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NFL Week 2: "Ask the Docs" Replies

Friday, September 14, 2012

Welcome to another season of Football! For the most part, you should start your players like you drafted them. i.e. Start your studs. However, there are several players that are missing time due to injury or suspension. Other owners might be making some tough calls on second and third tier players. Thus, you know we had a lot of questions waiting for answers in Week 2. Let's get to it!

"Docs, I've got a match-up against a guy at work I would love to make shut-up about his team. I feel I've got my team ready, but I'm having trouble deciding who to start at my WR #2. I've got Pierre Garcon, Randy Moss, and Dwayne Bowe. What do you think?"
--Phil, Phoenix, AZ

Docs: Phil, we'd go with Bowe here. He has a great match-up against a Bills' secondary that wanted to make anyone who lined up at WR last week look like a Pro-Bowl WR. Bowe is the #1 WR in Kansas City, and we expect the Chiefs and Bowe to demonstrate that in week 2. Garcon and Moss are tempting options, but we need to see some more data on Moss before committing to him relative to Bowe. Same with Garcon, who had a big catch last week, but not as an attractive option as Bowe this week. Anything can happen on any given week, but we feel if this thing played out 100 times, starting Bowe would prove to be the best decision more times than not.

"Guys, thanks for the sleeper in C.J. Spiller. I had him on my bench last week. Do I pull the trigger and give him the start this week?"
--Tom, Atlanta, GA

Docs: Tom, yes and YES! Spiller has the starting job all to himself with Fred Jackson out, and you have to look no further than then end of last season to see how that turned out. Spiller was the #2 RB over the last 2 games of last season. Spiller was the 3rd best RB in the final 4 games of 2011. He is a dual run-catch weapon out of the backfield, and has the explosive first step to get separation and take it to the house any time he touches the ball. It'd be a mistake not having Spiller in there.

"What happened to Jay Cutler last night??"
--Mike, Colorado Springs, CO

Docs: Mike, the answer here is pretty simple: He was being Jay Cutler. Cutler can pop the big time fantasy game when conditions are right, but he has the mental stability of someone needing a straight jacket. The Packers rattled him on snap one with a sack, and it was all down hill from there as he mentally checked out. His confidence went out the door, he yelled at his teammates, and he forced the ball as only Cutler can when making bad decisions. It was ugly. For those Bears fans out there - WE FEEL YOUR PAIN!!!

"Kevin Smith was so good to me last week. I love the fact he is playing on Sunday Night Football. I don't like the fact he's facing the 49ers. Do I go ahead and roll with Smith or take a chance on Trent Richardson?"
--Greg, Manchester, TN

Docs: Greg, you've got top play the odds and go with Richardson. Richardson has been slow out of the gate returning from injury, but he's a better option than Smith. The 49ers have just been unstoppable against the run, and look no further to Cedric Benson in week 1 vs Cedric Benson in week 2 to see that 2012 doesn't look much different than 2011 on that front. Toss in the fact Smith has a reputation of being injury prone, and we don't like the idea of an injury prone back facing a brutal, punishing run defense. On the other hand you have Richardson, who is the feature runner for a team that will play in week 2 than week 1. As such, Richardson makes the smarter play here.

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