Fantasy Football leagues continue to rapidly grow each year. It is flat out addicting. Each year we try different strategies to picking the best team possible. Some years are luck, and some years it does take some knowledge about players, teams and statistics. From Monday to Sunday it is important to listen to key match-ups, injuries and up-to-date news on not just your managed players, but others as well. Each week I will give you a few tips for each position in who may be a good start, those who need to ride the bench and those players to watch out for as the season progresses.
In Week 1 we saw a lot of injury activity, offensive shootouts and defensive stand-stills. For Week 2, these are some players I would look for to have a solid week.
Michael Vick- Philadelphia Eagles: Vick probably was not taken in anyone’s draft, and he might have already been picked up in most leagues, but according to Yahoo!, Vick is only owned by 58% of the leagues. Pick him up! This will only be temporary depending on how quickly Kevin Kolb will return from a concussion. Let’s just put into perspective exactly how well Vick did last week against a tough Green Bay defense. Vick led the Eagles to 17 second half points. He completed 16 of 24 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, as well as 103 yards on 11 carries. The Eagles take on the Detroit Lions this weekend. Enough said.
Matt Schaub- Houston Texans: Matt Schaub gets no respect. He doesn’t get much media attention because he has never reached the playoffs, but no one knows exactly how good this guy is. He had a disappointing Week 1. Only 107 passing yards, one touchdown, one interception and a QB rating of 67.5; however, the Texans gameplan against the Colts relied on running. Look for him to bounce back this week despite going into D.C. and facing a rough Redskins D. Schaub’s numbers on the road are definitely something to look at: “In his last 13 road games dating back to 2008, Schaub has thrown for 3,778 yards, completed 67.3 percent and has 19 touchdowns. He’s averaged a league-best 290.6 yards per game on the road during that span. (Yahoo Sports)”
Beanie Wells-Arizona Cardinals: Wells is the original starting RB for Arizona this season. He sat out Week 1 after injuring his knee in the final pre-season game, but will be back in full-action Week 2 against Atlanta. Tim Hightower, the Cards’ back-up runningback, filled in last week. He is a hard runner and a great player, but fumbled the ball twice last week against the Rams. He had 54 rushing yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, along with 40 receiving yards, but Wells will get the bulk of the carries this Sunday against the Falcons as Hightower will practice holding onto the ball. I would pick up Wells and start him because with the departures of Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin; their offense might look to change the way they do things on offense.
*UPDATE* Beanie Wells will be inactive today. Bench him while you can.
LaDanian Tomlinson-New York Jets: After a miserable offensive performance for the Jets’ Week 1 against the Ravens, the Jets can take away one positive thing from Monday night’s game: LT. Tomlinson, who is supposed to be the back-up to Shonn Greene ran for 62 yards on 11 carries. That may not be terrific, but look for LT to be this week’s starter against the Patriots after Greene had a disappointing game against the Ravens with two fumbles on only five carries. This may be bold, but after only 74 yards passing from Sanchez in Week 1, I think the Jets have to stick to the running game.
Mark Clayton-St. Louis Rams: After being traded to the Rams from the Ravens, Clayton finally has a home where he can shine. Clayton has so much potential, but with the explosive All-Star lineup in Baltimore, it was hard for Clayton to show his true colors. Clayton was thrown into an unfamiliar offense in St. Louis and still managed to rack up 119 yards on 10 catches. He is a veteran surrounded by young players, and it is a great place for Clayton to prove himself. 10 catches in one game shows Clayton will be a popular target for QB Sam Bradford. Keep an eye on Clayton this week.
Legedu Naanee-San Diego Chargers: With the absence of star receiver Vincent Jackson, look for the Chargers’ other threats to step up in Jackson’s spot. Naanee looks to be Phillip Rivers’ new deep threat as Naanee went for 110 yards on five touches. The Chargers are a pass-happy team, and Rivers, who threw nearly 300 yards last week, is going to face Jacksonville who also gave up nearly 300 yards in passing. Look for Rivers and Naanee to hook up deep a few times this Sunday.
Jermaine Gresham-Cincinnati Bengals: It’s always good to have a back-up tight end, and since tight ends are hard to come by, it doesn’t hurt to pick up one that might surprise you. This is my surprise pick. He’s only owned by 37% of the leagues on Yahoo, but this week the Benagls are facing the Ravens at home. The Bengals are 8-6 against the Ravens at home, and Carson Palmer has thrown close to 3,000 yards against the Ravens in 11 career games. Gresham had six catches for 25 yards and a touchdown Week 1. Look for Gresham to get the goaline TD’s from Palmer this season, and maybe one against the Ravens this Sunday.
Players to Watch
RB Michael Bush-Oakland Raiders
RB Brandon Jackson-Green Bay Packers