2010 NFL Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start’em, Sit’em

wes welker

It can be tough to make a decision between starting or sitting specific players throughout your fantasy football season based on favorable and/or tough match-ups.

TotalProSports 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: Kyle Orton vs. SEA – The Seahawks defense looked great last weekend against the 49ers, but I am still not buying into them as a solid NFL defense, and I expect Kyle Orton and the Denver Broncos to hammer home that point this weekend.  Seattle is a tough place to play for opposing offenses because of the crowd noise, but the Seahawks will not be able to rely on such factors this Sunday.  Coach Josh McDaniels has shown confidence in Orton, and we expect him to do the same once again this weekend.  Look for Orton to reply with close to 300-yards and a couple of touchdowns.

Other QB start’ems worth noting: Jason Campbell vs. OAK, Matt Ryan vs. ARI, Michael Vick vs. DET

Sit’em: Jay Cutler vs. DAL – Cutler may have been one of the top passers in week one, but that was against a weak Lions’ secondary.  In week two he will be up against a Cowboys unit that allowed only 171 yards and no touchdowns through the air Sunday night against the Redskins.  Much of Cutler’s production came on big gains to Matt Forte, but the Cowboys should be ready for that this time around.  Expect Cutler’s numbers to plummet in what should be a long week two match-up for the Bears’ quarterback.

Other QB sit’ems worth noting: Matt Hasselbeck vs. DEN, Vince Young vs. PIT, Alex Smith vs. NO

Running Backs

Start’em: Brandon Jackson vs. IND – He was one of the hottest pick-ups off the waiver wire this week and now in his first game as the starting running back for the Green Bay Packers he will be one of the hottest starts of the week.  Coach Mike McCarthy has said that he feels Jackson can be an every-down back.  Now Jackson will have the chance to prove himself, and what better team to begin your tenure as a starter against than the Buffalo Bills.  The Bills allowed 132 yards and a touchdown on the ground last weekend against the Dolphins.  With the Packers expected to be ahead for most of the game, they should be running the ball often and that is great news for Brandon Jackson owners.

Other RB start’ems worth noting: Jerome Harrison vs. KC, Jonathan Stewart vs. TB, Ahmad Bradshaw vs. IND

Sit’em: Shonn Greene vs. NE – Many fantasy owners invested a first or second round pick on Jets’ running back Shonn Greene, and those who did couldn’t have been more disappointed by his effort on Monday night.  Greene recorded only 18 yards on five carries and fumbled twice (losing one).  Rex Ryan has not given up on Greene yet, and neither have we, but we would advise sitting him if you have a better option for the next week or two in order to see how things play out in the Jets’ backfield.  Greene should regain his role as the workhorse back at some point, but it may take a bit of time.  Be patient, but look for other options in the meantime.

Other RB sit’ems worth noting: Pierre Thomas vs. SF, C.J. Spiller vs. GB, Ronnie Brown vs. MIN

Wide Receivers

Start’em: Wes Welker vs. NYJ – Heading into week one, there were questions about the health of Wes Welker.  He answered those questions to the tune of eight catches for 62 yards and two touchdowns.  This weekend he will need to be even better when the Pats take on the Jets.  Everyone expects Randy Moss to be stranded on Revis Island for the entire game, and that means Brady will be looking Welker’s way early and often.  If the Pats’ passing game expects to be successful on Sunday, they will need a big game from Welker.

Other WR start’ems worth noting: Steve Smith vs. TB, Malcolm Floyd vs. JAC, DeSean Jackson vs. DET

Sit’em: Calvin Johnson vs. PHI – Calvin Johnson had high expectations going into the 2010 season, but an injury to Matthew Stafford may put those expectations on hold for now.  With the Lions facing the Eagles on Sunday, and Shaun Hill expected to be under center, don’t expect much from Megatron in week two.  In fact, you would be wise to expect little from him until Stafford returns.

Other WR sit’ems worth noting: Johnny Knox vs. DAL, Michael Crabtree vs. NO, Mike Sims-Walker vs. SD

Tight Ends

Start’em: Visanthe Shiancoe vs. MIA – Watching the game between the Vikings and the Saints on Thursday night, two things became apparent: The Vikings have a lack of threats at the wide receiver position, and as long as that is the case Brett Favre will continue to look for Visanthe Shiancoe.  There are rumors that Minny may be going after Vincent Jackson, and Sidney Rice is expected to be back at some point this season, but until then Shaincoe will continue to be Favre’s number one target.

Other TE start’ems worth noting: John Carlson vs. DEN, Brent Celek vs. DET, Chris Cooley vs. HOU

Sit’em: Jermaine Gresham vs. BAL – Gresham may have proved us wrong with a touchdown reception last weekend against the Pats, but don’t expect him to repeat that performance this weekend against the Ravens.  Baltimore held Dustin Keller to a measly two receptions for 13 yards.  Expect Gresham to put up similar numbers.

Other TE sit’ems worth noting: Greg Olsen vs. DAL, Jeremy Shockey vs. SF, Owen Daniels vs. WSH


Start’em: Mason Crosby vs. BUF – The Packers should put up plenty of points against the Bills in their home opener, and as long as they do, Crosby will cash in with a few of his own.

Sit’em: David Buehler vs. CHI – Buehler struggled in his first game as a Cowboy on Sunday night, and as long as their is a lack of confidence in his ability, the Cowboys will continue to do everything they can to avoid field goal opportunities.


Start’em: Raiders vs. STL – With Sam Bradford making his first professional road start this weekend, there could be plenty of errors for the Raiders defense to capitalize on.

Sit’em: 49ers vs. NO – The Niners defense looked rather weak against the pass in Seattle on Sunday, and things are about to get much more difficult when the Saints visit San Francisco on Monday night.

Tags: fantasy football, NFL, start'em sit'em,