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Get them in the lineup
1. Eli Manning Quarterback New York Giants
Young Eli is developing into one of the game’s elite quarterbacks. He’s completing 67.2% of his passes (9th in NFL), has thrown for 586 yards (5th) and is rocking a QB rating of 103.2 (6th), all while leading the Giants to two wins in as many weeks.
The best part about Manning is that he gets the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend. Tampa has struggled big-time defending the aerial attack, ranking 27th against the pass (282.0 yards per game) while allowing an average of 33.5 points per game. Look for Eli to target his two newest toys (Steve Smith, Mario Manningham) as Big Blue blows out Tampa Bay.
2. Fred Jackson Running Back Buffalo Bills
Has there been a bigger surprise at the running back position this season than Fred Jackson? Filling in for the suspended Marshawn Lynch, Jackson has taken the fantasy world by storm as he currently sits in 5th place in scoring among fantasy RBs. In just two games Jackson has rushed for 220 yards while catching 11 passes for 108 yards and a score.
For as good as the Saints offense has been in 2009, the defense has been just as questionable. New Orleans is allowing 347.0 total yards and 24.5 points per game, two numbers that Saints fans can’t feel confident about in the event their high-octane offense gets shut down.
While Dewey loves quarterback Trent Edwards this weekend, there is a FANTASY WEATHER ALERT in play Sunday in Buffalo. The forecast is calling for a 70% chance of showers meaning the ground game will become even more important.
3. Donald Driver Wide Receiver Green Bay Packers
Very quietly, long-time Packer Donald Driver has been putting together an impressive season. Driver currently ranks in the top 20 in scoring as he’s hauled in ten receptions for 138 yards and one touchdown in two weeks.
The good news here is the targets. Driver has been targeted 16 times in two games, good for 19th in the NFL. A high amount of targets means more opportunities and if there is one thing all fantasy owners want their receivers to have, it is opportunities.
Keep in mind that Driver can also strike from range as he currently ranks second in receptions of 25+ yards, with 3. A game against a team like the St. Louis Rams is all the more reason to have him in your lineup.
BONUS SLEEPER START
LeSean McCoy Running Back Philadelphia Eagles
With starting running back Brian Westbrook missing practice this week due to a sprained ankle, McCoy may be given the opportunity to start in Week 3 against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Owners are advised to monitor the situation. B-West will likely be a game time decision, so you won’t know if you can start McCoy until Sunday morning. Stay tuned.
Get them on the bench
1. Thomas Jones Running Back New York Jets
Despite being the 13th ranked fantasy running back through two weeks, Jones is a poor start this Sunday when the Jets play host to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans run defense has been very impressive in 2009 (despite the loss of defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth), allowing just 49.5 yards per game on the ground (2nd in NFL).
Jones put up 96 rushing yards on the Titans in 2008, but it took him 27 carries to get the job done (3.6 YPC) and he failed to reach the end zone.
2. Brett Favre Quarterback Minnesota Vikings
Dewey loves him this week, but with so many better options on the board, why would you want Favre in your starting lineup?
Watch the film. Favre has become the very definition of a “game manager” in that he won’t take shots down the field and is content to hand the ball off all afternoon. That’s great for wins against two pathetic teams like the Browns and Lions, but what’s going to happen when that old right arm is asked to make some plays?
Favre is averaging 5.5 yards per attempt (career low) and has already been sacked an astounding seven times. Meanwhile, the 49ers defense is allowing just 13.0 points per game and has beaten up two very good quarterbacks by breaking Matt Hasselbecks’ rib during the second quarter in Week 2 and sacking Kurt Warner three times and forcing two interceptions in Week 1 (both wins).
I’m not saying Favre and the Vikings won’t win the game, I’m just letting you know that Minnesota has asked for very little from a guy they are paying $12 million this season.
3. T.J. Houshmandzadeh Wide Receiver Seattle Seahawks
Housh has gotten off to a decent start in Seattle (10 receptions, 110 yards and zero touchdowns), but you can feel free to leave him and his $40+ million contract on the bench this Sunday.
Seattle plays host to the Chicago Bears and their very aggressive front four, something that will cause problems for whoever is under center in Week 3.
Remember, starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is dealing with a cracked rib and if he tries to go, will be nowhere near 100%. If he sits this one out, the Seahawks will be turning to veteran backup Seneca Wallace, who posted a below-average 75.8 QB rating in relief of Hasselbeck last Sunday.
There’s no reason to take a chance. Only consider Housh if you are desperate at the wide receiver position or play in a very deep fantasy league.
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