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Week 2: Well, We’re Waiting! - 26 comments

By Drew Szczerba

Dr. Beeper: “I thought you’d be the man to beat this year.”
Ty Webb: “I guess you’ll just have to keep beating yourself.”
For those who don’t know, these quotes were taken from Caddyshack, a classic documentary credited with shedding light on the rapidly expanding gopher population during the early 80s. Today, they represent the Week 1 performances of two of the most hyped (overhyped?) teams in recent memory. The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Jets came into 2010 with Super Bowl aspirations, but both teams left Week 1 with no one to blame but themselves. The Cowboys combined questionable play calling with untimely penalties to drop their opener to the Redskins. New York lost to the Ravens on Monday night.
 
Fortunately, the Café has assembled a team of rankers to help you avoid the types of decisions that doomed these supposed NFL juggernauts in Week 1. Here’s how we do it. In 2010, we’re ranking all the players we expect could see a significant amount of game action each week. We factor in a player’s overall ability, his weekly matchup, and the current status of his health. The result is one Start/Sit number, based on a scale of 100, and we’ll use each member’s ratings to find an average for each player. The higher a guy is on our list, the better you should feel starting him. Finally, below each table, I will give my personal Start/Sit recommendations for each position. Without further ado, let’s get to Start/Sit for the NFL’s second week.
 
Ed. Note: Thanks to Dan Lambskin, SameSongNDance, Case Ace, seahawks506, B-Chad, WWM, tclangham and daullaz for ranking!
 

RankQuarterbacksTeamOppAverage
1Peyton ManningINDNYG95.88
2Drew BreesNOat SF93.75
3Aaron RodgersGBBUF91.00
4Tony RomoDALCHI87.50
5Matt SchaubHOUat WAS86.00
6Philip RiversSDJAC85.38
7Tom BradyNEat NYJ82.75
8Michael VickPHIat DET79.07
9Brett FavreMINMIA76.03
10Donovan McNabbWASHOU75.06
11Eli ManningNYGat IND74.38
12Jay CutlerCHIat DAL74.25
13Joe FlaccoBALat CIN73.88
14Matt RyanATLARI72.94
15Kyle OrtonDENSEA70.13
16Carson PalmerCINBAL68.50
17Jason CampbellOAKSTL65.81
18David GarrardJACat SD65.75
19Matt HasselbeckSEAat DEN64.75
20Matt CasselKCat CLE64.13
21Vince YoungTENPIT63.75
22Derek AndersonARIat ATL62.75
23Chad HenneMIAat MIN62.38
24Sam BradfordSTLat OAK60.63
25Dennis DixonPITat TEN59.50
26Alex SmithSFNO57.13
27Mark SanchezNYJNE56.75
28Josh FreemanTBat CAR56.68
29Matt MooreCARTB52.78
30Trent EdwardsBUFat GB49.25
31Shaun HillDETPHI43.25
32Jake DelhommeCLEKC42.18
33Seneca WallaceCLEKC32.81
34Jimmy ClausenCARTB13.84
35Kevin KolbPHIat DET6.95

 
Start: Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos. His name doesn’t inspire confidence. Offer him in a trade and you’re likely to be met with skepticism and/or violence. However, if you can look past the name and the unfortunate neck beard you’ll see a quarterback that looked sharp from the preseason through the first game of the regular season. You’d also see that Denver is a pass first team and Orton does a nice job of going through his progressions and making good decisions (except for the beard). Combine that with a favorable matchup (Seahawks) and you’ve got a spot starter for Week 2.
 
Sit: Tom Brady, New England Patriots. I could tell you to bench Mark Sanchez, but that would hardly be helpful. Instead, I’ll be bold and go with Brady. New England faces a Jets defense that looked to be in midseason form despite playing without Kris Jenkins who hurt his knee in the first quarter of Monday night’s game. (Update: It’s been confirmed that Jenkins will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL so now he’s also in midseason form). Still, Brady was only able to throw one touchdown combined in two meetings with the Jets last year. I ranked him as a fringe starter in a 14-team league this week. If you’re in a relatively shallow league and you have a serviceable backup, this is the week to use said backup.
 
RankRunning BacksTeamOppAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINMIA90.75
2Maurice Jones-DrewJACat SD90.19
3Steven JacksonSTLat OAK89.56
4DeAngelo WilliamsCARTB88.38
5Chris JohnsonTENPIT87.63
6Frank GoreSFNO86.75
7Ray RiceBALat CIN85.38
8Michael TurnerATLARI84.06
9Jamaal CharlesKCat CLE82.63
10Rashard MendenhallPITat TEN82.13
11LeSean McCoyPHIat DET81.06
12Arian FosterHOUat WAS80.13
13Ahmad BradshawNYGat IND79.25
14Ryan MathewsSDJAC79.00
15Pierre ThomasNOat SF78.00
16Darren McFaddenOAKSTL76.63
17Brandon JacksonGBBUF75.75
18Matt ForteCHIat DAL74.00
T-18Jerome HarrisonCLEKC74.00
20Jonathan StewartCARTB73.99
21Joseph AddaiINDNYG73.25
22Thomas JonesKCat CLE72.63
23Marion BarberDALCHI72.13
24Brandon JacobsNYGat IND71.75
25Jahvid BestDETPHI71.25
26Knowshon MorenoDENSEA70.66
27Peyton HillsCLEKC70.63
T-27Shonn GreeneNYJNE70.63
29Cedric BensonCINBAL70.50
30Ronnie BrownMIAat MIN70.38
31Felix JonesDALCHI70.00
32Clinton PortisWASHOU68.88
33LaDainian TomlinsonNYJNE68.75
34Cadillac WilliamsTBat CAR68.63
35Reggie BushNOat SF68.13
36Justin ForsettSEAat DEN67.88
37Tim HightowerARIat ATL66.25
38Ricky WilliamsMIAat MIN65.63
39C.J. SpillerBUFat GB60.88
40Fred TaylorNEat NYJ59.75
41Steve SlatonHOUat WAS58.00
42Beanie WellsARIat ATL57.99
43Leon WashingtonSEAat DEN52.25
44Darren SprolesSDJAC51.13
45Fred JacksonBUFat GB48.72
46Chester TaylorCHIat DAL48.63
47Larry JohnsonWASHOU46.38
48John KuhnGBBUF46.13
49Donald BrownINDNYG42.88
50Marshawn LynchBUFat GB41.88
51Kareem HugginsTBat CAR40.25
52Willis McGaheeBALat CIN40.13
53Correll BuckhalterDENSEA40.09
54Bernard ScottCINBAL39.00
55Jerious NorwoodATLARI37.31
56Tashard ChoiceDALCHI36.13
57Mike BellPHIat DET35.76
58Kevin FaulkNEat NYJ34.50
59Javon RingerTENPIT34.13
60James DavisCLEKC32.25

 
Start: Brandon Jackson, Green Bay Packers. Jackson turned in a solid effort in relief last week as he rushed for 63 yards on 18 carries against an Eagles defense that was inspired by the prospects of a Michael Vick-led comeback. Ryan Grant has been ruled out for for the season, which means Jackson gets the start against a Buffalo team that surrendered 132 yards and a score to Miami’s ground game last week. The strength of Buffalo’s defense is … whoa, that doesn’t sound right. The relative strength of Buffalo’s defense is its secondary, which means Jackson should find himself in an ideal situation for his first start of the year.
 
Sit: Jerome Harrison, Cleveland Browns. The table was set for Harrison in Week 1. With Montario Hardesty out for the year, many expected Harrison to be the featured back against a Tampa Bay defense that may or may not rank in the top 32 this year. Nine carries and 52 yards later, Harrison finds himself in an RBBC with Peyton Hillis. Moreover, Hillis is clearly the better goal line runner, which will further limit Harrison’s value. I know they say not to panic after only one week, but I have a bad feeling it will be long time before Harrison’s name appears on my “start” list.
 
RankWide ReceiversTeamOppAverage
1Reggie WayneINDNYG92.38
2Andre JohnsonHOUat WAS92.13
3Miles AustinDALCHI90.50
4Roddy WhiteATLARI88.88
5Brandon MarshallMIAat MIN87.38
6DeSean JacksonPHIat DET87.13
7Steve SmithCARTB86.30
8Larry FitzgeraldARIat ATL85.62
9Marques ColstonNOat SF84.25
10Greg JenningsGBBUF83.38
11Calvin JohnsonDETPHI83.25
12Hines WardPITat TEN81.88
13Randy MossNEat NYJ81.25
14Wes WelkerNEat NYJ81.13
15Anquan BoldinBALat CIN81.00
16Dwayne BoweKCat CLE80.25
17Pierre GarconINDNYG79.63
18Jeremy MaclinPHIat DET78.50
19Santana MossWASHOU77.50
20Hakeem NicksNYGat IND77.48
21Steve SmithNYGat IND77.38
22Percy HarvinMINMIA77.25
23Malcom FloydSDJAC76.75
24Chad OchocincoCINBAL76.13
25Donald DriverGBBUF75.38
26Legedu NaaneeSDJAC75.25
27Austin CollieINDNYG74.88
28Mike Sims-WalkerJACat SD71.63
29Michael CrabtreeSFNO71.38
30Steve BreastonARIat ATL71.13
31Devin AromashoduCHIat DAL70.38
T-31Jabar GaffneyDENSEA70.38
33Eddie RoyalDENSEA69.38
34Mohamed MassaquoiCLEKC69.13
35Mark ClaytonSTLat OAK68.38
36Devery HendersonNOat SF68.25
37Braylon EdwardsNYJNE68.13
38Derrick MasonBALat CIN67.50
T-38Jacoby JonesHOUat WAS67.50
T-38Robert MeachemNOat SF67.50
41Louis MurphyOAKSTL67.38
42Terrell OwensCINBAL66.38
43Mike WallacePITat TEN65.75
T-43Nate WashingtonTENPIT65.75
45Mike WilliamsSEAat DEN65.25
46Kevin WalterHOUat WAS65.00
47Mario ManninghamNYGat IND64.63
48Jerricho CotcheryNYJNE64.38
49T.J. HoushmandzadehBALat CIN63.00
50Johnny KnoxCHIat DAL62.38
51Dez BryantDALCHI62.28
52Mike WilliamsTBat CAR61.75
53Roy WilliamsDALCHI61.63
54Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKSTL60.88
55Lee EvansBUFat GB60.50
56Brandon LloydDENSEA59.94
57Lance MooreNOat SF58.50
58Chris ChambersKCat CLE58.38
59Mike ThomasJACat SD57.75
60Bernard BerrianMINMIA57.25
61Greg CamarilloMINMIA55.00
62Jason AvantPHIat DET54.88
63Devin HesterCHIat DAL54.75
T-63Dexter McClusterKCat CLE54.75
65Danny AmendolaSTLat OAK53.63
66Davone BessMIAat MIN53.50
67Brian HartlineMIAat MIN52.25
68Laurent RobinsonSTLat OAK52.18
69Nate BurlesonDETPHI52.00
70Dwayne JarrettCARTB51.88
71Josh MorganSFNO51.63
72Deion BranchSEAat DEN50.88
73Sammie StroughterTBat CAR45.25
74Joshua CribbsCLEKC44.75
75James JonesGBBUF44.50
76Joey GallowayWASHOU43.00
77Brian RobiskieCLEKC42.88
78Justin GageTENPIT42.63
79Deon ButlerSEAat DEN41.25
80Jordan ShipleyCINBAL41.00

 
Start: Santana Moss, Washington Redskins. Here are four things I learned from Week 1 of the 2010 season: the NFL’s decision to go to an 18-game schedule will ultimately be popular; Mike Sims-Walker’s decision to go to a 15-game schedule will remain unpopular; Santana Moss is going to be Donovan McNabb’s favorite target (followed closely by Chris Cooley); if the Houston Texans defense turns out to be better than average, it will be because of their ability to stop the run. Of the four items I just listed, at least half of them bode well for Moss this week.
 
Sit: Bernard Berrian, Minnesota Vikings. Last week, I made what turned out to be terrible call on Percy Harvin by suggesting he would be productive. My reasoning was partly based on the fact that Berrian had a terrible preseason and did not look to be in sync with Brett Favre, resulting in more targets for Harvin. After watching Minnesota struggle against New Orleans, I’m confident that better days are ahead the Vikings offense. Except for Berrian, who looked bad before the season and looked worse on Thursday night, dropping a pass and a punt in limited action. As of this writing, he is over 90% owned and over 30% started. Both numbers are way too high.
 
RankTight EndsTeamOppAverage
1Dallas ClarkINDNYG97.14
2Antonio GatesSDJAC94.29
3Jermichael FinleyGBBUF87.71
4Jason WittenDALCHI87.29
5Vernon DavisSFNO86.71
6Brent CelekPHIat DET85.14
7Zach MillerOAKSTL83.50
8Tony GonzalezATLARI83.43
9Chris CooleyWASHOU82.64
10Visanthe ShiancoeMINMIA81.57
11Heath MillerPITat TEN75.57
12John CarlsonSEAat DEN73.43
13Greg OlsenCHIat DAL70.57
14Marcedes LewisJACat SD70.00
15Kellen WinslowTBat CAR68.09
16Todd HeapBALat CIN67.53
17Owen DanielsHOUat WAS65.56
18Jermaine GreshamCINBAL64.71
19Tony SchefflerDETPHI59.14
20Jeremy ShockeyNOat SF58.86
21Tony MoeakiKCat CLE57.00
22Dustin KellerNYJNE56.29
23Ben WatsonCLEKC55.36
24Brandon PettigrewDETPHI54.86
25Anthony FasanoMIAat MIN53.86
26Daniel GrahamDENSEA53.57
27Jeff KingCARTB51.00
28Bo ScaifeTENPIT50.71
29Aaron HernandezNEat NYJ50.57
30Fred DavisWASHOU48.79

 
Start: Kellen Winslow, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rookie WR Mike Williams looked good last week in spite of his pedestrian totals. He beat single coverage fairly consistently and got plenty of targets before the Bucs took the lead. Winslow was second on the team in targets but was double teamed all day, resulting in only four catches for 32 yards. I’m betting Williams was impressive enough to earn a few double teams, allowing Winslow some opportunities to beat single coverage in the middle of the field. (Honorable mention: Chris Cooley).
 
Sit: Brent Celek, Philadelphia Eagles. On draft day, there is no more compelling argument for grouping players into tiers than Brent Celek. He’s never as good as the tight end taken before him and he’s painfully similar to the five taken after. Now he faces the Lions in a seemingly favorable match-up. I’m cautiously pessimistic. The Eagles are going to run a lot more than usual behind Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy.
 
RankTeam DefenseTeamOppAverage
1PackersGBBUF89.29
2EaglesPHIat DET87.57
3VikingsMINMIA85.43
4RavensBALat CIN83.86
5JetsNYJNE82.29
6SaintsNOat SF80.57
7PatriotsNEat NYJ80.00
T-7SteelersPITat TEN80.00
9PanthersCARTB73.86
10ChargersSDJAC73.29
11TitansTENPIT72.43
12BengalsCINBAL69.86
13CowboysDALCHI69.43
14TexansHOUat WAS62.29
15BroncosDENSEA62.00
16FalconsATLARI60.29
1749ersSFNO59.57
18DolphinsMIAat MIN58.29
19RaidersOAKSTL57.43
20ChiefsKCat CLE57.00
21CardinalsARIat ATL56.57
22BearsCHIat DAL55.43
T-22BuccaneersTBat CAR55.43
24GiantsNYGat IND55.14
25BrownsCLEKC55.00
26ColtsINDNYG54.71
27SeahawksSEAat DEN54.00
28RedskinsWASHOU53.86
29JaguarsJACat SD51.29
30LionsDETPHI46.86
31BillsBUFat GB46.29
32RamsSTLat OAK43.71

 
Start: New Orleans Saints. The Saints defense looked good against Minnesota, but that’s probably the fifth best reason to like them this week. The first four are Alex Smith, who didn’t look like an NFL quarterback against what turned out to be a shockingly competent Seahawks team. New Orleans is going to score points and that should force the 49ers to open up the offense. If that happens, the Saints could find themselves on the right side of more than a couple of turnovers.
 
Sit: New York Giants. Selecting a fantasy defense is all about match-ups. The headlines say the Giants forced five turnovers last week, but if the opposing quarterback was Matt Moore can you really say the turnovers were “forced?” Perhaps a caption that read, “Giants accept five turnovers” might be more accurate. My point is they had a very favorable match-up. That’s not the case this week as they travel to Indianapolis to face Peyton Manning and the Colts. Look elsewhere.
 
RankKickersTeamOppAverage
1Ryan LongwellMINMIA87.71
2David AkersPHIat DET87.57
3Nate KaedingSDJAC85.86
4Mason CrosbyGBBUF84.57
5Neil RackersHOUat WAS84.29
6Garrett HartleyNOat SF82.14
7Matt PraterDENSEA80.71
8Rob BironasTENPIT79.43
9Lawrence TynesNYGat IND78.57
10Stephen GostkowskiNEat NYJ77.00
11Sebastian JanikowskiOAKSTL76.71
12Robbie GouldCHIat DAL75.43
13Adam VinatieriINDNYG74.00
14Jay FeelyARIat ATL73.86
15Phil DawsonCLEKC63.71
16Ryan SuccopKCat CLE61.86
17Jeff ReedPITat TEN61.57
18Dan CarpenterMIAat MIN61.29
19David BuehlerDALCHI61.00
20Joe NedneySFNO60.71
T-20Josh BrownSTLat OAK60.71
22Matt BryantATLARI60.43
23John KasayCARTB60.14
24Josh ScobeeJACat SD60.00
T-24Nick FolkNYJNE60.00
26Jason HansonDETPHI58.86
27Mike NugentCINBAL57.86
28Olindo MareSEAat DEN57.29
29Graham GanoWASHOU56.29
30Billy CundiffBALat CIN56.14
31Connor BarthTBat CAR53.71
32Rian LindellBUFat GB53.00

 
Start: Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers. Good match-up. Good offense. Be the ball.
 
Sit: Stephen Gostkowski, New England Patriots. Gostkowski is coming off a game in which he missed two field goal attempts. Now, he faces the Jets in what is likely to be a low scoring affair. If you watched HBO’s Hard Knocks, you know New York’s motto for 2010 is, “Play Like a Jet.” What you may not know is their original slogan, “Defense Yay, Offense Boo,” was the more accurate choice. Gostkowski will be worth starting most weeks, but I don’t think he gets more than five fantasy points here.
 

 
Drew is a lifelong Jets fan. Playing and writing about fantasy football has proven helpful in easing the pain.
 
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26 Responses to “Week 2: Well, We’re Waiting!”

  1. User avatar Dan Lambskin says:

    how dare you badmouth Brent Celek

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  2. User avatar chcbb says:

    You say to sit Brent Celek – my other TE is Owen Daniels – is he worth starting over Celek, or is he still going to be too limited coming off his injury?

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  3. User avatar HomerJay says:

    Great list guys…the only change I would make is to Moss. He’s angry…and when he’s angry he doesn’t get all Steve Smith I’m catching every ball thrown in the air type of angry. He pouts. And gives up. Brady already said this week he will not test Revis this week. Moss isn’t catching anything. I think your TE projections are spot on.

    good job guys

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  4. User avatar daullaz says:

    chcbb, I know most of us would say to stick with Celek over Daniels.

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  5. User avatar Luca Brasi says:

    “Mike Sims-Walker’s decision to go to a 15-game schedule will remain unpopular”

    This made me laugh out loud. But just for a second, because I remembered that he’s on my team. Can he be trusted this week?

    Also, any specific reason you have Derrick Mason ranked above T.J.?

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  6. User avatar Case Ace1 says:

    Luca,

    I think Sims-Walker can be trusted as a flex or WR3-type play.
    Also, I would not play Housh this week. He’s a clear third receiver on a team that is likely to run the ball a lot.

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  7. MAAANDUDE says:

    So should I sit Celek? I had seated him anyway and put John Carlson in.

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  8. Tmacdunk says:

    I believe TB’s Mike Williams is rated far too low..

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  9. Rodikulus says:

    I’ve been wavering back and forth all week, I have both Tom Brady and Kyle Orton. So guys, should I absolutely sit Brady for Orton. Help me out, I need to make a decision!

    Start: Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos. His name doesn’t inspire confidence. Offer him in a trade and you’re likely to be met with skepticism and/or violence. However, if you can look past the name and the unfortunate neck beard you’ll see a quarterback that looked sharp from the preseason through the first game of the regular season. You’d also see that Denver is a pass first team and Orton does a nice job of going through his progressions and making good decisions (except for the beard). Combine that with a favorable matchup (Seahawks) and you’ve got a spot starter for Week 2.

    Sit: Tom Brady, New England Patriots. I could tell you to bench Mark Sanchez, but that would hardly be helpful. Instead, I’ll be bold and go with Brady. New England faces a Jets defense that looked to be in midseason form despite playing without Kris Jenkins who hurt his knee in the first quarter of Monday night’s game. (Update: It’s been confirmed that Jenkins will miss the remainder of the year with a torn ACL so now he’s also in midseason form). Still, Brady was only able to throw one touchdown combined in two meetings with the Jets last year. I ranked him as a fringe starter in a 14-team league this week. If you’re in a relatively shallow league and you have a serviceable backup, this is the week to use said backup.

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  10. User avatar Case Ace1 says:

    Rodikulus,

    I like Orton better than Brady for this week (I have Orton 3 spots higher than Brady). But as you can see from the average ratings, the rest of the rankers here at the Cafe prefer Brady.

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  11. Hippo45 says:

    What is with the low ranking of Jermaine Gresham? He had six catches on ten targets and a touchdown last game against a tougher TE defense than the Ravens. Yet, you guys still put Greg Olsen ahead of him. Why? What about his performance last week inspired confidence that Olsen should be ranked 13th? After week 1, Gresham was ranked 7th and Olsen is ranked 30th.

    The people that make these projections need to grow some balls. Putting Adrian Peterson as the top running back this week is crazy. Your rankings are basically the pre-season projection rankings for the year.

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  12. egarratt says:

    New guy here to Fantasy Cafe.

    Okay, great list’s. But it’s not always cut and dry (start/sit) as you say. If you have Reggie Wayne and Steve Smith (Car), should I really start Santana Moss ? For me, the decision is do I start Santana Moss or Ahmad Bradshaw in my W/R slot?

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  13. teezy33 says:

    @ Hippo – Judging by the way Ray Lewis put Dustin Keller flat on his ass on Monday night, I don’t think you can say there are too many tougher defenses against the TE than the Ravens…Gresham put up numbers in garbage time last week, and if you look at his 6 catch, 25 yard performance (a smidge over 4 yards per catch…), he was more of a safety valve for Palmer than a downfield scoring threat. He’s a rook and I think the ranking is a cautious one because there’s only been one game so far, and in context it’s not overly impressive compared to guys who have at least some history of putting up decent numbers (although I won’t argue with you that Olsen is garbage). That’s not to say that Gresham won’t get looks in the red zone, and he’s def a TE to watch, but the Bengals also have some other options they can distribute the ball to, and I think they will look to establish the run (they were a power running team all last year) to keep the Baltimore offense off the field as much as possible. You shouldn’t get too excited about what Gresham did in week 1, not yet…

    Also, the rankings aren’t just pre-season projection rankings…otherwise how do you explain CJ as the #5 RB when he was the first RB off the board in 100% of leagues this year? Did you bother to read the beginning of the article, it explains how the cafe comes up with the rankings….

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  14. Rodikulus says:

    Case Ace1,

    Thanks for the advice bro. Earlier in the week I was really confident in my decision to go with Orton (my sexy matchup pick of the week) and Naanee over Moss but I’m going to probably stick with Brady and Moss this week. I tend to want to be a genius and surprise everyone by starting sleepers over studs at times but I should of learned from past seasons that being disciplined and fielding the most consistent team every week wins FF championships.

    This is why I’m sticking with Brady and Moss:
    - Brady should have to pass often in this game
    - I’m a Niners fan and saw my beloved Niners get rolled by a surprisingly rough Seattle D
    - Revis is favoring his hammy which might give Moss and opportunity for a big play

    Hopefully I’m right…

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  15. User avatar Navyseal says:

    I’m a little surprised that you haven’t ranked the Patriots D/ST a little higher on this list, I mean, 2 slots BEHIND the NYJ? I believe that they will sorely miss Kris Jenkins, and as someone else said, Revis is not 100% healthy or quite up to form just yet… Sanchez was only able to muster 70-some yeards passing last week, but we all know that New England has had their first meeting with the J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS circled in BOLD sharpie on their calendar since Hard Knocks began airing… combine that motivation with the new spark in the return game, and I believe that the Pats D should be somewhere in the top-5 if not the top-3.

    Keep up the great work gang…

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  16. User avatar u_fig_eater says:

    I’m gonna start Moss…The last time a DB called out the Patriots was when Anthony Smith did it. The week leading up to the game, they shrugged it off like nothing. Then the game started. They purposefully threw at him and roasted him. Brady yelled in Smith’s face as he was jogging towards the sideline after throwing a TD pass.

    Revis was already sub-100% in week 1, or the Jets would have put him on Boldin (who happened to have a huge game). Now Revis has a bad hamstring. If Moss catches just one of those 40-yard TDs, he’ll be start-worthy. He’s a big play guy. I wouldn’t bet the house on Moss having a good game, but I definitely wouldn’t bench him.

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  17. User avatar LMack says:

    Cafe Start/Sit is one of the best out there. Great work guys.

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  18. User avatar tclangham says:

    Randy Moss vs Darrelle Revis

    4 catches – 24 yards – 0 TD
    5 catches – 34 yards – 1 TD

    Moss only scored 5 fantasy points last week and the Patriots put up 38 points. Touchdowns are the hardest thing to predict. Moss is ranked #13 this week which puts him as a WR2. Unless you have some really good matchups with your other receivers, Randy Moss is hard to sit. But just be weary that if he only scores sub-par fantasy points like he did last week – it shouldn’t be a surprise.

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  19. pipyface23 says:

    Arian Foster or Ryan Mattews?

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  20. brycrob says:

    confused here. Got lucky picking up RBs. B Jack, S Jack, A Foster, and J Charles. Can only use 2.

    Help

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  21. brycrob says:

    pipyface – i’d start Foster right now

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  22. brycrob says:

    Not sure I would have McCoy over Foster. Detroit is actually a good D and if the Redskins focus on Foster Schaub will air it out and they’ll go back to foster. Foster is a top 10 and Gore is not. Saints will shut him down this week

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  23. Khamul says:

    Who should I start?
    Tony Gonzales or Chris Cooley.

    //K

    I am leaning to Cooley I think Donovan McNabb with look at his TE alot in this game. Thoughts?

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  24. pir8pt says:

    I’m not sure who to start at WR. I’ve got Greeg Jennings, Jeremy Maclin, Randy Moss and Steve Smith (NYG). What do y’all think?

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  25. Treyvian says:

    @Khamul- Personally id still go with Gonzales.
    @pir8pt- Id have to go with Jennings and Maclin (unfortunatly) Moss against the Jets is not a good matchup and Hakeem Nicks is showing to be the go to guy in NY (Giants).

    Im surprised at the low ranking of Marcedes Lewis. I picked him up in favor of Brent Celek this week due largely in part to the matchup with SD this week

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  26. User avatar WWM says:

    “Hippo45 says:
    September 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm
    What is with the low ranking of Jermaine Gresham? He had six catches on ten targets and a touchdown last game against a tougher TE defense than the Ravens. Yet, you guys still put Greg Olsen ahead of him. Why? What about his performance last week inspired confidence that Olsen should be ranked 13th? After week 1, Gresham was ranked 7th and Olsen is ranked 30th.

    The people that make these projections need to grow some balls. Putting Adrian Peterson as the top running back this week is crazy. Your rankings are basically the pre-season projection rankings for the year.”

    There will be fresh grilled crow served at Hippo45’s crib this Sunday… ;)

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