Whether you got a win week 1 or laid the big goose egg, your going to be jocking for position in week 2. It’s important to stay poised and not bail too soon on some of your early round picks that may have come up a little short in their first games, namely Vincent Jackson or Jamaal Charles. Match ups are always important, but remember your studs are studs for a reason. Hit me up with any fantasy questions for week 2 here or on Twitter @dwillPSB. Let’s take a look at this week’s start’ems.
Matthew Stafford - For the second week in a row I have to go with Stafford. Last week Ryan Fitzpatrick picked apart the KC secondary and I’d look for a more talented Stafford to have a similar day in Detroit’s first home game.
Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben had a big disappointment in Baltimore. The Steelers aren’t a team to take a loss like that one lightly. I’d look for Pittsburgh to take out their aggression on the Seahawks.
Philip Rivers – San Diego struggled with pass protection against Minnesota which let to a lot of River’s to Gates and Tolbert on shorter routes. They travel to New England to face a team that Chad Henne lit up on Monday night. Look for Rivers
Tony Romo – Say what you will about Romo and the Cowboys’ loss to the Jets, but Romo threw for 342 yards and 2 TDs. The 49ers D doesn’t compare to New York’s. Look for Romo to redeem himself on Sunday.
Others I like: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mark Sanchez, and Rex Grossman.
Peyton Hillis – The Colts looked terrible in week 1 and there is currently no light at the end of the tunnel for them. The Texans ran the ball at will, and Hillis should do the same. The Colts’ smaller defense struggles against power backs and the Browns should look to reestablish their run game.
Rashard Mendenhall – After going down big at the Ravens, the Steelers went away from the run and Mendenhall suffered. There probably shouldn’t have been too lofty of expectations for Mendenhall that week anyway. That should change this week when Pittsburgh hosts Seattle. Rashard should be chomping at the bit along with the rest of the team to take advantage of their home opener.
James Starks – He was the better back against the Saints last Thursday and Mike McCarthy admitted as much. He will still share time with Ryan Grant, but Starks showed great burst and shiftiness last week and against a Panthers team that lost Jon Beason for the year, looks to continue to improve.
Other Starts I like: Tim Hightower returning to Arizona, Beanie Wells, and Michael Turner against a suspect Eagles run D.
Kenny Britt – The Titans will face a stiff Ravens D, but stiff against the run. The Ravens may not have first round pick Jimmy Smith or Chris Carr at corner, and if the Ravens go up the Titans will have to be looking to air it out.
Miles Austin – Austin played well last week, putting up 4 receptions for 84 yards and a nice TD he snatched away from Antonio Cromartie. With Dez Bryant possibly being slowed or even out, the bulk of the looks should slide over to Austin.
Jordy Nelson – When the Saints rolled coverage on Greg Jennings, Nelson took advantage, hauling in 6 receptions for 77 yards and a TD, though it should have been 3 TDs. The Panthers will likely do the same to Jennings this week so look for Nelson to capitalize again this week.
Others I like: Robert Meachem should seem his fair share of targets, Vincent Jackson, and Mario Manningham.
Aaron Hernandez/Rob Gronkowski – Both TEs in New England are looking a TE1 status this week with Hernandez having the upside in receptions and yards. I’ve liked Hernandez since he was at Florida where he looked more like a wide receiver than a tight end and the Patriots are using him as such. Gronkowski is the better blocker and will likely be in on more plays and is a bigger target in the red zone. San Diego has a strong defense, but it will be difficult for them to account for both tight ends.
Fred Davis – I touched on it a bit last week, and I’m going to say it again, watch out for Fred Davis. He has breakout written all over him. He looks trimmer and faster, and Grossman likes to go to him. Mike Shanahan is underplaying Davis’ value a bit, but he is definitely paying attention. The Skins will be facing the Cardinals who looked shaky on defense last week against the Panthers, and Davis could be in for another big day.
Owen Daniels – After a game with 1 reception for 12 yards Daniels should make a strong recovery against a Dolphins team that both Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski dismantled. With Kevin Walter out Daniels should see a step up in targets from Matt Schaub.
Others I like: Ed Dickson I would like to see if he can follow up last week’s performance with another strong showing, Jermaine Gresham if Gradkowski is the starter, and Greg Olsen who was targeted 6 times by Cam Newton last week.
Pittsburgh – After being destroyed by the Ravens last week look for revenge at home against a bad Seattle offense.
New York Jets – The Jets weren’t as sound as many might have though last week against the Cowboys, but should rebound against the Jaguars who will rely on their run game. Marcedes Lewis will be slowed down and Revis and Cromartie should be able to keep Mike Thomas in check.
Dallas – The Cowboys looked strong on defense against the Jets last Sunday even with a beat up secondary, and they held the run game in check. They face a mediocre at best, Alex Smith, who isn’t as much of a threat to light up the pass attack.
Others I like: Green Bay, Baltimore, and Cleveland.
Sebastian Janikowski – SeaBass kicked a record tying 63 yard field goal at Denver, a place where kickers tend to struggle. With a leg like that coach Hue Jackson will have tons of faith in him going forward from most distances.
Matt Bryant – The Eagles D should remain strong against the pass but struggle against the run. With that in mind the Falcons should be able to move the ball into scoring position a good number of times this week. Look for Bryant to capitalize.
Dan Bailey – We haven’t been able to see much out of Bailey, who only got 1 attempt that he converted last week, but the Cowboys can move the ball. Bailey could easily see more attempts this week.
Others I like: Shaun Suisham, Mason Crosby, and Alex Henry.
Thanks for reading. Be sure to hit me up, your Fantasy Jedi, with any of questions or comments here or on Twitter @dwillPSB or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.