The Sock Exchange – 2009 Week Two
Injury Updates: The four major injuries coming into week two appear to be:
- Donovan McNabb – Unlikely to play with rib injury
- LaDainian Tomlinson – Gametime decision with ankle injury
- Matt Cassel – Probable to come back this week.
- Pierre Thomas – Knee in heavy brace but possibly on track to play
On to the games:
Carolina at Atlanta
- Panthers: Can Jake Delhomme look much worse than the last two games he has played? I doubt it. I look for them to bounce back offensively in this contest. Steve Smith should be a solid play in this one as last year in two contests he had over 300 yards receiving and 1 TD in contests versus the Falcons.
- Falcons: Not really sure on what to expect from the Atlanta offense in this one. I would say they would have to abandon the run to play catch up to Carolina’s offense thus I would consider playing Matt Ryan, Roddy, and Gonzo this week.
Minnesota at Detroit
- Vikings: Adrian Peterson owners have to be salivating at another fine matchup this week against the lowly Lions. It could be another 150+ yard multi TD day for All Day. The Vikings defense is a solid play this week.
- Lions: Seeing that Kevin Smith is most of the Lions offense until Stafford gets his feet wet in the next few games, Smith and the Lions should be in for a long day against the Williams Wall.
Cincinnati at Green Bay
- Bengals: The Bengal offense did not produce much against what was a horrible defense last year in Denver last week. The Packers played very well defensively in week one and should have another good week upcoming versus the Bungles.
- Packers: The Bears kept Aaron Rodgers and the offense out of rhythm all night last week. I don’t think the Bengals can put on the QB pressure that the Bears did though and look for this offense to put up some big numbers this week. Most skill position players for the Packers should be in your starting lineup this week as well as the Packer defense too.
Houston at Tennessee
- Texans: Should be another rough week for the Texans to get off the ground with stout Titan defense this week. Other than Andre Johnson, I think you sit the rest of the Texans this week.
- Titans: The Texans gave up a ton of rushing yards to the Jets in week one. Look for more of the same to continue against the run heavy Titan offense. Chris Johnson and LenDale White are must starts this week.
Oakland at Kansas City
- Raiders: I think the Raiders actually have a nice matchup this week against the Chiefs. I would definitely start Darren McFadden this week, along with the guy everyone should be watching as an early waiver wire pickup, Louis Murphy.
- Chiefs: The one area of defense that the Raiders lack is run defense. That should allow Larry Johnson to have a nice day as he had 92 yards and a TD in the two team’s last encounter.
New England at New York Jets
- Patriots: Should be an interesting battle this season between these two as there has been a lot of trash talk between the two this offseason. Brady seemed very vulnerable at times against Buffalo. As long as the Jet defense can apply pressure, it could be a long afternoon for the Brady Bunch.
- Jets: Yes I am a homer Jet fan through and through, but I really think the Jet RBs will have a strong game in this one as Fred Jackson was fairly successful last week even with a mostly rookie offensive line in front of him. Sanchez will probably have another roller coaster game again.
New Orleans at Philadelphia
- Saints: Look for Pierre Thomas or Mike Bell to be effective this week versus the Eagles. Reggie Bush typically struggles in the contests with Philly. Saints defense might also be a plug and play option again this week as Kevin Kolb will probably be under center for the Eagles
- Eagles: They will be mostly running the football with Westbrook and McCoy this week. DeSean Jackson should probably be on your bench this week without a healthy McNabb in there.
Cleveland at Denver
- Browns: If ever there was a game to start Jamal Lewis this is definitely it. Even the paltry Cedric Benson had 108 total yards and a TD last week.
- Broncos: Check the injury reports prior to gametime, but I think this is the game the Broncos unleash Knowshon Moreno and he has a fine game for them this week.
St Louis at Washington
- Rams: I know one of my colleagues says you should always play your stud players, but I recommend sitting ALL Rams this week, including Steven Jackson. They could not score against Seattle last week and the Skins have a much better defense this week.
- Redskins: This is a start them all situation this week for the Skins. Jason Campbell makes a great plug and play option for you Donovan McNabb owners out there. The defense is a must play this week.
Arizona at Jacksonville
- Cardinals: Kurt Warner and the passing game was relatively ineffective in week one. I look for more of the same this week until Warner gets his rhythm this year. This could make the Cards 0-2 to start the season.
- Jaguars: The Cards bottled up Frank Gore most of the contest last week against the Niners. I foresee some more of the same against Jones-Drew this week. This should be a tight contest won by a TD throw from David Garrard late in the game.
Tampa Bay at Buffalo
- Bucs: The only thing of fantasy value to start for the Bucs is Derrick Ward and Caddy Williams. If Posluszny is out this week, look for each of them to have an effective day again.
- Bills: The Bucs gave up a lot of rushing yards in week one. Fred Jackson had a lot of fantasy points in week one. That can only spell for another successful week for Jackson. He should be starting this week. Trent Edwards may not be a bad plug and play QB either as Romo lit it up last week against the Buc defense.
Seattle at San Francisco
- Seahawks: I look for Matt Hasselbeck to be another solid play this week against the Niner defense. Yes the Cards did not pass well last week, but Warner has not hit his stride yet. Play Houshmandzadeh and Carlson as well this week.
- Niners: Frank Gore should be a solid play this week as once again the Niners keep the ball on the ground to keep the opposing offense off of the field. It worked against Arizona, maybe it works even better this week too.
Pittsburgh at Chicago
- Steelers: The Bears put a ton of pressure on Aaron Rodgers last week and look for more of the same this week against the sieve offensive line that the Steelers have. This game has Bear upset in the making written all over it. Typical trap game for the Super Bowl champs.
- Bears: Jay Cutler needs to continue working on his timing with the receivers to avoid another disaster like last week. He is going to have to produce in what I suspect will be a hard fought victory by the Bears.
Baltimore at San Diego
- Ravens: For all of those waiver wire vultures that took Joe Flacco based on his performance against the lowly Chief defense, I think you will be surprised when he gets a little more ordinary when he plays a better defense like the Chargers. Look for Ray Rice to have another decent game though running the ball.
- Chargers: Over the years this contest has been a defensive struggle on most occasions. LT is injured going in and I am even benching him in favor of Kevin Faulk in a ppr league that I am in. I would recommend the Charger defense in this one.
New York Giants at Dallas
- Giants: Both Derrick Ward and Caddy Williams ran through the Cowboy defense like Swiss cheese last week. Look for more of the same from Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw this week. In fact I think the Giants spoil the Cowboys stadium opener on Sunday primetime TV.
- Cowboys: Should be another close contest in this matchup of NFC East rivals. The Cowboys will need to pass more to keep up as the Giants play a nice game of keep away, milking the clock with that powerful running game.
Indianapolis at Miami
- Colts: The Dolphins shut down Micheal Turner last week, so its hard to recommend starting either Addai or Brown this week. Not sure what you will get out of Peyton Manning either minus Anthony Gonzalez in the lineup. This could be a tough struggle for the Colts to win.
- Dolphins: I recommended Ronnie Brown last week and he disappointed me. I am sticking with him this week though, as MJD had a successful game running the ball last week against the Bob Sandersless Colts.