No one needs anyone to play Captain Obvious here, so I certainly won’t sit here and tell you to start players that you know you should start, like QB Drew Brees, RB Jamaal Charles and WR Calvin Johnson. Unless hampered by injury, if you drafted a player in the first five rounds, that player should without question be in your starting lineup. As I have said in the past – if you Over-Think, you will Uber-Stink.
With that in mind, I would rather focus on players that might have you maddeningly going back and forth and assist in your lineup planning!
Quarterbacks – Start ‘Em
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys - He’ll be holding court in the shotgun and finding his receivers down field all afternoon against the New York Giants. He’s shredded the Giants in the past, and you can fully expect a solid game out of Romo, without question. You should
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles – When you combine a new system that falls right in your wheelhouse, a healthy offensive line, solid receivers and a lousy defensive secondary, that spells a good day in general for Vick.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers - despite the departure of WR Mike Wallace, and the fact that dynamic rookie RB Le’Veon Bell will be on the sidelines. I see no reason why Big Ben won’t have a solid outing against a less than stellar Titans defense. The RB duties will be handled admirably by RB Isaac Redman, and Roethelisberger’s downfield targets of WR Antonio Brown and WR Emmanuel Sanders will do him just fine.
Running Backs – Start ‘Em
Alfred Morris, Washington Redskins – He’s by no means a reach, but I wanted to prepare folks. Like the Eagles offense, their defense is in a state of transition, but the defensive unit is light-years behind schedule regarding personnel and preparedness. Like last season, the Eagles wil struggle mightily against solid run talent. Morris would more than fall into that category, and I would expect him to give the Eagles fits all afternoon.
Darren McFadden, Oakland Raiders – I am not completely sold on the Colts ability to shut down the run. That said, I am sold on the fact that they could run away with the game, but not until McFadden has the opportunity to put together some decent production. He is basically the only true offensive weapon they have and he has the skill set to make some noise. This is the Colts defense – not the Niners – and McFadden is (for now) healthy.
Darren Sproles, New Orleans Saints –Sproles is one of the best in the game at what he does, an in a game that could offer little in the way of defense, he could be the PPR monster of the week, not Detroit Lions RB Reggie Bush. It doesn’t hurt that head coach Sean Payton is back either. This game should be insane, and Sproles will play a solid role in the insanity.
Wide Receivers – Start ‘Em
Desean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles – Quite honestly, there isn’t anyone on the Washington Redskins defensive unit that is capable of covering Jackson. With QB Michael Vick getting time, Jackson should have no issues gaining separation down field and should be in for a solid game on Monday Night Football. On the other sidelines, expect Washington Redskins WR Pierre Garcon to find similar success against a Philadelphia Eagles defense still finding it’s way.
Lance Moore, New Orleans Saints – For some reason, a forgotten man until he explodes and then owners curse themselves, run for the waiver wire, or make sure they don’t forget him again. This week against the Atlanta Falcons, Moore will be more than a factor. Like that? Yeah, me neither – you get what I mean.
Stevie Johnson, Buffalo Bills - Maybe not so much early, but the flood gates of fantasy production could open wide during garbage time. For us older gents, it is reminiscent of Cincinnati Bengals WR Carl Pickens. Sure, he’d be quiet 80% of the time while his team got shellacked, but late in the game he’d come alive – and in the world of fantasy football, that is just fine! Expect Johnson to compile some statistics when the game is well out of hand.
Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh Steelers – While not as dynamic as his predecessor WR Mike Wallace, Brown is more than capable of handling the #1 receiver position for the Steelers. This week against the Tennessee Titans, he’ll be more than sufficient – after all, the Titans yielded almost 250 yards through the air to the opposition in 2012.
Tight Ends – Start ‘Em
Antonio Gates, San Diego Chargers – Speaking of yielding production to the opposition – while the Texans are clearly the better team in this contest, they are not particularly solid against the tight end position, in fact gave up the most touchdowns to TE’s just a year ago. Gates is healthy, determined, and in a game the Chargers will have to go through the air to stay competitive, Gates will be in QB Phillip Rivers sights.
Zach Sudfeld, New England Patriots – Yes, Patriots QB Tom Brady will be spreading the ball around the field, but we all are well aware of his tendency to look in the direction of his tight ends with marvelous efficiency. Enter 6’ 7” 260 Zach Sudfeld. He’ll be a factor against the Buffalo Bills, who surrendered some production to New England TE’s last season too.
Brandon Myers, New York Giants – Some say it will take time for Myers to get into a groove with the Giants. Last season with the Raiders, Myers was a PPR monster, catching everything thrown his way. Look for this to continue against the Cowboys as the Giants look to gain momentum and move the chains. Myers will indeed be involved.
Be sure to check out some Sit ‘Em suggestions and insight – coming up NEXT!!
Best of luck this week and enjoy the games!!
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