Below is our Week 2 Start & Bench Advice for the 2012 fantasy football season.
This start ‘em and sit ‘em advice is not typical, in fact, it’s both bold and unconventional.
If you are looking for plain and simple, or a “play it safe” analysis, you’re in the wrong place.
Let’s get to it!
Week 2 Sleepers
QB – Ryan Fitzpatrick Vs. Chiefs
Yes, Fitzy struggled at the Meadowlands this past weekend, no doubt about that. He still managed to finish with 3 TDs and almost 200 yards passing against the vaunted Jets pass D. Now he welcomes to town the Chiefs D that was just shredded to pieces this past Sunday. With Fred Jackson out, the Bills will turn to Spiller at RB who is easily the better pass catcher of the two. David Nelson (ACL) missing the season won’t affect the pass game much as Fitz was already relying on Donald Jones as the #2 WR in Buffalo. In most cases, Fitz was drafted as a #2, or high end #3 QB, but this week he should be considered a low end #1. Expect 240+ yards and 2+ TDs through the air. Fitz is a great start as a 2nd QB in 2 QB leagues or a #1 QB if your normal starter has a difficult match-up.
RB – BenJarvus Green-Ellis Vs. Browns
Don’t think for a second that the 18/91/1 TD line that the Law Firm put up versus the Ravens was a mirage. Even with the difficult match-up at Baltimore, the Bengals RB sliced and powered his way to a 5.1 ypc average. Now he gets the pitiful Browns run D at home in a game the Bengals should be leading throughout due to the Browns inept offense. BGE might have been drafted as a low end #2 or #3 RB in your league, but this week he will perform as a solid #1. With the Browns pass D making things difficult for the Bengals, expect 22-25 carries with 110+ yards and a very good chance at multiple TDs. He should be started with confidence in all formats.
WR – Michael Crabtree Vs. Lions
Crabby was solid if unspectacular versus the Pack this past week accumulating 7 catches for 76 yards. He is without a doubt the #1 WR for the 49ers, as those 7 catches will attest (the next highest total was 4 receptions for Moss). I expect A. Smith will look to him often this coming weekend at home versus the Lions in a game that will be higher scoring than some might think. I expect the Lions passing game to get back on track a bit with the 49ers needing to score in the high 20s to get the victory at home. Normally Crabtree is thought of as a fringe #3 starting WR, or low end flex play, but he should be a low end #1/high end #2 WR this week with 7 catches for 90+ yards and a visit to the end zone in store. He is a great play as a #2 WR or flex play this week against a suspect Lions secondary so get Crabby in your line-up.
Comment Below! Get Some Week 2 Advice!
NOTE: JRMRRT, Whos_Ur_Doggie, bddavidson and Mile_High_Man will be the contributors/moderators answering the comments below, as most all of my (Smitty) Week 2 thoughts can be found above in the projections listed… these fine folks will provide some much-needed and highly-recommended variation to all of your weekly line-up dilemmas.