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Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em

Aaron RodgersAn interesting Week 1 in the books and no time to rest as Thursday night games start right away this season! The Packers and Bears square off tonight in a game that offers a lot of potential fantasy points.

I went 1-1 in my leagues, winning in the league I really like my team and losing in the one I didn’t like my draft. I’ve got a feeling that will be a theme all season long.

You don’t need me to tell you to start Aaron Rodgers. The only way I wouldn’t start him every week is if he’s on a bye or in the hospital. And with their lack of a running game and a suspect defense, it’s going to be up to Rodgers to keep the Packers in the game each week. On the other side of the ball, Jay Cutler looks to be back and better than ever with his old teammate Brandon Marshall catching passes. Start both of them along with Matt Forte. Make sure you check the latest injury reports as Greg Jennings has popped up on the list with a ‘doubtful, groin’ tag. If he’s out, both Randall Cobb and James Jones could move into a WR3 spot pretty easily.

For QB’s, start your guy, whoever he may be. If week 1 is any indication, there are plenty of points to go around and I’d feel good even in a 14 or 16 team league with my starter.

At running back, I guess the rule we learned last weekend was if Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster are active, start them! Lots of owners learned that the hard way, starting Ben Tate and Toby Gearhart figuring on little or no production and watched both go in twice.

CJ Spiller becomes a top 10 play (or top waiver wire pickup) with Fred Jackson gone for 3-8 weeks in Buffalo.  And Steven Ridley showed that he’s ready to carry the mail in New England with a lot of room to run with DB’s and LB’s chasing the tight end duo and wide outs all over the field.

A couple guys I’m not high on this week: Green Bay’s Cedric Benson and Detroit’s Kevin Smith. Benson found no room to run against San Francisco (who face Smith this week and have maybe the best front seven in the game) and Benson gets the Bears tonight. Not a recipe for a big night (though I have to start him in one of my leagues due to the Fred Jackson injury mentioned above) Also Chris Johnson’s 4 yard output last week bears watching. It wasn’t completely his offensive lines fault or a stout defense.

At wide receiver, I already told you about the possibility of Jennings missing tonight’s game and the ramifications. And after week 1, it looks like you can bump the Denver receiving corps up as Peyton Manning looks like, well, Peyton Manning! And to Tim Tebow fans. It wasn’t his supporting cast that held him down, it’s his lack of skill at the position that held the Broncos offense down.

We’ll get a LOT better handle on what to expect the rest of the season after this weekends slate.

Start ‘em, sit ‘em, and win ‘em! Good luck!

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