This column is advice only; Go With Your Gut!
Follow me on Twitter: @Blackie_Mike
(OAK) QB Terrelle Pryor vs. (JAC) – Likely picked up off the waiver wire in many leagues after his 20 fantasy point performance, Pryor has another great matchup this weekend against the Jags who are just as bad as the Raiders. Pryor should be able to give you a good amount of points with his legs again and can hopefully improve with his arm.
(GB) RB Eddie Lacy vs. (WAS) – Washington struggled and LeSean McCoy had 31 rushes in the game due to Chip Kelly’s new offence. Lacy might not even had 20 carries when Green Bay takes on the ‘Skins but he should be able to be effective with whatever touches he gets. It is a much nicer match up than last week when he had 14 carries for 41 yards and a score against the 49ers.
(NO) RB Darren Sproles vs. (TB) – Tampa Bay was tough againat the run last year and only allowed 44 yards to the Jets in week one. What I am hoping this means is that Thomas and Ingram get shut down on their touches forcing the Saints to use Darren Sproles even more out of the backfield. I think there is a great chance Sproles gets 100 total yards and might get you a touchdown.
(CAR) RB DeAngelo Williams vs. (BUF) – Williams was able to amass a decent yardage total in week one against the Seahawks and now gets the much softer Bills rush defence. DeAngelo is not an elite runner but as long as he is the lone workhorse he should be worth a start and has a great match up to take advantage of this weekend.
(DET) RB Joique Bell vs. (ARI) – Bell was a surprise in week one rushing the ball six times for 25 yards, but cashing in on two touchdowns; Bell also added 5 catches for 67 yards. Reggie Bush did exactly what people expected of him catching over 100 yards while rushing for 90, but if week one is any indication, Bell is going to have some pretty good value as the Lions goal line back.
(KC) WR Dwayne Bowe vs. (DAL) – three different Giants receivers went for over 100 yards on Sunday night. The Giants were losing the whole game, which forced them to throw, which they were able to do effectively against the Cowboys. Now the Chiefs don’t have the receiving core or quarterback that the Giants have, but Smith should be able to get the ball to Bowe quite a few times.
(WAS) WR Pierre Garcon vs. (GB) – Garcon was targeted lots and had 7 catches for 64 yards but did not score a touchdown as Leonard Hankerson caught both TD passes from Robert Griffin. Griffin himself looked rusty and made quite a few mistakes. While I don’t see Washington bouncing back for a win over Green Bay, I do think they put up a good fight with Garcon cashing in for a touchdown.
(CAR) WR Steve Smith vs. (BUF) – After only having 4 touchdowns catches all last season Smith was able to grab one against the tough Seahawks defence on 6 catches for 56 yards. I just love watching Steve Smith play and think that against the Buffalo Bills defence the veteran can eat up yards and score a touchdown once again.
(DEN) TE Julius Thomas vs. (NYG) – Thomas was likely scooped up off the waiver wire in many leagues over the last few days and should be started by those who were able to get him. The Giants allowed 90 yards and 2 touchdowns catches to tight end Jason Witten last week, I like Thomas’ chances of a repeat performance.
(CIN) QB Andy Dalton vs. (PIT) – The Steelers struggled last week, but mostly offensively as the defence still held Tennessee to 16 points and Jake Locker to 125 yards. Now Andy Dalton is much better than Jake Locker, but I still think he struggles against the division rival Steelers. A.J Green might be the only part of the Bengals offence I would be confident in starting this weekend.
(SF) RB Frank Gore vs. (SEA) – Gore had 21 carries in week one against Green Bay but only went for 44 yards, luckily scoring a touchdown. I don’t see things getting any easier for the veteran runner this weekend against the Seahawks. Gore will likely be held under 60 or so yards and will be a toss up at best to score a touchdown.
(NYJ) RB Bilal Powell vs. (NE) – Powell had 12 carries to Ivory’s 10 carries in week one and was able to gain a few more yards in the process. It is being reported however that Ivory is in line to split carries with Powell again and is going to see the goal line work. I personally would not start either one of the Jets running backs this week against the Patriots, but might lean Ivory despite the way week one played out.
(IND) RB Vick Ballard vs. (MIA) – Knee injury has Vick Ballard in IR, possibly for season.
(ATL) WR Roddy White vs. (STL) – White himself tweeted recently that his ankle is still sore and he is likely not going to be at 100% percent anytime soon; not good news. He has been held out of most practices again this week but is going to be playing against the Rams on Sunday. The Rams defence is no slouch so starting someone else besides Roddy White is not a terrible idea.
(MIA) WR Mike Wallace vs. (IND) – Wallace was an extremely expensive decoy in week one and was not very happy with it, having to be escorted off the field on Sunday. While he has come out and said he was only mad at himself, it was no secret that he was mad at how little he was being targeted. The matchup this weekend against the Colts is better for Wallace than the Browns secondary, but I still think the Dolphins employ a similar tactic with opposing teams trying to eliminate the speedy Wallace and forcing Tannehill to go to Hartline and Gibson. He may catch a long TD pass, but I don’t want to count on that.
(TEN) WR Kenny Britt vs. (HOU) – Britt only had 15 yards last week in a low scoring game against the Steelers, and now gets another tough matchup against the Texans secondary. While I am not giving up on Britt this season after just one week, I am keeping him on my bench until I see something.
(CIN) TE Gresham / Eifert vs. (PIT) – As previously mentioned, I would not be starting any Bengals players this weekend against the Steelers expect for A.J. Green. Eifert saw lots of targets last week but should struggle against a physical Steelers team. Gresham has the size to deal with the Steelers but has never been able to take the next step. I would avoid both Bengals TEs this weekend.