NFL Fantasy Fare: Don't panic yet, it's only Week 2!
By DAN BILICKI, QMI Agency
|Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a terrible game on Thursday night in Green Bay. (JEFF HAYNES/Reuters file photo)
TORONTO - If there’s one thing that you should remember about Week 1 of the NFL season, in fantasy in particular, it’s that there are still 15 more games to play. This isn’t the time to over-react and make some drastic moves.
For instance, I was about to offer a proven commodity in Michael Vick after one of his worst games for the hotshot of the week, Robert Griffin III. While I’m not even sure that the other owner would have accepted it, that’s the kind of move that could lose you your fantasy season.
Vick will undoubtedly come back strong and there’s a higher chance that the rookie comes back to earth — maybe not this week against the Rams, but eventually.
So, think about the marathon that is the season before making that waiver bid on a guy who just had a great first sprint.
— Turns out there’s not much to worry about for the two star backs returning from torn ACLs during the 2011 season. Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles both had fine days in Week 1 and looked every bit like they belong in your fantasy lineup. Both had 87 total yards, but Peterson found the end zone twice, against inferior competition though.
— The most surprising thing about Peterson was that he had the goal-line carries, something we figured the Vikes wouldn’t risk him in. So it might be time to drop Toby Gerhart, except if you have room to hang on to him as a handcuff.
— With Fred Jackson out for at least three weeks — and maybe up to as many as eight — C.J. Spiller should be atop your waiver wish list. The 2010 first rounder is currently the league leader in rushing yards and was the highest-scoring RB of Week 1. The Bills also have a somewhat easy slate for the next few weeks, making Spiller a potential starter for you.
— Jeremy Maclin suffered not one, but two hip injuries against the Browns on Sunday. He’s currently ailing from a hip flexor strain and a hip pointer. He hasn’t been ruled out of this week’s game yet, but keep your eyes posted leading up to game time.
— While he’s not going to be the highest-rated QB on anybody’s list and is more than likely un-owned in your league, Kevin Kolb will be starting for Arizona for this week, at least. He looked good leading the Cards to a victory late against the Seahawks and he faces the Patriots this week. Now, last year you might’ve been able to get away actually STARTING him, but the New England defence is vastly improved over last year. Leave Kolb on the waiver wire.
— Two defensive injuries to keep an eye on: Atlanta’s Frank Grimes is out for the season and Darrelle Revis suffered a mild concussion. The Falcons’ pass defence is based around having three good CBs, so now it could be trouble. News came out yesterday that Revis won’t be suiting up on Sunday, so have no fears about starting your Steelers wide receivers. Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown will be forced to escape Revis Island this week.
— What happened to Brandon Marshall on Thursday night? The supposed main man for Jay Cutler didn’t get his first catch of the game until there 7:20 left in the fourth quarter and only had one target in the first half. Marshall also dropped a surefire touchdown, which I’m sure really peeved both Cutler and his fantasy owners.
Sit Matt Stafford, QB, DET at SF – The Niners did a good job containing Aaron Rodgers and Stafford looked bad against the lowly Rams.
Start Robert Griffin III, QB, WAS at STL – RG3 torched the Saints in his debut playing in a noisy dome. The Rams could be just as bad and have a worse dome.
Sit Ahmad Bradshaw, RB, NYG vs. TB - The Bucs gave up only yards rushing last week and only one yard to the Cats RBs.
Sit Kevin Smith, RB, DET at SF – The 49ers forced the Pack to completely abandon the run last week and Detroit should face the same fate.
Start C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF vs. KC – He’s the feature back for Buffalo until Jackson’s back and should have a big week here.
Start Adrian Peterson, RB, MIN at IND – AP should be a starter for the rest of the season after proving he can handle the load last week.
Start Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, JAC vs. HOU – MJD has scored 10 TDs in 10 career games against the Texans.
Sit Kenny Britt, WR, TEN at SD – He’ll play, but only a limited amount, against a good pass defending team.
Sit Malcolm Floyd, WR, SD at TEN – This may surprise you, but the Titans gave up the least amount of fantasy points to WRs last week. Oh, and they played New England.
Start Coby Fleener, TE, IND vs. MIN – After catching only four passes in the pre-season, he had six in Week 1 for 82 yards.
PICK UP OF THE WEEK
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS
Mike Shanahan said he’s the starting running back for Washington “right now.” Knowing Shanahan, that doesn’t mean it will last long. But Morris had a solid game last week against the Saints and carried the ball a whopping 28 times. That number was enough to drive up his ownership in Yahoo! Leagues an amazing 51% over the last week.
DROP OF THE WEEK
Rashad Jennings, RB, JAC
He was supposed to be the lead back for the Jaguars early this season, but that was quickly derailed knee injury in Week 1. That led to Maurice Jones-Drew getting the majority of the carries and doing well. Jennings might not miss much time, but it could be enough for MJD to win his starting job back.
WAIVER DEFENCE OF THE WEEK
Going to Miami to face the lowly Dolphins, the Raiders are projected by Yahoo! to have the second-best fantasy week for defences behind the Patriots. Despite the great matchup, Oakland is only owned in 15% of leagues. You also have to figure it would have done better if the team could actually get a punt off late last week.
Darren McFadden had 13 receptions in Week 1. He had 19 in seven games all of last season.