Where’s the defense? The offense took center stage in week 1. Will that change in Week 2? The Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers are just a few teams that will answer the call once again and put smiles on their owners’ faces across fantasy football nation.
I utilize statistical analysis combined with more than 15 years of fantasy football experience to give you an inside look at how players will perform on a week-to-week basis. The Studs list will be updated on a regular basis as players emerge and injuries occur, but be patient with those players listed early in the season. They were ranked and selected high in your draft for a reason.
When using this list, try and remember a couple basic rules:
1) Studs – Always play your studs. Each position will include a list of players that are considered studs and should not be benched. If you have the luxury of needing to decide between studs, check out the matchups or feel free to let the shark tank assist you in your decisions.
2) Depth – Every fantasy team is different and some have more depth than others. Only follow the recommended moves if your team depth allows you to make such a move.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh vs. Seattle: Three interceptions for Roethlisberger last week against the Baltimore Ravens brought what would have been a decent fantasy day (280 yards, 1 TD) down to a below-average level. Look for Roethlisberger to turn things around at home against the Seahawks, who only allowed 124 yards passing last week, but that was against San Francisco. The Steelers will run and throw the ball better than the 49ers did last week against Seattle.
Matt Schaub, Houston at Miami: Did you see that Monday night game? I would be surprised if any of the defensive backs that were playing for Miami in Week 1 are still on the roster for this game. Schaub is obviously no Tom Brady, but he’s got enough weapons to build off of the 220-yard, one-touchdown, two-interception performance from last week against the Indianapolis Colts. While you can’t expect 500 yards, seeing Schaub end the day with 300 yards and a couple scores is very reasonable.
Matt Cassel, Kansas City at Detroit: Cassel had a rough opening week, throwing for just 119 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The injured ribs appeared fine, but the offensive line did not. As Cassel faces Ndamukong Suh and the Lions defense, look for more struggles from the Chiefs quarterback as he relies on Jamaal Charles and not much else to provide the offensive stats.
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants vs. St. Louis: Manning looked pretty bad against the Washington Redskins last week. The Rams are very dinged up on offense which means they will rely on the defense to step up. St. Louis had trouble slowing down Michael Vick last week, but they’ll be able to apply pressure to Manning, and a questionable Hakeem Nicks depletes an already thin receiving corps in New York.