Arian Foster, Santonio Holmes and Johnny Knox: Who You Should and Should Not Play
We break down three key fantasy football players or week 2
By: Athlon Sports | 9/18/11, 11:02 AM EDT
Here we are in week 2 of the NFL season and fantasy football players are already faced with three difficult questions. Here's what you should do with three of them.
Arian Foster: Don't Play
Yes, he's going to give it a go, but at what point is he worth being in your lineup. Is a 75% Arian Foster worth more or less than the third running back in your lineup? WIth Ben Tate proving he can be a more than capable replacement, the Texans are going to be more cautious than crazy with Foster, so I would sit him. I know he's targeted for 20 touches against the Dolphins, but I'd rather see it before I believe it. And the Dolphins (despite what Tom Brady did to them on Monday night) have a pretty stout run defense. Chances are, you have someone in the Benjarvis Green-Ellis, Mark Ingram and Reggie Bush tier. Those are a better play than Foster this week.
Johnny Knox: Play
I love Johnny Knox this week. The Saints gave up a ton of yards to the Packers and Jay Cutler could have a similar field day. With Roy Williams nicked up and listed as questionable, this could be Knox's game to breakout and recapture the starting role in the second week of the season. Play him if you got him. And if he's available on your waiver wire, pick him up immediately. The Bears offense looks much different than it did last year, and they could actually look like the Greatest Show On (Terrible) Turf--since Soldier Field's sod is like a swamp.
Santonio Holmes: Don't Play
Holmes is going to "give it a try" and play on his injured knee and quadricep. I don't like how that sounds. What happens if he gives it a try, it doesn't work and now you're left with an essentially empty spot on your roster. I hate these types of gamble, so go with the sure thing you have on your bench (as if anything can be a sure thing in fantasy football.) The Jets should also be up handily on the pitiful Jaguars so they may turn to a run-heavy offense in the second half. Do you really think Holmes (who I think will have a great year) will do much with just a first half? Go bench here.
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