2012 Fantasy Football: Sit em & Start ‘em
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NEW YORK GIANTS vs. DALLAS COWBOYS
When these two teams meet things are usually pretty high scoring so you can start most of the teams fantasy relevant players with relative confidence.
Start with confidence: Demarco Murray, Tony Romo, Dez Bryant, Victor Cruz, Ahmad Bradshaw or Eli Manning.
Could be useful: David Wilson, Rueben Randle, Kevin Ogletree.
Check their status: Hakeem Nicks, Miles Austin, Jason Witten.
(STL) QB Sam Bradford – Bradford has looked greatly improved s far this preseason as compared to last season, where he was constantly dealing with ankle problems. While his ankle is not 100% and likely won’t be during the season, he claims he is feeling much better than 2011-2012 and is looking to return to, if not improve upon his stellar rookie campaign. In week one, Bradford and The Rams take on Detroit in what SHOULD be a shoot out. Look for Bradford to have some success throwing the ball as he tries to keep up with Matt Stafford.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams – Jonathan Stewart is unlikely to play in week one meaning that Williams will be the lone back for a change. Whenever you can get either Williams or Stewart playing with a full workload, take advantage. The Matchup against Tampa Bay, last year’s worst rush defense is also extremely inviting. Find room for DeAngelo in your lineup.
(CHI) RB Michael Bush – Against the rebuilding Colts, I expect Forte, Bush and the Bears to be able to have a very successful running performance. Forte is the teams workhorse, but Bush is signed for a reason, this matchup is a great opportunity to start the season off with a goal-line score.
(DET) RB Kevin Smith – Smith is likely to be the Lions RB1 in week one, despite his inability to stay healthy. Luckily Smith gets to take on the toothless Rams who had trouble tackling all last season. If Smith can start and finish the game he has chance to have his best fantasy performance for the year.
(TB) WR Vincent Jackson – Carolina had one of the leagues worst defenses in 2011, and I don’t think they have made too many improvements this offseason. I expect QB Josh Freeman to hit up his new toy Vincent Jackson all day long when they two teams meet in week one.
(TEN) WR Nate Washington – Two main reasons why Nate Washington is a great start in week one: He is the WR1 with Kenny Britt serving a one-game suspension. He is taking on the Patriots secondary, who always give up healthy yardage totals.
(CIN) QB Andy Dalton – There are a lot of QBs this year that I believe have the ability to potential be fantasy starters, Andy Dalton is one of them. In week one though, I would rather avoid Dalton vs. the vaunted Baltimore Defense, and take a shot with someone like Jake Locker vs. New England, Russell Wilson vs. Arizona or Josh Freeman vs. Carolina.
(JAX) RB Maurice Jones-Drew – Be wary of MJD in week one. Team staff have stated that he will not lay, then changed it to he will see third down work, who knows what they will say by game time. I think the best thing to do is rest MJD for a week on your bench and let him get his legs back under him. RBs coming back from holdouts down have the best history, and while I think Jones-Drew is a fitness freak and will come to camp in shape, he will likely be little rusty and will still need to learn the team’s new playbook.
(GB) RB Cedric Benson – Benson grabbed a nice starting roll when he signed with the Packers, and will likely see a few weeks on the start list as an RB on a team that is known to make opponents fear the pass. This is not one of those weeks though. Benson travels to San Francisco to take on the leagues top ranked defense from last season, a defense that only allowed one rushing touchdown ALL SEASON.
(MIA) RB Reggie Bush – Bush is going to be in tough week against a solid Houston Texans defense that was among the top ranked in the 2011-12 season in many categories.
(PIT) RB Isaac Redman – Redman is the probable Steelers starter in week one with Rashard Mendenhall unavailable, but is also dealing with injury problems. Redman is also contending with 2nd year RB Jonathan Dwyer for carries and is no longer the sure-fire starting option for the beginning of the year that he was once considered. I think Redman can cash in a TD if luck, but will be VERY hard pressed to have a 80-100 yard game.
(BAL) WR Torrey Smith – Smith plays the Bengals in week one, a team equipped with some very talented cornerbacks and safeties. Anquan Boldin is not the player he used to be, so teams will likely be focusing on Smith as the Ravens WR1. I m expecting big things from Torrey Smith this season, but might be tempering my expectation for the first week of the season.
(BUF) WR Stevie Johnson – Johnson actually has a pretty good history against the Jets all-star CB Darrelle Revis, but expect things to change this season. Revis is a special talent at the cornerback position, and will do everything in his ability to make sure he gets the best of Stevie this time around.