Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start’em & Sit’em

75557858JR015_BUFFALO_BILLSTotal Pro Sports – It can be tough to make the decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy season based on favorable or tough matchups.

TPS is here to help you make such decisions with our weekly Start’em & Sit’em post where we will break down each position and give you some players you may want to consider starting, and some you might be better off sitting.


Start’em: Trent Edwards vs. TB – There was plenty of question marks surrounding the Buffalo Bills offense prior to their Monday night game against New England, but it was evident that their no-huddle attack is capable of putting points on the board.  This week they play a Tampa Bay team that allowed Dallas to throw plenty of deep balls.  Expect Edwards to take advantage of that weakness and look for Terrell Owens and Lee Evans all day.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Kurt Warner vs. JAC, Brett Favre vs. DET, Joe Flacco vs. SD

Sit’em: Jay Cutler vs. PIT – Last week was not a pretty one for Cutler as he got off to a ocky start in his season debut with the Bears.  Things will only get tougher this week when he takes on a tough Steelers defense.  It was apparent that Cutler would suffer because of a lakc of talent at the wide receiver position, and if his targets continue to miss routes and give up on plays, it could be another long afternoon for the Bears.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Carson Palmer vs. GB, Matt Schaub vs. TEN, Chad Pennington vs. IND

Running Backs

Start’em: Clinton Portis vs. STL -After being shut down by a stingy Giants defense, Portis will be looking to bounce back and what better opponent to do that against than the St. Louis Rams.  Last week they allowed 117 yards and a touchdown to Julius Jones.  Expect similar numbers from Portis this week.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Darren McFadden vs. KC, Jamal Lewis vs. DEN, Ronnie Brown vs. IND

Sit’em: Ladanian Tomlinson vs. BAL – L.T. had a tough time running against the Raiders defense (13 carries, 55 yards, 1 TD).  Things are about to get a lot tougher when Baltimore visits San Diego.  It is also worth mentioning that Tomlinson has been nursing an ankle sprain, so you can expect Ray Lewis and friends to be looking to soften him up early and often.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Kevin Smith vs. MIN, Steven Jackson vs. WSH, Steve Slaton vs. TEN

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Santonio Holmes vs. CHI – Holmes proved last week that his Super Bowl performance was no one-time thing.  This week he will take his show on the road against Chicago, who looked weak at times in their secondary, giving up a big play late to Gree Bay wideout Greg Jennings.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Lee Evans vs. TB, Santana Moss vs. STL, Louis Murphy vs. KC

Sit’em: Dwayne Bowe vs. OAK – Besides his touchdown, Bowe was fairly quite last week against Baltimore.  While it may seem as though things will get easier for him when Kansas City takes on Oakland, that is not the case with Asomugha in the Raiders backfield.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: DeSean Jackson vs. NO, Antonio Bryant vs. BUF, Marques Colston vs. PHI

Tight Ends

Start’em: Visanthe Shiancoe vs. DET – Jeremey Shockey put up two touchdowns last week against the Lions.  You know Favre has made note of that and will be looking for his tight end in the end zone this week.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: Dallas Clark vs. MIA, Chris Cooley vs. STL, Kellen Winslow vs. BUF

Sit’em: Greg Olsen vs. PIT – Cutler may struggle to find his game in this one and that will likely result in por numbers for Olsen and the rest of his receivers.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Owen Daniels vs. TEN, Vernon Davis vs. SEA, Jeremy Shockey vs. PHI


Start’em: Rian Lindell vs. TB – The Bills should be able to move the ball well against the Tampa defense and that should mean a productive day for Lindell.

Sit’em: Robbie Gould vs. PIT – Don’t expect Chicago to make it down the field often against the Steelers defense.  That means little work for Gould.


Start’em: Redskins vs. STL – The Reskins have one of the most improved defenses in the league and playing against St. Louis, they should be able to put points on the board and pressure on the Rams offense throughout the afternoon.

Sit’em: Jets vs. NE – Brady looked to get stronger as Monday night’s game wore on.  He should be ready to go in this one and that spells trouble for the Jets defense.

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