It was a disappointing first week on Start ’em Up, but we’ve learned some lessons, and now we try to get it right for week two, so away we go:

QB- Nick Foles, St. Louis at Washington (Fanduel Price- $6500/Draftkings- $5500)

The Washington defense did a good job of holding Ryan Tannehill down last week, allowing only 226 yards, one touchdown and forcing a fumble, but Foles almost had 300 yards against a better defense, plus he scored a rushing touchdown. Even when fumbling twice he had a great fantasy output, so why wouldn’t one start him against what should be a weaker defense? At those prices, it’s a great punt play, so you can go spend on the expensive backs and receivers.

QB- Sam Bradford, Philadelphia vs. Dallas (Fanduel- $7500/Draftkings- $6900)

We’ll stick with the guys who were traded for each other, as Bradford looks legit at the helm of Chip Kelly’s offense. While the Cowboys defense looked better than expected against the Giants, if Randy Gregory’s out their front seven is going to have a hard time topping what the Falcons did against the Eagles, when Bradford had 336 passing yards and looked like a top 15 quarterback (until his second interception went through Jordan Matthews hands). He’ll always be an injury risk (even though he took some hard hits in the first half and kept getting up), but in Philadelphia, expect a big day out of the reborn Bradford.

RB- Carlos Hyde, San Francisco at Pittsburgh (FD- $7000/DK- $5100)

Hyde lit up the Vikings on Monday night for 168 yards and two touchdowns, and with Reggie Bush likely to miss Sunday with a sprained calf, he’s going to be featured even more. Against a Steelers’ defense that made Dion Lewis (who?) look like a Pro Bowler, expect another big game out of the second year back.

RB- Ameer Abdullah, Detroit at Minnesota (FD- $6400/DK- $4500)

Remember that team that give up the big game to Hyde? Yea….and now Abdullah and the Lions come to town. Abdullah’s a star in the making and it’s obvious Joique Bell’s hopes for having a big year as the starter are going straight down the drain. See those prices? Enjoy them while they last, because if he repeats what he did against San Diego (50 rushing yards and a score, 44 receiving yards and 105 return yards), those dollar amounts will sky-rocket come week three. Get him while you can.

WR- Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis vs. New York Jets (FD- $6000/DK- $4600)

In a lousy day for the Colts, Moncrief had Andrew Luck’s lone touchdown pass, WITH TY Hilton on the field. He is currently considered questionable for the Jets’ game with a bruised left knee, which is great news for owners of the second year wideout. Andre Johnson figures to head to Revis Island in the number one receiver role, which is already good news, and if Antonio Cromartie also misses the game with his injury, Moncrief could be in line for a 100 yard day with at least one score. Check Hilton and Cromartie’s status before game time, but at those prices, start him and use the extra cash to pair him with a stud like Julio Jones.

WR- Stevie Johnson, San Diego at Cincinnati (FD- $5700/DK- $4200)

I’m high on Johnson and last week he didn’t disappoint. The Bengals did destroy the Raiders but let’s be honest- their the RAIDERS, and Matt McGloin played the majority of the game, so they really didn’t prove anything last week. The toughest part of Johnson’s day is going to be avoiding cheap shots from Pacman Jones (who should have at least been fined for bashing Amari Cooper’s head into his own helmet after he knocked it off him). Expect at least 80 yards and another touchdown.

WR- James Jones, Green Bay vs. Seattle (FD- $5400/DK- $4700)

Everybody who thought Devante Adams was a lock for a big season had a rude awakening on Sunday when Aaron Rodgers looked to his old friend in his return to the Packers offense. While Jones was always behind Randall Cobb, Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson his first time with the team, he was still one of Rodgers favorite weapons in the end zone, highlighted by 14 touchdowns back in 2012. The chemistry is obviously there between them, while Adams still hasn’t gelled with him yet, and against a Seahawks secondary that looks to still be without Kam Chancellor, look for Jones to be the guy in the red zone yet again, while Cobb battles Richard Sherman for most of the game. Enjoy these cheap prices while you can.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE-

RB- Marcel Reese, Oakland vs. Baltimore (FD- $4800/DK- $3400)
WR- Brandon Coleman, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay (FD- $5000/DK- $3300)

Reese is a nice punt play this week, not due to anything Latavius Murray did, but due to the fact that Oakland figure to be down a ton again this week if David Carr doesn’t come back from his injury (and possibly if he does). Reese had two fourth quarter receiving touchdowns when the game was already decided, and that is probably the only advantage he has over Murray- he’s a better pass catcher, plus he has familiarity with McGloin. As for Coleman, it’s obvious the undrafted receiver from Rutgers is going to be a big part of how the Saints expect to replace Jimmy Graham, and while Brandin Cooks might still have the better season, Coleman caught Drew Brees’ only touchdown pass, meaning he will likely become the go-to receiver in scoring situations. Both players are ridiculously cheap on Draftkings and steals on Fanduel. If you’re looking for a punt play so you can spend big on Jamaal Charles, Matt Forte, or the aforementioned Julio Jones, these are the guys you’re playing. Good luck!!

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  1. Mike Aglialoro Mike Aglialoro says:

    2-7. Ouch

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