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Corner Lockdown: Covering Week 1

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Carnell Williams should get the Week 2 start for the Rams after Steven Jackson injured his quad in the first quarter last Sunday. This makes him the top waiver pick up of the week, especially after the solid game he had in the season opener. Cadillac ran for 91 yards on 19 carries and also chipped in five receptions for 49 yards. He didn’t find the end zone, but getting 25 touches in one game is always a good thing for fantasy owners. There is an outside chance that Jackson will play, but it’s a long shot. Williams will get the lion’s share of the work load in Week 2 against a Giants defense that is struggling with injuries right now. He’s a must start that should surpass 100 totals yards for the second straight week.

Although James Starks didn’t get the start in Week 1 for the Packers he definitely out played Ryan Grant and it shouldn’t be long before he takes over the job. The second year back out of Buffalo received 12 carries (compared to nine from Grant) and ran for 57 yards, including a very impressive 17-yard touchdown. He didn’t get any passes thrown his way out of the backfield, but that’s not a big issue, seeing that Green Bay has so many receiving options. Starks is a tough runner that lives between the tackles and gets those extra yards after contact that Grant simply doesn’t get. He has a great matchup this week against Carolina and I fully expect Starks to get more than the 12 carries he got in Week 1. He could be one of the big sleepers of 2011 and is off to a good start so keep him in your lineup and don’t be surprised if he quietly gets you double digit points every week.

San Diego’s duel running threat of Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert was in full effect in Week 1 and this trend should continue as long as both remain healthy. Mathews put together a 118 total yard performance, rushing for 45 yards on 12 carries and making three catches that covered 73 more yards. Tolbert had 93 total yards, but he did all the scoring, catching two touchdowns and running for another. He did get a little banged up at the end of the game, but should be fine for Sunday. Tolbert is obviously the better option in fantasy just because he gets the goal line carries and most of the scores, but Mathews still should be started in almost all formats. The Charger offense is one of the best in the league and there will be plenty of opportunities for both backs to showcase their talents. Traveling to New England this week is a tough matchup, but I would start both of these guys because they should be able to find some open space in the weak Patriot secondary.

Shark Sleepers

Malcom Floyd, WR San Diego Chargers

Floyd had just three receptions for 45 yards in Week 1 against the Vikings so it’s safe to say he didn’t really flourish in the potent Charger offense like most people thought we would being a starting wide out. There are some encouraging signs though from this performance that suggests that he should break out in Week 2. Floyd was targeted more than any other San Diego receiver last Sunday which is a very important stat. He was thrown at eight times and once he and QB Philip Rivers work out the off season cob webs they should build a nice relationship in 2011. The Chargers get a road game Sunday against a New England defense that let Chad Henne throw for over 400 yards so expect Floyd to be in the mix early and often as there’s a good chance San Diego will be playing from behind and airing it out a lot in this one.

Willis McGahee, RB Denver Broncos

McGahee didn’t hold much fantasy value as he was in a time share with fellow running mate Knowshon Moreno, but his luck may be changing already because Moreno is dealing with a hamstring issue suffered in last week’s contest with the Raiders. Arian Foster owners can attest to the nagging problems a hamstring injury can cause so you have to think that McGahee will get the start and the majority of the carries on Sunday against the Bengals. I would be surprised if Moreno even plays because he hasn’t practiced all week. If that holds true then McGahee should be in your starting lineup for Week 2. There really isn’t much depth in the Bronco backfield as it is so an inactive Moreno would mean that McGahee would get almost all the carries and definitely all the goal line work.

Jacoby Jones, WR Houston Texans

Jones has always been an explosive player and Sunday he will get to show that as he gets the start alongside Andre Johnson due to a shoulder injury sustained by Kevin Walter. He did manage three receptions for 43 yards in Week 1, but those numbers should increase drastically in his matchup against Miami. Johnson almost always draws a double team plus Jones is one of the more lethal deep threats in the NFL so expect a nice day out of him. The Dolphins secondary is already banged up and is coming off a terrible performance in which they allowed Tom Brady to scorch them for over 500 passing yards so I fully expect Matt Schaub to throw quite often in this one. Add in the fact that Jones is a superb punt returner who already has a 79-yard punt return for a touchdown under his belt this season and you have the makings of a very good WR 2 option for Week 2.

Lock of the Week

Santonio Holmes, WR New York Jets

Holmes had a decent showing in the first game of the season, snagging six passes for 70 yards, but he didn’t find pay dirt. In the fantasy world, that’s all that really matters. Owners rest easy because Holmes will do some serious damage in Week 2 against the Jaguars. I know that the Jets already said that they are going to establish the run more often on Sunday than they did last week, but that will just open up the field more for Mark Sanchez to operate with his receivers. Jacksonville has a very mediocre pass defense which bodes well for Holmes. They allowed three Titan receivers to have at least five catches last week including a huge 136 yard, two touchdown outing by Kenny Britt so look for New York’s best wide out to do some serious damage as well this Sunday as he gets in the end zone for the first time in 2011.

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