I recap my Sit ‘Em and Start ‘Em choices from the weekend and include some injuries and breakouts as well.
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(DAL) QB Tony Romo vs. (NYG): 36/49 263 yards, 2TD, INT – The Cowboys were able to get the win at home against the Giants for the first time in along time, but it was not the game from Tony Romo that I wanted. While 250 yards and a pair of touchdowns in not bad, it is not even close to one of the best fantasy quarterbacking performances. Despite the Giants coughing the ball up routinely in the first quarter the Cowboys only lead by a few points early with Romo throwing 30 times in the first half alone. The best thing about the weekend game for Romo was that he barely used Dez Bryant, something that should change soon.
(IND) RB Ahmad Bradshaw vs. (OAK): 7 rush 26 yards, 1 catch 7 yards – Vick Ballard had a team high 13 carries and was able to produce a better yards per carry than Bradshaw. Bradshaw will get a very tough Dolphins defensive line next week; I will be sitting him across the board.
(STL) RB Daryl Richardson vs. (ARI): 20 rush 63 yards, 5 catch 33 yards – Lots of touches for the young running back but not the yardage totals that I was looking for from a guy who has the chance to continue to get 20 or so touches a game. He is going to have a tough matchup anytime he plays inside the division though unfortunately.
(NE) RB Shane Vereen vs. (BUF): 14 rush 101 yards, 7 catches 58 yards – Vereen had an excellent day against Buffalo, taking several touches from Ridley after Ridley fumbled. I was ready to tell people to keep plugging in Vereen as he has a chance to continue to outplay Ridley, but an injury will apparently be keeping him out of the lineup for a few weeks; make use of the time Ridley.
(PHI) WR DeSean Jackson vs. (WAS): 7 catch 104 yards TD – Jackson was all over the place against the Washington secondary which was one of the leagues worst last year. While the matchup was in his favor, I still think Jackson can be a weekly producer for fantasy team. I would love to have Jackson available as a WR3 or flex option after watching week one.
(NO) WR Lance Moore vs. (ATL): 2 catch 23 yards – I was certainly expecting more from Moore in a potentially very high scoring game between two high-powered offenses. However, The game itself was not as explosive as I had expected and Drew Brees continued to do what he loves, spread the ball around. Moore was one of seven Saints players to catch a pass, but was only able to out produce running back Pierre Thomas. Young wide receiver Kenny Still might be someone Lance Moore owners might want to look into picking up as he is playing the deep threat role for Brees.
(CLE) TE Jordan Cameron vs. (MIA): 9 catch 108 yards TD – Cameron lived up to fantasy expectations in week one with a great 100-yard game with the Browns only touchdown of the day. While there were quite a few really good performances from tight ends across the board over the weekend, I think Cameron is one to be trusted the most moving forward.
(TB) QB Josh Freeman vs. (NYJ): 15/31 210 yards, TD. INT – Man, what a game. The Buccs played the much better game but managed to still hand the Jets the win with a last second penalty to push them into field goal range. Freeman was once again underwhelming, completing less than half of his pass attempts and getting intercepted. I had Freeman listed as one of the better QB2 options but am thinking that someone like Pryor could be a guy to look into if Freeman continues to struggle.
(MIA) RB Lamar Miller vs. (CLE): 10 rush 3 yards, 1 catch 7 yards – 11 touches for 10 total yards, yikes. I knew against the stingy Browns rush defence Miller likely wouldn’t have the best day and would be worth a sit, but I did not think he would be this bad; Daniel Thomas ended up being the teams leading rusher. Despite the pathetic performance though I am not giving up on Miller that quickly and think he will be able to have some very good games this year. Perhaps looking to acquire Miller while his stock is low is a good idea.
(SD) RB Ryan Mathews vs. (HOU): 13 rush 33 yards, 2 catches 22 yards TD – Only 55 total yards on the day for Mathews against a tough Texans defence, but he was able to cash in a touchdown giving him double-digit fantasy points for once. Mathews could continue to hang out in the 10-point range for the next few weeks with match ups against Philly, Tennessee and Cowboys and Raiders.
(GB) WR Jordy Nelson vs. (SF): 7 catch 130 yards TD – I knew I was going to have wither Jordy or James on the Sit’ Em list for week one and as such I picked the wrong guy. Jones was barely seen in the Packers loss while Nelson was targeted 10 times. There is no guarantee that Rodgers won’t end up using Jordy less in certain weeks but after this performance I would keep him in my starting lineup.
(STL) WR Tavon Austin vs. (ARI): 6 catches 41 yards – While 41 yards is not a great total, Austin saw a good amount of targets and should be able to improve as the season goes on. If you are thinking about dropping Austin after this performance for someone off the waiver wire, I might reconsider.
(NE) TE Zack Sudfeld vs. (BUF): no catches – Only one target on the day for the young tight end and Gronk could be back in just a few weeks. With Brady spreading the ball around as much as he does and the Pats running game working well I would certainly think about dropping Sudfeld for one of the tight ends who had a big weekend.
Jamaal Charles, Reggie Bush, Blaine Gabbert, Shonn Greene, Maurkice Pouncey, Danny Amendola.
Of the above players the only one with a injury being reported as serious is Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey, which is a big deal for the Steelers offence. Pouncey is a high-end centre is his absence is only going to mean more struggles for Big Ben and the rest of the Steelers offence.
(OAK) QB Terrelle Pryor – Pryor was much better than expected in the game against the Colts, throwing for over 200 yards with a touchdown while running for more than 100 yards himself. Pryor could end up being a very useful fantasy quarterback as his legs are key to his success.
(DET) RB Joique Bell – I think Reggie Bush is going to continue to be a week-to-week monster this year, but it also looks like Joique Bell could see a decent amount of work too. Mikel Leshoure seems completely droppable for Bell if that move is available in your league. Also, Bush has an injury history which could mean a starting role for Bell at some time.
(NE) RB Shane Vereen – Despite the wrist injury, I would not be dropping Vereen anytime soon as he could be just as productive when he returns. Vereen should be owned in pretty much all leagues.
(NE) WR Julian Edelman – Perhaps the top wide receiver pickup this week. A few months ago when many people were touting Kenbrell Thompkins as the New England wide receiver to draft late and driving him up draft boards, I wrote an article about how Julian Edelman already fits into the Patriots system and could be an immediate impact. Brady likes to throw to people he trusts and he trusts Edelman more than most of the young players around him.
(MIA) WR Brian Hartline – With Mike Wallace in town and attracting so much attention Brian Hartline, and even Brandon Gibson were able to have excellent days for the Dolphins. Hartline’s 100+ yards and a score will make him a top WR add this week and for good reason; Tannehill seems to trust Hartline and uses him as his go-to-guy still. THe Dolphins also have upcoming match ups against the Falcons and Saints that could need lots of production for wide outs.
(DET) WR Nate Burleson – With Ryan Broyles still sidelined, it seems as though the veteran Nate Burleson will continue to have a pretty significant role in the Lions offence.
(SEA) WR Doug Baldwin – Baldwin was targeted 9 times to Golden Tates 8 and was also able to catch 7 of them for 91 yards while Tate had 4 catches for 51 yards. With Percy Harvin out Golden Tate was being touted as a must own guy, but it could be Baldwin he reaps the most benefit from Harvin’s absence.