I’ve ascended from the depths of fantasy darkness and hell, going 2-6 through the first two weeks of this unpredictable whirlwind of an NFL season. Am I frazzled? A bit. Am I tired? Fo sho, mos def. Am I done? No way. I return to you, fantasy players and readers, a renewed man and a rejuvenated owner. I will be looking into ways to solidify my shaky rosters, including perusing the trading block, watching the waiver wire like a hawk and making shady, back alley deals with other desperate outlaw owners like myself. With these horrid past two weeks behind you, I write to you as a new soul that has found The Light. I am awakened by the prospects of week 3 in the NFL. With no further ado, my long anticipated preview.
Game 1: Giants at Panthers
Who I like: Cam Newton – QB – Panthers – this dood can flat out break down a defense. The Giants have a depleted, poor secondary that Cam can exploit with his arm. If the defense chooses to dedicate extra defenders to spy Cam and help stop the run, expect a big night through the air. If not, Cam could do some major (even more than usual) on the ground.
Andre Brown – RB – Giants – With Ahmad Bradshaw out the G-Men are going to put their running game on Mr. Brown. He looked good against the Bucs, gaining 71 yards on 13 carries with a TD. I like for those numbers to swell against a Pathers D thats allowing 146.5 yards on the ground per game.
Others: I think Eli Manning – QB – Giants is a must start but I’m not thrilled with the match up. I think the Giants will try to establish the run and Eli probably won’t have the game most owners would hope for or expect. I like Steve Smith -WR- Panthers, Hakeem Nicks -WR- Giants, and Victor Cruz -WR- Giants as must starts. All three are explosive receivers able to put up big numbers every week. I do not like the Panthers RB committee, Jonathan Stewart and Deangelo Williams. If you have any better options, play them. Cam Newton has been Carolina’s best runner and a committee is never favorable in fantasy.
Game 2: Rams at Bears
Who I like: Brandon Marshall-WR-Chicago: St. Louis does not have anybody with the ability to take on Brandon Marshall. The Rams secondary is a little suspect and I think Brandon will put up the numbers he’s used to.
Michael Bush-RB-Chicago: With Forte out, I foresee Bush filling the void the way he has for the Raiders and DMC the past few years. The Rams are giving up 129.5 yards a game and I don’t see that changing this week.
Others: No one really. I need to see more from Jay Cutler to ever trust that jerk again. I cannot believe his game against the Packers. His game was bad and he should feel bad. I usually like Steven Jackson, even coming off a groin injury, but not against the Bears at home. Sam Bradford -QB- Rams: I’m on the fence with Sammy, his confidence should be sky high coming into this game, the Bears secondary isn’t anything to bring home to mom and the prospect of Jackson sitting out may shout pass attempts, but I remain skeptical…
Game 3: Bills at Browns
Who I like: RBs for both teams. I’m not big on either teams defenses, not yet at least. I think C.J. Spiller (Bills) is trying to hold on to that starting gig and will continue to impress. On the flip-side, the Bills couldn’t stop the Chiefs from running the ball so I expect another big day from my ROY pick Trent Richardson.
Others: Stevie Johnson -WR- Bills: Stevie should be a solid start this week as in most weeks. Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB- Bills: I’d consider starting him, if, and only if, you’re only other option is Brandon Weeden.
Game 4: Bucs at ‘Boys
Who I like: Demarco Murray -RB- Cowboys: This man is tough to tackle, even tougher at home so he should be putting up decent numbers, even against the stout D-Line Tampa Bay has. Doug Martin -RB- Bucs: Expect Doug to gain you some serious fantasy points against a fairly terrible run D in Dallas.
Others: Dez Bryant, Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Tony Romo are all decent starts if you own those Cowboys. Dallas will be throwing the ball this week so they all should benefit. For the Bucs, I’d start Vincent Jackson but sit Mike Williams. Jackson is Freeman’s #1 option so he is the safer start this week against a solid Dallas secondary.
Game 5: Jaguars at Colts
Who I like: Maurice Jones-Drew -RB-Jaguars : This is the start and end of my list.
Others: Coby Fleener and Reggie Wayne are solid plays for the Colts, but I want to see more from Luck before relying on him as a starter. Laurent Robinson -WR- Jags is a solid #3 receiver in most leagues, but with Gabbert’s inconsistency I don’t know if I could start him.
Game 6: Jets at Dolphins
Who I like: Reggie Bush -RB- Dolphins: Especially in PPR leagues, Reggie Bush is returning investment in fantasy this year. He looks sharp, and playing with a fresh bounce in his step. Mark Sanchez -QB- Jets: Sanchez has looked pretty good this year, hushing the Tebow Mania and should do well against a Dolphins team that is giving up 314 yards through the air a game.
Game 7: Niners at the Vikings!
Who I like: My best picks for this game are Percy Harvin and the TEs from both teams. Harvin -WR- Vikings is dynamic with the ball and threatens to score every time he touches it. Kyle Rudolph -TE- Minnesota and Vernon Davis -TE- 49ers are both good starts for any fantasy team. Rudolph is a security blanket for a young quarterback and Davis is the safety for a fairly mediocre QB and passing game.
Others: I, personally, expect a big game from Randy Moss -WR- 49ers who was spurned by the Vikings two years ago. I don’t expect a silent game from him. Also, I never, ever, ever, ever count out Adrian Peterson, talk about a freak. I can’t believe he’s playing and he always steps up in big moments so why not against a sooper tough 49ers D???
Game 8: Chiefs at Saints
Who I like: Pretty much everyone on both offenses. Both defenses have been horrible this season and with their seasons hanging in the balance I foresee some major offensive outputs. Dwayne Bowe -WR- Chiefs, Darren Sproles -RB- Saints, Jimmy Graham -TE- Saints, Drew Brees -QB- Saints and Marques Colston -WR- Saints are all must starts.
Other players: Matt Cassel -QB- Chiefs may be in for a big game, this should be a high scoring affair. Jamal Charles -RB- Chiefs and Peyton Hillis -RB- Chiefs could also have big games against a Saints D that can’t seem to tackle anyone. I am weary of two -headed running attacks but I think both backs have big potential in this bout.
Game 9: Lions at Titans
Who I like: Calvin Johnson -WR- and Brandon Pettigrew -TE- for the Lions are both smart, safe starts.
Others: What happened to Chris Johnson -RB- Titans? He does not look anything like the RB he was 2 and 3 years ago. Matthew Stafford has fallen off a bit but I look to him to rebound at some point, no better game than this. Mikel LeShoure -RB- Lions will also see his first NFL action and could make a big impact in the Lions offense.
Game 10: Bengals at Redskins
Who I like: RGIII -QB- Redskins has lived up to the hype so far, even after a disappointing week 2, and I foresee another big game against the Bengals. A.J. Green -WR- Bengals is always a must start. I see big things coming for BenJarvus Green-Ellis -RB- Bengals this week. I’d start him and sit back and watch the points roll in.
Others: Alfred Morris -RB- and Pierre Garcon -WR- for the Redskins are reaping the benefits of RGIII’s electric play. They both seem to be safe plays this week.
Game 11: Eagles in the desert vs. the Cardinals
Who I like: Larry Fitzgerald -WR- Cardinals: Kevin Kolb didn’t call Larry’s number last week but I don’t expect that to be par for the course. He is still one of the most dangerous receivers in the game. LeSean McCoy -RB- Eagles This guy is a stud and the Eagles have leaned on him hard early this season, I don’t see it playing out differently this week.
Others: Michael Vick -QB- Eagles, I was high on Vick before the season and that has burned me. This week probably won’t help with his offensive line and Jeremy Maclin -WR- ailing. Brent Celek -TE- and DeSean Jackson -WR- Eagles are strong plays as Vick’s targets. Neither has found the end zone yet, but don’t expect that to last.
Game 12: Falcons at Chargers
Who I like: Matt Ryan -QB-, Roddy White -WR- Julio Jones -WR- and Tony Gonzalez -TE- have all been safe starts this season. This should remain the case this week. Phillip Rivers -QB- Chargers is another good, safe play. He’s putting up numbers you’d expect and will again this weekend.
Others: The RBs. Ryan Mathews should be (finally) returning from a broken clavicle. I’d wait another week to start him and see how it goes. Michael Turner -Falcons- was caught celebrating late Monday night, receiving a DUI so what can we expect from him?? Both are big question marks in my book and none of their back-ups are worth the chance starting at this point.
Game 13: Texans at Broncos
Who I like: Arian Foster -RB- Texans and Andre Johnson -WR- Texans: Who wouldn’t like these two?? I also like both Demaryius Thomas -WR- and Jacob Tamme -TE- for the Broncos. Thomas has huge big play potential and is a solid receiver, Tamme provides a nice target in the red zone, where Peyton loves to throw the ball.
Others: Ben Tate -RB- Texans has put up some decent numbers of his own may be slowed by the Broncos. Willis McGahee -RB- Broncos had a strong showing on Monday but I don’t like him against the Texans.
Game 14: Steelers at Raiders
Who I like: Honestly no one…
Others: Darren McFadden -RB- Raiders will hopefully start putting up the numbers we all know he is capable of. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown -WRs- Steelers are both decent starts. No one in this game really catches my eye.
Game 15: Pats at Ravens
Who I like: Gronk -TE- Patriots is a beast and Brady -QB- Patriots should find him often. Both should have games you’ll like. Ray Rice -RB- Ravens and Steven Ridley -RB- Patriots have shown their abilities and both are no-brainer starts Sunday.
Others: Joe Flacco -QB- Ravens has been good but he faces a tough test against the Patriots and his numbers will suffer a bit. Torrey Smith-WR- Ravens is a speedster who could take advantage of a slower Patriots secondary, he has to bust out one game, right??
Game 16: Packers at Seahawks
Who I like: Seattle can be a tough place to play but I still like Aaron Rodgers -QB- Packers, Greg Jennings -WR- (he should be back Monday night) and Jermichael Finley -TE- to put up respectable numbers. I also like Marshawn Lynch -RB- Seahawks to go into Beast Mode on the big stage.
Others: Maybe grab some insurance for Jennings with Randall Cobb or James Jones. Other than that, Sidney Rice and Russell Wilson just aren’t viable as of now as reliable starters.
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