Week 2 off to slow start but better days and plays ahead

Week 2 of the fantasy football season started off with a whimper on Thursday night.

The Jets and Patriots may have actually set the game back – unless you listened to yours truly and added Julian Edelman in your PPR league. But before I break my arm patting myself on the back, let’s get to some more exciting plays for the remainder of the weekend.

I won’t be advising you to start any obvious players. So you won’t ever here “Adrian Peterson has a terrific matchup this week” or “Boy, that Aaron Rodgers looks good against (insert team here)”. Rather than stating the obvious, I’m here to answer real questions for you by suggesting less than obvious or questionable players who I really believe in on a week-to-week basis.

I’ll also mention players whom I’d shy away from. Keep in mind, these are matchup based suggestions and if you don’t agree with me feel free to go your own way. In the end, it is your team to manage as you please and only you will ultimately be held responsible your lineup decisions:

* Michael Vick – There are several players in fantasy football – Darren McFadden, DeMarco Murray, Jermichael Finley and the already banged-up Danny Amendola, to name a few – that you can count on to get injured at some point in time. Mike Vick is the quarterback for that team. So, my advice with Vick most weeks will be to use him while he is still available. After this past Monday night, that may not be long. Vick has the keys to the NFL’s shiniest new car and a matchup against a team, the San Diego Chargers, that doesn’t strike fear into the hearts of many. As a result, Vick should be a Top 5 QB this week and I would start him ahead of Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III and Tony Romo.

* Eddie Lacy – Lacy got into the end zone in his very first NFL game, and did so against one of the premier defenses in the league. This week, he draws a Redskins defense that surrendered 184 yards to LeSean McCoy on Monday Night Football. The short turnaround and the fact that Washington just doesn’t appear to be a very good defensive squad should add up to a big game for the Packers rookie. I would start Lacy ahead of Chris Johnson, Frank Gore, David Wilson and any running back from the Broncos, Bengals and Steelers.

* Steve Smith – Smitty had a better fantasy day than expected in Week 1 versus the Seahawks and he’ll look to build upon that game when the Panthers travel to Buffalo. The Bills are without their two best defensive backs (Stephon Gilmore and Jairus Byrd) and gave up big numbers to the Patriots wideouts last Sunday. This is not breaking news, but Steve Smith is much more talented than any of New England’s wide receivers. Look for him to go over 100 yards with a touchdown this week. I would play Steve Smith ahead of Torrey Smith, Anquan Boldin, Dwayne Bowe and Roddy White this week.

* Jared Cook – I’ve mentioned Jared Cook with regularity so far this fantasy season, and with good reason. I firmly believe Cook will wind up this season inside the Top 7 tight ends and has become a must-start player every week. All you have to do is peruse my past columns to see that I’ve been proactive on Cook and I’m not merely overreacting to his stellar Rams debut. In terms of physical talent, Cook is right up there with Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski and Vernon Davis. That’s some heady company. This week – and moving forward – I’d start the former Gamecocks star over Antonio Gates, Julius Thomas, Kyle Rudolph and Brandon Pettigrew.

Finally, three defenses that I believe are better than most people realize and/or have sneaky good matchups in Week 2 are the Chiefs, the Panthers and the Eagles.

Follow me on Twitter (@FantasyBuddha) for lineup advice during the week or on Sunday mornings.

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