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Week two begins Thursday night with the Ravens hosting the Steelers. If you're having trouble making a decision on who to start or sit, the information below could clear up any doubts.

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Quarterbacks

Start Em

Andrew Luck, IND vs. PHI – Luck started off the season opener a bit slow, but closed out the first half with a rushing touchdown and didn’t look back in the second half. He ended the evening with 370 passing yards, two passing touchdowns, and two interceptions. He also ran for 19 yards and a touchdown. This week he’s facing the Eagles defense, which gave up 266 passing yards and two touchdowns to Chad Henne in their season opener. Both defenses appear to be vulnerable, so this can very well be a shootout. Luck could be in for another 300+ yard game,

Other Starts

Nick Foles, PHI at IND

Carson Palmer, ARI at NYG

Andy Dalton, CIN vs. ATL

Colin Kaepernick, SF vs. CHI

Sleeper Alert: Jake Locker, TEN vs. DAL

Sit Em

Philip Rivers, SD vs. SEA- After what I saw Seattle’s defense do to Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl and Aaron Rodgers in Week 1, it’s hard for me to start a quarterback against this defense. Rivers had a rough start to the beginning of this season when he faced a tough Cardinals defense, and Week 2 doesn’t get any easier. In Week 1, Rivers threw for 238 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. The Seahawks held Aaron Rodgers to 189 passing yards in the season opener. I like Rivers this season, but I’m staying away from him in the matchup against the Seahawks.

Other Sits

Tony Romo, DAL at TEN

Cam Newton, CAR vs. DET

E.J. Manuel, BUF vs. MIA

Joe Flacco, BAL vs. PIT

Bust Alert: Robert Griffin III, WAS vs. JAC

Running Backs

Start Em

Arian Foster, HOU at OAK- I remember when starting Foster was a must. However, in recent years his inability to stay healthy has trickled him down the rankings. The good news is that he’s healthy. In the first game of the season against the Redskins, Foster rushed for 103 yards and caught two passes for 17 yards. This week, he plays the Raiders who got run over by the Jets running backs last week. Chris Ivory rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Johnson rushed for 68 yards against the Raiders defense. I’m expecting Foster to pick up right where he left off last week and have another good game. The only difference between this week and last week is a potential touchdown.

Other Starts

Giovani Bernard, CIN vs. ATL

Alfred Morris, WAS vs. JAC

Frank Gore, SF vs. CHI

Knowshon Moreno, MIA at BUF

Sleeper alert: Mark Ingram, NO at CLE

Sit Em

Maurice Jones-Drew, OAK vs. HOU – In his first regular season game as a Raider, Jones-Drew carried the ball nine times for 11 yards. He averaged 1.2 yards per carry. Granted, the Jets have a stout run defense, but the Texans aren’t too bad against the run themselves. In the last two seasons, the Texans have only allowed 16 rushing touchdowns. That’s pretty impressive if you ask me. Jones-Drew does not appear to be the same runner he once was, and yes he can still play, but he just can’t be trusted every week in your starting lineup. This is one of those weeks that you as a fantasy owner should start a better option at running back.

Other Sits

Steven Jackson, ATL at CIN

Bernard Pierce, BAL vs. PIT

Chris Ivory, NYJ at GB

Reggie Bush, DET at CAR

Bust Alert: Rashad Jennings, NYG vs. ARI

Wide Receivers

Start Em

Michael Floyd, ARI at NYG – Heading into the season, Floyd was one of my breakout candidates for this year. He started of the season with a quality game. He caught five passes for 119 yards. He was clearly the team’s No. 1 receiver. This week Floyd and the Cardinals head east to take on the Giants. In Week 1, the Giants got torched by the Detroit Lions receivers. The Giants defense allowed 346 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Look for Floyd to take full advantage of this questionable secondary and once again have a productive outing.

Other Starts

Randall Cobb, GB vs. NYJ

Brandin Cooks, NO at CLE

T.Y. Hilton, IND vs. PHI

Cordarrelle Patterson, MIN vs. NE 

Sleeper Alert: Justin Hunter, TEN vs. DAL

Sit Em

 Victor Cruz, NYG vs. ARI– The New York Giants offense looks really bad. It appears that Eli Manning is not on par with the new system or he’s lost his mojo, but he is no longer effective on the field. As a fantasy owner, if I can’t trust the quarterback, it makes difficult to trust the receiver. Cruz finished Week 1 with two catches for 24 yards and was targeted six times. This week he will likely be covered by Patrick Peterson who shutdown Keenan Allen in Week 1. I’m usually one to stay away from a player when a good defense meets a struggling offense, and that the case with Cruz.

Other Sits

Eric Decker, NYJ at GB

Keenan Allen, SD vs. SEA

Allen Hurns, JAC at WAS

Steve Smith, BAL vs. PIT

Bust Alert: Mike Wallace, MIA at BUF

Tight Ends

Start Em

Delanie Walker, TEN vs. DAL

Zach Ertz, PHI at IND

Vernon Davis, SF vs. CHI

Sit Em

Ladarius Green, SD vs. SEA

Jared Cook, STL at TB

Eric Ebron, DET at CAR

Defense

Start Em

Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. St. Louis Rams

Sit Em

Minnesota Vikings vs. New England Patriots 

Carolina Panthers vs. Detroit Lions

 

 

Armando Marsal
Fantasy Writer
@Armando_fbguru