was Luck’s go-to at Stanford, and I think he’ll also be a security blanket for the rookie in Indy.  Can you tell I’m kind high on the offenses of both of these teams this week?

Martellus Bennett (NYG vs TB) – Bennett was tied with Hakeem Nicks for the second-most targets (6 each) in last week’s NFL Season Opener, and also scored a TD.  Eli Manning has always liked throwing to his TE’s, and Bennett is the main guy in town.

Sit ‘Em Players for Week 2:

Michael Vick (PHI vs BAL) – Vick had a horrible showing against the hapless Browns last Sunday, throwing 4 INT in the winning effort.  I like to blame part of that poor showing on the fact that Vick played very minimally in the preseason, and while the Browns do have a decent Defense, a healthy, mid-season-form Vick should have lit them up like the house in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!  Baltimore’s Defense is always strong, and I think they are going to be all over Vick this week.  While Vick did manage to get two TD’s and 349 Total Yards, I don’t see him having much time to get away from the stout Baltimore D-Line / Linebackers.

Joe Flacco (BAL @ PHI) – The Eagles Defense tore Brandon Weedon apart last week, and while Flacco is a much better option with much better talent around him than Weedon, I still want to see more consistency out of Big Joe before I can trust him as a Weekly Starter.  I obviously don’t like either QB in this game, as I think it will be much more of a defensive battle.  Since this game most likely won’t be very high-scoring, I’d look for another option.

Chris Johnson (TEN vs SD) – Johnson’s Week 1 performance had his Fantasy owners screaming at the Stat-Tracker almost as loudly as Peterson’s owners who sat him.  Sadly, it was because of the stats Johnson wasn’t putting up last Sunday!  Many predicted a big bounce-back season for Johnson after last season’s hold-out-equals-poor-performance debacle, but CJ2K looked like the 2011 version of himself more than a rejuvenated-and-ready-for-a-breakout-season star.  San Diego has a pretty decent Defense, so until I see something good from Johnson, I’m looking for some other options that will help my fantasy teams win games.

Ryan Williams & Beanie Wells (ARI @ NE) – New England completely shut down Chris Johnson last week, and I can easily see Williams putting up another stinker in Week 2.

Jonathan Stewart & DeAngelo Williams (CAR vs NO) – The theme for this week’s “RB Sit ‘Em” is obviously guys who didn’t perform at all in week 1.  Stewart may not play, and Williams was beyond terrible against Tampa Bay last week.

Mike Wallace (PIT vs NYJ) – Wallace is a stud, no doubt, but I feel like he might have caught some of the Chris Johnson Hold-out Disease.  He did score a TD against the Broncos in Week 1, but only had 4 rec and 37 yards on 6 targets, and I can easily see him ending up on Revis Island this week.  If Revis isn’t cleared to play, I can see Wallace winning the match-up battle between him and Antonio Cromartie, so keep an eye on Revis’s status when deciding on whether or not to start Wallace.  If Revis sits, start Wallace with confidence.

Denver DEF/ST & Atlanta DEF/ST – I expect this game to be an aerial shoot-out with Matt Ryan and Peyton Manning throwing the ball all over each others’ teams.  Denver still has Champ Bailey, and Atlanta is fairly solid all-around, but I am not starting either of these Defenses against each other this week.  

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