Week 2: Start 'Em
When it comes to setting your lineups for each week of the fantasy season, a good rule of thumb is simply to not overthink it. You drafted players for a reason and in almost all cases, it's to play them from the jump. Then again, don't let draft day pride interfere with a basic - or detailed - look at the matchups, something you most likely do throughout the season. That's why we offer the "Start 'em" column, where we look beyond the obvious names to offer suggestions on potential lineup options, perhaps someone sitting on your bench right now that you may have simply overlooked. Throughout the season check back here for sleepers and oh so subtle plays and also sneak a peak at our Matchup Analyzer page, which this week backs up our take on two sneaky AFC South wide receivers to ponder...
In what seems to be a yearly occurrence, we are once again debating which running back will be useful in a Mike Shanahan offense. Over the years we have seen plenty of running backs come out of nowhere to lead a Mike Shanahan team in rushing yards. Mike Anderson and Olandis Gary are a few of the no names who have come out of nowhere to gain over 1,000 yards. Morris was a 6th round pick in 2012 and no one was expecting much out of him, but after starting in week 1 and rushing 28 times for 96 yards and 2 touchdowns, everyone is talking about the possibility that he might be the next no name running back to lead Shanny's offense in rushing. While no one can predict his long term viability, it would be highly unlikely that Shanny doesn't give him the bulk of the carries in week 2. If you need a RB2 or flex, don't leave Morris out of your line up.
The Rams have been waiting patiently for Brandon Gibson to perform since they acquired him from the Eagles a few years back. St. Louis has lots of question marks with their receiving corps outside of Sam Bradford favorite Danny Amendola. With rookie receivers Quick and Givens on the bench, the Rams are in desperate need of some help at receiver. That's exactly what Gibson was able to provide in week 1 -- he was targeted 5 times (2nd most on the team), catching 4 of those for 51 yards and a touchdown. Look for Bradford to keep going to him as long as he keeps making plays. If you need a flex starter in week 2, give Gibson a look.
The Jets drafted Stephen Hill with high hopes for what he could bring to the offense, as he has the size and speed to make plays in the NFL. The biggest question was how quickly he would adapt to the NFL game as he played in Georgia Tech's triple option offense that didn't include too many passes. Well in week 1 he looked exactly like the guy the Jets were hoping for; with very little depth at the WR spot, Hill will continue to start and see passes come his way. Week 1 he led the Jets in receptions (5), yards (89) and touchdowns (2). With Santonio Holmes getting most of the attention, Hill should get a lot of 1 on 1 match ups. If you need a flex for this week, Hill might be your guy.
Starting any WR on the Saints is never really a bad idea with how many times Drew Brees throws the ball. Moore had a very slow start to the game, but that picked up in the 2nd half (partially due to the Saints being down, due in part to Devery Henderson leaving the game with a head injury). Despite his slow start, Moore was targeted 10 times, catching 6 of them for 120 yards and 1 touchdown. With Robert Meacham leaving in the off season and now Henderson being questionable for next week's game, the amount of targets Moore will see should stick between 6-10 every week, giving him a good chance to put up some good fantasy stats on a weekly basis. Over the last 4 years, when healthy, Moore has been a reliable source of touchdowns, so if you're in a standard league,his value goes up. If you need a 3rd receiver or flex starter this week, give Moore a look. It is never a bad thing starting a receiver who catches passes from any of the top QBs like Brees. Go Moore this week.
After Roberts put up 2 an uninspiring seasons in the NFL, the Cardinals went out and drafted a WR to compliment Larry Fitzgerald in the hopes it would help open up the offense. The Cards drafted Michael Floyd out of Notre Dame in the first round of the 2012 draft, but he wasn't able to make his mark in training camp and Roberts won the #2 WR spot. Roberts showed some flashes in week 1 where he was targeted 9 times (2nd only to Fitz), catching 5 of those for 54 yards and 1 touchdown, as well as a 15 yard run. While Roberts isn't going to wow anyone, he makes for a solid flex start this week vs. the Patriots.