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FANTASY FB: Tim Twentyman takes a look at players to start and players to sit for Week 2

Posted Sep 12, 2013

Tim Twentyman also takes a look at whether to start or sit five key Detroit Lions heading into Week 2 vs. the Cardinals

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Matthew Stafford, QB, Start: Stafford already seems to be in a groove with Reggie Bush in the passing game and it’s only a matter of time before Calvin Johnson explodes.

Reggie Bush, RB, Start: Bush is a must start as a No. 2 and even a No. 1 option at running back in some leagues. Lions gave him 25 touches last week and expect more of the same this week in Arizona.

Joique BellRB Joique Bell (Photo: G.Smith/Detroit Lions)

Joique Bell, RB, Start: We know what Bell’s role in the Lions offense with be now and he’ll have a chance to put up points as No. 2 option or flex. He’s going to get all the goal line carries and will be a factor in the passing game (5 catches for 67 yards last week).

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Sit: There isn’t a Lions player I get wrong on a week-to-week basis more than Pettigrew. I just can’t figure him out. I guess that’s the big problem. He’s inconsistent, which is a fantasy owners worst nightmare. I flipped a coin this week.

Nate Burleson, WR, Start: With Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush on the field together, Burleson is going to have opportunities to make plays, like we saw last week (six catches for 78 yards). He’s not a bad flex option if you really need one this week.

Note: I will never include Calvin Johnson in the Lions 5 because he’s a must start every week he’s healthy.

A look at last week's Lions 5: I missed on two of my Lions projections last week. I thought Brandon Pettigrew would be a good start Week 1 as Matthew Stafford got comfortable with some of his other weapons, but I was wrong. He had just two catches for six yards and a fumble. I told owners to sit Joique Bell until we knew what his role was. If you listened, you missed out on his two touchdowns, sorry. I hit on Stafford (start), Bush (start) and Ryan Broyles (sit).

START

Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay (vs. WAS): The Redskins gave up the third most fantasy points to a running back last week and the Packers will try and establish Lacy early and often this week.

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina (at BUF): I was right when I told you to sit Newton last week (14 points), so listen to me this week when I tell you to start him. Newton poised for a breakout game.

Owen Daniels, TE, Houston (vs. TEN): The Titans were one of the worst team in fantasy football last year against opposing tight ends and they continued that trend last week surrendering the third most of all the 32 teams. Daniels is coming off a two-touchdown performance and is quarterback Matt Schaub’s go-to guy.

Cecil Shorts, WR, Jacksonville (at OAK): The three catches last week were a little disappointing to owners, but the number that jumped out to me was the 11 targets. He has double digits in fantasy points in five of his past seven games and will have a healthy Chad Henne throwing him the ball this week.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle (vs. SF): It’s normally not wise to start a running back vs. the 49ers defense but Lynch is one of the few backs with some good history here. He’s rushed for at least 100 yards in each of last three games vs. the 49ers with two rushing touchdowns. Plus, he’s coming off a terrible week.

SIT

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh (at CIN): Roethlisberger is notoriously pretty good the week following a bad start, but last week was really bad. He had just 11 fantasy points and the Steelers offense looked terrible. Now he’s without center Mike Pouncey and without a running game. Defenders are pinning their ears back and going after Big Ben.

Roddy White, WR, Atlanta (vs. STL): White played in just 37 of Atlanta's 56 offensive snaps last week, and now there is a question about high-ankle troubles. Not good. I’d sit him for a week with so many question marks surrounding him.

Lamar Miller/Daniel Thomas, RBs, Miami (at IND): It’s always tough on fantasy owners when an offense goes with a two-back system that sees each back get equal carries. Miller had only three yards on 10 carries last week. Thomas was used on the goal line, which has some fantasy value, but I’d wait to start either of them until each have a defined role.

Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota (at Chicago): Chicago’s turnover happy defense isn’t a great matchup for the Vikings or Jennings this week. Jennings hasn’t had a lot of success over his career in Chicago, either. He has just one 60-plus-yard game.

Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Arizona (vs. DET): Take away the first 78-yard touchdown run by Adrian Peterson last week and the Lions defense held Peterson to just 15 yards over his next 17 carries. Their front seven looks very good early on. Mendenhall could have a tough go of it.

SLEEPERS

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants (vs. DEN): Everyone is down on Wilson because of the two fumbles, but what other option do the Giants have? Brandon Jacobs? I think he comes back and has a solid game after being challenged by head coach Tom Coughlin.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland (vs. JAX): Pryor had a pretty good debut last week with 217 passing yards and a touchdown and another 112 on the ground. He’s got a favorable matchup this week at home vs. Jacksonville.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England (vs. NYJ): Edelman took advantage his opportunity to play quality minutes last week with two touchdowns. With Danny Amendola not expected to play, Edelman could be on the other end of plenty of targets Thursday night.

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona (vs. DET): The Cardinals are going to throw a lot and that includes Sunday in the desert vs. Detroit. Expect Palmer to have over 40 attempts. The only question is can he limit the turnovers?

James Jones, WR, Green Bay (vs. WAS): If there’s one thing Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is good at it’s spreading the ball around. Jones will rebound from a zero-catch performance last week.