OK. I’ve decided that I’m a bit of a beast at start’em sit’em. I’m shooting like .800 due to the being awesome. Sure, when i’m wrong I’m way wrong (sit Randy Moss, Week 2/Start Massaquoi Week 1) but for the most part, I’m legit. Perhaps too legit, even. And we all know what that means.
Just to add a little more clarity to start’em sit’em i’m going to add a Sleeper list, to show those with upside, if youre in a deep league or really need the help.
- Brandon Marshall – Going up against the Revis-less Jets Defense. Even more good news, Cromartie got burned by Marshall a few years ago for 18 receptions 166 yards and a TD. Henne isnt exactly the weapon that Cutler is.. but still, he should put up some numbers.
- Jason Witten – He’s been remarkably quiet this year, causing fury-induced migraines for his owners. But Houston is miserable against TEs this year. Clark had 11 rec/80 yds/1 TD in Week 1. Cooley had 3/64/1 last week. I’d expect Witten to put up numbers similar to last year in the 7/100/1 range. (Consider this the same with the majority of Dallas Cowboys this week. Romo, Austin, Bryant, and even F. Jones are must starts against a very defensively challenged Texans team)
- Clinton Portis – There seems to be quite a bit of talk about the new back-up in Washington. Portis will feel pressured to perform well today, and it will work against St. Louis. Expect a big day on a defense already torched by Hightower and McFadden this year. A 20+ fantasy performance is not out of the question.
- Jeremy Maclin – 2 scores in the red zone in the first 2 weeks. Playing a horrid Jacksonville D. Should see even more work as he starts getting better with Vick under center.
- Carson Palmer – Considering his first 2 starts were against New England and Baltimore, I don’t think he’s looking that bad. This week he is facing the Carolina Defense, that gave up 178 yards passing yards, 2 TDs, and no sacks against Josh Freeman and the Bucs.
- Sleepers – Mike Tolbert, Fred Taylor, Louis Murphy, Mike Wallace, Sam Bradford
- Tampa Bay Offense – Freeman (like you’d do that anyways), Cadillac Williams, Mike Williams, Kellen Winslow. The looks decent in the first 2 games, but both were against awful teams. This week they are facing what looks like the best Defense in the NFL. The Steelers are 2 and 0 only because of their defense. Dont expect much out of the Bucs offense, if anything. Consider this essentially the same for Cleveland and Buffalo.
- Brandon Jackson – We were all admittedly a little high on Jackson last week. Especially against the lowly Bills, where he ran 11 times for 29 yards. Not to mention he is going against Chicago this week, a team giving up less than 30 yards rushing a game. Definitely not starter material. I’m sure you have 2 better RBs on your roster.
- Kyle Orton – I’m usually a fan, but not so much this week. The running game has issues, his OL is banged up and probably missing starters. And Indy learned to buckle down a bit against New York last week. Orton wont be the worst QB, but you probably have a better one.
- Dwayne Bowe, Lee Evans, Jericho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards – Four receivers with respectable pasts. All look like crap this year. Blame the QB play. Blame communication issues or misbehavior. Don’t let them see your starting line up.
- Dallas, Indy, Denver DEF – Just tough matchups. Use them if you have to, but I think there will be some high scoring affairs here.
- Do not start “sleepers” – Aromashodu, Mike Williams (SEA), Brandon Lloyd, Gaffney, Beanie Wells, David Garrard, Meachem.