by Steve Geller, Steve@wwl.com,posted Sep 21 2012 9:34AM
My fantasy team rebounded from a rough week 1 outing, and I'm happy to report that they at least haven't started the year 0-2 <cough, cough>. Hopefully your squad is clicking on all cylinders; unless of course, you happen to be one of the owners in my league...he he he he. Here's my advice for this week:
Chris Johnson: RB Tennessee Titans
This is always the hardest moment for fantasy owners. You spent a high draft pick on a running back that has had great success in the league, but not only does he start out slow; he is abysmal. So the question becomes, is this just a nightmare start or does this warrant a benching?
I think at this point you cannot afford to play the running back formally known as CJ2K in a bad matchup, and that's the case this week against Detroit. The Lions were the 12th fantasy running back defense last year and are the 16th ranked one so far this season. Put Johnson on your bench and wait to see if he can break out of this slump.
Carson Palmer: QB Cincinnati Bengals
I know, I know, Palmer is eighth in fantasy points among quarterbacks heading into Week 3, but he could find it difficult to sling it against the Steelers. Pittsburg has surrendered the fifth-fewest passing yards so far, and honestly I still need to see more from Palmer before I fully trust him as a starter.
San Diego Chargers defense
The Atlanta Falcons are rolling on offense right now. In fact, opposing defenses are averaging negative fantasy points over the first two weeks of the season. That makes the Chargers, a must to avoid. San Diego ranks a very pedestrian 16th among defenses based on fantasy points.
Dennis Pitta: TE Baltimore Ravens
Going into this season, there wasn't much talk about Dennis Pitta in the fantasy world. After two weeks his ears are starting to ring as folks keep talking about him. He leads the Ravens in all receiving categories and has been targeted 23 times, catching 13 of them for 138 yards and a TD.
The team has been raving about him since training camp started; it just took everyone outside of Baltimore a few weeks to listen.
Dwayne Bowe: WR Kansas City Chiefs
How can anyone not love Dwayne Bowe this week? He is coming off an impressive game where he hauled in eight balls for 102 yards and two touchdowns. This week he faces a Saints secondary that, as we all know, can't cover anyone! The former LSU Tiger is Matt Cassel's only reliable target and will be the beneficiary of this terrific matchup.
New York Jets defense
Despite the fact that the Mean Green did next to nothing in the stat sheets last week, their defense is still ranked among the top options in fantasy land. This week they go up against the Dolphins and rookie QB Ryan Tannehill. Rex Ryan is going to bring the heat, and I look for the J-E-T-S to put up big fantasy points Sunday in this AFC East tilt.
Pick up & play of the week
Donnie Avery: WR Indianapolis Colts
Avery followed an opening week touchdown with a 9 catch, 111 yard performance against the Vikings. His success is tied to Andrew Luck's, and the rookie QB has so far shown he can put up big passing numbers regardless of his struggles with ball security.
The biggest threat to Avery's production going forward could be Austin Collie, though the oft-concussed receiver is no safe bet to stay healthy. I really like Avery as an occasional game-breaker out of the slot.