On the heels of the much happier “Start ‘Em” piece….
As of course, there are those players that have less than stellar matchups this weekend.. Sometimes you can sit them and sometimes you have to light a candle and say a prayer to the fantasy Gods..
Quarterbacks – Sit ‘Em
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – many have him ranked in the top four at the QB position for this week’s action. While there are some intangibles that make him appealing, Seattle boasts one of the league’s best defensive units. The Seahawks allowed barely 300 yards of total offense to their opponents. Newton, while not really bench-able in most cases is in for a difficult afternoon.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals – Dalton was without question a big surprise last season. But with the depth at quarterbacks in fantasy circles, he fell further down draft boards and this week on the road against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, you’ll find out why. You can’t sit his main weapon, WR A.J. Green, but I wouldn’t look for banner-like production by any stretch of the imagination from either Green or Dalton.
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears – The Bengals will be coming after Cutler after every snap, and with every hit, expect a myriad of inefficiency, bad decisions and mental breakdowns. Unless you have to start Cutler this week, I would steer clear of him altogether.
Running Backs – Sit ‘Em
Rashard Mendenhall, Arizona Cardinals – He could be back to form, yes – but running behind a less than stellar offensive line against a highly underrated St. Louis Rams Defense, it could be tough sledding for the former Pittsburgh Steeler. Unless you are in dire need – and who would be in dire need this early in the season, play the wait and see.
Ryan Mathews, San Diego Chargers – I expect a slight return to form for Mathews in 2013, but not this week. Once this game gets out of hand, the run will be quickly abandoned and the Chargers will have to dial it up through the air. Oh and did I mention that the Texans only allowed 98 yards on the ground to opponents last season.
Wide Receivers – Sit ‘Em
Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins – Big name, bigger questions. Wallace is definitely a dynamic player, but given his inconsistency issues as well as his lack of cohesiveness thus far with his new quarterback, you’d be best holding off.
Steve Smith, Carolina Panthers – I am a big fan of Smith, I truly am – but as his quarterback Cam Newton will likely struggle, Smith will no doubt struggle against the Seattle Seahawks. It gets better next week folks as the Panthers head to Buffalo to play the Bills.
Hakeem Nicks, New York Giants – It is not as much of a knock on his ability as it is a knock on his inability to stay on the field. If at all possible, hold off for a week and see how Nicks does in week one.
Vincent Jackson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – He is a player that most owners will find that they are unable to sit, and understandably so. But it is worth mentioning that despite all the New York Jets issues – they are still rock solid against the pass. Expect Jackson to be shadowed by Jets CB Antonio Cromartie all game.
Tight Ends – Sit ‘Em
Jared Cook, St. Louis Rams – While many are expecting Cook to be another solid set of hands at QB Sam Bradford’s disposal, I am thinking he’ll be called into more of a pass protection roll this weekend. If Bradford does go deep, as I expect more often than not, it’ll be to his speedy wideouts – and if that is to have any semblance of success, Cook will be called on to keep defenders out of his quarterback’s face. Unless your league rewards for blocks, I’d wait and see how things come together.
Jermaine Gresham, Cincinnati Bengals – see above – unless your league is incredible generous and blocks register points, stay clear. The oft-injured underachiever will have more of a pass protection role this week against the Chicago Bears.
If you missed it, check out some Week 1 Start ‘Em insight as well recently posted.
Best of luck this week!
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