--Don’t Panic: One week does not make a season. There are several players that did not live up their owner’s expectations, but don’t over react it’s just one game. Patience is a vital virtue for owners to embrace early in the season. Most of us put hours of homework in before drafting our teams and after one game it’s simply too hard to gage things. Barring some major injuries or depth chart shake-ups it is wise to shake off a bad outing and move on to next week. However, if the trend reaches three of four games it may be time to reconsider.
SETTING YOUR LINEUP
RB Tim Hightower (vs. ARI) – Hightower followed up a stellar preseason with a solid Redskins’ debut in Week 1. Mike Shanahan is finally starting to put his imprint on the team’s offense and Washington is going to be better than most people think. The stats were not overwhelming (25 carries, 72 RuYd, RuTD; 3 rec, 25 ReYd), but the fact he had 28 touches is what fantasy owners should be excited about. With a matchup against his former team this weekend, I expect an even better effort in Week 2.
James Starks (at CAR) – Starks was one of my preseason sleepers and after watching him in for 45 plays to the 16 snaps that Ryan Grant saw in Week 1’s win over the Saints, I am giving him the thumbs up in Week 2. Starks came up with 57 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and if the Packers get up as I expect on the Panthers, Starks could get way more touches this week
QB Eli Manning (vs. STL) – The Giants’ quarterback was a nice spot play a year ago and finished with some big numbers. However, with Hakeem Nicks banged up, Steve Smith in Philly and a new tight end to deal with, New York’s passing attack looks out of out of whack to me right now. The matchup against the Rams is favorable, but I still find better options this week as my fantasy QB than Eli Manning.
WR Chad Ochocinco (vs. SD) – Despite the fact that Tom Brady threw for 511 yards, Chad only managed to catch 1 ball for 14 yards and was on the field was less than 20 snaps in his Patriots’ debut. Owners need to temper their expectations, especially early on, as he learns the offense. I am not ready to cut him yet, but sitting him on your bench until he has a good game or two makes a lot of sense.
RB Arian Foster (hamstring) – He returned to practice on Wednesday and barring setbacks will start on Sunday against the Dolphins. I still expect to see Ben Tate to get some touches while Foster is eased back in so owners should temper their expectations a bit.
RB Steven Jackson (quad) – The news is not as good for Steven Jackson is out this week and likely longer with an injury with his right quadriceps. Cadillac Williams will fill his void out the Rams’ backfield and be given a full workload in his absence.
WR Marques Colston (collarbone) – The Saints’ top wide out is out at least for a month after suffering a broken collarbone in Week 1’s loss to Green Bay. That should lead to an increase workload for Robert Meachem, Devery Henderon, and even Lance Moore, if he can ever get healthy himself.
Other injuries of note: Hakeem Nicks (knee/wrist), Brandon Lloyd (groin), Lance Moore (groin), Knowshon Moreno (hamstring)
SELL HIGH CANDIDATES
QB Cam Newton (CAR) – I will be the first to admit that I didn’t expect Cam Newton to be much of a factor, but after last week’s effort vs. Arizona I have done a 360 on him. However, don’t expect 425 yards passing every single week. If you have a strong QB1 and just picked up Newton late now may be the time to shop him to the owner that drafted Peyton Manning, his value this season may not get much higher than it is now.
WR Kenny Britt (TEN) – Britt has proven to be a big play guy on more than one occasion and his 136-yard, two touchdown effort in the opening loss to Jacksonville made waves in the fantasy world. Still, his inconsistency and penchant for off-field-drama can lead to big time headaches. If you can move for a more reliable option at the position I would not hesitate. There will be big days ahead, but they will be accompanied by just as many disappointments.