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.

Comments

comments

CCU's Ruiz makes cut, still in hunt for Masters invite

CCU's Ruiz makes cut, still in hunt for Masters inviteLuis Ruiz, a junior on the Coastal Carolina men’s golf [more]

CCU Hoops: Men, women take big road wins at Troy

CCU Hoops: Men, women take big road wins at TroyTrailing by 14 points at halftime, Coastal Carolina went on [more]

Saints light up Landsharks in Lowcountry Showcase

Saints light up Landsharks in Lowcountry ShowcaseThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team won [more]

Strand runners dominate NMB Winter Run 15K/5K

Strand runners dominate NMB Winter Run 15K/5KMore than 200 runners pounded the pavement through the streets [more]

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MC

Hoops: CF girls win in OT; MB claims sweep over MCThe Carolina Forest girls basketball team battled its way to [more]

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draft

Coastal's Pierrot picked in second round of MLS draftAfter a career which saw him named the Sun Belt [more]

NMB boys, girls suffer first region setbacks at Wilson

NMB boys, girls suffer first region setbacks at WilsonThe North Myrtle Beach High boys and girls basketball teams [more]

CF girls blow out Knights; boys lose to WF at buzzer

CF girls blow out Knights; boys lose to WF at buzzerDespite the ice-cold weather outside, the Carolina Forest girls basketball [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants suffer sixth straight loss at USA

CCU Hoops: Chants suffer sixth straight loss at USAThe Coastal Carolina men's basketball team suffered their sixth consecutive [more]

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponed

Conway sweeps Socastee; NMB, SJ games postponedThe Conway High boys and girls basketball teams swept visiting [more]

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CF

Boys Hoops: Green breaks CA record; Braves beat CFChristian Academy of Myrtle Beach junior Michael Green reached another [more]

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off Socastee

Lady Panthers' second-half surge knocks off SocasteeThe Carolina Forest High girls basketball team broke up a [more]

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting class

Coastal adds Michigan OL transfer to recruiting classCoastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia announced Sean Fitzgerald, [more]

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying Panthers

Earnhardt clears air about interest in buying PanthersRetired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. says he is interested [more]

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America Amateur

CCU's Ruiz picked to play in Latin America AmateurCoastal Carolina junior golfer Luis Ruiz has been selected to [more]

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger Invitational

CAC swimmers clean up on medals at Tiger InvitationalThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) sent 37 swimmers to compete [more]

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA season

MB grad Sessions waived during 11th NBA seasonFor the first time since his high school days at [more]

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3

Horry/Georgetown Invite: CF, NMB, MB finish 1-2-3The Carolina Forest High wrestling team captured the bi-county championship [more]

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA falls

Battle at the Beach: MB makes it rain 3s; CA fallsOn Friday night, a leaky roof forced the Myrtle Beach [more]

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia State

CCU Hoops: Coastal splits with visiting Georgia StateArtur Labinowicz scored a career, team and game-high 32 points, [more]

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for wins

Hoops: Chiefs, Tigers use last-second shots for winsNorth Myrtle Beach High's Cooper Chandler picked the right time [more]

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, field

MB Winter Bump tourney expects record crowd, fieldThe annual Myrtle Beach Winter Bump Volleyball Classic, hosted by [more]

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year award

Knaffle garners SCCAWS Player of the Year awardSt. James High junior Smith Knaffle may need to add [more]

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSU

CCU Hoops: Chants split Sun Belt twinbill with GSUJaylen Shaw moved into 13th place on the Coastal Carolina [more]

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. James

North Myrtle Beach boys, girls cruise past St. JamesThe North Myrtle Beach boys and girls basketball teams swept [more]

CCU's Ruiz makes cut, still in hunt for Masters invite

CCU's Ruiz makes cut, still in hunt for Masters inviteLuis Ruiz, a junior on the Coastal Carolina men’s golf [more]

CCU Hoops: Men, women take big road wins at Troy

CCU Hoops: Men, women take big road wins at TroyTrailing by 14 points at halftime, Coastal Carolina went on [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2017 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach