Week 2: Start or Sit

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Welcome to week 2 of the fantasy football season. I've already said my peace about a particular quarterback that dates a supermodel and we'll move past that.

Today we'll give you the names of some players we think you should start, and those who you should sit.

Like I said last week, you probably won't find your stud players on this list. Guys like Adrian Peterson, Drew Brees and LaDanian Tomlinson should always be started, regardless of who they're playing so it's a waste of time to even mention them.
If you have any questions about your lineup, send me an email at molsen@chicagosuntimes.com and between Ricky and myself we'll do the best we can to help you out.
Otherwise, good luck this weekend.


Must starts: Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Tony Romo, Drew Brees


Aaron Rogers - Packers vs. Lions - What a difference a week makes?

Nobody knew how Rogers would perform in his debut as the Packers QB and suffice to say, I think he blew away the expectations. This Lions defense made Falcons rookie QB Matt Ryan look like a stud and I expect them to do the same for Rogers. He's a great play this weekend.

Eli Manning - Giants vs. St. Louis - I like Manning here for a lot of the same reasons I like Rogers. Eagles QB Donovan McNabb torched the Rams secondary and three of his receivers walked away with over 100 yards receiving. Expect that trend to continue in week two.

Kerry Collins - Titans vs. Bengals - What, is this column from 2001?

Nope, you read that correctly. Collins is getting the start in place of the injured - both physically and mentally according to his Mom - Vince Young against the Bengals and their very suspect secondary. He's always had one of the strongest arms in the league and with a very tough defense playing on his side; Collins will have plenty of chances to score some points.

Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers vs. Browns - Fast Willie Parker stole the show with his ridiculous numbers last weekend, but Big Ben didn't do half bad himself.

Coach Mike Tomlin let's Ben air it out as much as any other quarterback and after watching what Tony Romo did to the Browns secondary in week one I like this matchup even more.


Matt Hasslebeck - Seahawks vs. 49ers - Courtney Taylor, Logan Payne and Jordan Kent.

Those are the three longest tenured receivers on this team that are healthy and able to play this weekend. Nate Burleson went down in week one and is out for the year. Bobby Engram and Deion Branch are out for quite some time too, leaving Hasslebeck grasping at straws.

The Hawks did sign Sammie Parker and Billy McMullen this week to try and help this group, but it's just too little too late.

Matt Cassel - Patriots vs. Jets - Many of you who lost Brady last week scrambled to the waiver wire to grab Cassel and are probably planning on starting him this week.

I can't blame you but I just want to warn you that despite the talent surrounding him, Cassel is going to struggle. He hasn't started a game since high school and has made a living holding the clipboard behind starting quarterbacks in college and the NFL.

There are a lot of pundits out there proclaiming that Cassel is a good start this week but I just don't see how. Mangini knows this Patriots offense front and back and knows how to scheme against them. This is a show me league and until I see something from Cassel he sits on my bench.

Trent Edwards - Bills vs. Jaguars - The Bills surprised everyone with a week one thrashing of the Seahawks and Edwards was the one leading the charge.

But against a stout Jaguars defense you won't see Edwards finding Lee Evans streaking down the sideline and it will be much harder for Marshawn Lynch to find ample running room.

Running Backs

Must starts: LaDanian Tomlinson, Adrian Peterson (Min), Joseph Addai, Brian Westbrook, Steven Jackson, Frank Gore


Earnest Graham - Bucs vs. Falcons - Coach John Gruden revealed earlier in the week that he planned on getting Graham more touches this upcoming Sunday after the big man rumbled for 91 yards on only 10 carries.

And with Brian Griese filling in for an injured Jeff Garcia at quarterback, Graham should figure to be even more of the focal point of this Bucs offense.

Larry Johnson - Chiefs vs. Raiders - This guy always steps up his game against the Raiders and their lowly rushing defense. Look for LJ to top the 100-yard mark with a touchdown or two to boot.

Chris Johnson - Titans vs. Bengals - If you haven't seen this kid play yet I implore you to please do so as soon as possible. If speed kills than Johnson is about to go on a rampage through the NFL and will eventually supplant LenDale White as the starter in Tennessee.

Check your waiver wire. In most leagues he's either long gone or was taken in the draft. But if he's still there grab him as soon as humanly possible and thank me for it later.


Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams - Dolphins vs. Cardinals - Until this entire situation gets figured out I'll avoiding these two like the plague. I'm sure one of them will score a touchdown this week and you'll look back and say that I blew it.

But that's absolutely fine with me. Both of these backs have talent and for the moment it looks like Williams has the inside track. After this weekend we should have a much better idea of what this backfield will be capable of and then I'll consider starting one of them.

Darren McFadden - Raiders vs. Chiefs - His time will come my friends, but not yet.

Chris Perry - Bengals vs. Titans - Another week and another spot on the sit list for Perry. For a guy that finally got the starting gig in Cincy, having to face the Ravens and Titans defense in consecutive weeks to start the season has got to be just a tad depressing. It's going to get worse before it gets better.

Wide Receivers

Must starts: Randy Moss, Terrel Owens, Braylon Edwards, Larry Fitzgerald, Reggie Wayne, Plaxico Burress


Brandon Marshall - Broncos vs. Chargers - After sitting out week one due to a suspension, Marshall is ready to burst onto this NFL season in a big way. With Cutler looking like he's gotten even better in the offseason, expect these two to hookup all day Sunday.

Santonio Holmes - Steelers vs. Browns - I know last week I predicted big things from Holmes and he flopped. But this is the week Ben looks his way after he ignored him in favor of Hines Ward (2 TD). The Browns DEF is more than suspect and Holmes is ready to light it up.

Vincent Jackson - Chargers vs. Broncos - There's no doubt that Chris Chambers has become the number one receiver on this Chargers team. But that distinction also grants him the honor of having lockdown corner Champ Bailey cover him all day Sunday.

This should benefit Jackson in a big way and he'll turn into Phillip Rivers' most dependable target and should see the end zone.

David Patten - Saints vs. Redskins - Now that the Saints leading wide receiver Marques Colston is out with an injury, David Patten should become the man in New Orleans during his absence. This is one of the highest powered offenses in the league and Drew Brees won't slow it down just because Colston is out. Patten is a great play here.


Wes Welker - Patriots vs. Jets - I'm just not sold on the Cassel to Welker combination yet as most of Welker's routes were predicated on perfect timing between him and Brady. They'll need to develop a solid rapport before Welker starts turning in those monster performances.

Any Seahawks receiver vs. 49ers - See Matt Hasselbeck above.

Javon Walker - Raiders vs. Chiefs - He's making his season debut with the Raiders this weekend and I'd stay as far away as possible. Walker hasn't been a solid receiver for quite some time now and yet, people keep drafting him because of name recognition.

Do not start him.

Tight Ends

Must starts: Antonio Gates, Chris Cooley, Kellen Winslow Jr., Jason Witten


Chris Cooley - Redskins vs. Saints - The wildman from Washington disappointed heavily in week one. But it was more a testament to the garbage that is Jason Campbell than his own doing. Coach Jim Zorn will make it a priority to get the Pro Bowl TE involved in this offense, starting this week.

Dante Rosario - Panthers vs. Bears - Just remember one thing. Most of you had never even heard of this guy before Delhomme found him for that miraculous catch against the Chargers last week. Temper your expectations against a revitalized Bears defense and that he won't be sneaking up on them like he did the Chargers.

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I need help again. I need to fill a WR and Flex spot.

WR's include,

Chad Johnson
Lee Evens
Dawayne Bowe

RB's Include,
Jamal Lewis

Olsen responds Hey Chris, thanks for checking in again.

First I'm going to throw Jamal Lewis completely out of the equation. His track record against that stout Pittsburgh D is horrendous and I expect that trend to continue this weekend.

The second individual I'm going to get rid of here is Chad Eight Five.

One of the most telling stats about a player is the amount of looks he gets during a game and in week one, Carson Palmer looked Chad's way a grand total of four times. Compare that to T.J. Houshmandzadeh's eight and you'll begin to see that Ocho Cinco isn't the number one wide receiver on this team despite his best efforts to make you think that he is.

And this Bengals team is in complete disarray right now. I'm hesitant to start any Bengals player until they show some form of life and with another tough matchup this week against the Titans I'm even more worried.

Dwayne Bowe has a nice rapport going with the old man Damon Huard and is going to get his chance to score every week because outside of TE Tony Gonzalez, the Chiefs don't have anything else.

And while I'm not the biggest Lee Evans fan, I still like him better than your other options.

So Bowe and Evans.

Good luck.

Q1: Lee Evans vs.Jacksonville or Roy Williams vs. Green Bay?

Q2: What do you think about Anthony Fasano of MIA? I have Jeremy Shockey, but I'm not that confident in him.

Q3: Vincent Jackson is a Free Agent in my league. I know you have him as a 'Start' this week, but is he worth the pick-up for the entire season? Or is he, at best, a 4th option on San Deigo?

Olsen responds: Coming out of the gates firing! I like it.

Here we go.

Q1. Tough call here, I'm a huge fan of Williams but Calvin Johnson has clearly become Kitna's go to guy in Detroit.

But there's no question that Lee Evans is the number one guy up in Buffalo, as evidenced by the fact he was targeted nine times by QB Trent Edwards.

That being said, I'm going to tell you go with Evans this weekend. Last year Williams caught 3 passes for 39 yards against a very underrated Pack D and it I think that trend will continue.

The Jags are a tough defense, but Evans is going to see plenty of throws coming his way and I like his chances.

Q2. I think Anthony Fasano is going to be very good in Miami. People forget how highly he was regarded when he was drafted and he's fallen into the perfect position.

However, you can't drop Jeremy Shockey for him.

The Saints are an explosive offense that is capable of lighting up the scoreboard against any team. Now that Marques Colston is out I like Shockey even more.

If you really don't trust Shockey I'd say pick up Fasano and stash him on your bench, but personally I'd rather reserve that spot for a sleeper wide receiver or running back.

Q3. If you were going to pick up Jackson I'd consider him a solid bye week fill in, simply because of his ability in the red zone.

He stands 6-foot-5 while his counterpart Chris Chambers is 5-foot-11. Jackson can definitely go up and get it and in today's NFL that's a rare commodity.

If you have room on your roster, go for it as long as you don't drop anyone of value.

Let me know who you have and I'll tell you if it's worth it.

Good luck.

Two questions:

QB: Hasselbeck or Garrard? (Probably Garrard)

RB: Chris Johnson or Maurice Jones Drew?

Olsen responds: Definitely Garrard and definitely Johnson.

On any other day I'd say Hasselbeck, but with a group of wide receivers that they picked up off of the street he's going to struggle.

And I personally think MJD is the most overrated player in fantasy football while Johnson is only going to get better.

Good luck.

Is this a good week 2 team waiting to hear if clark will start
QB: Big ben
WR x 2: Wayne (ind); TJ (cin)
RB x 2: portis (was); Fargas (oak)
TE: Lee (GB)
Flex: DeSean jackson
K: Reed (pit) def : Dallas

Selvin young
Dallas clark
Ray rice (bal)
Rudi Johnson

Olsen responds: I think you’ve got it set up perfectly, that is, until you find out about Dallas Clark.

Obviously you’ll be paying attention Saturday night, early Sunday morning to find out if he’s going to play or not.

The only other concern I’d have is the Dallas DEF Monday night against Philly. That could turn into a very high scoring affair without many turnovers. But then again, I’m not sure I’d drop anyone from your bench to pick up another defense.

Otherwise, I like it a lot.

Good luck this weekend.

i need 3 recievers this week

1. larry fitzgerald....obvisously

bernard berrian
bryant johnson
courtney taylor

which 2 should i go with?

Advice on who to start:
Positions to fill: RB, RB/WR, WR, WR.
My Team:
Joseph Addai
Chris Johnson
Justin Fargas
Kevin Smith
Deangelo Williams
Darren McFadden

Braylon Edwards
Anquan Boldin
Santonio Holmes
Marvin Harrison
Eddie Royal

Right now I have Fargas, Johnson, Holmes and Boldin.

I have lynch and a guy wants to trade me b. marshall. what U think????

Olsen responds: It greatly depends on your running back depth on whether or not I'd advise you to accept this trade.

But throwing everything out and assuming you have enough depth to cover the loss of Lynch, I'd say go for it.

In Marshall you're getting the most targeted wide receiver in the NFL (103 this season). You can't ask for anything for in your number one wideout. Week in and week out you know that Marshall is going to get his looks and in that pass happy offense in Denver, he'll get more than most.

Lynch has only one game this year in which he received more than 20 carries and has failed to record a 100-yd rushing day.

However, that may change in upcoming weeks with Cleveland, KC and San Francisco on the schedule.

But Lynch has been far too inconsistent and his team far too unreliable to convince me that Marshall isn't the guy you want here.

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