Bruinskins I are 0-1, which is really disappointing considering the lousy production my opponent got from starters like Jamal Lewis, Deion Branch, and Limas Sweed (of all people). The SOB had Tom Brady, which cures a multitude of ills, while I suffered through Jay Cutler's Lambeau disaster. This week my new opponent and I look to be pretty evenly matched. I'm pretty sure I'm going to start Flacco over Cutler at QB, for the reasons discussed here. I'm going to start Forte and Portis in hopes that they do better at RB this week than they did last week, but, as you'll see in a moment, I don't have any viable options there anyway. Roddy White and Chad Ochocinco give me strong anchors at WR. I'm going to leave Knowshon Moreno (RB) and Kevin Walter (WR) on the bench one more week to see how their injury status evolves. Accordingly, Torry Holt becomes my WR3 by default. The only real question this week thus is whether to start Kellen Winslow or Brent Celek at TE. If I was certain that McNabb would start and play well, I might go with Celek, who I think is going to have a breakout year (assuming a healthy McNabb). Given the uncertainty about Philadelphia's QB situation, however, I think I'll go with Winslow for at least one more week, especially since his opponent this week, the Buffalo Bills, gave up six catches for 77 yards and two touchdowns to Patriots TE Benjamin Watson in Week 1. I'll be watching Forte and Portis closely. If this team is going to be successful this year, I'm going to need them to be consistently productive. I picked up the Falcons DST to take advantage of their matchup with the Panthers this week. The Falcons DST got 4 turnovers against the Dolphins last week, while Jake Delhomme has 11 turnovers in his last two games that counted. If either holds to form, I could pick up a ton of defensive points this week. If both hold to recent form, my DST could be the difference maker. I kept the Chargers and will do DST by committee for a while to take advantage of the matchups.
Bruinskins II are 1-0 thanks mainly to Adrian Peterson's huge game. This week's opponent brings Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook, and Randy Moss to the table, so AP's going to need help. I need Derrick Ward to get into the end zone at least once. The question of the week is which two of the following do I start at WR and the flex position: Darren Sproles, Percy Harvin, or DeSean Jackson. (I wish I had these guys in my Yahoo leagues, where I get points for return yards and TDs on offense.) I'm inclined to go Harvin at WR and Sproles at flex. I think Favre is falling in love with Harvin. Press reports indicate LT isn't going to play this week, which means Sproles should get a lot of touches. Meanwhile, Philly's QB situation counts against Jackson. This is another league where I picked up the Falcons. I kept the Redskins and will do DST by committee for a while to take advantage of the matchups.
Cowboys Drool are 1-0 thanks in large part to Tim Hightower's career day as a receiver. Thank goodness this is a PPR league. I'm inclined to leave RBs Ricky Williams, Lendale White, and Donald Brown on the bench, while starting Hightower and Ronnie Brown. WR is easy: Larry Fitzgerald and Marques Colston are every week starters. Chris Cooley starts at TE. He's clearly got a rapport with Jason Campbell and should have a big game against the woeful Rams, who gave up 95 yards and two touchdowns to Seahawks TE John Carlson in Week 1. Peyton Manning starts at QB. Duh. The only real question is the flex position, which in this league is a WR/RB/TE option. My choices are Devin Hester, Josh Morgan, and Brent Celek (plus the aforementioned RBs). I don't like any of them. Celek's downside is the Eagles QB situation. Morgan didn't impress last week and faces a surprisingly stout Seattle defense. Hester is burdened with Cutler and facing the still potent Pittsburgh defense. Even so, I'm going with Hester (I think), mainly because this league awards points for return yards and TDs to offensive players. The prospect of Hester busting a couple of big punt returns gives him a boost.
And now we come to Steve's Skins in the ProfessorBainbridge.com league. I am tied for fourth in this points championship league with last year's arch-nemesis Jonathan Adler. We're a whopping 41 points behind DC Justice, whose roster was led by huge performances by AP, Greg Jennings, and Donavan McNabb. We must gird our loins and pull up our socks. I'm set with Aaron Rodgers at QB, Reggie Wayne at WR, Steve Slaton and Ryan Grant at RB, and Owen Daniels at TE. The question marks are at WR2 and the flex WR/RB position. I need to select two out of the following 4: Hester, Julius Jones, Eddie Royal, and Earl Bennett. Actually, as I see it, it's really Hester versus Bennett for the WR slot, both of whom outscored Royal last week, and Jones versus Royal for the flex slot. I don't like either of the former this week because they'll be reliant on Cutler lighting up the Steelers defense, which isn't going to happen (I hope). Cutler favored his former Vanderbilt teammate last week, but this league gives offensive players points for return yards and TDs, which argues for Hester at WR. Jones did so well last week, while Royal did so badly that I think I have to go with the former at the flex. Granted, the Browns suck and the 49ers defense is better than expected, which argues for going the other way, but I don't trust Kyle Orton yet. This is the third league in which I picked up the Falcons DST hoping Delhomme gives it up three or four or six times. As with the others, I kept my original DST (Jets) to play the matchups.