Fantasy Football:Bench, Trade, Stash
When setting your lineup, there are many factors to consider. What is the match up? Where are they ranked? What is the weather? Home or away? It can sometimes lead to analysis paralysis. Well have no fear, as I have the guide to help you with these incredibly difficult decisions. It is even more tough at the beginning of the season as you can’t tell if it is a result of a good offense, or a bad defense.
Now, you’ll notice, I didn’t include who to start. Outside of the fact that I believe this to be an axiomatic subject, it would increase my workload, and quite frankly, I’m trying to get by with as little as possible. You know what they say; hard work never killed anyone, but why risk it.
And now, my specialty, who to bench this week.
Week 2 Benchwarmers
Marcus Mariotta QB– But Darnz, he throw for 4 TDs; he broke a record; he is the new face of the franchise. Long hair, don’t care. He was up against the Bucs. A team that is trying to find it’s footing, and if you saw the game, struggling with it. This Browns D is not. Despite the losing season the Browns have had, their defense has always been consistent, and it will be much harder for the Tennessee savior.
Darren Sproles RB– This is more of a gut feeling than anything, but let’s look at the facts. It’s a crowded backfield, and they have their biggest free agent acquisition going against his former team. Now, you can listen to all of the media coverage and interviews you want, and you’ll hear the Head Coach and player say that it doesn’t matter, or we have a game plan, but the fact will always remain that there is a lot of pride in the NFL, and Murray is going to want to stick it to Big D.
Alfred Morris RB– Not sure what happened in Miami, but they are a much better defense than what they showed Washington last week. That being said, the Rams have a great defense, and showed it last week. They held Seattle to 2.9 YPC. And in goal line/short yardage situations, Gruden is going to give the rock to Matt Jones.
Bishop Sankey RB– Sankey is splitting carries with Terrence West. As the season goes on, and West learns the Offense better, you will see a shift in the favor of West and Cobb, when he gets off IR. Also, he is playing a much tougher front seven in Cleveland than the stellar Bucs D he saw last week. I have him in the trade section as well.
James Jones WR– The Seattle D is pissed off right now, and they will be taking it out on the Packers in a great NFC match up. Until the last few minutes of the game, Chicago was in it. I’m going to repeat that sentence for dramatic effect. Chicago was in it. Now, yes, the Packers won, but if a team like Chicago, who is devoid of so much defensive talent, can hang with the Packers, than I fear for the Packer receivers in this game. Side note, if I am starting any packer receiver, Adams would be ideal in the flex.
Julian Edelman WR– Edelman had a good game against a young mediocre defense at home. That will not be the case 1PM against the Bills. The Bills defense more loaded than grandpa at Christmas time. Plus, the defensive mastermind, Rex Ryan, has always made it his personal mission to beat Bill. At best, if you’re in a very deep PPR league, he maybe worthy of a flex, but I would steer clear this week.
Brandon Coleman WR– Had a great debut only due to the fact the Cooks was unable to get open. I know what your thinking, Tampa Bay gave up 4 TDs in the first half. Duly noted. While I agree the Saints will have a field day with the Bucs, those TDs will not be going to Coleman. Furthermore, look at the history of the Saints. Outside of the number 1 guy, formerly Colston and now Cooks, it has always been a carousel of who is going to have a good day as WR.
Martellus Bennett TE– This is going to be a long day for the Bears. Arizona only gave up 19 yards to New Orleans. Yes, Watson is no Bennett, I don’t think Cutler will have the time to get the ball to his dynamic TE.
Week 2 Tradeskis
This is where I suspect most people are going to get mad at me. Please keep in mind, I am undefeated in 1,136 counties in the continental United States.
Andre Johson WR, Frank Gore RB, Peyton Manning QB, Vernon Davis TE– I have lumped all of these players together as it would be the same description for all of them. They all have a more valuable name than they will fantasy production. Every fantasy league has between 1 and 3 rubes that will trade a good player for one listed here. The thing is they may have a big game from time to time, but that is a pretty high gamble when you can capitalize on them before they show that father time has got them by the throat.
Bishop Sankey RB– Thank your lucky stars that they played Tampa first. This has given him some Week 1 value that you need to capitalize on before it’s too late. The Titans have NO interest in Sankey. They drafted his replacement, and then brought in West while his replacement is on IR. The writing is on the wall for this one; you need to read it.
Danny Woodhead RB– Danny Woodhead had a great week 1. But, unless the Chargers are consistently down 3 scores his playing time will be limited. This team wants Gordon to be their work horse. If you are lacking a top WR, Woodhead has some great value right now.
AJ Green WR– Darnz, put the funny juice down. Hear me out. AJ Green was the only offensive weapon that CIN had for a while. That is no longer the case. Hill is a beast, Bernard is an amazing change of pace, Sanu has proven to be valuable, and now we are finally seeing the emergence of Tyler Eifert. Yes, AJ Green will have good games, but not like before. Sell high!
Trade to Get
Tevin Coleman RB– This is the player to get. Had a good debut, but dripping with potential. Splitting carries with Freeman aside, this is someone you want to go after, and the price is only going up.
Ameer Abdullah RB– It looks like he is going to live up to the preseason hype. Abdullah is as explosive as it comes. This is who you want to target with the Frank Gore type trade.
Donte Moncrief WR– Whether TY is healthy or not, we have not scratched the surface on what Moncrief can do. He is a flex starter in all leagues.
Week 2 Secret Stash Em
Marqise Lee WR– Lee should be ready to go Week 2. However, it is a tough match up. I want to see how that hamstring is before I start him, but he is well worth a stash. Remember, this is an extremely gifted receiver, and when Thomas is healthy, will really stretch the field.
Darren Fells TE– Eifert, Gronk, and Kelce stole the headlines, but Fells came up with a pretty nice game. Keep an eye out on this kid.
Christine Michael RB– Again, not saying start, but someone has to emerge from that crowded Dallas backfield.
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