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Fantasy Football: Lineups and Matchups Week 2

Its time to get those lineups set (outside of pending medical questions). Last week I preached at you about "play your draft", and I will reinforce that again this week. Its a long season, and to throw away a player for someone who had a great week is silly...but if you read the Tuesday article about Waiver pick ups, you'd know enough to go stock some of them on your bench, just in case.....


First up, some quick injury updates. I use Stephania Bell from ESPN, not because I love ESPN, but because she is timely, accurate, and usually right about injuries. If you have other sources, flaunt away.

Sam Bradford is practicing and feeling "10 times better" already. He will play. Arian Foster is on track to play this week, after back to back near-full practices taking "full starter reps". Steven Jackson won't play. He is doubtful/not ruled out, but his coach doubts he will play, he hasn't practiced, he is probably down for at least a week...Cadillac Williams anyone? Hakeem Nicks is more likely than not going to play, because the MRI indicates no real trauma, just some swelling and a bone bruise...But if his knee is swollen too bad, he may miss, and its hard to "bet" on a Monday night player. I'd start him this week, but not everyone likes to take those risks. Add Mario Manningham or Domenik Hixon if you are real concerned, so you can swap out a starter for him last minute. Knowshon Moreno and Brandon Lloyd may BOTH miss the next game. Both had MRIs, and neither practiced since...check back on them Sunday early and often. Calvin Johnson I would bet on, and I think Dez Bryant plays too, but I am concerned he is hurt/limited again already. All that talent, but I am a doubter. Marques Colston is out, Lance Moore is probably going to be back. Marion Barber and Roy Williams both missed Thurs. practice and neither is a safe bet this week....and Sidney Rice is probably still out.

QBs to start in week 2: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, (Spiteful, sure, but it felt good), Michael Vick, Drew Brees (yes, I know), Phillip Rivers, Matthew Stafford, Matt Schaub, Jay Cutler,Joe Flacco, Rex Grossman (yeah I said it!), Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tony Romo.

RBs: Ray Rice, Matt Forte, Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster*, Darren McFadden, Michael Turner, Frank Gore, Maurice Jones-Drew, LeSean McCoy, Cedric Benson, Ahmad Bradshaw, Peyton Hillis, Jamaal Charles, Rashard Mendenhall, Fred Jackson, DeAngelo Williams, Beanie Wells, Cadillac Williams, Tim Hightower, Felix Jones, Jahvid Best, Reggie Bush, Joseph Addai, Shonn Greene....

WRs: Andre Johnson, Roddy White, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Greg Jennings, Miles Austin, Reggie Wayne, Steve Smith, Vincent Jackson, Mike Wallace, DeSean Jackson, Mike Williams (TB), Anquan Boldin, Dwayne Bowe (rebound), Santana Moss, Wes Welker, Brandon Marshall (All year), Robert Meachem, Steve Johnson, Johnny Knox, Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Nate Burleson, Santonio Holmes, Hakeem Nicks, Davone Bess

TEs: Antonio Gates, Jermichael Finley, Jason Witten, Vernon Davis, Jimmy Graham (we do give up the TE stuff, regularly), Jermaine Gresham, Scott Chandler, Fred Davis, Ed Dickson, Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski, Brandon Pettigrew...

D/ST: Ravens, Packers, Bears (forget the matchup.), Steelers (rebound), Jets, Texans, Lions, Cowboys, Giants, Redskins (this week), Eagles, Bills


If the above isn't enough info (I went about 2-3 deep at WR & RB, and 1 deep at QB, TE, D/ST), start tossing questions in down below, including all of my absolute favorite "This guy or that guy" questions, complete with relevant scoring system info (PPR league, Standard, etc). If you have any lineup questions, suggestions, fears, or other comments, hit us up below, I'd love to hear them.