Fantasy Football: Start Em Sit ‘Em’
Can you believe last week I told you to bench Greg Jennings and that he actually played poorly? That will probably be my boldest prediction of the season, so don’t get use to it. I am taking what many would believe to be a risk this week, but to be honest he’s not your ‘’Best’’ option
Brett Favre – Coming off a three interception game, how in the world I am selecting Favre this week? The answer is easy; Favre has a matchup with the Detroit Lions defense. The Lions rank 30th in pass defense and were dead last in that category last season. Everyone understood Favre would throw more than seven interceptions this season, but he is not as bad as he’s played and neither is that Vikings passing game with or without Sidney Rice. Look for Minnesota to put up 30 plus points, and for Favre to play like it was 2009
Fred Taylor – With a knee injury to Kevin Faulk keeping him out for the remainder of the season, Taylor should get 13-16 carries on Sunday. In the week one victory over the Bengals Taylor ran for 71 yards on 14 carries. For Buffalo their strong suit is pass defense, so look for the Patriots to try to beat the Bills on the ground, something they’ve done against the Buffalo in recent years. Not only do I like Taylor, but teammate BenJarvus –Green Ellis should get 10 touches in a romp over the Bills. Taylor will be the feature back this week, so an 80 yard performance with a touchdown should be expected.
Mike Sims -Walker – After being held to no receptions in week one, Sims-Walker bounced back against the Chargers with 10 catches for 105 yards and a touchdown. This week, Sims-Walker has a favorable matchup against an Eagles defense that has given up 500 passing yards in two games and with one of those quarterbacks being Shaun Hill. It should be noted that Sims-Walker scored six of his seven touchdowns at home last season, the same place where he goes against an aging Philadelphia secondary.
Brent Celek – Fantasy owners everywhere are disappointed with the start of Celek who’s been invisible in the Eagles first two games. I tell owners to have no fear, because the Jaguars pass defense which ranks 29th in the league will help Celek put up some big time numbers. Last week Antonio Gates scored two touchdowns vs. the Jacksonville defense, and while Celek is no Gates, he is no slouch himself. Celek is clearly a buy low candidate for his red zone prowess and his excellent hands.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers –I am not saying that the Buccaneers are a top defense for the season, but going against the Steelers led by Charlie Batch, isn’t Tampa Bay worth taking a flier on? The Pittsburg offense has struggled mightily, they currently rank 31st in offense, totaling 481 yards though two games. The Buccaneers defense has been solid through two games and is arguably facing the worst quarterback they have seen all season in Batch. The Steelers offense has been a train wreck, so until Ben Roethlisberger is back in action, using their opponents defense is a solid idea.
Matt Ryan – After dicing up the Cardinals secondary on Sunday, has Ryan finally taken the turn that made him the thired overall pick in 2008? While I like Ryan’s future, going against a Saints defense who he threw three picks against last season, Ryan should remain on your bench. Look for the Saints to key in on Roddy White, and make Ryan use his other weapons, something he has been unable to accomplish so far in 2010. I would rank Ryan outside my top 14 quarterbacks this week making him a bench warmer.
Jahvid Best – Yes, I am telling you to not play last week’s best fantasy performer who scored three touchdowns and now has five on the season. Look, you’re going to play Best, but expectations vs. the Vikings defense should be lowered. The Vikings have an elite defense and contained two of the best rushing offense in the league from a season ago in the Saints and the Dolphins. Look for the Vikings to put eight in the box and make Hill beat them with his arm. Best has been stellar so far, but week three should be a rough one.
Braylon Edwards – Edwards hasn’t been suspended for this week’s AFC East matchup with the Dolphins but fantasy owners might as well leave him on the bench. The Dolphins currently have the league’s sixth best pass defense with a budding star in Vontae Davis. The Dolphins took away the passing game vs. the Bills and the Vikings making Lee Evans and Percy Harvin invisible. This might be a game wishes he was suspended for since production will be next to nothing.
Chris Cooley - Cooley has rebounded from last year’s season ending injury, starting off hot in 2010 with 144 yards receiving and a touchdown to boot. While I am a fan of Cooley’s, the Rams have shown to be a good pass defense and they have contained the tight end position this year. The St Louis defense held Zach Miller to three catches for 49 yards and in week one the Arizona tight ends didn’t have a reception. The Rams have been playing tight low scoring games and a big reason for that is their secondary. You heard it here first; the Rams have a solid defense that will show up on Sunday vs. the Redskins
Indianapolis Colts – While I think the Colts are a top 10 defense, this is a bad matchup for Indianapolis going against the Broncos. Denver has proven that they like to pass the ball, and with the Colts secondary missing playmakers, Kyle Orton should be able to take advantage. Last week Orton was able to get Eddie Royal and first round pick Demaiyus Thomas in the passing game, killing the Seahawks secondary for 307 yards and two touchdowns. Broncos running back Correll Buckhalter has a similar skill set to Arian Foster who ran all over the Colts in week one for 231 rushing yards in week one. This game has shootout written all over it, so benching both defenses is strongly recommended.