No matter how good or how bad you did in week one, week two promises you the chance to improve your starter selection and – in the end – your scoring. You can tweak your team and make a more educated decision on who to start now that you have had a glimpse of how good – or bad – teams or players may be and/or how a team may use a player.
That line of thinking, along with a healthy dose of history and some cold hard injury news, has led me to my start and sit selections this week. Here is what I have.
Start em if you got em
Chris Johnson RB (TEN) – We hear about the Mendenhall’s and the McFadden’s, but, outside of some faint preseason buzz, there hasn’t been much said about this promising rookie from Tennessee.
Last week in his debut – against a solid Jaguars defense – he racked up 127 all purpose yards and scored a touchdown in limited action. This week he will get more touches against a Cincinnati defense that allowed a touchdown on a reverse and let a rookie quarterback to scramble for a 38 yard touchdown.
I have a ton of respect for the Titans O-line and almost zero for the entire Cinci defense. Look for 100+ and a TD on the ground and 50+ and a TD through the air.
Final stats: 19 for 109 rushing, 2 for 12 receiving.
Final thoughts: No touchdowns but follows up week ones performance with another solid day.
Larry Johnson RB (KC) – He does not have the surrounding cast he used to but if there were ever a week to start him, this is it. Oakland’s defense is reeling after getting thrashed on Monday night. Besides, he has pretty much owned them over the years anyway. In seven career games versus the Raiders he has only missed the 100 yard mark twice and he has scored 1 or more touchdowns every time. Look for at least 100 and a touchdown again this week.
Final stats: 12 carries for 22 yards
Final thoughts: Are you kidding me? 12 carries. That’s it? I am sure the QB’s fiasco had somethign to do with it but they – KC coaches – just shut him down. He agrees according to the AP “It just didn’t happen for me today because of personnel changes. I’ve always needed 20-30 carries, that’s always been me. It’s tough not being able to get into a rhythm,” Johnson said.
Sit em if you got em
Matt Hasselbeck QB (SEA) – I know its tough but I think it is time for you to sit him down for a game or two – or at the very least until he gets a few warm bodies in the receiving corp. This week Burleson added his name to the injured reserve. That means that the top four wide receivers for Seattle are either out or hurt. On top of all that, himself is having some issues with his back.
Seattle gets San Fransisco this week. The Niners defense will be good enough to keep a wounded Seahawk corp well grounded. Look elsewhere or you will be stuck with 190 yards and maybe 1 touchdown.
David Garrard QB (JAX) – The man was sacked 7 times last week, doesn’t really have any viable receivers and is missing three starting lineman (you only get five). Add to that, he is facing a hot, healthy and much improved Buffalo defense. I wouldn’t feel comfortable staring him, would you? I am thinking less than 200 yards and maybe a touchdown.
Final stats: 17 for 28 with 165 and an INT. Also, 32 yards rushing
Final thoughts: David threw an INT in the redzone early in the game. This may be a type of game may be a familiar site this year.
Sleepers: Don’t be surprised if…
…Kerry Collins QB (TEN) has a solid outing against Cincinnati. Other than the disrespect for the Bengals D that I mentioned above, I remembered a game from last year in which Collins started in place of a an injured Young. He showed that he can still get it done with the limited resources available to him against lesser defenses. He went for 280 yards on the road against Houston. I am thinking this week it will be more like 250 but he should get at least 2 touchdowns.
Final stats: 14 for 21 with 128 yards and a TD.
Final thoughts: Not quite what I thought but the Titans had this under control and there really was never a reason to pass much. The ground game was chewing up yards and the defense was stout.
…Sammy Morris RB (NE) gets a good chunk of the carries and goal line opportunities in a Patriots offense looking to pay ball control until they figure out what they have at QB. Look for 75+ yards and at least one touchdown.
Final stats:8 carries 0 yards and a touchdown.
Final thoughts: Got the TD but not the yardage. LaMont Jordan was this weeks lottery winner.
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