Each week during the NFL season FST brings you our Fantasy Football Start’em column, which takes a look at favorable matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. Let’s take a look at some players that you’ll want in your starting lineup for Week 2. If you have any start’em sit’em questions feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
From the sleeper pick of the week to a must start’em pick. Michael Vick looked like the Vick of old on Monday night as he had the Redskins defenders on their heels all night. He’s got a fast tempo offense that caters to his strengths. I expect he’ll be able to do some damage in the Philly home opener against a Chargers team that fizzle down the stretch on Monday night as well. Keep playing the hot hand and enjoy Vick’s performance while he’s injury-free.
It’s all about the matchups in fantasy. Although the vaunted San Francisco defense is not an easy one for Russell, it’s one he’s had success against before at home in Seattle. The Seahawks plan on breaking decibel levels that have never been seen before in this game. I expect that while on offense though the fans will be quiet enough to let DangerRuss operate with ease. Rodgers had great success last week in the passing game and I think there’s reason to think Wilson will have similar success.
Boldin had a debut for the ages on Sunday against the Packers. It appears that he’ll be Kaepernick’s favorite target and he’ll get plenty of targets. Seattle has a tough secondary, but I expect they are beatable at least a couple times a game. I’m not expecting another 200 yard performance but certainly double digits in targets and a TD are feasible.
Not a bad way to start off the 2013 campaign with a rookie under center and hauling in a TD catch to boot for Moore. He’s been the most consistent fantasy starter over the past year for Oakland and he’ll have a great opportunity to add to that against a beleaguered Jaguars team that looked pedestrian in the opening week. Moore has game breaking abilities and it wouldn’t surprise me if he finds a TD and 100 yards this Sunday.
I expect Charles to shake off a bruised quad muscle and be out there on Sunday to make things difficult in the running and passing game against the Cowboys. Dallas looked vulnerable in the passing game and the ability to contain speedsters in open space. I’ll expect Charles’ workload to increase this week and be a key component in Coach Andy Reid’s game plan to run the football.
Reggie looked like his dynamic self from his playing days at USC last week. In this new offense in Detroit it appears he’ll be utilized in many different ways. It’s a favorable matchup this week against the Cardinals. While Reggie is coming off some bumps, bruises and a dislocated finger it’s expected that he’ll play a large role in the offense on Sunday.
This waiver wire find should pay off dividends immediately. Cameron is the main offensive target for QB Brandon Weeden until Josh Gordon gets back. Cameron fits the former basketball player mold at TE and seems to be a big red zone threat. The Ravens gave up some big plays to Denver’s tight end last week so there should be opportunities for Cameron to cash in against the Ravens defense on Sunday.
Finley turned in a nice debut in San Francisco last week. While his motivation and character have been questioned in previous seasons it appears he’s finally turned the corner and is on the right track with Rodgers. He looks more athletic and appears to have controlled his fumblitis/drops that has plagued him. The Redskins appear to be vulnerable on the defensive side of the ball so there should be some red zone looks in the cards for Finley.
The Falcons had a stern test going up against the revitalized New Orleans Saints in the opening week, with the return of Coach Peyton to the sidelines. This game should be more manageable and I expect the Falcon’s high flying defense to be all over Bradford and company early and often to atone for their play in the opener.