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Week 2: Bronco Bruises - 5 comments

By R.J. White

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that you don’t rely too much on Denver players in your league. However, a couple of the guys you might count on each week need to be parked on your bench, as Knowshon Moreno and Brandon Lloyd look like they’ll miss this week’s game. Accordingly, the Start & Sit for Week 2 suggests that you bench each player, as well as any other Bronco you happen to have this week except for Willis McGahee in a flex role. Moreno owners should be extremely nervous, as a great game by McGahee could force Moreno to come back in a much more limited role.

Below you’ll find the rankings compiled from the ratings of myself, c0megets0me, 204BC, Calyxes and tclangham. I’ll have extended suggestions up for each position later today. Until then, enjoy.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Aaron RodgersGBat CAR96.67
2Michael VickPHIat ATL91.83
3Tom BradyNEvs. SD91.50
4Philip RiversSDat NE90.50
5Drew BreesNOvs. CHI86.25
6Matthew StaffordDETvs. KC81.50
7Matt SchaubHOUat MIA80.83
8Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. SEA80.50
9Tony RomoDALat SF79.83
10Joe FlaccoBALat TEN71.53
11Matt RyanATLvs. PHI70.17
12Sam BradfordSTLat NYG69.67
13Josh FreemanTBat MIN67.17
14Eli ManningNYGvs. STL65.17
15Ryan FitzpatrickBUFvs. OAK63.67
16Kevin KolbARIat WAS63.17
17Jay CutlerCHIat NO63.10
18Kyle OrtonDENvs. CIN61.00
19Mark SanchezNYJvs. JAC60.83
20Rex GrossmanWASvs. ARI59.95
21Chad HenneMIAvs. HOU57.67
22Jason CampbellOAKat BUF55.17
23Matt CasselKCat DET55.08
24Colt McCoyCLEat IND53.77
25Cam NewtonCARvs. GB52.67
26Donovan McNabbMINvs. TB52.08
27Matt HasselbeckTENvs. BAL50.67
28Alex SmithSFvs. DAL48.17
29Kerry CollinsINDvs. CLE44.58
30Luke McCownJACat NYJ40.00
31Tarvaris JacksonSEAat PIT36.83
32Andy DaltonCINat DEN36.67

Start: Ben Roethlisberger. Take that Week 1 game and throw it away; it’s likely to be Pittsburgh’s toughest matchup all season, and Roethlisberger’s Three Hours of Turnovers isn’t going to be repeated again. That said, the Steelers still have to come out and prove to their fans that there will be no changing of the guard in the AFC North. Expect an aerial clinic in the first half of this game, and Big Ben could already be at 20 fantasy points by the half.

Sit: Cam Newton. Sure, he was the top Sunday quarterback in Week 1 (and a top three QB overall). And sure, the Packers were dominated through the air in Week 1 despite an eight-point win. However, those two facts don’t equal another big fantasy day for Newton. Expect the Pack to take away Steve Smith and leave Newton throwing to future UFLers. He can only do so much with his legs alone, and GB’s pass defense is much better than that of Arizona.

RankRunning BacksTeamOpponentAverage
1Adrian PetersonMINvs. TB93.43
2Ray RiceBALat TEN90.57
3Darren McFaddenOAKat BUF90.48
4Rashard MendenhallPITvs. SEA84.28
5LeSean McCoyPHIat ATL83.67
6Jamaal CharlesKCat DET82.07
7Peyton HillisCLEat IND81.47
8Chris JohnsonTENvs. BAL78.40
9Frank GoreSFvs. DAL78.40
10Arian FosterHOUat MIA76.95
11Matt ForteCHIat NO76.25
12Michael TurnerATLvs. PHI75.57
13Ahmad BradshawNYGvs. STL74.50
14Felix JonesDALat SF74.30
15Jahvid BestDETvs. KC73.40
16Cedric BensonCINat DEN73.37
17Maurice Jones-DrewJACat NYJ72.73
18Reggie BushMIAvs. HOU72.53
19Tim HightowerWASvs. ARI72.17
20Shonn GreeneNYJvs. JAC70.67
21LeGarrette BlountTBat MIN69.97
22Beanie WellsARIat WAS68.63
23James StarksGBat CAR67.43
24DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. GB65.93
25Fred JacksonBUFvs. OAK65.83
26Joseph AddaiINDvs. CLE64.97
27Cadillac WilliamsSTLat NYG63.80
28Mike TolbertSDat NE63.03
29Willis McGaheeDENvs. CIN62.90
30Ryan MathewsSDat NE60.83
31Ben TateHOUat MIA60.03
32BenJarvus Green-EllisNEvs. SD58.90
33Brandon JacobsNYGvs. STL58.07
34LaDainian TomlinsonNYJvs. JAC57.77
35Ryan GrantGBat CAR57.57
36Mark IngramNOvs. CHI57.17
37Danny WoodheadNEvs. SD57.10
38Pierre ThomasNOvs. CHI55.83
39Michael BushOAKat BUF55.15
40Marshawn LynchSEAat PIT54.33
41Jonathan StewartCARvs. GB53.13
42Steven JacksonSTLat NYG45.21
43Darren SprolesNOvs. CHI40.17
44Montario HardestyCLEat IND39.80
45Jerome HarrisonDETvs. KC39.60
46Earnest GrahamTBat MIN37.90
47Delone CarterINDvs. CLE36.10
48C.J. SpillerBUFvs. OAK35.67
49Tashard ChoiceDALat SF34.43
50Thomas JonesKCat DET33.00
51Daniel ThomasMIAvs. HOU32.83
52Ronnie BrownPHIat ATL32.70
53Marcel ReeceOAKat BUF31.32
54Knowshon MorenoDENvs. CIN28.78
55Kendall HunterSFvs. DAL26.97
56Roy HeluWASvs. ARI26.80
57Toby GerhartMINvs. TB25.23
58Dexter McClusterKCat DET24.33
59Deji KarimJACat NYJ23.47
60DeMarco MurrayDALat SF23.10
61Justin ForsettSEAat PIT19.97
62Jason SnellingATLvs. PHI18.00
63John KuhnGBat CAR17.90
64Ricky WilliamsBALat TEN15.13
65Bernard ScottCINat DEN11.33

Start: Reggie Bush. The Dolphins stuck to the script of getting Bush 20 touches against the Patriots on Monday night, and they should be aiming to give him big workload after big workload until he falls apart. We really don’t know how good Houston’s defense is after the Week 1 blowout against an awful Colts team. The amount of work Bush is slated to receive puts him squarely in the top 20 at his position this week.

Sit: Marshawn Lynch. Ray Rice carved up the Steelers defense in Week 1, something that no back could claim in 2010. Don’t take that to mean Pittsburgh now presents a great matchup for running backs; not everyone is Ray Rice. Marshawn Lynch should see plenty of one-yard and two-yard runs in this game, and as the Steelers move quickly ahead, the Seahawks will likely abandon trying to run the ball.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOpponentAverage
1Calvin JohnsonDETvs. KC97.00
2Andre JohnsonHOUat MIA96.13
3Larry FitzgeraldARIat WAS90.83
4Greg JenningsGBat CAR87.50
5Roddy WhiteATLvs. PHI83.67
6Mike WallacePITvs. SEA82.07
7Vincent JacksonSDat NE82.00
8DeSean JacksonPHIat ATL81.73
9Miles AustinDALat SF79.67
10Dez BryantDALat SF79.53
11Brandon MarshallMIAvs. HOU79.23
12Santonio HolmesNYJvs. JAC78.60
13Wes WelkerNEvs. SD78.07
14Steve JohnsonBUFvs. OAK76.80
15Anquan BoldinBALat TEN75.83
16Mario ManninghamNYGvs. STL75.53
17Mike WilliamsTBat MIN75.50
18Reggie WayneINDvs. CLE75.33
19Santana MossWASvs. ARI75.17
20Percy HarvinMINvs. TB74.83
21Dwayne BoweKCat DET73.63
22Steve SmithCARvs. GB70.70
23Kenny BrittTENvs. BAL69.07
24Nate BurlesonDETvs. KC68.00
25Mike Sims-WalkerSTLat NYG66.50
26Plaxico BurressNYJvs. JAC65.40
27Jordy NelsonGBat CAR65.23
28Jeremy MaclinPHIat ATL64.53
29A.J. GreenCINat DEN64.23
30Robert MeachemNOvs. CHI61.43
31Donald DriverGBat CAR58.10
32Devery HendersonNOvs. CHI57.70
33Jacoby JonesHOUat MIA57.17
34Devin HesterCHIat NO56.53
35Mike ThomasJACat NYJ56.27
36Early DoucetARIat WAS55.70
37Eddie RoyalDENvs. CIN55.47
38Braylon EdwardsSFvs. DAL55.47
39Hakeem NicksNYGvs. STL55.28
40Lance MooreNOvs. CHI55.23
41Johnny KnoxCHIat NO55.07
42Mohamed MassaquoiCLEat IND54.47
43Jabar GaffneyWASvs. ARI54.33
44Hines WardPITvs. SEA54.13
45Malcom FloydSDat NE53.90
46Derrick MasonNYJvs. JAC53.00
47Julio JonesATLvs. PHI52.53
48Deion BranchNEvs. SD52.50
49Brandon GibsonSTLat NYG51.17
50James JonesGBat CAR51.17
51Emmanuel SandersPITvs. SEA50.90
52Davone BessMIAvs. HOU50.37
53Eric DeckerDENvs. CIN49.47
54Mike WilliamsSEAat PIT49.33
55Domenik HixonNYGvs. STL49.20
56Brian HartlineMIAvs. HOU49.17
57Arrelious BennTBat MIN48.20
58Lee EvansBALat TEN47.36
59Jason AvantPHIat ATL46.27
60Anthony ArmstrongWASvs. ARI44.67
61Austin CollieINDvs. CLE41.97
62Chaz SchilensOAKat BUF41.87
63Nate WashingtonTENvs. BAL40.83
64Pierre GarconINDvs. CLE40.70
65Greg LittleCLEat IND40.50
66Chad OchocincoNEvs. SD39.30
67Earl BennettCHIat NO38.43
68Bernard BerrianMINvs. TB37.90
69Jerome SimpsonCINat DEN37.50
70Steve BreastonKCat DET35.67
71Brandon LloydDENvs. CIN35.50
72Randall CobbGBat CAR35.50
73Josh MorganSFvs. DAL34.83
74Greg SalasSTLat NYG34.60
75Antonio BrownPITvs. SEA34.50
76Josh CribbsCLEat IND32.00
77Andre RobertsARIat WAS29.83
78David NelsonBUFvs. OAK29.70
79Donald JonesBUFvs. OAK29.33
80Titus YoungDETvs. KC29.27
81Patrick CraytonSDat NE28.87
82Jordan ShipleyCINat DEN28.37
83Sidney RiceSEAat PIT28.18
84Roy WilliamsCHIat NO26.43
85Legedu NaaneeCARvs. GB26.17
86Denarius MooreOAKat BUF25.67
87Ben ObomanuSEAat PIT25.33
88Darrius Heyward-BayOAKat BUF24.27
89Jacoby FordOAKat BUF23.77
90Brandon LaFellCARvs. GB22.30
91Andre CaldwellCINat DEN22.27
92Michael CrabtreeSFvs. DAL20.35
93Harry DouglasATLvs. PHI17.04
94Michael JenkinsMINvs. TB16.27
95Doug BaldwinSEAat PIT13.67

Start: Santana Moss. The Cardinals were just burned by Cam Newton and Steve Smith, and there’s no reason Rex Grossman and Moss can’t have the same success. Moss had six catches on eight targets last week, and he figures to see a higher number in each column this week. I think he has a great chance at topping 100 yards and scoring at least once, which makes him an easy start option.

Sit: Hakeem Nicks. If you play in a standard sized league, you likely have some solid options on your bench. If so, you should think about planting Nicks on the bench in favor of one of them this week. He’s a game-time decision for a Monday night game, and you don’t want to risk getting a zero when you need it most. Deeper-league owners that can’t really afford to bench Nicks should have a guy like Domenik Hixon or Greg Salas sitting on the bench to play, just in case.

RankTight EndsTeamOpponentAverage
1Antonio GatesSDat NE96.27
2Jermichael FinleyGBat CAR91.83
3Jason WittenDALat SF86.83
4Vernon DavisSFvs. DAL82.58
5Owen DanielsHOUat MIA81.17
6Rob GronkowskiNEvs. SD72.73
7Aaron HernandezNEvs. SD72.33
8Dallas ClarkINDvs. CLE71.63
9Jimmy GrahamNOvs. CHI71.17
10Kellen WinslowTBat MIN69.83
11Dustin KellerNYJvs. JAC69.60
12Brandon PettigrewDETvs. KC68.57
13Fred DavisWASvs. ARI66.90
14Jermaine GreshamCINat DEN62.83
15Todd HeapARIat WAS62.00
16Lance KendricksSTLat NYG60.50
17Scott ChandlerBUFvs. OAK60.10
18Ben WatsonCLEat IND57.50
19Ed DicksonBALat TEN56.70
20Tony GonzalezATLvs. PHI56.67
21Heath MillerPITvs. SEA56.67
22Greg OlsenCARvs. GB56.33
23Chris CooleyWASvs. ARI55.63
24Brent CelekPHIat ATL54.67
25Evan MooreCLEat IND54.17
26Anthony FasanoMIAvs. HOU51.50
27Visanthe ShiancoeMINvs. TB51.00
28Tony SchefflerDETvs. KC49.50
29Zach MillerSEAat PIT47.10
30Jared CookTENvs. BAL46.83
31Jeremy ShockeyCARvs. GB44.73
32Kevin BossOAKat BUF44.50
33Daniel FellsDENvs. CIN42.33
34Zach MillerJACat NYJ36.97
35Leonard PopeKCat DET30.17
36Marcedes LewisJACat NYJ27.90
37Kellen DavisCHIat NO27.75
38Jacob TammeINDvs. CLE27.50
39Jake BallardNYGvs. STL18.50
40Matt SpaethCHIat NO15.00

Start: Aaron Hernandez. Both Patriot tight ends are must-starts until further notice. Bill Belichick is using them as his second and third receivers in the offense, and based on the mismatches they create, it should work well.

Sit: Scott Chandler. A two-score effort in Week 1 likely got Chandler added in many leagues, but it’s highly likely that’ll be the best performance all year by far instead of a sign of things to come.

RankKickersTeamOpponentAverage
1Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat BUF82.03
2Neil RackersHOUat MIA77.93
3Mason CrosbyGBat CAR75.17
4Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. SD73.23
5Jason HansonDETvs. KC70.83
6Josh BrownSTLat NYG69.87
7Nick FolkNYJvs. JAC66.77
8Rob BironasTENvs. BAL66.77
9Jay FeelyARIat WAS65.83
10Billy CundiffBALat TEN65.70
11Matt PraterDENvs. CIN65.20
12Robbie GouldCHIat NO64.97
13Adam VinatieriINDvs. CLE64.20
14David AkersSFvs. DAL63.33
15Matt BryantATLvs. PHI63.00
16Alex HeneryPHIat ATL62.20
17Nick NovakSDat NE61.83
18John KasayNOvs. CHI61.77
19Rian LindellBUFvs. OAK61.33
20Dan CarpenterMIAvs. HOU60.87
21Ryan LongwellMINvs. TB60.67
22Lawrence TynesNYGvs. STL60.47
23Shaun SuishamPITvs. SEA59.37
24Phil DawsonCLEat IND58.17
25Mike NugentCINat DEN57.17
26Dan BaileyDALat SF55.10
27Olindo MareCARvs. GB54.47
28Connor BarthTBat MIN54.40
29Graham GanoWASvs. ARI53.67
30Josh ScobeeJACat NYJ52.13
31Ryan SuccopKCat DET51.23
32Steven HauschkaSEAat PIT45.88

Start: Jason Hanson. Detroit kicker indoors against the Chiefs equals great.

Sit: Steven Hauschka. Seattle kicker in Pittsburgh against the Steelers equals awful.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOpponentAverage
1Pittsburgh SteelersPITvs. SEA87.17
2Baltimore RavensBALat TEN82.25
3Green Bay PackersGBat CAR76.07
4New York JetsNYJvs. JAC75.50
5Detroit LionsDETvs. KC72.67
6Philadelphia EaglesPHIat ATL70.25
7Dallas CowboysDALat SF70.00
8Cleveland BrownsCLEat IND65.70
9Tampa Bay BuccaneersTBat MIN63.52
10New York GiantsNYGvs. STL62.00
11Oakland RaidersOAKat BUF61.55
12Denver BroncosDENvs. CIN59.00
13Minnesota VikingsMINvs. TB58.90
14Arizona CardinalsARIat WAS58.52
15Chicago BearsCHIat NO57.65
16Houston TexansHOUat MIA57.38
17Cincinnati BengalsCINat DEN55.97
18New England PatriotsNEvs. SD55.93
19Washington RedskinsWASvs. ARI55.70
20St. Louis RamsSTLat NYG55.45
21New Orleans SaintsNOvs. CHI54.17
22San Diego ChargersSDat NE54.17
23Buffalo BillsBUFvs. OAK53.42
24Atlanta FalconsATLvs. PHI51.87
25Indianapolis ColtsINDvs. CLE51.73
26Jacksonville JaguarsJACat NYJ51.42
27Tennessee TitansTENvs. BAL50.55
28Kansas City ChiefsKCat DET48.75
29Miami DolphinsMIAvs. HOU47.38
30San Francisco 49ersSFvs. DAL47.17
31Seattle SeahawksSEAat PIT39.85
32Carolina PanthersCARvs. GB38.32

Start: Cleveland Browns. OK, so they weren’t great against the Bengals, but this is Kerry Collins and the Colts we’re talking about. Mark Joe Haden down for a TAINT and the Browns defense for double digits.

Sit: San Diego Chargers. On the flip side, San Diego looked outstanding last week, but you don’t want to test them against the New England Patriots. If you’re the Chargers owner in your league, find a nice waiver-wire defense for a week.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe, writes for FanDuel and Razzball and has previously written for FanHouse. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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5 Responses to “Week 2: Bronco Bruises”

  1. Thank you for your these rankings. One question, Both Dez Bryant and Hakeem Nicks are questionable to play this week after suffering. However Bryant is ranked 10th and Hakeem Nicks dropped all the way to 39th. Why did Nicks drop that far? Is the drop due to the fact Nicks is less likely to play or because he is playing on Monday night when all your other wide receivers have played and substitution would not be possible. Any insights would be greatly appreciated.

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  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    I had Nicks ranked far lower because he’s a true questionable (a game-time decision), while Bryant, according to Jerry, will play. To me, Bryant’s injury status has no bearing on his availability, but Nicks’s does.

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  3. User avatar robotninja says:

    Agreed, Dez should go, Nicks is a coin flip. Im wondering what the other San Diego Def owners are doing. After much debate I have settled on the cowboys. I think Rob Ryan is going to get a chance to play in this one.

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  4. User avatar Navyseal says:

    Personally, I’d have Romo ranked ahead of both Big Ben and Schaub, Tony basically dismantled the NYJ D for 3 1/2 quarters (until his fumble & INT) if you watched the game… I can only assume that Ben and Schaub’s favorable MATCH-UPS have them ahead of Romo ultimately… Roethlisberger and Matt both underwhelmed in wk#1, while Romo impressed the heck out of me and everyone else who was watching until his bone-headed miscues late in the 4th, which I must also assume he will address and not repeat anytime soon — uh, until the playoffs of course LoL… keep up the great work!

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  5. User avatar daullaz says:

    Bryant’s status has gotten murkier since we finished our ratings Thursday night, so you Dez owners may want to consider sitting him.

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