Week 2: Sit 'Em
Week 1 wrap-up:
Matt Schaub - 220 passing yards with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions
Joe Flacco - 224 yards and 3 touchdowns
Matt Cassel - 119 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception
Matt Forte - 68 rushing yards, 5 receptions for 90 yards and 1 touchdown
Knowshon Moreno - 8 attempts for 22 yards and 2 receptions for 35 yards and a fumble loss. Willis McGahee had 5 receptions stealing from Moreno in PPR formats.
A.J. Green - 1 reception for 41 yards with a touchdown
Mike Sims-Walker - 1 reception for 5 yards
James Starks - 57 rushing yards and 1 touchdown
This week I think you should sit:
Ryan Fitzpatrick - Week 1 was an anomaly in my book. I do not think Fitzpatrick will have outings like this each week. In Week 2 against Oakland, I do not see Fitzpatrick getting the opportunities he had vs. Kansas City.
Donovan McNabb - McNabb had an awful outing in Week 1 and is listed as probable for Week 2 with a right wrist injury.
Cam Newton - Yes, I am saying sit Newton this week. Newton had a breakout performance in Week 1, but I do not think he will be that consistent in his rookie year and this week he plays the defending champions -- Green Bay. I agree with our Pick-ups of the Week in that Newton may be of value as the season progresses, but sit him this week.
Shonn Greene - Greene did not have a good showing last week and L.T. is receiving the running back passes.
Mark Ingram - Ingram has two quality backs for competition. Not only is he competing for carries with Thomas, he has to worry about Sproles stealing the short yardage and out of the backfield passes.
Ryan Mathews - Mike Tolbert - need I say more.
Chad Ochocinco - Ochocinco was Ocho-nothing in Week 1. One reception for 14 yards really messed with my ideas of him syncing with Brady for some solid plays.
Just because Fitzpatrick blazed out of the gate and threw four touchdowns in Week 1 against Kansas City does not mean he will produce like this every week. Fitzpatrick demonstrated that he can produce and many fantasy owners are probably thinking he might now be a solid back-up QB for their rosters. I agree, Fitzpatrick is probably best viewed as a quality back-up quarterback until he shows that his production is for real. I would not start him against Oakland in Week 2. Oakland held Kyle Orton to around 300 yards with one touchdown and one interception. I foresee Fitzpatrick being slightly less productive than Orton.
McNabb had such an awful Week 1 that you might be considering a start for Cam Newton or Ryan Fitzpatrick. I think you should sit all three. McNabb went 7-of-15 passing attempts for 39 yards, a touchdown and an interception with a 47.9 passer rating. McNabb is also listed as probable for his Week 2 match-up against Tampa Bay with a right wrist injury. I personally never like starting an injured quarterback as it can be a significant gamble. McNabb (if he starts) will have a better chance to produce against Tampa Bay, but I still feel he should be riding the pine come the weekend.
Yes, Cam Newton torched Arizona in Week 1 in his NFL debut, but will we see performances out of him like this each week? I think not. In Week 2 Newton faces a tough championship-defending Green Bay team. You might say that Brees lit up Green Bay last week - however, I would argue that Newton is not Drew Brees, another Super Bowl Champion. I agree with the FF ToolBox Pick-up of the Week column on Newton. He is definitely a quarterback that will be picked up off waivers if he is available and should be stashed away on your bench until he shows that his prowess is consistent and real. If (and when) he does this, he will be a force and score you big points.
Greene had so little production in Week 1 I thought about dropping him from my roster. Ten attempts for 26 yards and one reception for 7 yards is not a solid outing. L.T. stole the receiving show as far as the New York running backs are concerned and gained nearly the same number of rushing yards on half the carries. I am happy that I sat Greene in Week 1 and will keep him on my bench until he begins to produce and then maybe consider him for the trading block.
Ingram has both Thomas on the ground and Sproles in the short passing game to contend with. Unless Ingram sees a dramatic increase in workload, he might not be worth much fantasy-wise. Thirteen carries is not much for a starting running back and if these types of games continue, Ingram is not the fantasy back you want on your roster. The high powered passing schemes in new Orleans also do not bode well for Ingram. Watch his performances closely and see what he can do over the next few weeks against teams like Chicago and Houston.