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Tiering your players on a weekly basis not only is a good way to determine whom to draft in fantasy football, but also is great way to break ties for tough lineup decisions each week. Should you start
So a week into the season and the "Big Three" quarterbacks are now unquestionably Romo, Roethlisberger and Brees. This fantasy football thing sure is a fickle game isn't it? ... Hey look at that, Rodgers has already surpassed Favre in the echelon of NFL QBs, after throwing for a touchdown (he had a long one to
Those three touchdowns last week? That was Parker giving fantasy owners the proverbial middle finger for writing him off so easily ... Grant showed no ill effects from his holdout/hamstring injury, and now he faces the same Lions defense that was absolutely abused by Turner last week. By the way, Turner sends the same sentiments as Parker ... Bush is a receiver posing as a running back, stuck in a defensive back's body. And he's a must start no matter what the matchup is ... Well, it certainly didn't take Chris Johnson long to match the preseason hype did it? He rushed for 93 yards and added another 34 yards and a touchdown through the air. The Bengals defense will have fits chasing him around all day long ... I'm not as high on the other rookie runners this week. McFadden is still dealing with the Fargas issue, and Smith has a tough matchup against the excellent Green Bay defense. As for Forte, I want to see him succeed against a legitimate defensive front four -- the Colts have some serious issues stopping the run -- before I'll trust him as a must-start player (Carolina will be a good litmus test). Oh, and lest I forget, I like Felix Jones and Mendenhall to score this week, but don't count on them for much yardage ... With Hightower stealing James' goal line carries, Edge is going to have to break some semi-long runs to get his touchdowns. That doesn't bode well for a guy who hasn't a broken one for more than 27 yards since midway through the 2005 season ... I feel sorry for all the Maroney owners out there (yeah, I'm one of them). The talent and the opportunity is there for fantasy stardom, but unfortunately so is Morris. For what it's worth, I'm sticking with Maroney over Morris this week against the Jets, although I don't feel especially confident about it ... I already mentioned the offensive line woes for the Jaguars, but I'll reference it again, just in case you were thinking about starting Jones-Drew or Fred Taylor against a Bills defense that held the Seahawks to just 85 yards on the ground last week ... Addai is becoming increasingly fragile (he left the game against the Bears with a head injury), and a matchup against the stout Minnesota defense, with a makeshift offensive line blocking in front of him, will be a scary endeavor for Addai owners ... One final thought on the backs, I know that Young scored in the opener, but so did Pittman. Twice. And Hall got the majority of the carries. There's production to be had in Denver, but good luck figuring out who will deliver it.
The impact of Brady's injury is being felt across the fantasy landscape, and not just by Brady owners. All the Patriots now see their fantasy roles altered (I actually heard a guy at the bar, upon hearing of Brady's injury, say with a completely straight face, "that's really going to affect my
Gonzalez owners should be happy that Damon Huard is back under center for the Chiefs. Gonzalez caught five touchdowns all of last year, and four of them came from the arm of Huard ... Here's a fun little stat for you: Cooley had two or fewer receptions on four occasions last year (he had one in this year's opener), and he scored a touchdown in the following game each time ... After JaMarcus Russell gets a look at the tape of all the drops and boneheadedness from his receivers during this past week's game, he's going to pay extra special attention to Miller against Kansas City. Miller would have had a touchdown against the Broncos if it weren't for a bogus non-holding call in the end zone ...