RB Mark Ingram, N.O. - He struggled in his opening game with just 13 rushes for 40 yards. This week he plays the "Monsters of the Midway", the Chicago Bears. The Saints will be at home, but I do not expect the running game to be dominant this week.
QB Cam Newton, CAR – He had a fantastic debut, but Arizona's defense pales in comparison to the Packers. He won't have as much time to throw, and WR Steve Smith won't be nearly as open in Week 2. Don't bank on a
QB Sam Bradford, STL - He bruised his finger against the Eagles and only put up 188 yards. I thought the dink and dunk days of his rookie season were over, but it looks like the Rams coaching staff is still afraid to let Bradford off his leash. Considering he will be squaring off against a ferocious Giants front-four, skip him this week.
TE Zach Miller, SEA - He is going to be fantasy viable this year despite playing with a bad quarterback. Miller was a top tier tight end in Oakland last year with Jason Campbell at quarterback. The bigger problem is the schedule. The San Francisco 49ers allowed the fewest points to tight ends last year and the Steelers were fifth. It is another bad matchup; keep Miller on your bench.
QB Rex Grossman, WSH – If you would have told me at the start of the season that I would be recommending Grossman as a viable fantasy quarterback, I would have thought that the other 31 starting quarterbacks all suffered season ending injuries in the opener. Grossman has made four starts in Washington dating back to Week 15 of last season. He is averaging 40 passing attempts per game, has 1,145 yards passing, nine touchdowns and four picks. This week Grossman plays the Arizona Cardinals in Washington. This is the same Cardinals pass defense that gave up 422 yards passing and two touchdown passes in 37 passing attempts to Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton. I think Grossman is poised for a big week.
RB Matt Forte, CHI - Expect Jay Cutler to look to exploit CB Patrick Robinson often, in addition to a steady diet of screens to Forte, arguably the best receiving back in the league. He put up a 5/90/1 receiving line in Week 1 and New Orleans was generous to backs in the passing game last year.
RB Peyton Hillis, CLE - He was underwhelming in Week 1, but should rebound this week. Indy is not built to hold up against his bruising style. The Colts gave up big numbers to most every physical back they faced last season.
WR Brandon Marshall, MIA - looked solid on Monday night with seven receptions for 139 yards. The Houston Texans played well in the opener, but that was against the Kerry Collins led Colts. I do not believe the Texans transformed into the 2000 Baltimore Ravens overnight. Marshall is a big physical receiver who is tough to defend. I like his chances for a big game this week.
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