Not much of an intro this week as I’ve been dealing with a flu bug the past few days. Let’s just get straight to this week’s selections!
Cam Newton: After a tough matchup last week, Newton gets a breather against the Bills. The Panthers also came out this week and said they plan to throw the ball down field much more than they did last week. Add in Newton’s rushing abilities and I think he will reward owners who don’t panic after one off week.
Michael Vick: Vick seems happy with his new offense and showed flashes of the old Vick last week against a respectable Washington D. This week he gets the Chargers who allowed Matt Schaub to shred them last week. I’m buying that.
Stevan Ridley: Last week’s dud may scare owners off, but New England lost his main competition in Shane Vereen to injury. I think he figures out a way to hold onto the football and regains the trust of his owners against the Jets this week.
Trent Richardson: Sensing a theme yet? Stay the course. This could apply to the Browns who gave up on the running game after early success against the Dolphins. Worse still, they didn’t even get Trent involved in the passing game. I expect the Browns to fix this issue and get their best offensive player they ball often against divisional rival Baltimore.
Maurice Jones-Drew: Oakland did well against the run last week against Vick Ballard. MJD is not Vick Ballard. I expect MJD to come out ready to make up for last week’s dud and get into the end zone.
Julian Edelman: Edelman was a forgotten man during preseason drafts as fantasy owners and experts were enamored with new acquisitions and rookies in New England. Well, he’s not forgotten anymore. Brady will be without Amendola this week and that should leave the slot job all to Edelman.
Steve Smith: See Cam Newton above. Smith will be the guy he’s going to down Field.
Cecil Shorts: Mercifully Shorts will have Chad Henne throwing him the ball this week. Yikes, did I just write that? Yeah… Listen, Shorts and Henne were a great combo at the end of last season producing several 100+ yard games. Gabbert may have had his last chance last week.
Jordan Cameron: Cameron gets to face a Baltimore defense that just gave up 100+ yards and 2 TDs to a TE who has the same physical skills as Cameron. He is the go-to target for Weeden right now and while that may be disappointing in real life, it won’t be for fantasy purposes.
Julius Thomas: Speaking of Thomas, he gets to face the Giants who just gave up 70 yards and 2 TDs to Jason Witten. The Giant defensive backfield is in tatters already.
Bengals D/ST: Probably the only team that looked more inept on offense than Pittsburgh last week was Jacksonville. The Bengals don’t get to play the Jaguars, but they do get a Steeler offense that features no running game and a porous offensive line.
Ben Roethlisberger: I felt bad for Big Ben last week. Unfortunately things don’t look to get much better after he lost his best offensive lineman for the season in week 1.
Joe Flacco: The Ravens offensive line did not look good last week and faces a Browns pass-rush that terrorized Ryan Tannehill last week. He will be under pressure all afternoon which may lead to a couple turnovers.
Steven Jackson: Jackson may not be a total dud on Sunday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gives you a ho-hum 7 or 8 pts.
Frank Gore: Gore struggled for success against Green bay last week, only scraping by with a short TD. Seattle will focus on stopping the run and let their big corner take care of Anquan Boldin.
Rashard Mendenhall: He seems to be a popular sleeper pick for this week, but I’m not sure I see why. Detroit really stymied Adrian Peterson last week outside of his opening run. They might not be the cakewalk their statistics indicate.
Torrey Smith: Facing Joe Haden, he may have an unproductive afternoon, much like Mike Wallace did last week. Haden is truly a shutdown corner.
Brian Hartline: Hartline doesn’t catch many TDs, so don’t be fooled by last week. He is a good possession receiver, but Mike Wallace should get some of the targets that Hartline got last week.
James Jones: He was reliant on TDs last year, and he was held without a catch last week. Not someone I want to rely on if I have a choice.
Owen Daniels: I wouldn’t expect 2 TDs again this week. Tennessee have a talented group of young linebackers who should be able to lock down Daniels this week.
Zack Miller: He seems to be ranked as startable on several sites this week. San Francisco have a couple decent linebackers if my memory serves me correctly. I don’t see it happening.
Giants D/ST: Peyton can’t throw 7 TDs again right? Right?! No, I don’t think so. Still, the Giants secondary looked beatable last week and Peyton looked like, well….Peyton. I’m steering clear.