Week 2 is here and there are a lot of things for us pretend football players to pay attention to. I’ll go through a few here and then hook you up with some prime links and maybe give you a puppy (I won’t give you a puppy).

While I have you here I’d like to give some shout outs to our writers at Razzball. They are doing some awesome work and their stuff often gets buried pretty quickly on the site. Clint Chugg, Joseph Buccellato, Mark Lee, Tim Brodeur, Josh Vitale, Jonathan Gilpin, Matt Jones, Trevor Gallo and Jeff Brubach have all contributed some bad ass work of late and I can’t thank them enough.  You should scroll down and see what they had to say this week and if their names have a little hyperlinkage up above you should click and follow them on the Twitter.

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Make sure you aren’t starting any dudes who aren’t playing by checking out our Week 2 Injury Report.

Ok, enough of that. Here is some fake football schtuff:

Cam Newton: Really, if he doesn’t completely fall apart against the multiple disguised blitzes of Dom Capers lead by Fabio, then his stock rises considerably. I’m on the fence right now with him. His upside is great, but I’m worried about his inconsistency. If he can pull out a halfway decent game against Green Bay he should be pretty safe to use as your sole backup.

James Starks/Ryan Grant: Week 1 was all Starks as far as amount of time on the field and productivity and I don’t think that is going to change, hence my high ranking this week, but this week should help shore up the idea that Grant is more of a handcuff than a committee member.

Saints Receivers: I’m a big Lance Moore fan this year, but he got off to a slow halt with his groin injury. Let’s hope this week it’s not a growing injury (I am so funny). If he starts and plays the whole game we should have a little clarity on that situation. I believe if everyone is healthy (fat if) Meachem, Moore and Graham will be the guys to own there. We’ll see if that is how it plays out today.

Antonio Brown/Emmanuel Sanders: Brown saw the bulk of the targets last week, but Sanders made the most of the few he received. My horse in this race right now is Sanders, but if Brown gets close to 9 targets again and Sanders gets 3, well, I’ll have to change my thinking.

Donald Jones/David Nelson: Jones was on the field last week a lot more than Nelson, 63 plays to 35.  I’m interested in the Bills offensive progress this week. They were on point last week and under Chan Gailey have the opportunity to carry some fantasy points, but I’d like to see some consistency and hopefully for a #2 receiver to step up.

Percy Harvin: The 39 yards put up by Donovan McNabb last week was just depressing. And for some reason Percy Harvin didn’t see the field on running plays. Yes, he may not need to be out there for them to run, but they seem to be telegraphing their plays, but anyway. I’m hoping to see a lot more targets for their best receiver this week. I’ll start getting a little worried if he doesn’t.

Shonn Greene: He didn’t show much against the Cowboys, but also wasn’t in the best of positions to succeed. This week the Jags offense won’t be able to do nearly as much as the Cowboys so the Jets should be close or in the lead for much of the game. That should give Greene more opportunities to run. If he gets the opportunities and does nothing with them then it’s time to start biting your nails. Or someone elses so you don’t mess up yours.

Earl Bennett/Johnny Knox: They aren’t in direct competition, but with Roy Williams most likely out it will be interesting to see how they are used since Williams should be demoted at some point for being old. Devin Hester is still on the field way too much as well, but thems the breaks. Knox and Bennett are the only two I think can have fantasy relevance and I’m hoping they start to dominate the targets.

Jared Cook: I’m not sure how much we’ll get out of this game if the Baltimore defense dominates, but if the Titans can get something going I hope they try harder to get Cook involved. Him and Britt are easily their best receivers and should be targeted 1st and 2nd, let’s see if that happens. If not I’ll have to start waning on my Cook love. And burn my I’m cooking with Cook BBQ apron.

Dwayne Bowe: The Chiefs offense without Weis coordinating them has been pretty offensive. Bowe isn’t going to do what he did last season, but he’s still a good receiver. Can Cassel get him the ball? I think they’ll be behind to the Lions high powered offense and will need to throw it quite a bit. If Bowe can’t piece together a good game in that scenario then we might have a problem.

Indianapolis Offense: I have no faith in the Manningless Colts, but I’m not willing to drop them all quite yet. We need to see what kind of value we have here first. Last week they were just beat all the hell up by the Texans and I don’t think we learned much, except what we already knew, that they sucked without Peyton. Collins didn’t have much time to learn the offense or even play in the preseason, so maybe against the Browns we can get a better picture of how they are going to look here on out.

Kevin Ogletree: It’s looking more likely that Dez Bryant won’t play (stay tuned, he’s a game time decision) and Ogletree might get the start. I’ve always thought Ogletree had some ability and it will be interesting to see how he plays. That’s all I have to say about that.

Willis McGahee: I really didn’t like what I saw out of McGahee week 1, but he will get the chance to be the guy in week 2 with Knowshon Moreno most likely out. The Bengals defense isn’t horrid, but if you are the #1 running back, getting all of the work, you better be able to put up at least flex startable fantasy numbers.

Patriots Tight Ends: Herkowski put up huge numbers in Miami, but how valuable will they both be from week to week? The Chargers pass defense is tough, but they consistently are beat by tight ends. It’s going to be hard to keep both out of the top ten tight end rankings each week until something changes. We’ll see if anything changes this week.

Owen Daniels: The Texans ran the ball a whole lot and Andre Johnson saw most of the few passing targets. The Dolphins should put up more of a fight than the Colts and Kevin Walter is out so we should see much more from Daniels. If not, there is something wrong in Whoville.

Jacquizz Rodgers: The backup position behind Michael Turner is pretty fluid right now. Jason Snelling had 2 runs and 6 targets and was on the field for 36 plays. Rodgers was at 2, 5, 22. Plus, Jacuzzi had 2 red zone looks to Snelly’s zero.  If Rodgers’ numbers rise and Snelling’s fall in this game, I think that may be the direction they are going.

Lance Kendricks: I’m hoping his week 1 drops were rookie jitters and I believe they were. He has shown good hands in the past and that isn’t just going to go away. He is set up to have a very nice rookie season if he can get his head screwed on right.

Hot Links:

As usual, Evan Silva’s Week 2 matchup article over at Rotoworld is a must read every week.

Our old Yahoo pal Andy Behrens takes a look at week 1 in his article Five up, five down: A plea for patience, a call for panic. Read it and leave a comment that has nothing to do with football.

This young up and coming writer has a detailed Targets and Touches article that you should read.

The Cold Hard Football Facts take a look at today’s slate of games.

I heard an interview with Patton Oswalt the other day where he said he watches Gale Sayers highlights to help him write. Yeah, he writes comedy. That’s how good Gale Sayers is.

This is old, but very much worth the read. Malcolm Gladwell, author and darn good thinker, is interviewed by ESPN and you’ll get smarter just by clicking here.

The NY Times Fifth Down Blog takes a look at the Week 2 Matchups.

For all you Dynasty leaguers out there you should take a look at Chris Wesseling’s column Dynasty Hot Sheet.

FanDuel is putting out some great stuff and the winner of our The Next Great Fantasy Football Writer Josh Vitale is doing his thang over there as well! Check him out!

Pro Football Weekly has a look at the Ten Most Intriguing Players in week 2.

Our friends over at Sharapova’s Thigh take a look at week 2 for fantasy. Check it and don’t, if you can help it, wreck it.

Carl does some stuff below.

  1. Killer Joe says:

    Standard league, Starks or Greene this week?

  2. Randy says:

    D Hester? Not sure what to do with him? He’s on the field a lot and I get 1 pt for 20 return yards… Would you rank him ahead of guys like Gibson and Sanders?

  3. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Killer Joe: Leaning Starks.

    @Randy: In return yardage leagues it’s hard not to like him over those guys, but his receiving skills and numbers aren’t going to improve much.

  4. Lubey says:

    You gotta love a young up and coming writer with dick jokes! Nice work Chet.

  5. So So says:

    got s. greene, mendenhall, w. mcgahee, a bradshaw, c. williams need 2 1 point ppr, bradshaw and mendenhall right? thanks

  6. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Doc:16 team non ppr….trying to fill three flex positions(rtn yds count)….

    Roy Williams
    Eddie Royal
    E. Sanders
    Dion Lewis

    also,10 team non ppr flex….

    Best or Britt?

    and also also….8 team points ppr flex….

    Welker,Graham or Fred Jackson?


  7. eldee says:

    An embarrassment of riches:



    Starting 3. Gore’s for sure, feeling pretty good about Blount. Was thinking Starks over Greene even before I read your reply above, Doc (because Greene might put up better numbers, but Starks is probably less likely to stiff me).

    Do any of those other guys deserve starts today?

    thx in advance, as always.

  8. Nico says:

    I’m up early pacing around the house… I need some help old wise one: Flex position Ingram, Julio, or Steve Smith Car.?!

  9. Wilsonian says:

    2 leagues, both 0.5 PPR:

    LT, Knox, M.Thomas, Spiller for the flex?

    Starks, McGehee, Holmes, Ingram, Addai, Meachem, Moore for the flex?

  10. J says:

    @Doc – I need clarity at my Flex in a 0.5 PPR league – Greene, Starks, or Meachem? Also, do I wait out Nicks, or start someone else today in his place?

  11. bfeels says:


    I can’t get a gut feel on Shonn Green or Santana Moss as my Flex today? thanks!

  12. K Bass says:

    Is P. Manning worth holding onto in a non-keeper league? My other QBs are Brees and Cutler. I got P. Manning in the 6th round in my draft and Brees in a trade.

  13. Doc

    Doc says:

    @K Bass: I’d drop him

    @bfeels: Greene in non PPR, Moss in PPR

    @J: Any room for Hixon? I think Nicks goes, but you could plug him in if he doesn’t. I like Starks.

  14. charlie batch says:

    having trouble deciding whether to start mike thomas @NYJ or arrelious benn @MIN today..

  15. Doc

    Doc says:

    @So So: Yep

    @eldee: I’m with ya there

    @Nico: Tough call there. Julio seems the safest this week,

    @Wilsonian: Leaning Knox and Starks

  16. Doc

    Doc says:

    @charlie batch: Ugh, tough call. Benn doesn’t have Revis on him. So Benn.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: FJax, Best, Sanders, Cribbs, Fasano (those last three are tough!)

  17. charlie batch says:

    @Doc: thanks mr. Doc

  18. Ray J says:

    @doc: 0.5 PPR & Return yards league…do I go with Sproles, Jones, or FJax?

  19. MikeAdamson says:

    Santanio Holmes or Emmanuel Sanders?

  20. Daniel says:

    Doc, you kinda let me down last week with your Blount over Bradshaw and Kendricks over Hernandez advice, but here’s your shot at redemption:

    Pick 2 (non-ppr): Miles Austin, Kenny Britt, Brandon Marshall

  21. Angela Mia (Nests Are Best) says:

    On my lineup today: Brees, Meachem, Jimmy Graham, McGahee, Shonn Greene, Cadillac Williams, Santana Moss, Cowboys Def, Mason Crosby.

    Question #1: If Lance Moore plays today, would YOU play him, and who would you sit in his place?

    Question #2: I also have Darren Sproles. Loved him last week, he did me good, would love to play him again but projections are not good. What you YOU do… would you play Sproles in my lineup, and if so, who would you sit?

    Really appreciate your input, you always have the best advice.

  22. Bad Bob says:

    Been offered Maclin for Flacco.

    My other WR are Desean jackson, Wayne, Ford, Decker, Little, Andre Roberts, Denarius Moore and McCluster. Got Brady as starter and Freeman as backup. 12 team dynasty league. Do the deal?

  23. Angela Mia (Nests Are Best) says:

    I forgot to say Non-PPR league.

  24. Doc

    Doc says:

    @MikeAdamson: Looks like Holmes is active for the game. I’d go ahead and start him.

  25. Angela Mia (Nests Are Best) says:

    That was my thought, too! Thanks Chet, now I can relax and enjoy the games. And your sparkling Twitter commentary. :)

  26. zaj says:

    1 pt PPR.

    pick 2 to start of sproles, harvin, ryan matthews.


  27. Doc

    Doc says:

    @zaj: Harvin, Sproles

  28. Peter says:

    Hey Doc,

    Lance Moore or Gaffney?

    Tolbert or Shonne Green?

    Who do I sit out of Felix, Mendenhall, Best, and Tolbert?

    Stafford or Brees?

  29. zaj says:

    thanks man.

    one more: .5 PPR – mendenhall or benson (seahawks run D has be questioning)


  30. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Peter: Moore, Tolbert, Tolbert, Stafford

    @zaj: Mendy

  31. Pepe Silvia says:

    no PPR but 1 point for every 20 return yards. who gets the start: L Moore, B Gibson, Gaffney, E Decker or Antonio Brown? thanks doc.

  32. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    Doc:Holmes is playing today,but are you confident in him?Im trying to decide between him and Julio.I saw that you have Holmes one notch ahead.Would you stick w/ Holmes in a non ppr?

  33. rak says:

    .5 PPR, Hernandez or Jimmy Graham? This could be a recurring question.

  34. Get off My Ditka! says:

    @Doc: Need help big time.

    Freeman vs. Minnesota
    Newton vs. Greenbay (who are missing one of there starting CB’s)

    My opponent has Mike Williams (WR – TB) at his flex spot, so any points scored by freement will most likely be negated by williams (and vice versa).

  35. MikeAdamson says:

    Thanks Doc

  36. Chris says:

    Mcgehee, Blount, Harvin. Need 2.

  37. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Pepe Silvia: Really tough one. Decker with return yards.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: Jones would be safer to last the game. Holmes has a great matchup.

  38. Doc

    Doc says:

    @rak: Graham, but close

    @Chris: Harvin, Blount

  39. Sinbad dogfish says:

    Start lance moore or devery henderson?

  40. J says:

    @ Doc: Re: Hixon. Would have to drop Collie for Hixon in a 12 team league.

  41. BP says:

    Doc – for my QB2 I need Sanchez or Henne. I feel like Sanchez is the sturdy play but the Jets may not throw much if they get up early. Henne will most likely be throwing all day just to keep up with Houston. Who do you think has more upside?

    Also, Felix or McGahee?

  42. Get off My Ditka! says:

    @Doc: you skipped me partner, #35.

  43. D.A. says:

    FLEX – Addai, Mathews, L. Moore

    TE – D. Clark or F. Davis (either could be flex also)

    QB – Eli or Rex (6/td)

    PPR League

  44. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Get off My Ditka!: Not seeing it.

    @BP: Agree with your assessment. Felix

  45. Doc

    Doc says:

    Heyward Bey and Jacoby Ford are out. Schillens and Moore to start.

    Santonio Holmes will play.

    Roy Williams OUT.

    Lance Moore will play.

    Brandon Lloyd will play.

  46. Doc

    Doc says:

    @D.A.: Addai to be safe, Davis, Eli

  47. Pepe Silvia says:

    @Doc: cool, yeah that does seem like the safer play considering he should at least get me a few points in special teams.

  48. Get off My Ditka! says:

    Need help big time.

    Freeman vs. Minnesota
    Newton vs. Greenbay (who are missing one of there starting CB’s)

    My opponent has Mike Williams (WR – TB) at his flex spot, so any points scored by freement will most likely be negated by williams (and vice versa).

  49. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Get off My Ditka!: I think you have to go with Freeman. I agree with what you are saying, but we could see a meltdown from Cam.

  50. Get off My Ditka! says:

    @Doc: i feel ya, I’ll be kicking myself in the a$$ if newton pulls off another big one in a shoot out with GB though.

  51. slew says:

    Hey Doc, with Moore back in the mix, how would you rank these Rec’s – Moore, Lloyd, and Harvin? non ppr

  52. Doc

    Doc says:

    @slew: Lloyd, Harvin, Moore

  53. DDT says:


    Last minute Q: Beanie, Tobert, or Felix for my RB/WR felx?!!!

  54. Doc

    Doc says:

    @DDT: Felix

  55. friar says:

    Hi Grey,
    Two super last minute questions if you get a chance. Different teams.

    1) Flex spot: Meachem, P. Thomas, R. Mathews

    2) WR2 (don’t ask…it’s been rough): Henderson, L. Moore, M. Thomas


  56. Doc

    Doc says:

    @friar: Moore, Mathews

  57. bobbo says:

    @Doc: Starks, Caddilac, or Mathews in a PPR flex?

  58. bobbo says:

    @Doc: Also, Freeman or Flacco?

  59. Doc

    Doc says:

    @bobbo: Starks, Flacco

  60. bobbo says:

    @Doc: Thanks! Kendricks or Fred Davis? And crazy as it sounds, Vick or Stafford (6pts per passing td)?

  61. bobbo says:

    @Doc: One last question, Keller or Gresham? PPR

  62. Doc

    Doc says:

    @bobbo: Davis, Vick

  63. Doc

    Doc says:

    @bobbo: Gresham

  64. Oilcan Giuseppe says:

    uh oh….did anyone see what happened to Charles?….I just heard a report on the radio and it sounds really bad.

  65. Mr2Bits says:

    Can someone please shoot Bush in the leg so they stop trying to TD vulture DMac? Dude is running over Buffalo but unless he runs it in from 10 yards out he gets his TD’s stolen….f”ing ridiculous.

  66. charlie batch says:

    which side do you like in a ppr league: his cam newton/forte for my blount/greene? i would start forte, felix jones, and addai/delone carter/amendola, instead of felix jones, blount, and greene.

  67. Wilsonian says:

    Who do you see getting the majority of the carries in KC? Jones or Dexter?

  68. Wilsonian says:

    Also, do you think Addai and/or Ingram have better weeks ahead of them, or is it time to cut bait for the flavor of the week?

  69. Eng says:

    No fun for me. I dropped Deanarius instead of that waste of space Cook.

  70. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Wilsonian: Stick with Ingram. Has faced two tough rush D. Jones will get the majority.

    @charlie batch: I’d take Cam there if he’s still willing.

    @Oilcan Giuseppe: He’s done for the season.

  71. Get off My Ditka! says:

    @Doc: let the “kicking myself in the ass” begin. Looks like cam newton is the real deal. I’ll be starting him over josh freeman for here on out. he scored 35 points in my league compared to freemans 12.

  72. Wilsonian says:

    Thanks Doc. I’m hanging on to Ingram. My other bench backs are DeAngelo, Jones, Addai. Would you lose any of them of them for either Keller or Gronk as backup TEs? I’ve got Finley starting. It’s a 0.5 PPR.

    Also, have Freeman as a backup. Do you have faith in him getting better, or try to deal for Stafford or drop Freeman for Sanchez or Kolb?

  73. Cheeeeze says:

    I have a non-PPR head2head league, do I take Chris Johnson for Matt Forte???

  74. Doc

    Doc says:

    @Cheeeeze: I’d hold

    @Wilsonian: Not a ton of faith in Freeman. Don’t want those other guys. Doubt anyone is going to give up Stafford.

  75. elwood blues says:

    time to pick up david Nelson for my bench?

  76. elwood blues says:

    or Decker? how would you rate Nelson and Decker down the road?

  77. Wilsonian says:

    @Doc: someone has Stafford, Cam and Vick. He’s now in love with Cam and has made Stafford available. He’s asked for Santonio and a backup RB. I have VJax, Roddy, and Smiff CAR starting right now. Could then pick up someone like Moore in Santonio’s place. Would you do a deal such as that?

    Also, drop Addai, Jones or Williams for Gronk or Keller?

  78. joel says:


    In non-ppr, i picked up Mccluster for the heck of it. In a vacuum, who is a better waiver pickup rite now: Dexter or Eric Decker? Decker seems like he could be legit.

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