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Now in the second week of the fantasy football season, we have more key injuries and poor performances to pick through in our start’em sit’em. Injuries like Ryan Grant’s are a killer as his ankle sprain could cost him much more time than the Packers are letting on. Just last season Michael Turner had an ankle like Grant’s, and he basically missed the entire second half of the season.

This means it will be essential for fantasy owners to not only go after Brandon Jackson on the waiver wire but consider starting him against the Bills.

Star receiver Calvin Johnson also gets a ding for injury but this time it’s his quarterback Matthew Stafford that is hurt and not Johnson. Megatron didn’t have a productive week one but that was more because of a horrible rule for a touchdown catch that was taken away from Johnson.

Other players like Mike Sims-Walker failed to produce as the Jaguars No.1 receiver didn’t even have a catch in the first game of the season. Take a look at my opinions of who you should be starting and consider benching (take the depth of your team into account) for week two.


Michael Vick @ Lions: Assuming you need a starter than Michael Vick should be an excellent play against the Lions. I’m assuming of course that Kevin Kolb will be out after he suffered an apparent concussion against the Packers. Vick has his speed back and should give you solid numbers on the ground and through the air against the Lions poor pass defense.

Every Week Starters: Manning, Brady, Schaub (for now), Romo, Rivers, Rodgers, Brees

Other QB’s Worth Starting: Kyle Orton vs Seahawks, Brett Favre vs Dolphins, Matt Ryan vs Cardinals, Joe Flacco @ Bengals


Start Your Starters. No Clear Bench QB’s that are regular fantasy starters this week.

Running Backs

Darren McFadden vs Rams: This is a clear make or break season for Darren McFadden as his first two years in the league were a wash. Without Michael Bush to take touches away, McFadden had 150 total yards and a touchdown in the first week of the season. This was a great game against the Titans, and it brings hope that McFadden can be productive.

This week the Raiders play against the Rams and, even if Bush is back, McFadden will see the majority of the work in the backfield for week two.

Every Week Starters: MJD, All Day, Chris Johnson, Ray Rice, Frank Gore, Burner Turner, Rashard Mendenhall, Arian Foster, Steven Jackson

Other RB’s Worth Starting: Brandon Jackson vs Bills, Jahvid Best vs Eagles, LeSean McCoy @ Lions, Matt Forte @ Cowboys, Ahmad Bradshaw @ Colts, DeAngelo Williams vs Buccaneers, Ryan Mathews vs Jaguars, Jamaal Charles @ Browns, Knowshon Moreno vs Seahawks, Jerome Harrison vs Chiefs


C.J. Spiller @ Packers: Much was made of the rookie running back C.J. Spiller this preseason, but he failed to even rush for 10 yards against the Dolphins. This was a clear disappointment for fantasy owners, but you should have known this runner was doomed for inconsistency. Spiller will have to fight with other running backs all year and that won’t help him be a regular fantasy option.

Other RB’s Worth Sitting: Joseph Addai vs Giants, Ronnie Brown @ Vikings, Beanie Wells @ Falcons (Injured), Ryan Grant vs Bills (if he misses all practices), Justin Forsett @ Broncos

PHILADELPHIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Michael Vick  of the Philadelphia Eagles rushes during a game against the Green Bay Packers at Lincoln Financial Field on September 12, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Wide Receivers

Calvin Johnson vs Eagles: Calvin Johnson is an absolute stud talent but now that Matthew Stafford is out, and couple with lack of  production in week one (even though he should have been), some fantasy owners may consider benching him. If you happen to be thinking that I would only suggest you do it if you have very strong depth on your team.

Johnson was one of the most productive fantasy receivers two years ago with quarterbacks as or less talented than Shaun Hill. Johnson may not get as many deep balls, but he should still rack up solid production.

Every Week Starters: Moss, Wayne, Andre Johnson, White, Fitzgerald, Austin, Marshall, DeSean Jackson, Jennings, Colston, Boldin, Welker

Other WR’s Worth Starting: Dwayne Bowe @ Browns, Chad Ochocinco vs Ravens, Hakeem Nicks @ Colts, Terrell Owens vs Ravens, Percy Harvin vs Dolphins, Santana Moss vs Texans, Steve Smith (Both)


Michael Crabtree vs Saints: Playing against the Saints defense should be a great start for Michael Crabtree but the kid has major problems to overcome after not endearing himself to teammates in preseason and a horrible game against the Seahawks. Not only did Crabtree look lost on the field, but he didn’t even try to run down a defender after an interception.

Antonio Cromartie was heavily dogged by the media and some teammates for not making an effort against Shonn Greene last season in the playoffs. One of the worst things you can do is not show effort to stop an opponent from scoring and Coach Singletary publicly noted that he saw Crabtree not make an effort.

For a player so talented, he seems to have much to learn after all, and he needs to prove to his teammates and fantasy owners he can be trusted again.

Other WR’s Worth Sitting: Mike Sims-Walker @ Chargers (zero catches last week), Johnny Knox @ Cowboys, Mark Clayton @ Raiders, Mike Williams (Seattle) @ Broncos, Jacoby Jones @ Redskins, Lee Evans @ Packers

Tight Ends


Visanthe Shiancoe vs Dolphins: Visanthe Shiancoe has become an every week starting fantasy tight end as it is clear Brett Favre will throw his way every week. Sometimes Shiancoe may fade out of the offense but that is only because defense know he is a priority to stop.

Look for Shiancoe to possibly have a better season than he posted in 2009.

Every Week Starters: Start as you normally would.



Neil Rackers @ Redskins: I talked about Neil Rackers in our weekly waiver wire section as an option that was worth picking and starting most weeks. The Texans have one of the best offenses in football and Rackers will post a solid production line overall.

With a healthy leg, Rackers could end up as one of the top eight scoring fantasy kickers this season.

Starters: Start as you normally would.

Team Defenses


Raiders Defense vs Rams: Last week was a bad matchup for the Raiders’ defense but this week they have one of their best for the season. The Raiders will be hosting the Rams in their home opener and Sam Bradford will find playing on the road much different.

The very sight of the Black Hole will probably traumatize the young quarterback into a daze, and he will find the turf often. One thing the Raiders will do this season is apply pressure on the quarterback.

Start Worthy Matchups: Vikings vs Dolphins, Packers vs Bills, Cowboys vs Bears, Broncos vs Seahawks, Panthers vs Buccaneers, Eagles @ Lions, Bears @ Cowboys


49ers Defense vs Saints: The 49ers defense should be a solid option for many weeks this season but week two isn’t a good matchup. In this game, the 49ers need to prove they are better than the beating they took from the Seahawks weak offense. This defense took unnecessary gambles in the secondary and until that changes (it should right away) teams will exploit them.

Other Defenses Worth Sitting: Bengals vs Ravens, Dolphins @ Vikings, Giants @ Colts

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