Well, folks, if you read Wayniac Nation’s first attempt at Starts and Sits last week, you must be thinking we are fantasy morons and not experts. It was a rough first stab, but in our defense, it was a bizarre week for fantasy. I don’t think anyone expected Jamaal Charles to get seven touches. Nor did most expect Darren Sproles to outscore the terrible tipping LeSean McCoy (who apparently redefines Shady on a daily basis).
I had a few starts that made me look pretty good. Jeremy Maclin had 20 to 22 points depending on your scoring format. Brady wasn’t a complete bust as he still grabbed 15 to 17 points. Antonio Gates came out and threw up 14 points. Aside from Cam Newton, if you started who I said to sit, you were golden! Le’Veon Bell dropped 30, Kendall Wright had 20 and Martellus Bennett had 21.
It’s a new week which brings new life to our expert picks. Without further ado:
WEEK TWO STARTS AND SITS:
Mike Dunton (@dartbus1521):
Dennis Pitta, TE – He’s a strong option against a Steelers defense that struggles with the tight ends and the Ravens are seriously lacking a run game.
Cam Newton, QB – We know he is playing this week, but I don’t trust his timing with his new wide receivers and Detroit’s defense looked somewhat decent against the Giants this past Monday. He needs to prove himself healthy this week.
Kendall Wright, WR – The Cowboys are a mess. They could hardly move the ball on offense and can’t stop anyone on defense, so take advantage of this while you can! This week, the improved Titans offense with Ken Whisenhunt will have their way with the Dallas defense. If you don’t have Manning, Brees, or Rodgers, consider Jake Locker in what could be an offensive shootout. He could put up top five production this week. Get Kendall Wright in your lineup immediately and expect a Megatron performance!
Matt Ryan, QB – Sit Ryan after a franchise record setting passing record in week 1?! As much as I love the Falcons, last week was an emotional come-from-behind victory that relied on timely turnovers and 2 clutch 50-plus-yard field goals. Traveling to Cincy, I see a huge let down against the Bengals. The Falcons don’t expect to have Jake Matthews back for this matchup against a tough defensive front, so expect Cincy to take advantage! Ryan will get pressured and hurried alot and I expect Dirk Koetter to utilize his four dynamic running backs to allow Ryan to get the ball off quickly. I don’t expect more than 200 yards from him this week. Besides Julio, I would be cautious of starting any of Atlanta’s offense this week. I hope I’m wrong!
Golden Tate, WR – I think the Panthers will be all over Megatron (as if that matters) giving Tate some opportunities.
Jay Cutler, QB – If he can’t beat the Bills at home how is he going to beat the 49ers in San Francisco?
QB: Jake Locker – I have to agree with my partner JD here. Locker shredded a very good Chiefs defense for 266 yards and a touchdown before shutting things down with the run for most of the fourth quarter in the Titans upset blowout at Arrowhead. Now, Whisenhunt makes his Nashville debut and with the arsenal Locker has to play with against the Cowboys, I can see a 30 point day on the horizon.
RB: Carlos Hyde – Hyde kicked off his NFL career against the horrid Cowboys defense and looked good – better than old-man-Frank Gore good. Hyde had the touchdown last week and averaged 7.1 yards a carry. The Bears allowed 193 yards rushing to the Bills as three different backs piled up over 50 yards each. Hyde is going to be the touchdown guy. I can see a 13-15 point week on the low end in this Sunday Night match-up.
WR: Reggie Wayne – Monday Night Football is going to be a shootout between the Eagles and the Colts. Wayne showed this past Sunday he is fully healed from last year’s injury and at 35, just as reliable as ever. Wayne snagged nine receptions for 98 yards against a Broncos defense that was supposed to be vastly improved from last year. There should be little defense played Monday night, so start the old man with confidence.
TE: Zach Ertz – Ertz had one of the better games of his career in the comeback victory over the Jaguars snagging three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown. Nick Foles needs a safety net in their spread, fast moving offense, and Ertz looks like he is establishing quite the rapport with Foles. There will be a lot of points dropped Monday night, and Ertz will be in the hunt for a bunch of them.
Def: Tampa Bay Bucs – I have two words for you as to why the Bucs are a good start this week. Austin Davis. That is all.
QB: RGIII – He had all sorts of trouble with J.J. Watt in Houston and just didn’t look right. The Jaguars had a vicious first half attack last week in Philly, one which looked like it would give RGIII the same trouble Watt did. Maybe he is adjusting to a new offense, maybe he is still shaky from his injury, or maybe he just stinks.
RB: Reggie Bush – Joique Bell carried the ball six more times and ran better than Bush. Bush is quickly becoming a slot wide receiver in this high-flying Lions offense. The Panthers defense is heads and shoulders better than the Giants. This is a bad week for Bush.
WR: Keenan Allen – The Chargers had trouble passing against a Cardinals defense missing The Honey Badger. Now they have the Legion of Boom. Add the toughest DBs in the business with the dropsies the Chargers receiving corps had last week and this is a recipe for disaster.
TE: Antonio Gates – Last week, I told you to start him and he had a good week. This week, like his cohort Allen, he goes against the Legion of Boom. The Seahawks dismantled the Packers, I don’t expect much less against the Chargers. Sit them all!.
Def: Rams – This offense is not going to be good enough to keep their opponents off the field for too long. Throw in an injured Chris Long and this once Top Ten defense is suddenly middle-of-the-road.