All everyone wants to talk about in the last 24 hours is Trent Richardson. There’s a 91 percent chance you don’t care too much about Richardson when it comes to fantasy because he’s not on your team. There’s also a 91 percent chance Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t on your team and an 82 percent chance that neither is on your team. There are plenty of other relevant players worth caring about this weekend, especially with Reggie Bush, Rashard Mendenhall, Maurice Jones-Drew, and Steven Jackson all banged up. If only running backs grew on trees.
As always, 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?
Michael Vick (QB – Philadelphia)
You have to start Vick if you have him on your roster and your other quarterbacks aren’t named Brees, Manning, or Rodgers. You’ve clearly seen what Vick can do after two games in Chip Kelly’s offense. He dropped 25 points in Week 1 and an even bigger 34 in Week 2. He might die on the field at some point because he’s not the most durable S.O.B., so you need to enjoy this while you can. If the question is Vick or Matt Ryan; Vick or Matthew Stafford; Vick or Russell Wilson this week; the answer is always Vick. It’ll be even better if Brandon Flowers misses the game for Kansas City.
David Wilson (RB – N.Y. Giants)
We’ve reached rock bottom with Wilson. He was carrying the ball last week as if it was his newborn and that didn’t help his numbers. There’s no help coming for the Giants’ running game because Darrell Scott and Brandon Jacobs are clearly not the answer. It’s only a matter of time before Wilson has his breakout game. Get him back in your lineup this week.
Joique Bell (RB – Detroit)
I don’t think Reggie Bush is going to suit up on Sunday, but Bell is a worthy flex play even if Bush does. Bush clearly won’t be at full speed and Detroit may take it easy with him since it’s a long season. Washington’s defense is one of the worst in the league through two weeks, so Bell will see plenty of touches as his offense racks up the points.
Chris Givens (WR – St. Louis)
Givens had some sleeper appeal coming into the season, but that disappeared after his two-catch effort in the season’s opener. Givens bounced back with 105 yards receiving last week and should see production this week against the team giving up the fourth-most points to fantasy wide receivers. The Cowboys should score some points this week, so St. Louis will need to keep up.
Steve Smith (WR – Carolina)
The Giants’ secondary continues to be the magic potion for all fantasy receivers. Miles Austin worked them in Week 1. Everyone from Denver got into the act during Week 2. Smith should shine in Week 3 as he takes on Corey Webster, a cornerback known for getting beat deep. Without a legit free safety roaming center field, Smith is set up for at least one long score.
Owen Daniels (TE – Houston)
The Ravens’ defense has been exposed by the tight end position over the past two weeks. Julius Thomas ran into the end zone and your fantasy roster during the Thursday night opener. Last week it was Jordan Cameron putting up 95 yards. Daniels hasn’t exactly been a pillar of strength, but he’s good enough to let the Texans exploit the matchup this week.
You Know Who Should Sit?
Tom Brady (QB – New England)
Admittedly it’s going to be tough for you to bench Tom Brady. Chances are you don’t have a good enough backup to play over him like a Mike Vick or a Tony Romo. It’s just quite startling how bad Brady has looked over the first two weeks. You can blame rookie receivers and injuries, but Brady is stuck playing with the cards he’s dealt. Those cards have produced a completion percentage of 52.7 percent through two games with both games being under 56 percent. (Hint: Even though it’s over 50 percent, that’s not good.) This week Brady faces the Bucs, who contained Drew Brees to the total of 12 points last week. Things aren’t looking up just yet in New England.
Willis McGahee, Chris Ogbonnaya, Bobby Rainey (RBs – Cleveland)
The Browns’ offense was bad to begin with. Now it’s going to be even worse. Owning one of Cleveland’s running backs is bad enough, but starting one of them this weekend is desperation. McGahee is 32 years-old coming a broken leg. You should repeat the other two guys’ names five times before thinking about inserting them in your lineup.
Daryl Richardson (RB – St. Louis)
Things aren’t looking so good for Richardson so far. He was given the role of feature back, but he’s failed to reach 65 yards or the end zone in two games. The Cowboys haven’t given up more than 55 yards rushing to running backs so far this season, so the trend should continue.
Cecil Shorts (WR – Jacksonville)
Two words: Richard Sherman. Just ask Week 1 stud Anquan Boldin how that worked out for him last week.
Josh Gordon (WR – Cleveland)
Gordon might’ve had a ray of hope when returning from suspension with Brandon Weeden at quarterback. Even if Trent Richardson no longer around, there was a possibility for success. I’m not exactly enthused about the Brian Hoyer era.
Brandon Myers (TE – N.Y Giants)
Myers banged up his ribs last week, so he won’t be 100% this week. While not playing immense talents, Carolina hasn’t given up much of anything to tight ends through two weeks. I think you can do better for the week.