In this short post I go over the Sit ‘em & Start ‘em pick that I made before the weekend, I give a list of players who had breakout games and could be worth a waiver wire pickup. Get a hold of me on Twitter: @Blackie_Mike
Matt Cassel: 301 yards passing 2TD, 25 yards rushing, Fumble Lost – Cassel came through for me in week 2. He threw for more than 300 yards and a pair of TDs. It looks like the Bills defense isn’t what the off-season hype made it out to be and that they still have some kinks to work out in the coming weeks. Cleveland QB Brandon Weedon will have a chance for another solid game when the Browns host the Bills.
Alfred Morris: 89 yards rushing – Could have been 100 with a TD. Looks like Morris has the job on lock for the time being, has another decent matchup next week against the Bengals, whom Trent Richardson just went off against.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis: 75 yards rushing, 3 catches 30 yards – The lack of a TD sucks, but The Law Firm still had a nice fantasy day with more than 100 total yards from scrimmage. Don’t be afraid to start again next week against the Redskins.
Lance Moore: 2 catches 30 yards – I did not expect the Saints to drop another game, especially against a division rival in Carolina. I don’t know if it is the absence of Coach Peyton, but there is something wrong with the Saints. While it does suck that Moore only had 30 yards on a week I suggest starting him, I still think he will be a valuable asset going forward.
Titus Young: 1 catch 11 yards – Joining the RBs, I now don’t think I will be putting many WRs who will be playing the 49ers on my Sit ‘Em /Start’Em list. Last year the 49ers were killers against the run, meaning teams were forced to throw the ball, giving us some good fantasy production from opposing QBs and WRs. This year it seems that Harbaugh and his troops have found a way to defend almost everything. San Fran is looking like the best team in the league right now with wins over the Packers and Lions already.
Alshon Jeffery: 1 catch 7 yards – This game was way uglier than I ever expected it to be. The game was a battle of defenses, with Cutler and Rodgers struggling from beginning to end. This entire game was a fantasy bust unless you owned CHI or GB defenses.
Antonio Gates: Did Not Play – If you played Dante Rosario in place of Antonio Gates, then you were GOLD on Sunday. If you have Gates on your roster, make sure you try to snag Rosario off the waiver wire for weeks like this.
Michael Vick: 371 yards passing +TD, 34 yards rushing +TD, Fumble Lost – Vick bounced back from his horrific week one performance by beating the Ravens in week two and looking good doing it. He threw for 371 yards in a hard fought come from behind win in which he threw for a game winning TD while running TD as well. Thought this might be a week where I could get away with sitting Vick, but alas I was wrong.
Michael Turner: – 42 yards rushing +TD – Turner was handed a TD within the first few minutes of the game, and then preceded to disappoint once again the rest of the game. He did get a bit of yardage very late in the game that padded his stats, but even then he still only totaled 42 yards. I have very little confidence in Turner at the moment despite this 10-point game. Oh yeah, and he got arrested for a DUI after the game.
Beanie Wells: 44 yards rushing, 1 catches 24 yards – While Beanie has looked pretty bad through the first two weeks of the season, so has backup RB Ryan Williams. If I really needed the roster spot I would drop Beanie, but if I have the room, I think I wait it out a bit more.
Mike Wallace: 5 catches 74 yards +TD – The Steelers went to work against the Jets on Sunday, with both teams looking like opposites of what they looked like in week one. Having no Revis was likely helpful for WR Mike Wallace who came away from this one with another TD. During they heavy fantasy draft period I was worried about Mike Wallace, but he has come through with 2 TDs already and should be fine.
Stephen Hill: No Catches – After being one of the hottest waiver wire adds following weeks one, Hill might be one of the most dropped after failing to record a catch in week 2. A friend also pointed out to me that the Jets have dominated the Bills of late and that the week 1 matchup wasn’t what to expect from either team going forward.
Malcolm Floyd: 6 catches 109 yards – Looks like Floyd is going to be Rivers favorite target this years when it comes to his wideouts. Meachem was targeted 4 times in week 2 but left the game without a catch. Meachem is looking like a bust at this point while Floyd is looking like a darling.
Fred Davis: – 2 catch 16 yards – I wouldn’t hesitate to drop Davis. Look for TEs like Bennett, Chandler or Pitta.
Breakouts + Pickups:
Danny Amendola: 15 catches 160 yards +TD – Always a stud in PPR when healthy, Amendola reminded people on Sunday why he is so highly touted by those in the fantasy community who remember him (from all of 2 seasons ago…). QB Sam Bradford has played well in consecutive weeks now, so it looks like Amendola will be a great WR2/3/flex player from now on.
Dante Rosario: 4 catches 48 yards +3TD – With Antonio Gates out for the week, Rosario made the most of it by catching 3 TDs. You will only really be looking to grab this guy if you own Gates, as Gates was a surprise game time scratch and will likely be back next week. Get Rosario as insurance.
Andrew Hawkins: 2 catches 56 yards +TD – Has now had consecutive quality games for the Bengals, and was talked about quite a bit in the preseason. Looks to be cementing himself as the second target behind A.J. Green.
Scott Chandler: 2 catches 53 yards +TD – If you still need a TE (Fred Davis owners, I’m looking at you), and missed the boat on Martellus Bennett, Bills TE Chandler looks like a good option. TDs in both of the first two weeks, Chandler is a good redzone target for Fitzpatrick, and should get a good amount of work with WR David Nelson out.
Donnie Avery: 11 catches 111 yards – Back-2-back double digit weeks from Avery, I still don’t have much love for him moving forward. If Collie has trouble staying healthy I might keep playing him though.
Jackie Battle: 69 yards rushing +2TD – After hearing people talk about Ronnie Brown and Curtis Brinkley for most of the week when talking about Charger RBs, it was Jackie Battle who ended the day with a monster game (not that anyone expected a monster game from Brown or Brinkley). IF Mathews if activated for week three then Battle will lose the majority of his value, but could be useful for another week if Mathews can’t take to the field.
Andre Brown: 71 yards rushing +TD – Put up solid numbers after Ahmad Bradshaw went out, as the Giants completed the comeback against the Bucs. Bradshaw could be out a few weeks so this guy will be one of the weeks hottest waiver wire adds.
Darryl Richardson: 83 yards rushing – Replaced Steven Jackson after Jackson left with an injury. Similar situation to Bradshaw and Brown in that he will only be useful as long as his counter part is injured. Jackson’s injury is reportedly not as serious as Bradshaw’s.