Stripe Hype Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 2

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September 9, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) on the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Carolina Panthers 16-10. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Ok so week 2 is already underway and fantasy owners across the country are either trying to get back to .500 or keep the ball rolling with a 2 game win streak getting that much closer to a playoff berth. As you are checking over your lineup this morning before 1:00, I’ve got some advice on some guys you should start this week and others who you might want to keep on the bench because of unfavorable matchups. I apologize in advance for those of you I couldn’t get to in time who started Jay Cutler this week against the Packers, you might want to pay extra attention.

Cam Newton- Start ‘Em
After RG III’s miraculous start in his first game last week it is clear that the New Orleans Saints have a weakness and it is their defense. Look for Cam Newton to follow suit this week against new Orleans to put up plenty of yards and TD’s, and make sure and start all of your Caroline WR’s and DeAngelo Williams.

A.J. Green- Start ‘Em
Last week was abysmal for the young Bengals offense and second year QB Andy Dalton. Against the Browns this week I don’t expect Dalton and company will have the same growing pains and with the Browns not having their starting cornerback Joe Haden, expect A.J. Green to benefit the most from favorable matchups this week.

LeSean McCoy- Start ‘Em
BenJarvus Green-Ellis was the only Bengal to have any fantasy upside last week in the romp against Baltimore. I expect the same weakness to be exposed this week as an aging Baltimore defense is unable to stop the run or prevent McCoy from making plays out of the backfield in the passing game.

Darren McFadden- Start ‘Em
In the Oakland vs. Miami matchup expect McFadden to be the only player to score more than 10 fantasy points this week in this game.

Reggie Bush- Sit ‘Em
Oakland’s rush defense was arguably the best in the league last week against the Chargers and I expect a lot of the same this week in what should be a low scoring game.

Joe Flacco- Sit ‘Em
I am not just saying this as a Bengals fan. As a fantasy football expert, I expect Flacco to take a few steps backwards this week from his 300 yard performance against the Who Dey. Expect Ray Rice to be a much bigger factor in the game this week as Baltimore is forced to control the clock to keep Michael Vick and company off the field.

Larry Fitzgerald- Sit ‘Em
He might be the best receiver in the NFL. He has maybe the wrost QB in the league trying to get him the ball and against the Patriots I expect Fitzgerald will be shut down and produce even less than he did last week.

Maurice Jones Drew- Sit ‘Em
Against the best defense in the league, MJD will only have any fantasy value if he produces a few short yardage touchdowns against the Texans and even that is a long shot. Bench him this week if you’ve got a more favorable matchup.

Every Redskin you got minus Pierre Garcon- Start ‘Em
St. Louis’ defense ranks 3rd worst among the league after last week and with a Washington team that put up 40 points against the Saints, I don’t expect Mike Shanahan will be letting up at all this week as this young Washington team tries to prove their value in the NFC. That being said, Pierre Garcon is hurt will likely sit out this week in a game he probably won’t be needed.

Tony Romo- Sit ‘Em
Seattle’s defense is one of the toughest in the NFC and should give Romo and company much more trouble than the Giants gave them in week 1. I would let Romo sit out this week in favor of starting another QB with a better matchup this week. The same goes for all Dallas WR’s and Cowboy’s TE Jason Witten.

DeMarco Murray Start ‘Em
The upside to a low scoring Cowboys-Seahawks game is that Murray will see a lot of carries and should break a few in the second half, perhaps even for a 50+ yard touchdown.

Mark Sanchez- Start ‘Em
Expect Mark Sanchez to start where Peyton Manning left off last week against a slower Steelers’ secondary and have another good week with Tebow lurking on the sideline. Along those lines I would start Santonio Holmes and rookie Stephen Hill, as both should put up a lot of yards and maybe a TD apiece.

Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace- Start ‘Em
I expect this game between Pittsburgh and the Jets to be high scoring and a battle of QB’s and no one will benefit more from that than Pittsburgh WR’s Wallace and Brown. I would also start Pittsburgh TE Heath Miller this week.

Chris Johnson- Sit ‘Em
After limiting Darren McFadden last week and his 4 total yards from scrimmage against the Patriots, I would sit Chris Johnson again this week and look for a more favorable matchup on your bench.

Matthew Stafford- Start ‘Em
He didn’t quite meet expectations last week when he threw 3 INT’s but look for Stafford and the rest of the Lions offense to be in full gear tonight against the 49ers who might not be ready for what they have prepared.

 

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