Start ’em Sit ’em is our weekly look at favorable and unfavorable match-ups and how they might affect lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Other than a few elite players, no one should be classified as a must start every week, and analyzing match-ups can go a long way to giving your team a weekly edge. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.

Quarterbacks

Michael Vick PHI vs. DET: Start’em

Vick will be getting the start however; don’t bank on him being the starter for the Eagles the rest of the way out. Kolb will be given the keys back once he is healthy. With all that being said Vick is a top ten QB start this week against a poor Lions defense. Expect the rushing yards to be there and a good chance of a rushing touchdown this week for Vick.

Jason Campbell OAK vs. STL: Spot Start

Campbell did not have the best first game for the Raiders but in Jason Campbell fashion he ended up with a decent fantasy line by the games end. This week he faces a secondary that should have given up 400 yards in the air last week but Derek Anderson and Fitzgerald just did not have their timing down quite right yet. Now we do not expect a monster day for Campbell but if you had Kolb and did not get Vick, Campbell is a good secondary option.

Brett Favre MIN vs. MIA Risky Start

This is more risky due to Favre’s receiving options than Favre himself. The Vikings miss Sidney Rice a great deal and that was painfully obvious week one against the Saints. Until another receiver steps up we have Favre out of our top ten quarterbacks unless the match-ups is just too good too pass up, this is not one of those weeks. He is a risky start and not a sit’em simply since the old man seems to always find a way.


Running Backs

Brandon Jackson GB vs. BUF: Start’em

Congratulations, you used your number one waiver on Jackson and this week you will already start reaping the benefits. The Packers face a Buffalo team that is just terrible against the run and is surprising good against the pass (sorry Bills fans at this point it is a surprise to anyone if the Bills are good at anything). This means the Packers will run to set up the pass or just keep running because the Bills cannot stop them. Either way the new starting running back Mr. Brandon Jackson will see a ton of work and should be poised for a huge day.

Jamaal Charles KC vs. CLE: Start’em

Monday night proved two things for the Chiefs running back situation. First, that the carries are going to be equally split and second that a fresh Jamaal Charles is going to a ton more with his touches. Quick fact: last season Chris Johnson lead the league with 60+ yard runs, Charles finished second, just one 60+ run behind Johnson. The most interesting part of this is Charles played half a season. Charles is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball and we think that against this Browns team he might just do it twice.

Jahvid Best DET vs. PHI: Risky Start

Sure Jahvid Best put up good fantasy totals his first NFL game but when digging into those numbers there is cause for concern. If you take away his two touchdowns he would have had a below average day getting taken down what seemed like as soon as any Bear touched him. This week he faces a much better run defense and with Matt Stafford out, the Eagles will certainly target stopping the run and letting their corners work one on one (except for the safety that will be over top of Calvin Johnson every play.) We are not saying steer clear of starting Best because he has that big play potential, just hope he gets a big one. If that does not happen we see his average yards per carry being very low this week with not many chances to punch one in short.

Wide Receivers

Pierre Garcon IND vs. NYG: Start’em

The Colts always play well in primetime, the Colts always play well at home, and I am sure they are not pleased with starting the year with a loss. This is why we believe Pierre Garcon and all Colt wideouts will have a nice day. Garcon solidified himself as the number two receivers behind Reggie Wayne and was targeted eight times last week. He has big play potential and with all the focus being on Mr. Wayne we believe Garcon is going to have a nice day. On a side note if you do any NFL Betting I love Colts this week.

Malcom Floyd SD vs. JAC: Start’em

For those of you on the East Coast and did not get a chance to see the second Monday Night game last week it was pouring therefore, it was a running game. This week the Chargers play at home and Phillip Rivers will get every chance for a big day since he is facing a weak secondary. Sure Naanee had the bigger day week one but Floyd had more targets and is the better red zone option out of the two. We expect Rivers to throw the ball a ton, tear up the Jacksonville secondary, giving Floyd a chance for a nice day.

Mark Clayton STL vs. OAK: Spot Start

Clayton had 16 targets last week, yes 16 different times Sam Bradford looked to throw the ball his way. He has been with the team less than three weeks but is certainly the young quarterbacks’ favorite target. This week they play a secondary that is solid but until Bradford starts beating people with his arm the game plan is still to put eight in the box and stop Steven Jackson daring Bradford to win the game. It might be a little risky to start Clayton but if the Vince Young to Nate Washington combo can produce points against Oakland we believe the Bradford Clayton connection stands a chance to do the same.

Tight Ends

Zack Miller OAK vs. STL: Start’em

We like Jason Campbell this week simply due to the match up and he loves throwing to his tight ends so we have to like Zack Miller as well. Campbell should have more time in the pocket this week but, even with that time, Campbell normally goes for the safe open play instead of the homerun. Miller is that safe open play the majority of the time. Expect Miller to see a ton of targets and possibly find the endzone this week.

Todd Heap BAL vs. CIN: Risky Start

Everyone saw what a healthy Todd Heap could do Monday Night against the Jets and he was added in many leagues this past week. The issue is he has a little bit of a shoulder injury which might limit him or even have him sitting out this week. Even if Heap plays we doubt he is going to see the same coverage he did against the Jets. On Monday night the Jets decided to blitz on what seemed like every down giving Heap very favorable match-ups on almost every play. The Bengals will not blitz nearly as much which in turn should give them more players in the secondary to match up with Heap.

Defense

Panthers CAR vs. TB: Spot Start

This is more of a statement about the Bucs offense than the Panthers defense. Last week the Panthers gave up a decent amount of points but did create some turnovers. This week they face a less potent offense so we doubt the Bucs will put up over twenty points and we believe the Panthers will still create those turnovers.

49ers SF vs. NO: Sit’em

This might be a little obvious but since the Saints managed less than twenty points in their opener some people might doubt them. Please don’t be one of those people. The 49ers bought into their own hype week one and got crushed by a less talented Seattle team. This week they get to try to bounce back at home against the defending world champions. We expect Patrick Willis to ensure the defense plays much better however, even at their best they would be hard pressed to stop the Saints offense. This early in the season it is hard to dump your bench breakout prospects for a second defense but in this case you just might have to.

Week 2 Expert Picks
FST EXPERTS STUD DUD SLEEPER
Brent Brandon Jackson Matt Forte Michael Vick
Dustin Ray Rice Tom Brady Kansas City D
Mike Reggie Wayne Shonn Greene Seneca Wallace

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