Each Sunday morning during the season, I’ll be bringing you my picks for each game and some last-minute fantasy football advice for you league legions out there. As always, enjoy and I hope it helps you with your picks/leagues!
Week 2 Picks
Atlanta 20 – St. Louis 17
With Roddy White hobbled and Julio Jones questionable, Atlanta will lean on Steven Jackson and end up with as many field goals as TDs in a hard fought victory.
Baltimore 28 – Cleveland 13
Baltimore has a history of coming back strong off of defeats, averaging over 20 points in victories following losses. Cleveland is coming off of a thorough beatdown at the hands of the Dolphins’ defense, and will still be reeling once week 2 is in the books.
Carolina 24 – Buffalo 14
Expect a heavy dose of DeAngelo Williams as the new-look, ‘balanced’ Panthers rebound from an ugly loss to Seattle in week 1. EJ Manuel will continue to progress, but a solid pass rush will stop him and Buffalo from keeping pace.
Chicago 30 – Minnesota 24
While the Vikings could hold the Bears to less points, I see a huge game in store for the Cutler-Marshall connection, which most teams have no answer for. With Christan Ponder a true liability and a tough defense in front of them, Adrian Peterson will grind the team along, but ultimately won’t be able to overcome a more balanced team.
Green Bay 38 – Washington 28
RGIII simply wasn’t himself on Monday, not stepping fully into his passes or utilizing his obviously hampered mobility. Whether or not he’s back too soon is a moot point, as a suspect Redskins secondary will look like swiss cheese after Aaron Rodgers gets done with it. A strong effort from Washington’s pass rush could tip the scales in this one, but I don’t see it happening.
Houston 31 – Tennessee 10
After giving up 21 first-half points to San Diego on Monday Night, the Texans will gear themselves up defensively to run rabid over a Titans team that won’t have an answer for it. Expect Houston’s running game to find itself in this one as well.
Dolphins 28 – Colts 24
If Miami brings the same defensive performance they showed in Cleveland last week, Andrew Luck is going to spend more time on his back than not. This one will still be close up until the final whistle, but I expect an improved rushing effort, and more targets for Mike Wallace, to result in a Dolphins victory.
Dallas 24 – Kansas City 20
The Cowboys couldn’t have won an uglier game if they tried last week, and something tells me the Chiefs will give them a run for their money. Romo finds a way to tip the balance in Dallas’ favor, and Jamaal Charles puts up a monster stat line for fantasy players in the loss.
Philadelphia 38 – San Diego 31
With both teams suspect on defense and seemingly firing on all cylinders offensively after one week, a bit of a shootout might occur in Philly this week. The difference maker will be LeSean McCoy, who will continue to lead the league in rushing after the game.
Arizona 20 – Detroit 14
Many will consider this a huge upset, but somehow Detroit finds a way to lose to teams that have no right beating them. Sunday will be no different, as Carson Palmer hooks up with Larry Fitzgerald for another couple of TDs and take one from the league’s most confusing team.
New Orleans 34 – Tampa Bay 20
These are not last year’s Saints, and I think they did just enough to prove that in week 1. The Bucs are a team with some major behind-the-scene issues that are just beginning to fully surface, and this spells disaster for Tampa Bay as Drew Brees manages to have his way despite the improved secondary he’ll be facing.
Denver 40 – New York 38
I expect this to be the most exciting game of the week, with the Manning brothers both putting the ball in the air early and often, trading shots back and forth until the team who has more weapons at their disposal takes the final drive of the game and turns it into a W for the elder brother and his Broncos. Don’t miss this one, folks.
Oakland 10 – Jacksonville 6
In a contest that might help decide who’s drafting 1st overall in 2014, Oakland edges Jacksonville on the strength of a handful of Terrelle Pryor scrambles, McFadden gallops and mostly just not having to show up defensively against an absolutely embarrassing Jaguars offense.
San Fransisco 27 – Seattle 21
Far too many people are looking at this game as if it’s a battle of Superbowl contenders. Seattle is overhyped in my opinion, but the rivalry between the teams, and the talent on both sides of the ball, will make for an exciting and close game nonetheless. Most pundits are giving Seattle the edge due to their fantastic home field advantage, but I’ll take Kaepernick over Wilson, and hope beyond hope they live up to their bet and Wilson shaves off an eyebrow.
Cincinnati 31 – Pittsburgh 6
Yeah, I’m officially that down on the Steelers after one week. Everything about the team feels off to me, and I expect them to collapse on a weekly basis, particularly against divisional foes. The Bengals will have their way with Pittsburgh on both sides of the ball, and you’ll start to hear the absolute faintest hint of whispers about Mike Tomlin’s job security.
Fantasy Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em
Most ‘experts’ do this by position, but I’m just going to throw up 10 guys for each side that I think will have great/terrible weeks statistically. I’m right more often than I’m wrong, folks! Give me Fabiano’s job.
Peyton Manning – QB – Denver Broncos
Aaron Rodgers – QB – Green Bay Packers
Steven Jackson – RB – Atlanta Falcons
Doug Martin – RB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A.J. Green – WR – Cincinnati Bengals
Brian Hartline – WR – Miami Dolphins
Jared Cook – TE – St. Louis Rams
Greg Olsen – TE – Carolina Panthers
Chicago Bears Defense/Special Teams
Blair Walsh – K – Minnesota Vikings
Russel Wilson – QB – Seattle Seahawks
Matt Ryan – QB – Atlanta Falcons
Frank Gore – RB – San Fransisco 49ers
Maurice Jones-Drew – RB – Jacksonville Jaguars
Roddy White – WR – Atlanta Falcons
Torrey Smith – WR – Baltimore Ravens
Kyle Rudolph – TE – Minnesota Vikings
Tony Gonzalez – TE – Atlanta Falcons
Green Bay Packers Defense/Special Teams
Rob Bironas – K – Tennessee Titans