Wil's On Fire or Iced NFL Fantasy Picks (Week 2)
So today, I’ve decided to start up a segment for all my football fans called “On Fire/Ice”. It's simple: I’m going to pick which players I think will be on fire this week, and let you know who you should keep on ice. I’m basing this on a lot of things, but ultimately, these are my opinions on who you should and shouldn’t roll with in case you’re having a hard time picking your fantasy starters.
On Fire: Drew Brees at New York Giants
Already coming off a high scoring game against the Raiders, I anticipate another shootout as Drew Brees is set to face Eli Manning and the Giants. The Saints have one of the worst defenses in the league, and Eli Manning can get the ball rolling. Look for Drew Brees to keep the Saints in a lot of games this season.
On Ice: Andrew Luck at Denver Broncos
Andrew Luck already dropped 35 points to begin the season, scoring 4 touchdowns against the Lions last week. There’s no doubt that Luck will have a bounce back season and may even finish top 5 among all fantasy QBs this year as he deserves to be. Here’s the thing: that Denver defense will not be denied! With one of the best groups of defensive backs, with Von Miller leading that defensive front, the Super Bowl MVP will look to wreak havoc and cause a lot of disruptions for Andrew Luck and his offense.
On Fire: Lamar Miller vs Kansas City Chiefs
In his debut as a Texan, Miller finished with a total of 117 yards from the backfield. He’s finally seeing an opportunity in Houston and is the clear cowbell back. I’ve always been a fan of players that can get double-digit points without scoring a touchdown and I think Miller is due for one. Last week, the Chargers RBs finished with a total of 146 yards on the ground, 31 yards in the air and a total of 3 touchdowns, so I expect Miller to take advantage of the Chief’s RB friendly defense.
On Ice: Todd Gurley vs Seattle Seahawks
HBO’s Hard Knocks made us believe that things were all good in L.A. We all grew an attachment to all their players, especially the franchise player Todd Gurley. It is undeniable that the young man is talented, but until the Rams address their QB issues, it’s going to be very hard for Gurley to get it going. This week the rams will be facing a stellar Seahawks defense, and I can’t see Gurley and the rams doing much better against their divisional rival and the Legion of Boom. Keep Gurley on ice.
On Fire: Brandin Cooks/ Willie Snead at New York Giants
As I said before, there will be a shootout in New York! Last week in a high scoring game against the Raiders, this WR duo both finished with over 140 yards and at least one touchdown. Think about it: that’s at least 280 yards between two receivers on the same team! 315 to be exact. Look for Drew Brees to hook up with his receivers who are both very talented and get targeted a bunch of times.
On Ice: Travis Benjamin vs Jacksonville Jaguars
After the fall of Keenan Allen, Benjamin is now the favorite to take his place as the WR1 in San Diego. I do believe that the talent is there, but I feel like the chemistry might not be there just yet. If you remember correctly, Allen went down in the 2nd quarter. That means a whole half full of opportunity for Travis, and he couldn’t capitalize, finishing with only 32 yards on 7 receptions. Benjamin has high upside, but until he proves he can capitalize with his opportunities and be consistent, I’d keep him on ice.
On Fire: Gary Barnidge vs Baltimore Ravens
Last week, Barnidge put up a big 0 on the stat sheet. So why is he on my on fire list you ask? The answer is Josh McCown. Last season Barnidge had a breakout season, finishing 2nd among all tight ends in fantasy points. He grew to be McCown’s favorite target, so I expect them to pick up where they left off last season.
On Ice: Jack Doyle at Denver Broncos
Doyle is the week one leader in points among tight ends, snatching 3 receptions, two of them being touch downs. I’m not trying to say it’s a fluke, but it could be. Even if he does get the snaps, it’s hard to get 2 touchdowns every week when you’re seeing limited targets. Stick with Dwayne Allen and keep Jack Doyle on ice.