If you lost in Week 1 of fantasy football, don’t worry. Not all hope is lost. But if you lose in Week 2 of fantasy football, you’re pretty much screwed. (Just kidding…well only kind of.) An 0-2 hole is a tough start to anyone’s season. Big decisions need to be made this weekend and I’m here to help you make them.
I answered about 50 questions on Twitter last weekend to help the bros fill out their lineups and I’ll be there to help for the rest of the season. Some suggestions didn’t work out so well, but a majority of them helped the masses. If you’re curious about guys you don’t see listed here, you can always find me on Twitter (@MrT_BroBible) to ask questions, but remember to mention league specifics like PPR.
You Know Who You Should Start?
Stevan Ridley (RB - New England)
The tale of Patriots' RBs has been one of woe in recent years. Not since Corey Dillon roamed the earth have we seen a truly electric rusher in New England. The Law Firm of Benjarvus Green-Ellis was certainly effective, but people weren't exactly rushing to trade for him. The Patriots lit up the aerial attack well before the league changed to that thinking. The days of superior productivity on the ground was in the rearview mirror.
Two years ago the Patriots invested in two RBs in the draft with an eye on the future. While one didn't emerge right away, it looks like Stevan Ridley is ready to become a household name. The Patriots showed confidence in Ridley last week, giving him 21 carries. He showed burst and lateral quickness on his way to a big game. Throwing Ridley into this space as our leading man this week is not just a ringing endorsement of him against Arizona (the Pats will have a big lead and Ridley should see the same amount of carries this week as last), but also a vote of confidence in him to be an every week starter for the rest of the season. Just make sure you pronounce his name correctly when you're bragging about him to your buddies.
You Know Who Else You Should Start?
Andrew Luck (QB - Indianapolis)
Luck likely gets Austin Collie back this week, which should increase his ability to move the team down the field. If the Vikings made Blaine Gabbert look good in a road start, Luck is bound to perform at home.
Alfred Morris (RB - Washington)
I can't believe I'm doing this, but I'm actually recommending you start a Mike Shanahan RB this week. I acknowledge that you shouldn't start him brazenly over other more proven options, but if he should be good enough for the Flex position against the Rams.
Antonio Brown (WR - Pittsburgh)
There won't be any special vacation packages to Revis Island this week because Darrelle is on the bench as he recovers from a concussion. With Antonio Cromartie likely to lock up the speed of Mike Wallace, look for Brown to carve up the rest of the Jets' secondary.
Lance Moore (WR - New Orleans)
Lance Moore has always been a reliable target for Drew Brees and that was evident again as Moore saw most of his production last week come when the Saints were looking to come back from a large deficit. With Marques Colston likely being shadowed by Chris Gamble and Jimmy Graham seeing double coverage, Moore should be able to wiggle free with enough production as your WR3 this week.
Kyle Rudolph (TE - Minnesota)
Lost in the Adrian Peterson show last week, Kyle Rudolph actually produced a strong effort in Week 1. Christian Ponder has a comfort level with the Notre Dame alum and he's become the second option in the passing game behind Percy Harvin.
You Know Who Should Sit?
Joe Flacco (QB - Baltimore)
The no-huddle offense run by Baltimore last week had Flacco looking like Jim Kelly. Suddenly the sometimes mistake-prone QB looked like a decisive All-Pro who could fire bullets all over the field. I'm pretty sure John Gruden even blew a few wads on the air while Flacco was dealing.
The problem is Flacco didn’t face a legitimate pass rush last week. That’s something the Eagles bring to the table. They’re gonna blitz the sh*t out of Flacco and force him to make quick decisions. I need to see him produce at a high-level for more than just one week before I declare him a given as a starter in anything but 2-QB leagues.
You Know Who Else You Should Sit?
Michael Turner (RB - Atlanta)
The Falcons’ offense is high paced and Turner is the opposite. If the Falcons are continue to air things out, look for Turner’s significance to continue to fade. It’s not expected given that he’s already 30.
Shonn Greene (RB - N.Y. Jets)
The Steelers have been shutting down running games for years now. They’re also smart enough to force Mark Sanchez’ beat their blitzing defense. Green will suffer the consequences given his lack of skill.
Stevie Johnson (WR - Buffalo)
It looks like Brandon Flowers will be back for Kansas City and that doesn’t bode well for Mr. Johnson. While he made it through the game vs. the Jets in one piece, the groin injury still lingers and won’t help his ability to get open.
Anquan Boldin (WR - Baltimore)
Regardless of which of Philadelphia’s corner guards Boldin. He only caught four balls last week and one of them was a deep bomb. I’m down on the Ravens’ passing attack this week and was down on Boldin to start the season. Last week was a fluke.
Brandon Pettigrew (TE - Detroit)
The 49ers were the best defense at preventing fantasy TEs from scoring points last year. With the whole unit back