C.J. Spiller, RB, BUF – I’m just re-aggravating myself about week 1 as I write this but Spiller has the reins of this offense in his hands and currently is the NFL’s leading rusher. Who knows what to expect from the Bills defense but no matter what you say about them, you have to admit that they found a way to provide fantasy-production to their players by the time the game ended.
A.J. Green, WR, CIN – The Bengals lost a bad game bloody this week and they now have probably the easiest match-up of the season as the Browns come to town. To make matters worse, Joe Haden is officially suspended and will not be with the team this week so there won’t be ANYONE to contain Green in this game. He is among the best receivers in the NFL already in his young career and this could well be his best game of the season.
Matt Ryan, QB, ATL – Ryan played a phenomenal game last week on the road against the Chiefs. Rumor has it that Arrowhead is a tough place to play and it just didn’t matter. With Ryan’s track record for being a BETTER player at home, you can not bench him now. The Broncos are coming to play in the dome and that bodes well for Peyton too so we could have a shoot out on our hands and Ryan owners sure won’t mind that.
Jordy Nelson, WR, GB – Chicago couldn’t even cover Reggie Wayne last week. He had 9 catches on 18 targets and racked up 135 receiving yards (most in the NFL). Greg Jennings has a groin injury and is listed as doubtful for Thursday night. Historically speaking, doubtful is as good as being listed as out so Nelson will have a nice match-up in a potential shoot-out. Must start this week.
BenJarvus Green-Ellis, RB, CIN – If you DON’T love the law firm this week, you clearly didn’t watch the same week 1 performance that I did. He had 18 carries for 91 yards and a score, which was good enough to make him the 11th best back for the week. What’s most impressive is that he did it against a terrible match-up in a blow-out loss. He is a MUST start against the Browns who are just about the worst team in the NFL this season. He should see a lot of work to close out the win and I would be shocked if he wasn’t over 100 yards.
Jay Cutler, QB, CHI – Cutler makes it into my top 10 QB’s for the week with a tough Thursday night match-up against the Packers. Alex Smith pretty well carved up this defense last week and while they will certainly be out for redemption, Cutler has a more prolific offense at his disposal and I think he should be in for another 300 yard passing game whether they win or lose.
Alfred Morris, RB, WAS – Coach Shanahan’s running backs… I know. I can’t blame you even a little bit if you just refuse to start this guy but let’s take a look at Shanahan’s offenses historically. His best teams were with a mobile quarterback and a featured running back. From John Elway and Terrell Davis to Jake Plummer with Clinton Portis/Reuben Droughns, Shanahan has always strived to set up an offense like the one he now has. Griffen fits the mold of the big-armed mobile QB that he always wants to use but he will still be rough around the edges and Morris will carry the load to keep the offense on-track. There is still at minimum, a 35% chance that Morris gets just 5 carries this week but It’s a nice match-up vs the Rams and I’m willing to make that gamble because no back has ever gotten as many carries in a game as Morris did in week 1 for the Redskins with Shanahan at the helm.
Michael Turner, RB, ATL – I said all preseason that until I see something to indicate that Turner is declining, I won’t be expecting it. I haven’t seen much of the game but just by looking at the stat-line, I can tell you that he just wasn’t given near the touches he used to. Especially on the road. Atlanta will look to bury Peyton in points this week at home and I think we need to downgrade Turner to a low-end RB2 or flex play for the time being. Don’t just bench him without much thought though… he’s still the lead back and will see a good amount of goal line work.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, PIT – I absolutely think the Steelers win this game, I just think it’s an ugly one. I have no faith in the Jets offense because Sanchez has never really shown consistency before but their Defense is DEFINITELY the real deal. They loosened up against Buffalo and allowed both yardage and points in junk-time but they won’t be running away with this one offensively so that won’t be an option. If you drafted Ben, you almost certainly got yourself a very quality backup so this is a week to use him.
Kevin Ogletree, WR, DAL – Don’t overreact here. You did a good thing picking him up but there is a plethora of receiving talent on his offense and he isn’t going to move up past the slot receiver for quite some time, no matter how well he does. We’ve likely seen his best game of the season and I don’t want to take a chance with him until he proves it wasn’t a fluke.
Michael Vick, QB, PHI – Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, I’m just an idiot. You may not have a choice but to play him anyways but don’t expect much against the Ravens defense. McCoy will be just fine but I’m just no longer convinced that Vick is the same play-maker he was two years ago. With his injury risk, you have a backup and should consider him this week (especially Cutler!)
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, PIT – The match-up is tough so he’s likely not a starter even if Mendenhall is out again. If Mendenhall DOES play, he is a definite sit.