Trying to decide who you should start or sit this week? Let’s take a look at a few potential decisions owners have and try to sort through them:
Start – Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Washington
I love Dalton as a low-end QB1 this week. The Redskins defense is banged up and have already allowed 6 passing touchdowns (not to mention 313.5 passing yards per game). Dalton, meanwhile, actually has a pair of receivers now in A.J. Green and the emerging Andrew Hawkins, not to mention a running game to keep defenses honest and a tight end he can trust. He has thrown for 539 yards in two games and should be in store for another good performance.
Sit – Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Denver
This is strictly for those in one quarterback formats, because if your league allows two he is a viable option. However, the big knock against him right now is that it is so easy for the offense to center around the running game (with Arian Foster and Ben Tate), that the passing game becomes nearly meaningless. He has thrown just 1 TD thus far and failed to eclipse 200 yards against the Jaguars in Week 2. At this point, in shallower formats he is hard to trust.
Start – Michael Bush – Chicago Bears – vs. St. Louis
With Matt Forte banged up Bush should see the lions share of the carries. Bush has proven that he can carry the load before, and taking on a Rams defense that has already surrendered four rushing touchdowns only helps his cause. The Bears are going to try and make everyone forget how bad they looked last Thursday and Bush should be a key to the offense.
Start – Ryan Mathews – San Diego Chargers – vs. Atlanta
Expected to return this week, Mathews gets a favorable matchup immediately. Throw in that the injury was not to his leg, meaning you wouldn’t expect him to be limited, and the Chargers need for a spark plug in the backfield and things should shape up nicely. Assuming we don’t get a late report that he’s still banged up in some way, there is no reason to shy away from one of the elite backs in the league.
Sit – Shonn Greene – New York Jets – at Miami
The Jets want to be a ground and pound offense, but unfortunately for them they do not have a back to put that plan in motion. Greene managed just 23 yards on 11 carries in Week 2 and now draws a Dolphins defense that has allowed 53.0 rushing yards per game. The entire Jets offense is a mess and it is impossible to trust the majority of their players.
Sit – Beanie Wells/Ryan Williams – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Philadelphia
I am lumping these two together because it appears that they are primed to continue sharing carries. As it is, neither has looked very impressive. Unless one steps up and claims the job, neither are going to be worth using.
Wide Receivers (Two-Receiver Formats)
Start – Steve Johnson – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
Yes, the offense now runs through C.J. Spiller, but with the Browns defense is allowing over 300 passing yards per game (as well as already having allowed 5 passing TD) there should be ample opportunities for Johnson. While he has started slowly in regards to total receptions, he has found the end zone in both games. Don’t be surprised if he posts much gaudier overall numbers this week (hasn’t had more than 4 catches or crack 60 yards yet).
Sit – Eric Decker – Denver Broncos – vs. Houston
The Texans defense has been the best in the league and are allowing just 124 passing yards per game thus far. Makes it tough tough to trust Decker, who has just 9 catches for 107 yards and 0 TD, don’t you think? If you want to use a Bronco receiver, Demaryius Thomas is the better option.
Wide Receivers (Three-Receiver Formats)
Start – Danny Amendola – St. Louis Rams – at Chicago
It finally appears that Sam Bradford has found a rapport with a wide receiver. Amendola ripped down 15 catches for 160 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 and, while he won’t be able to replicate those numbers, has clearly become the go to option. With Steven Jackson banged up, Amendola should continue to get plenty of opportunities to produce.
Sit – Justin Blackmon – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
The highly touted rookie has 3 catches for 24 yards over his first two games. Until he shows signs of turning things around he should be stashed safely on your bench.
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