>Thursday Lunch: Fantasy Football – Week 2

Posted: September 16, 2010 in Uncategorized
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>Week 1 is in the books, boys and girls. Hopefully, you are 1-0 and on your way to a title, but if you’re like me and played against Arian Foster, don’t give up: It’s only week 1. Last week was the most confusing week 1 in years. Teams looked slow and ill-prepared (makes you wonder what the preseason is for). It was hard to gauge whether or not those were the teams we can expect to see for the rest of the season, but that’s why I’m here. Scoring was a little down last week, so here’s to some 38-35 games this week.

 
WAIVER WATCH: These players should be on your radar.
RB Brandon Jackson GB: Must add in every league. He’s probably gone by now in your league anyway, but with Ryan Grant out for the year with an ankle injury, Jackson will be the lead running back on a point scoring machine in Green Bay.
QB Michael Vick PHI:Mike Vick Especially with Kevin Kolb failing concussion tests on Wednesday, Vick is a decent option at QB. He was very productive once Kolb was knocked out of the game, and the Eagles are playing Detroit next week.
QB Jimmy Clausen CAR: Matt Moore looked horrible against the Giants, with three red zone picks, and he was knocked silly at the end of the game. The starting job is still Moore’s to lose, but keep an eye on the situation, especially if you have a poor starting QB.
WR Legedu Naanee SD: He emerged as Philip Rivers’ favorite wide out in Vincent Jackson’s absence and should be a viable option early given the Chargers easy schedule.
WR Mark Clayton STL: His numbers may have been skewed by Sam Bradford’s 55 pass attempts, but he was the number 1 target for a team that will need to throw a lot, since they will be behind.
RB Peyton Hillis CLE: He split carries with James Harrison, but his two fumbles may mean fewer touches. Not necessarily a must add, but if he continues to vulture TDs, he’s someone to watch.
QB Seneca Wallace CLE: Jake Delhomme cost them a chance to win Sunday and his starting job is no longer safe. If you have a vacant roster spot and are in need of some QB insurance, you could do worse than Wallace who will take over soon and is capable of decent production.
 
Now to the games…
 
PITTSBURGH at TENNESSEE
PASSING:
Pittsburgh: Dennis Dixon was not horrible last week, but certainly wasn’t good. His 236 yards passing against a poor pass defense is less than impressive, but it leads me to believe there is some potential at WR for the Steelers this week. Hines Ward turned in a respectable 5 catches and 108 yards receiving last week, so the potential is there, but don’t bank on huge production through the air from the Steelers until Big Ben returns.
Tennessee: QB Vince Young also put up good numbers against a bad Raiders defense last week, but the way the Steelers defense plays with Troy Polamalu in the lineup is bad news for the Titans offense. There were not many points to be had by the Titans receivers against the Raiders last week, and I think there will be fewer this week against the Steelers, so stay away from Titan pass catchers.
 
RUSHING:
Pittsburgh: RB Rashard Mendenhall’s game was ho-hum until his 50 yard TD run in overtime. With that being said, the Titans did give up almost 100 yards to RB Darren McFadden, so I expect Mendenhall to have a decent game and he is worth a start.
Tennessee: I would never ever ever ever evereverever advise you to sit RB Chris Johnson, but just be prepared for a subpar week (even though subpar for him could mean 90 yards and a TD) against a Steelers defense that held RB Michael Turner to 42 yards on 19 carries.
 
Start ‘em:
Pittsburgh: RB Mendenhall
Tennessee: RB Johnson (despite the poor matchup)
Sit ‘em:
Pittsburgh: QB Dennis Dixon
Tennessee: All WRs
 
MIAMI at MINNESOTA
PASSING:
Miami: The Dolphins had a less-than-convincing win against a bad Buffalo team. QB Chad Henne put up numbers I expected as they relied more heavily on the run as usual. They may be forced to pass a little bit more against Minnesota’s good run defense, but I still don’t think there are many points to be had here. WR Brandon Marshall is worth a look, as he did haul in 8 passes last week.
Minnesota: QB Brett Favre officially looks old. He was not good in the first half and even worse in the second. He missed wide-open throws and does not look in-sync with any of his WRs with Sidney Rice out. Only TE Visanthe Shiancoe produced as a pass catcher and is really the only player I have any confidence in right now in the Vikings passing game. Despite a poor week 1, I do expect the Vikings to bounce back a little bit, so Favre is worth a start, but I’m still not confident in any of the receivers.
 
RUSHING:
Miami: RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams did much less than expected against a really bad Bills team, so don’t look for them to do much more against a good Vikings rush D. With the Vikings out to prove something after their beat down on national TV, I would look for options other than the two main Dolphins runners this week.
Minnesota: RB Adrian Peterson looked good in the first half, but inexplicably, the Vikings avoided the run in the second half. Look for Peterson to have a decent game, although the Dolphins did a good job bottling up the run last week against the Bills, allowing 50 yards on 17 carries.
 
Start ‘em:
Minnesota: TE Shiancoe
Miami: WR Marshall
Sit ‘em:
Minnesota: Think twice about all Minny WRs
Miami: RB Brown, RB Williams
 
ARIZONA at ATLANTA
PASSING:
Arizona: QB Derek Anderson is a clear example of the difference between fantasy value and real life football value. Anderson is not good. He will never be confused with Kurt Warner, but he somehow manages to put up decent numbers. Atlanta has a subpar passing defense and look for Anderson to exploit it for a decent day. WR Larry Fitzgerald was targeted 15 times last week; however, he only caught 3 balls. The Cardinals are trying to incorporate their best player, and he will benefit. Steve Breaston is another guy worth a start in this game; he will continue to put up decent numbers with the other team preoccupied with Fitzgerald.
Atlanta: QB Matt Ryan struggled against a very good Steelers D; look for a little bit of a rebound and for him to put up good numbers this week. WR Roddy White still managed to put up 111 yards last week and was targeted an astounding 23 times, expect similar production this week.
 
RUSHING:
Arizona: RB Beanie Wells was a late scratch last week, and in his absence, RB Tim Hightower had a serviceable week. Hightower continues to have a case of fumblitis, and the healthier Wells gets, the smaller his role will be. It seems as though they will split carries this week, so be cautious with each one and monitor the situation throughout the week, because there are some points to be had in the Arizona backfield.
Atlanta: Expect RB Michael Turner to come out firing on all cylinders this week after his abysmal week last week. Arizona held its own against a potent Steven Jackson, but expect the much better Falcons team to fare a little better.
 
Start ‘em:
Arizona: WR Fitzgerald, WR Breaston
Atlanta: RB Turner, WR White
Sit ‘em:
Arizona: If Wells is announced the starter, bench RB Hightower
Atlanta: None
 
BALTIMORE at CINCINNATI
PASSING:
Baltimore: QB Joe Flacco had an interesting game against the Jets last week. He had moments where he looked like the QB people expected him to be, and he had moments where he looked lost. He managed to put up ok numbers, but that was aided by the fact that the Jets could not hold onto the ball. WR Anquan Boldin lived up to the expectations. He and Flacco seem to be meshing well and is certainly a must start against the Bengals, who were torched by the Patriots last week and couldn’t seem to get any pressure on Tom Brady. Expect Flacco to bounce back and produce now that he won’t have to deal with the tenacious Jets blitz. Look for TE Todd Heap to have a big game as well.
Cincinnati: Even without Ed Reed, the Ravens defense looked rejuvenated. QB Carson Palmer will have his hands full trying to deal with the Baltimore pass rush. The Bengals offense was anemic against a Pats defense that was not expected to be very good this year, and only started to produce once they were down 31-3 in the 3rd quarter. WR Chad Ochocinco turned it on in the second half and had a great game, but don’t expect the same thing this week. I fully expect the Ravens to keep the Bengals pass game in check.
 
RUSHING:
Baltimore: The Jets held RB Ray Rice to 2.0 yard /carry last week, and RB Willis McGahee got the goal line carries. I expect McGahee to remain the goal line back, but Rice is poised to breakout this week, and get back to the numbers we expect from this top-5 fantasy pick.
Cincinnati: RB Cedric Benson had a poor week last week, but look for him to bounce back this week. In my bold prediction of the week, I think Benson can put up good numbers if the Bengals show a commitment to the run. LaDainian Tomlinson showed that the Ravens D was not impenetrable, averaging 5.6 yards/carry against them.
 
Start ‘em:
Baltimore: QB Flacco, WR Boldin, TE Heap
Cincinnati: RB Benson
Sit ‘em:
Baltimore: None
Cincinnati: QB Palmer
 
KANSAS CITY at CLEVELAND
PASSING:
Kansas City: QB Matt Cassel threw for 68 yards last week. 68 yards. Jamaal Charles almost surpassed that total on his TD run. I know it was wet and tough weather to throw in, but that didn’t stop Philip Rivers. At this point, I would stay away from anything to do with the KC passing game until they prove to me that they can get it done, even against the Browns
Cleveland: QB Jake Delhomme turned in a classic crippling performance and is now a game time decision to start. QB Seneca Wallace is definitely someone to keep your eye on, but without an announcement before the game, I’d stay away from both QBs. I just don’t have enough faith in the Browns right now to recommend starting any of them; the entire team seems to be in a state of uncertainty.
 
RUSHING:
Kansas City: RB Jamaal Charles had a good game, but split the carries with RB Thomas Jones. I think Kansas City’s win last week was somewhat of a fluke, but I’m even more skeptical of the Browns, so I think Charles and Jones are both good starts this week.
Cleveland: Cleveland split the carries last week between RBs James Harrison and Peyton Hillis, giving Hillis the red zone carries. However, Hillis did fumble twice, so the bulk of the carries may swing back to Harrison. I do think that Kansas City will have a little bit of a letdown after such a big Monday night game, and being away from their crowd, I think Cleveland can take advantage. The only question is which back will benefit most, and I think it will be Harrison.
 
Start ‘em:
Kansas City: RB Charles, RB Jones
Cleveland: RB Harrison
Sit ‘em:
Kansas City: QB Cassel
Cleveland: WR Massoquoi
 
CHICAGO at DALLAS
PASSING:
Chicago: Dallas’ pass D was solid last week, and I’m confident their pass rush will frustrate QB Jay Cutler enough to create havoc and cause some interceptions. If you are in a league that penalizes interceptions, I would stay away from Cutler, but otherwise, his production last week against an improved Lions team is enough to keep him in my lineup. RB Matt Forte had a huge game through the air last week, which accounted for some of Cutler’s stats, but his WRs had good showings. Both WR Devin Aromashodu and WR Johnny Knox had respectable games and could put up similar numbers this week.
Dallas: One of the bigger surprises last week was Dallas’ inept offense. Don’t expect that to continue this week. QB Tony Romo will rebound and put up elite numbers this week and WR Miles Austin and TE Jason Witten will be the major beneficiaries. The Cowboys seemed to make it a point to incorporate rookie WR Dez Bryant as well so look for a good week from him, too.
 
RUSHING:
Chicago: RB Matt Forte’s production last week came through the air. Dallas stopped Mike Shanahan’s rushing attack pretty well last week, so don’t expect a big game from Forte this week. But, with the number of passes he has caught, there is still fantasy value there. So start him. He’s listed as questionable, but he says he’s feeling fine.
Dallas: The split carries last week coupled with Dallas’ pass heavy approach spelled disaster for any owner who had a Dallas RB. As a team, they averaged 4.7 yards/carry, which is respectable, but if you have another option at RB, I’d go with them over any of the Dallas RBs.
 
Start ‘em:
Chicago: I’m not crazy about any of the Bears, but I think WR Aromashodu and RB Forte could have good games.
Dallas: QB Romo, WR Austin, WR Bryant, TE Witten
Sit ‘em:
Chicago: WR Hester
Dallas: RB Jones
 
PHILADELPHIA at DETROIT
PASSING:
Philadelphia: One of the bigger stories of the week was the way QB Michael Vick took over the Philadelphia offense after Kevin Kolb’s concussion. With Kolb failing post-concussion tests on Wednesday, it’s looking more and more like Vick will get the start against a weak Detroit defense. Vick is a good start this week and look for him to run for another 70+ yards. With Vick in the game, however, Philly’s WR value changes. I was really high on WR Jeremy Maclin this year, and I still like him, but just a little less. I think Vick’s running threat could open up the field a little bit for WR DeSean Jackson, and I like him this week.
Detroit: After QB Matt Stafford’s injury, QB Shaun Hill came in and looked like garbage. He had some good games with San Francisco the last couple of years but looked completely ill-prepared when his number was called last week. The Eagles were also able to hold the usually potent Packers offense to under 200 yards passing, so I don’t like the Lions’ chances this week. Sit Hill and only start WR Calvin Johnson if you don’t have any other option.
 
RUSHING:
Philadelphia: Andy Reid is becoming a caricature of himself and only called eight plays for running backs on Sunday. Granted, they were playing from behind the whole game, but eight carries by running backs is crazy. McCoy should see his carries increase and will have a decent game, but it won’t be as good as it could be, but he is nonetheless worth a start.
Detroit: RB Jahvid Best’s line from last week was very strange. 14 carries for 20 yards and 2 TDs. Don’t expect the scoring to be there this week, but they will still rely on him a lot with their limited passing game, and he should be started.
 
Start ‘em:
Philadelphia: QB Vick, WR Jackson
Lions: RB Best
Sit ‘em:
Philadelphia: None
Lions: QB Shaun Hill
 
BUFFALO at GREEN BAY
PASSING:
Buffalo: QB Trent Edwards was not very good against the Dolphins last week, and none of his receivers had more than 40 yards. The only chance the Bills have of putting up fantasy points is if the Packers get bored in the 4th quarter when they’re up by 40 and WR Lee Evans catches a 60-yard TD. Other than that, there’s not much value here.
Green Bay: Start everyone. QB Aaron Rodgers did not play as well as we’ve come to expect, and what better way to bounce back from an underachieving road game than getting the Bills at home. Expect big numbers from everyone in the pass offense.
 
RUSHING:
Buffalo: Rookie RB C.J. Spiller struggled in his NFL debut, rushing for 6 yards. That’s not a typo, that’s 6 yards. The Bills will be throwing a lot, trying to catch up, so don’t look for too much production from Spiller this week.
Green Bay: With RB Ryan Grant out for the season, backup RB Brandon Jackson looks to be the waiver savior. He steps into an elite offense and showed he was capable of picking up the slack last week, and instantly becomes a must start, especially against the Bills this week.
 
Start ‘em:
Buffalo: None
Green Bay: QB Rodgers, RB Jackson, WR Greg Jennings, WR Donald Driver, TE Jermichael Finley, K Mason Crosby, GB Defense
Sit ‘em:
Buffalo: RB Spiller
Green Bay: None
 
TAMPA BAY at CAROLINA
PASSING:
Tampa Bay: QB Josh Freeman had a respectable game against the Browns and the Panthers gave up 3 TD’s through the air last week, so look for Freeman to have another good game. His favorite target was WR Mike Williams, hitting him 5 times, but for only 30 yards. Look for Williams’ numbers to go up this week and announce his presence as a reliable fantasy wide out.
Carolina: QB Matt Moore proved he’s not quite ready to be THE guy and may be in danger of losing his job if he continues to play as poor as he did last week. WR Steve Smith should still be started, he will get his points, but don’t expect too much.
 
RUSHING:
Tampa Bay: RB Cadillac Williams made it to week 2 without getting injured. He had a mediocre game last week, and looks to do the same this week. Do yourself a favor, pick up RB Kareem Huggins, and just wait for Cadillac to get hurt, it will happen.
Carolina: RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams disappointed last week, but look for them both to bounce back this week. I just have a feeling they’re both going to get in the end zone this week so I would recommend starting them both, just don’t expect a TON of yards.
 
Start ‘em:
Tampa Bay: QB Freeman, WR Williams
Carolina: RB Stewart, RB Williams
Sit ‘em:
Tampa Bay: RB Williams
Carolina: QB Moore
 
SEATTLE at DENVER
PASSING:
Seattle: QB Matt Hasselbeck looked like the 2006 version of himself last week against the supposedly good 49ers defense. The Broncos also gave up 3 TDs through the air last week. Should be a guaranteed start, right? Not so fast. I’m not sold on the Seahawks yet, I think the Broncos are better than people give them credit for, and I don’t think Hasselbeck is going to repeat his performance from last week.
Denver: QB Kyle Orton looked good for most of the game against the Jaguars Sunday. Orton should do fine this week against an underrated Seahawks defense, but don’t bank on too much from him. He had made WR Eddie Royal and WR Brandon Lloyd viable fantasy options, and both should be considered this week.
 
RUSHING:
Seattle: RB Justin Forsett looked much better than his counterpart RB Julius Jones, and is poised to put up good numbers against a defense that gave up 130+ yards rushing last week. You can put him down for at least 80 yards this week and look for him to get into the end zone for the first time in 2010.
Denver: RB Knowshon Moreno got the bulk of the carries last week against the Jags, but it’s still not enough to warrant a start. Seattle held Frank Gore to 38 yards and seemed to have a certain swagger on defense. I don’t think the Broncos will be able to put together much of a running game against the Seahawks this week.
 
Start ‘em:
Seattle: RB Forsett
Denver: WR Lloyd
Sit ‘em:
Seattle: QB Hasselbeck
Denver: RB Moreno
 
ST. LOUIS at OAKLAND
PASSING:
St. Louis: QB Sam Bradford had a deceiving game. He appeared to put up some decent numbers, but that’s only because he threw 55 times. He will not throw that much every game, if he does, it’s going to be another long season in St. Louis. The fact that he threw so much makes it hard to decipher what kind of team the Rams are going to be this year. I think Bradford will bounce back with a decent game this week against a bad Raiders team, and WR Mark Clayton should benefit. He was 2nd in the NFL last week with 16 targets and is clearly Bradford’s favorite target.
Oakland: I had high hopes for the Raiders this year, and I though QB Jason Campbell was going to be leaps and bounds above JaMarcus, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. Campbell was all dump offs, and that doesn’t bode well for his outside receivers. He probably won’t be much of a homerun threat this year, but he looks like he could be effective against teams like the Rams. Look for TE Zach Miller to put together a decent game.
 
RUSHING:
St. Louis: RB Steven Jackson is banged up but it looks like he’ll play Sunday and should have a great game against the lowly Raiders. He needs to be started this week.
Oakland: This is a tough week for RB Michael Bush owners. There are some decisions that need to be made and they could backfire. Bush looks like he will play, and Coach Tom Cable is noncommittal about who would get the most touches. RB Darren McFadden had a good statistical game against a good Titans team. I personally think Bush is a better start, as I think he will get the goal line touches and I think we’ve seen the best of McFadden and the job will be Bush’s in a matter of weeks.
 
Start ‘em:
St. Louis: RB Jackson, WR Clayton
Oakland: TE Miller, K Janikowski
Sit ‘em:
St. Louis: None
Oakland: WR Heyward-Bey
 
HOUSTON at WASHINGTON
PASSING:
Houston: Arian Foster has ruined everything. He beat my Colts and devastated my fantasy team by playing against me and stealing points from my QB Matt Schaub and #1 WR Andre Johnson. He singlehandedly destroyed any hope of enjoying week 1 for me. Bring back Ron Dayne. The real question here is: are the Texans for real? I think they are, they’ve been knocking on the door for a couple years and they finally got their running back. Schaub’s and Johnson’s numbers may not be what they figured to be at the beginning of the season, but they are still one of the league’s most dangerous duos, and they are a must start every week. Washington did look good last week, however, so don’t bank on a big week, but know this: WR Jacoby Jones was targeted more than any other Texan by Schaub last week. Just saying.
Washington: Because of their win last week, Washington’s offense dodged a lot of criticism. They did not perform very well amassing 250 total yards of offense and going 3-13 on 3rd down. Houston was torched by Peyton Manning. But, he did throw 57 times, so we’ll see how the Texans fare against another team. I don’t think Washington will struggle as much as last week, and I do think Houston is ripe for a letdown, so I would start QB Donovan McNabb and his two favorite targets WR Santana Moss and TE Chris Cooley.
 
RUSHING:
Houston: RB Arian Foster solidified his spot as a fantasy stud last week and has earned himself a start this week regardless of the opponent. His numbers most certainly will go down, but you should still see some decent production from him.
Washington: Indianapolis only ran 10 times against the Texans so we didn’t really get a good look at their run D, but Houston had an average run defense, and RB Clinton Portis was less than impressive, so I would avoid relying on him for points this week.
 
Start ‘em:
Houston: QB Schaub, RB Foster, WR Johnson
Washington: TE Cooley
Sit ‘em:
Houston: None
Washington: RB Portis
 
NEW ENGLAND at NY JETS
PASSING:
New England: The Patriots pass attack looked phenomenal last week, but the Jets defense looked pretty good, too. I do think the Jets lack of production on offense will factor in the Patriots production this week and give QB Tom Brady enough opportunities to do some damage. Jets CB Darrelle Revis did a really good job of taking WR Randy Moss out of the picture in the two games they faced each other last year, so look for WRs Wes Welker and Julian Edelman to pick up the slack.
NY Jets: QB Mark Sanchez’s performance was laughable last week, and expect the Patriots to mimic what the Ravens did and keep Sanchez at bay for the second straight week. There is no real fantasy value in the Jets passing game this week.
 
RUSHING:
New England: Don’t look for much production from the Patriots rushing offense against the Jets this week. New York was tenacious on defense last week and the Pats running game is less than stellar. RB Fred Taylor should be benched this week.
NY Jets: The Jets need their running game to get back on track for them to compete this season. RB Shonn Greene did not look good last week and had trouble holding on to the ball, while his partner in the backfield RB LaDainian Tomlinson looked rejuvenated. The Pats did a good job of keeping the potent Bengals running game at bay, but I still think Tomlinson will take the important carries this week and come through.
 
Start ‘em:
New England: QB Brady, WR Welker, WR Edelman
NY Jets: RB Tomlinson
Sit ‘em:
New England: RB Taylor
NY Jets: QB Sanchez, all WRs
 
JACKSONVILLE at SAN DIEGO
PASSING:
Jacksonville: Don’t be fooled by QB David Garrard’s 3 TDs last week. That was his ceiling. He definitely won’t repeat that this week, but he could be a serviceable QB. Hopefully you have someone on your roster that is a bigger threat to have a huge game. He does seem to have a new favorite target, however, in WR Mike Thomas. Thomas may be someone to keep an eye on as a potential bye week replacement in the future, but I don’t really like the matchup this week.
San Diego: QB Philip Rivers should be able to put up some pretty good numbers this week, especially since rookie RB Ryan Matthews had an underwhelming debut. Look for TE Antonio Gates to continue his good production, as well as WRs Legedu Naanee and Malcolm Floyd. Floyd did not put up major numbers last week, but he did lead the team with 12 targets.
 
RUSHING:
Jacksonville: RB Maurice Jones-Drew was victimized by Garrard’s fluke game last week, but look for him to get back into his scoring groove this week and to have a good game against at team that was run on by the Chiefs last week.
San Diego: RB Ryan Matthews didn’t look very good last week and I expect two things to happen. Rivers will take more of the offense on his shoulders, and I think RBs Darren Sproles and Mike Tolbert will be used to change speeds on the Jacksonville defense. I wouldn’t go as far as to bench Matthews, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he has another lackluster game.
 
Start ‘em:
Jacksonville: RB Jones-Drew
San Diego: QB Rivers, WR Naanee, TE Gates
Sit ‘em:
Jacksonville: QB Garrard
San Diego: None
 
NY GIANTS at INDIANAPOLIS
PASSING:
NY Giants: QB Eli Manning threw for 3 TDs last week, but I’ll be surprised if he throws more than one this week. The way to beat the Colts is on the ground, so don’t look for major production through the air from the G-Men and certainly don’t look for WR Hakeem Nicks to have another 3 TD day. I do expect Nicks and WR Steve Smith to both have good games, but nothing close to what Nicks did last week. They are both worth starting.
Indianapolis: QB Peyton Manning will get his points. The real challenge is trying to pick out who will be on the receiving end of those. Last week it was TE Dallas Clark and WRs Reggie Wayne and Austin Collie. I suspect WR Pierre Garcon will grab a couple big catches this game, but you really can’t go wrong with any of these receivers.
 
RUSHING:
NY Giants: Look for RB Ahmad Bradshaw to lead the way against the once again Bob Sanders-less defense. I wouldn’t be surprised if both Bradshaw and RB Brandon Jacobs reach pay dirt in the Sunday night game, but Bradshaw will get most of the yards and is a better option.
Indianapolis: RB Joseph Addai got all the carries last week and until he gets hurt, he will continue to get more touches than 3rd year RB Donald Brown. While the rushing totals may not be there, Addai is always a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield and is usually worth a start, especially in a game where the Colts are out to prove something.
 
Start ‘em:
NY Giants: RB Bradshaw, RB Jacobs
Indianapolis: QB Manning, WR Wayne, TE Clark
 
NEW ORLEANS at SAN FRANCISCO
PASSING:
New Orleans: The curse of the Saints is that they can score an infinite number of ways, and sometimes you can get stung when they fail to score four or five times, and last week was one of those weeks. They by no means looked poor against the Vikings, but they were nowhere near the explosive offense that took home the Lombardi Trophy last year. I would never bet against an angry Mike Singletary defense, but I’m also not stupid. QB Drew Brees will get his team in the end zone. The question is who will have the ball when they score? The 49ers were susceptible to the pass last week, so if you have a Saints WR, you may want to start them.
San Francisco: QB Alex Smith proved last week that he still stinks. The only person he looks comfortable throwing to is TE Vernon Davis, and against this, hard-hitting Saints defense, Davis is the only 49er not named Frank Gore I would be comfortable starting.
 
RUSHING:
New Orleans: RB Pierre Thomas is shining without Mike Bell there to take some of his carries and has catapulted himself into must-start status, even against a supposedly good defense with something to prove.
San Francisco: RB Frank Gore was embarrassed last week by Seattle, and I don’t see him being bottled up like that again. Look for the 49ers to ride Gore early and often and for him to put up some pretty good numbers.
 
Start ‘em:
New Orleans: QB Brees, RB Thomas, WR Robert Meachem
San Francisco: RB Gore, TE Davis
Sit ‘em:
New Orleans: None
San Francisco: QB Smith, WR Michael Crabtree
 
Starts of the Week:
QB Aaron Rodgers GB
RB Michael Turner ATL
RB Ahmad Bradshaw NYG
WR Anquan Boldin BAL
WR Wes Welker NE
WR Greg Jennings GB
TE Dallas Clark IND
K Mason Crosby GB
DEF Green Bay

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