Fantasy Football Pitfalls – Week 2

Sep 8, 2008

I’m going to look at the matchups each week and pick five fantasy starters that could be in for a tough week.  Here’s who could have trouble out of the gates.

Quarterback
Matt Cassel
- So you snatched up Matt Cassel from the waiver wire when Brady went down.  If he were playing at home, perhaps you could plug him in.  He gets to face the Jets on the road though.  Not the simplest of tasks.  Often you see somebody replace the starter with great success only to find that magic hard to duplicate.  Judging by his preason performance, he still has a long way to go.
Stat Line: 16 of 23 for 165 yards

Running Backs
Kevin Smith
-  Smith had 80 total yards and a TD.  Solid rookie debut.  He gets to play at home next week, but he’s facing Green Bay instead of Atlanta.  He’ll find quite a difference between the Defenses.  His second NFL game won’t be nearly as successful.
Stat Line:  10 carries for 40 yards, 4 catches for 21 yards

Chris Perry - If he thought Baltimore made his life tough, Tennessee could be even more difficult against the run.  They are playing at home, but until Cincinnati gets their passing game going it will be difficult to run.
Stat Line:  21 carries for 64 yards, TD

Wide Receiver
Wes Welker
- Randy Moss is a freak that can go up and get a ball no matter who threw it to him.  Welker, on the other hand, relies more on timing patterns and quick hits.  That’s an area that Tom Brady was extremely good at.  Cassel knows the system, but knowing and doing are two different things.
Stat Line:  7 catches for 72 yards

Torry Holt - The Rams looked like absolute garbage against the Eagles.  They are going home, but the road has been kind to the New York Giants of late.  They put a lot of pressure on the Quarterback which doesn’t bode well for Marc Bulger, Torry Holt, and the rest of the passing attack for the Rams.  It appears the “Greatest Show on Turf” isn’t making a reprisal.
Stat Line:  6 catches for 76 yards, TD

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Mo Morrissey
    September 8th, 2008 at 10:37 am #

    Ugh. Here’s hoping that the Pats made the right choice in keeping Cassel….

  2. LestersLegends
    September 8th, 2008 at 10:45 am #

    Gotta trust ‘em Mo. About the only thing we can do.

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