You can’t have a real fantasy football season without dealing with injuries. When giant, armored men are crashing into each other, something is bound to break. Such was the case in week 2 with Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys joining Dez Bryant, Eric Decker of the New York Jets, Lamar Miller of the Miami Dolphins, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints, Eddie Lacy of the Green Bay Packers, and Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers. Some of these injuries won’t knock a player out for the season, but it still makes them a start risk for at least a week.
The stats for “Start, Sit, & Spin” so far:
Please note: there are certain players that can be considered “set ’em and forget ’em.” We don’t include them in our “Start” segment because it usually goes without saying that if you drafted someone in the first two rounds, you’re sticking with them unless they are injured or on a bye.
Quarterback: Nick Foles, St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams have not exactly been holding points off the board on defense this year. The Washington Redskins put up 24 on the Rams last week, and the Seahawks moved the ball well even if only 14 of their points came from the defense and special teams.
With the Pittsburgh Steelers coming to town in L’Veon Bell’s season debut, look for Foles to be slinging it to keep the Rams in the game.
I would start Nick Foles over: Russell Wilson (SEA), Matt Ryan (ATL), Andy Dalton (CIN)
Running Back: Alfred Morris & Matt Jones, Washington Redskins
The New York Giants might look good in the box score as the third best rushing defense in the league after two games but, trust me, it’s a mirage. In their game against the Dallas Cowboys, they had a lead, forcing Romo to throw. The Atlanta Falcons are a pass-first offense.
Now the New York Giants play a Thursday Night game, which means a short week for the defense to get back up to speed, which means that the Washington Redskins Firm of Morris & Jones could both get major holes.
I would start Morris & Jones over: Matt Forte (CHI), Mark Ingram (NO), DeMarco Murray (PHI)
Wide Receiver: Allen Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars
The Bortles & Robinson connection has finally become a reality in Jacksonville. In Megatron-esque fashion, Allen Robinson out-maneuvered and outmuscled a Miami secondary with high expectations for 155 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Things probably won’t be as pleasant as the Jaguars visit the Patriots, especially if Bill Belichick decides that Robinson is the player to take out of the equation on defense, but the score may be rung up so high that it won’t matter in the end.
I would start Allen Robinson over: Brandon Marshall (NYJ), Jordan Matthews (PHI), Mike Evans (TB)
Tight End: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins
No one has ever really questioned the talent of Jordan Reed. The question has always been, “When will he get hurt again?”
After two weeks, so far so good as Jordan Reed has acted as a tight end replacement for the injured DeSean Jackson. Look for the action to continue against the New York Giants.
I would start Jordan Reed over: Martellus Bennett (CHI), Jason Witten (DAL), Heath Miller (PIT)
DST: Carolina Panthers
The Carolina Panthers haven’t exactly been tested in their games against the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Houston Texans, but you can’t expect a depleted Saints team with a bum-shouldered Drew Brees visiting Charlotte to put up much of a fight.
I would start the Panthers DST over: Dolphins (MIA), Rams (STL), Cardinals (ARI)
Kicker: Greg Zuerlein, St. Louis Rams
Big scoring game: check. Indoor stadium: check. Big leg that hit a 51-yarder last week: check. I told you to remember the name Greg Zuerlein before the season started. I’m still on the train.
I would start Greg Zuerlein over: Matt Bryant (ATL), Dan Bailey (DAL), Josh Brown (NYG)
Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
The Buffalo Bills and Rex Ryan collectively put their feet in their mouths. While at any other time, Rex Ryan may have enjoyed that, that game against Tom Bray and the New England Patriots was not one of them.
So how will the Bills do against Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins? I’d expect the Bills to do what they did to Andrew Luck but three times over.
Replacements: Matthew Stafford (DET), Nick Foles (STL), Blake Bortles (JAC)
Running Back: DeMarco Murray, Philadelphia Eagles
Injury or not, it may be time to give DeMarco Murray a rest while the rest of the Philadelphia Eagles figure out how to correct their issues at the offensive line. Defenses seem to be in the backfield half as much as Murray lines up in the I-formation.
A game against the New York Jets won’t be the get-right game. If you have a better option, use it.
Replacements: Latavius Murray (OAK), Joseph Randle (DAL), Frank Gore (IND)
Wide Receiver: Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles
The only light at the end of the Philadelphia Eagles in terms of fantasy production has been Jordan Matthews. He hasn’t blown up the stats yet, but he’s been consistently good on a consistently bad Eagles offense that has done its best work in garbage time. But Matthews hasn’t been on Revis Island yet, which is where he is headed this week. It may seem too cute, but if you have a good replacement, sitting Matthews is worth the consideration
Replacements: Allen Robinson (JAC), Jeremy Maclin (KC), Sammy Watkins (BUF)
Tight End: Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys
Witten is hurt and questionable. Tony Romo is out for at least 8 weeks. The Cowboys are having a tough time running the ball. Even against the Atlanta Falcons, who have been looking surprisingly adept, take a shot on a tight end that should produce more.
Replacements: Jordan Reed (WAS), Heath Miller (PIT), Jared Cook (STL)
DST: Miami Dolphins
With Ndamukong Suh doing his own thing, which isn’t leading to stuffs of sacks, it’s hard to trust the Dolphins when they’ve just been torched by Jacksonville.
Replacements: Ravens (BAL), Falcons (ATL), Cardinals (ARI)
Kicker: Cody Parkey, Philadelphia Eagles
As the Philadelphia Eagles offense goes, so goes their kicker Cody Parkey. If it won’t burn your order on the waiver wire, replace him.
Replacements: Greg Zuerlein (STL), Josh Lambo (SD), Chandler Catanzaro (ARI)
Quarterback: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Was Drew Brees already a bust before a busted shoulder? It’s only been two weeks, but the Saints offense looks lost without Jimmy Graham, and the arrow on Brees is starting to dip down after losing to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Running Back: Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
We may see the debut of Todd Gurley this week, or just more proof that Jeff Fisher hates fantasy football. Gurley is off the injury report, but should probably stay off your starting roster until you see him in a game.
Wide Receiver: Travis Benjamin, Cleveland Browns
With Josh McCown sending Johnny Manziel back to the bench, it remains to be seen if Travis Benjamin can keep the production going. Six receptions for 204 yards and three touchdowns? I think that’s unsustainable even if Manziel was under center slinging the ball down the field on every down. Say “No” to the Kool-Aid.
Tight End: Eric Ebron, Detroit Lions
Is this the Eric Ebron we’ve been waiting for? 9 receptions for 96 yards and two touchdowns in two games? If defenses keep the heat of Calvin Johnson and keep an eye out for Abdullah, Ebron could continue to reap the benefits.
DST: San Francisco 49ers
One week they’re shutting down a team, the next they’re rolling over. How good is the 49ers defense? and when will you care to trust them?
Kicker: Josh Scobee, Pittsburgh Steelers
Another extra-point miss by Josh Scobee leads Ben Roethlisberger to take more two-point conversion tries than is necessary. Usually kickers on high-octane offenses lead the way in points. So far, no good for Scobee.
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