Welcome new a new weekly post. I like the idea of it. You will love the idea of it. Each week, we’ll match up 2 players and tell you who to start. If you’ve got a conundrum of your own, post it in the comments and get an answer. Shameless plug: add us on Facebook (God Hates Losers) or Twitter (@godhateslosers) and ask us for our opinion there. So, if you are having an internal break down about your Flex positions, these 2 breakthrough gurus got your back.
- Pick Two: Ray Rice, Rashard Mendenhall, or Arian Foster
Andrew: Rice didnt have a great stat line last week, but that was against the NYJ front. This week he’s facing a less impressive Bengals D. Also, he was a top 5 pick for a reason. Mendenhall picked up 120 last week with a score, but needed overtime and a big run to do so. And he’s up against a Titans D that is full of holes, giving up 135 rush yards to the lowly Raiders. Arian Foster broke onto the national spotlight with a 230 yd 3 TD performance. This week he faces Washington and had high upside in number of carries as Houston should go up early. I like Rice and Foster.
Jordan: I couldn’t agree with my companion more. Rice is a stud in a stud’s game. Foster, aka Mister Breakout, is a fantastic talent on an almost high-powered offense; he truly has the chance to be one of the few backs that can truly be deemed a “workhorse”, given that he seems to be emerging as an everydown back. Rice, on the other hand, already has this established position, but is far more polished in his play, so look for him to explode through an incredibly pourous Bengles front seven.
- Derrick Mason or Brandon Marshall
Andrew: Neither really showed up as expected in Week 1. Mason just 2 receptions for 21 yards (however he was pretty much avoided due to Revis) Brandon Marshall had a healthy 8 receptions, but for only 53 yards and doesnt look to have the QB support with Henne that he’s had in past seasons. Ravens visit the Bengals, Dolphins travel to the Vikings. I like the upside of Brandon Marshall this week.
Jordan: Brandon Marshall is overrated, but he’s not old as fuck. Even though Marshall has the insatiably awful Henne as his QB, look for him to accidentally put up good numbers this week. Start him. Seriously.
- Matt Schaub or Michael Vick
Andrew: Schaub against Washington. Vick against Detroit. Barring any major developments, Vick should start. Schaub had a disappointing fantasy week as the Texans really had no reason to go to the air. I can’t see Houston struggling with Washington, but I think the passing game will open up, Schaub getting over 300 yds and a couple scores. Vick again has a good chance to top 250 passing and 50 rushing, earning at least 2 TDs. While Schaub is the higher pick, i’m going to take Michael Vick on this one against a super-vulnerable Detriot Lions Defense.
Jordan: This is dumb. I look dumb, but only because Andrew beat me to the post. Clearly, I love Vick for fantasy football purposes; he can get you points at least 4 ways, and is riding on the crest of an emotional wave. While that wave is still rolling over lowly opponents like the Lions, you should start him. There is nothing that Vick loves more than the chance to “do his thing”, so, you should look for him to play his usual style of sandlot football against DET- only, this time, he’ll be good.
- Flex Pick: Pick One: Steve Breaston, Knowshon Moreno, Santana Moss
Andrew: Breaston looks like a go-to guy for Anderson in Arizona, but that was against St Louis, and they won barely. I dont know how he’ll adjust against the Atlanta Falcons. Knowshon Moreno had a mediocre weekend, just 60 yards, against a middle of the road defense in Jacksonville. He’ll be up against Seattle who held the 49ers to under 50 yards on 19 carries. With the addition of Maroney to compete for carries, he might be losing value. Santana Moss gets by pick as the starter. He’ll be going up against the Texans who gave up an incredible 419 yards through the air. McNabb is no Manning, but Santana Moss is easily the favorite on the Redskins, and if they can get even a little offense going, Moss could surprise people this week.
Jordan: What Andrew said, goddammit. *sigh*
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