Week 2 fantasy start and sit advice is right around the corner. But first, a quick peek at some of the injuries that could affect fantasy owners’ decisions this weekend:
Donovan McNabb, QB, Eagles: Andy Reid has not ruled out McNabb yet for week 2, but fantasy owners should prepare to be without D-Nice. Kevin Kolb should get the nod but is not worth a pick-up or a start.
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, Chargers: It does not look good for LT2, who has missed the last few days of practice since injuring the ankle on Monday night against the Raiders. Michael Bennett could be worth a late-week add to fantasy rosters, especially for Tomlinson owners.
Antonio Bryant, WR, Buccaneers: The knee injury that sidelined Bryant throughout much of the preseason reared its head in week 1. Bryant has been hobbled in practice all week and should not start for fantasy owners until he can regain full confidence in the knee.
Anthony Gonzalez, WR, Colts: AGonzo is out for up to seven weeks so he definitely should not be in fantasy lineups. Neither of his replacements — Pierre Garcon or Austin Collie — are start-able at this point, but one could emerge as the Colts’ No. 2 wide receiver in Gonzalez’s absence.
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs: Cassel has put in some time at practice this week and could make his first start for the Chiefs this Sunday. His status is up in the air at the moment, but all signs point to Cassel getting the nod. It is not a bad match-up against Oakland for needy fantasy owners.
- Matt Hasselbeck @ 49ers: Hasselbeck and the Seahawks get another division opponent this week after shutting down the Rams last weekend. He should continue his throwing ways again this weekend in what could be a very good game to watch.
- Ben Roethlisberger @ Bears: Big Ben showed in week one that he can put up elite passing numbers, at least in terms of yardage. Now if he can only avoid the turnovers and sacks. Roethlisberger could be relied up to carry the offense again this week, meaning lots of yardage and a good chance for multiple touchdowns.
- Fred Jackson v. Buccaneers: Jackson was stud-like in week one against the Patriots and figures to get a ton of work again this weekend. It is easy to start him when there really is no competition on the roster for touches.
- Darren Sproles v. Ravens: LaDainian Tomlinson more than likely will not play, so Sproles could be in for a bigger role on Sunday. Plus, his style of play is useful against an aggressive defense like the Ravens. He probably will have better receiving numbers than rushing numbers, worthy of a start at RB2 in deep leagues and a flex play in standard leagues.
- Steve Smith @ Cowboys: Not that Steve Smith, the Giants’ receiver by the same name is Eli Manning’s possession receiver. This game has shoot out written all over it despite both teams being solid defensively. Manning and the Giants’ passing game could put up big numbers.
- Donnie Avery @ Redskins: Expect the Rams to do a better job this week of putting the ball in the hands of the play-makers. Avery is in that category. It most likely will be a losing effort, but there could be a significant amount of passing yards to go around.
- Vernon Davis v. Seahawks: Early indications are that the 49ers are getting Davis more involved in the offense than in previous years. Good thing, too, because he is one of the better receivers on the team. Could be worth a start in deep leagues in a favorable match-up.
- Chad Pennington v. Colts: The Dolphins are going to try to slow this game down against the Colts, avoiding a fast-paced game if at all possible. That means lots of running and short passing from the offense, limiting Pennington’s fantasy potential.
- Mark Sanchez v. Patriots: Last week was great and all, but it also was the Texans. Sanchez draws the biggest game of his career to date in division rival New England, and you know Bill Belichick is going to throw the book at the kid.
- Reggie Bush @ Eagles: Keep Bush on the bench, if possible, until he starts to heat up. Did not run the ball all that well last week (even though he did have a late touchdown run negated by penalty) and the receiving yards were modest. On the road against a better defense might not be the best time for Bush to pick up the numbers.
- LaDainian Tomlinson v. Ravens: Tomlinson and the Chargers play a late afternoon game this weekend, meaning most fantasy owners will have to decide on him by kickoff of the early games. Chances are his status will be up in the air on game day. Put him on the bench and give yourself a better chance.
- Devin Hester v. Steelers: Hester had a nice game in week one against the Packers and looks like he is ready to emerge as a legitimate WR2. This week’s match-up is much tougher, and if Jay Cutler decides to fly off the cuff again it could be a long day for the passing game. I actually expect the Bears to get Matt Forte more involved in the passing game, cutting into Hester’s targets.
- Antonio Bryant @ Bills: Bryant is dealing with the same knee ailment that kept him out most of the preseason. While he did play last weekend, it was an ineffective fantasy effort. Keep him on the bench until he regains full health.
- Brent Celek v. Saints: No Donovan McNabb = Question mark for the team’s top tight end. McNabb loves to throw to Celek, but what will Kevin Kolb do as the starter? Will he lean on Celek or the running backs or the receivers? Too many unknowns to give Celek the nod.
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