Matchup Analysis - Week 2

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I have a confession to make.

I spent the entire summer bragging to anyone who would listen about the cornerstones of my most important fantasy football league: Tom Brady and Adrian Peterson.

Well, you know the ending to this little ditty and I spent the majority of Sunday cowered up in a corner sobbing as my cell phone flooded with text messages from my most hated rivals. I'm sure you have a pretty good idea about what they had to say.

It wasn't pretty.

But you didn't come here to listen to my troubles even though I'm sure many of you experienced the same thing this past weekend.

Today we'll take a look at each game on this week's schedule to give you our initial impressions of whom we think might shine and who might struggle based upon the matchups.

Tomorrow we'll still have our Start or Sit column, but this helps out just as much because not everyone we like makes it onto that list.

And don't forget, each week we'll field your questions regarding lineups, trades, start or sit, waiver wire and everything else you could possibly come up with that has to do with fantasy football.

If you'd like to submit a question, shoot us an email at and we'll do our best to get back to you even if it doesn't make it onto the site as apart of the column.

Packers at Lions

Who to like

Packers: Um, everyone. After how the Lions played last weekend against the Falcons, start Aaron Rodgers, Ryan Grant, Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and the Packers DEF with confidence.

Lions: Calvin Johnson (I might have to vote Megatron as the coolest nickname ever), Jon Kitna.

Who not to like
Lions: Kevin Smith, Roy Williams, Detroit DEF.

Saints at Redskins

Who to like

Saints: Drew Brees, Marques Colston, Jeremy Shockey, Pierre Thomas.

Redskins: Clinton Portis, Chris Cooley, Santana Moss.

Who not to like

Saints: Devery Henderson, Reggie Bush.

Redskins: Jason Campbell, Antwaan Randle El, Devin Thomas.

Bears at Panthers

Who to like

Bears: Matt Forte, Robbie Gould, Bears DEF.

Panthers: Jake Delhomme, Muhsin Muhammad.

Who not to like

Bears: Kyle Orton, any Bears receiver, Greg Olsen.

Panthers: DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, Dante Rosario.

Giants at Rams

Who to like

Giants: Eli Manning, Plaxico Burress, Brandon Jacobs, Amani Toomer, Giants DEF.

Rams: Steven Jackson.

Who not to like

Giants: Derrick Ward, Ahmad Bradshaw, Steve Smith, Kevin Boss.

Raiders at Chiefs

Who to like

Raiders: Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas.

Chiefs: Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez.

Who not to like

Raiders: Javon Walker, Ashley Lelie, JaMarcus Russell.

Chiefs: Dwayne Bowe, Damon Huard.

Falcons at Bucs

Who to like

Falcons: Michael Turner, Roddy White.

Bucs: Earnest Graham, Joey Galloway.

Who not to like

Falcons: Matt Ryan, Michael Jenkins, Jerious Norwood.

Bucs: Jeff Garcia (if he plays), Warrick Dunn, Michael Clayton.

49ers at Seahawks

Who to like

49ers: Frank Gore, Vernon Davis, J.T. O'Sullivan.

Seahawks: Julius Jones.

Who not to like

49ers: Isaac Bruce, Bryant Johnson.

Seahawks: Matt Hasslebeck, T.J. Duckett, Courtney Taylor, Logan Payne.

Patriots at Jets

Who to like

Patriots: Laurence Maroney, Randy Moss, Matt Cassel.

Jets: Thomas Jones, Brett Favre, Jerricho Cotchery.

Who not to like

Patriots: Ben Watson, Jabar Gaffney, Wes Welker.

Jets: Laverneus Coles, Leon Washington, Chris Baker.

Dolphins at Cardinals

Who to like

Dolphins: Anthony Fasano, Ronnie Brown, Ricky Williams.

Cardinals: Kurt Warner, Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald, Edgerrin James.

Who not to like

Dolphins: Chad Pennington, Ted Ginn Jr.

Cardinals: Leonard Pope.

Chargers at Broncos

Who to like

Chargers: LaDanian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates, Vincent Jackson.

Broncos: Brandon Marshall, Jay Cutler, Tony Scheffler.

Who not to like

Chargers: Chris Chambers, Phillip Rivers, Darren Sproles.

Broncos: Any Broncos running back.

Ravens at Texans

Who to like

Ravens: Ray Rice, Todd Heap, Baltimore DEF.

Texans: Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels.

Who not to like

Ravens: Derrick Mason, Mark Clayton, Joe Flacco.

Texans: Matt Schaub, any Texans running back.

Steelers at Browns

Who to like

Steelers: Willie Parker, Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes, Heath Miller.

Browns: Braylon Edwards, Kellen Winslow Jr., Derek Anderson.

Who not to like

Steelers: Hines Ward, Rashard Mendenhall, Limas Sweed.

Browns: Jamal Lewis, Donte' Stallworth.

Eagles at Cowboys

Who to like

Eagles: Brian Westbrook, Donovan McNabb, LJ Smith, DeSean Jackson.

Cowboys: Tony Romo, Terrell Owens, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Jason Witten.

Who not to like

Eagles: Hank Baskett, Greg Lewis.

Cowboys: None.

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What about Colts vs. Vikings.

Just wondering about Addai and how you think he will do vs. the Viks

Olsen responds: I think Addai is going to fare better in week two against the Vikes, but it'll be because Peyton Manning plays better and not so much something Addai does.

Do you know when the last time Addai had a game with over 100 yards rushing?

Week 9 of last year.

What has prevented his fantasy value from dipping is his touchdown production, the ultimate equalizer in fantasy football.

I could very easily see Addai running for about 70 yards with a touchdown, plus an extra 28 yards receiving.

HELP!! Would you start the Bears DEF or Pats DEF? Or how about either DET Kevin Smith or CIN Chris Perry?

Olsen responds: We'll start with the running backs before getting to the defense.

Start Kevin Smith and don't look back.

The Bengals are an absolute disaster right now and looked as bad as any team I've ever seen against Baltimore last week. They gave Perry 18 carries and he responded with a paltry 37 yards. Now I know that Baltimore has a good defense, but so too does the team the Bengals face this weekend, the Titans.

While Smith's rushing totals weren't that much better (16 carries, 48 yards), he boosted his stock with a touchdown and his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield (4 catches, 32 yards).

I think Perry will eventually have some nice weekends along the way, but for now he should stay on your bench. Wait for the right matchup.

Now onto the defense. It's a surprisingly tough question, but you came to the right place.

There's two ways this could go for the Patriots this weekend.

This defense comes out and plays four quarters of the most inspired football ever to make up for the loss of their franchise quarterback. Or, they're stuck out on the field for so long because of Matt Cassel's inability to effectively direct the Patriots offense.

But I'm looking at the Bears as the defense you should start this week. No team plays better with a chip on its shoulder than the Bears and this unit is out for blood after the media and the city of Chicago doubted them.

Add the return of Muhsin Muhammad into the mix and you've got yourself a defense that should dominate for a second straight wee.

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