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Twenty Sneaky Plays for Week Two

 

If you’re like most fantasy players out there, you’re going to be spending lots of time this week looking at all sorts of rankings and projections out there in an effort to make an educated decision on your lineup for week two.

Most novice fantasy players are focusing too much of their time and effort on projecting the numbers they expect from their stars.

Simply put, it’s a huge mistake.

Face it, most sites are going to have some type of a top ten, fifteen, or twenty list and focus too much of the spotlight on players like Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, and Maurice Jones-Drew.

If you’re reading this, you know focusing too much time on that information is completely useless. The real decisions have nothing to do with your star players. They have everything to do with your flex players, No. 3 or No. 4 options.

We define the “sneaky matchup player” as a second or third tier player on your team who you’re likely debating against someone else or not considering at all. These players won’t be found in the top 10 for weekly projections or rankings, but have some potential for the week based on a variety of factors.

This column will give you some names to consider adding to your superstars in your lineup. After all, these players tend to make or break a few critical weeks every single year. 

Some of these players will be successful and others will fail. It’s inevitable. In fact, here’s how we did last week withour Twenty Sneaky Plays for Week One.

Five we hit on:

1. Tim Hightower, RB, ARI: 94 total yards, one touchdown
2. Santana Moss, WR, WAS: Six catches, 77 yards
3. Mike Williams, WR, TB: Five catches, 30 yards, and one incredible TD
4. Carson Palmer, QB, CIN: 345 yards, two touchdowns, one interception
5. Josh Freeman, QB, TB: 182 yards, two TDs, one INT, 34 rush yards

Five we missed on:

1. Jerome Harrison, RB, CLE: Nine carries, 52 yards
2. Sammie Stroughter, WR, TB: Two catches, 32 yards
3. Jacoby Jones, WR, HOU: Two catches, 29 yards
4. Louis Murphy, WR, OAK: Four catches, 28 yards
5. Marion Barber, RB, DAL: Eight carries, 39 yards

Without further hesitation, here are this week’s sneaky plays:

1. Michael Vick @ DET

If Kolb sits out as expected, Michael Vick will get the opportunity he’s longed for the past few years. The Lions aren’t as hapless as some tend to think, but Vick’s athleticism and renewed sense of focus and urgency make him a viable option this week. He showed us last week that he still has some of that vintage magic.

2. Brandon Jackson vs. BUF

Jackson is the hottest waiver pick in America this week after the Packers lost starter Ryan Grant for the rest of the season. Don’t be afraid to start him in a good matchup against Buffalo.

3. Peyton Hillis vs. KC

It was Hillis, not Jerome Harrison, who started for the Browns last week. The Chiefs did a nice job containing Ryan Mathews last week, but the Browns look to be very comfortable using Hillis out of the backfield. He could easily vulture a touchdown this week.

4. Seneca Wallace vs. KC

Two Browns on the list? You bet.

If Jake Delhomme sits this week, Wallace will draw the start. While he’s nowhere near a top option, Wallace has the athletic ability to put up good numbers in any league that starts two quarterbacks.

5. Donovan McNabb vs. HOU

The Redskins offense couldn’t get much going last week against Dallas, but give the Cowboys front seven some credit. McNabb reloads this week against a defense that allowed Peyton Manning to throw for 419 yards last week. Yes, much of that was in garbage time with the Colts trying to catch up, but the Texans secondary still has some growing to do.

6. Fred Taylor @ NYJ

Most would just pass by Taylor this week after seeing the Jets on the schedule. I wouldn’t say it’s that easy. While it’s not likely that Taylor could put up more than 10 points, he’s a great play for a team who just needs a safe bet for 6-8 from their last flex spot. Sometimes a nice, safe play is all you need.

7. Reggie Bush @ SF

Pierre Thomas dominated the touches last week for New Orleans, but wouldn’t it just seem fitting to see the Heisman-less Reggie Bush break one in his return to California?

8. Jacoby Jones @ WAS

Jones is going to stay on this list until he breaks through. Maybe it’s this week. Maybe it’s next. Maybe it’s 2011. Regardless, I believe he’s primed to break out.

9. Dwayne Bowe @ CLE

His first game featured one catch for 13 yards. Ouch. Keep in mind it was a very soggy night in Kansas City and the Browns tend to give up some big plays.

10. Eddie Royal vs SEA

He’s back!  Eight catches for 98 yards last week puts Royal back on the fantasy radar. His owners have to be praying this is a sign of things to come.

11. Mike Williams (SEA) @ DEN

The other Mike Williams scored last week. If you weren’t watching, you’d miss the fact this one came one foot away from doing the same. He’s locked in as a top flight option for the surprising Seahawks.

12. Austin Collie vs. NYG

Take out his 73-yard touchdown reception from last week and he STILL had ten catches for 90 yards. He’s taken Anthony Gonzalez completely out of the equation.

13. Mark Clayton @ OAK

We knew he was a hot pickup, but nobody could have expected him to catch ten passes for 119 yards last week. Sam Bradford won’t be throwing the ball 50 times again anytime soon, but Clayton has earned some consideration.

14. Mike Thomas @ SD

We at DLF know Thomas very well since we’re based in the middle of PAC-10 country. It really looks like he’s doing everything possible to prove he’s more than a slot receiver. His six catches for 89 yards last week certainly helped that cause.

15. Davone Bess @ MIN

Many thought Bess would be an afterthought in the Miami offense after the acquisition of Brandon Marshall. He was targeted ten times last week, proving that theory to be false. Expect Miami to pass a lot against a Vikings team that stifles running games in a hurry.

16. Malcom Floyd vs. JAX

Floyd didn’t make anybody forget about Vincent Jackson last week as he posted a very pedestrian 48 yards on three catches. Don’t let that line fool you, though. He’ll get his chances.

17. Jordan Shipley vs. BAL

Shipley’s line from last week (5 catches for 82 yards) is a little misleading after he caught a 51-yard hail mary at the end of the first half. What is telling is the fact he played on more than 80% of the snaps. While the Bengals had to throw a ton in an attempt to get back in the game, it’s obvious Shipley is going to be used a lot this season.

18. John Carlson @ DEN

I still believe.

19. Tony Scheffler vs. PHI

Shaun Hill isn’t nearly as talented as Matt Stafford and will likely look at a lot of short and intermediate options this week. Meet Tony Scheffler.

20. Cadillac Williams @ CAR

Caddy’s 22 carries last week tied him for fourth most in the league. The Bucs have promised to ease his workload, but they really don’t have many options offensively right now.

Ken Kelly

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Ken is a corporate trainer by day an a tireless editor of dynasty content by night. His passion for the World Champion Seattle Seahawks is second only to his love of fantasy football and the dynasty format.

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. DGreen

    September 17, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Don’t sell yourself short..you hit on Gaffney last week as well. (even with eddie royal catching everything)

    This could be a moronic question but what I be completely insane if I sat Tom Brady for Joe Flacco this week?

    Love the site.

  2. Ken Kelly

    September 17, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Crazy? No, I don’t think so.

    To me, this is one of those questions that’s more complex than easy because it goes beyond one position…let me explain.

    If I’m playing a team I think I have the advantage against at the other positions, I stick with Brady. The Jets defense is great, but the Pats have much more than just Moss. He’s a safe play, but not someone likely to put up big numbers.

    If I think I need to go for broke and am a clear underdog, I make the case to start Flacco. He’s more likely to hit big numbers.

    Make sense?

  3. DGreen

    September 17, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Makes perfect sense. Along those same lines what do you think of Peyton Hills over Tim Hightower? Hightower isn’t getting any love from anyone. Thanks!

  4. dlfkenk

    September 17, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I’d take Hightower in that one. Wells is very questionable and will be eased back in regardless.

  5. MichaelM

    September 18, 2010 at 6:25 am

    Like the idea of this column and perspective.

    I think you miss completely on Seneca Wallace. The guy got cut from being a backup in SEA. Ugh.

    Love J Shipley and D Bowe this week.

    Just my humble opinion.

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  7. Dgreen

    September 18, 2010 at 11:34 am

    Thanks for the advice so far. I actually meant ricky williams or peyton hillis in week 2?
    Neither really stand out but I’m leaning towards Hillis due to the match up.

    Thanks!

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