by Steve Geller, Steve@wwl.com,posted Sep 14 2012 7:17AM
I took a beating last week with my 3 picks to sit. Adrian Peterson scored 2 TDs, Peyton Manning looked like...well, Peyton Manning and the 49ers defense went into Lambieu and shut down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
Like the Saints, I'll shake it off as just one week and will look to redeem myself in week 2.
RB Michael Turner, Atlanta Falcons
I hope you entered your draft with the same mindset as I did; forget about Michael Turner this season, he is over the hill. Yes, he runs for a powerful offense, but was quite lackluster to open the season. Fellow RB Jacquizz Rodgers actually logged more fantasy points.
In Week 2 Atlanta faces a Denver defense that held the Pittsburgh rushing attack in check. The Dirty Birds will continue to focus on their air attack given its success in Week 1. This means Turner and Rodgers could again see decreased production. I think Turner should see around 10-12 carries in Week 2 and rush for 40-50 yards. Keep him on your bench until we see some production.
QB Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
It would probably be easier to just list every Jets scoring option in the Sit Em category this week. Sanchez did toss three scores last week at the Bills' expense, but away from New Jersey he's a .500 fantasy QB with 25 TDs and 25 interceptions.
This week's foe, Pittsburgh, will be in a foul mood after losing its opener in Denver. I forecast Sanchez for around 200 yards -at most- with 1 TD and 2 interceptions minimum. If you are in need of a QB to start, I suggest looking elsewhere at friendlier matchups.
RB Trent Richardson, Cleveland Browns
The upside for Richardson is that Hardesty and Jackson saw no action in Week 1. The downside is he only rushed for 39 yards and recorded a minimal 5 reception yards. Cincinnati should be an interesting matchup for Richardson this week, but I think he is going to struggle to put up the numbers most fantasy owners would expect from a number one back.
My suggestion with him is to sit him on your bench until we see some spark of production. The Cleveland offense is working to correct their ways, and this is going to take time. Richardson is going to suffer along with his offensive unit, and this week I look for around 40 rushing yards and maybe 10-15 receptions.
RB C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills
To say that Week 1 was a game the Buffalo Bills would just as soon forget is an understatement.
Not only was the team smoked by the New York Jets in the season opener, but the Bills also lost starting running back Fred Jackson for the foreseeable future to a sprained knee.
That thrusts C.J. Spiller back into the starting lineup and into fantasy consideration this week.
No running back scored more fantasy points over the last three weeks than Spiller a year ago, and with a matchup on tap against a Kansas City Chiefs squad that surrendered the eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs last year, Spiller is a strong play in Week 2.
WR Lance Moore, New Orleans
Starting any WR on the Saints is never really a bad idea with how many times Drew Brees throws the ball. Moore had a very slow start to the game against the Redksins, but that picked up in the 2nd half .
Despite his slow start, Moore was targeted 10 times, catching 6 of them for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. Over the last 4 years, Moore has been a reliable source of touchdowns so if you need a 3rd receiver or flex starter this week, give Moore a look. It is never a bad thing starting a receiver who catches passes from any of the top QBs.
New England Patriots Defense
New England's defense held the Titans to 13 points and scored a TD of its own on opening day. Now look who's coming to dinner this week...why, it's Kevin Kolb, the Arizona Cardinals backup! He is a turnover factory, and the Philadelphia Eagles' trade equivalent of Herschel Walker.
He may have beaten Seattle Sunday, but Kolb's one of those QBs who is great as a backup but spontaneously combusts as the starter.
The Patriots defense isn't an elite unit, but it'll play like one vs. Kolb and the Cards.
My pick up & play of the week:
WR Dexter McCluster, Kansas City Chiefs
McCluster is a utility knife who was too often kept in the drawer during the Todd Haley days. He looked sharp and figured prominently in new coordinator Brian Daboll's offense though. His skills have never been in question; it was just a matter of getting the ball in his hands. With a new lease on life and a more clearly defined offensive role, he could be in line for a breakthrough season and could easily be this year's Darren Sproles.