Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Quarterbacks

Matt Cassel, Chiefs - Playing from behind thanks to a generous defense, Cassel has turned in top-five fantasy numbers through two weeks. The Chiefs passing game is worthy of spot-start status against a struggling Saints defense that has allowed big games to Robert Griffin III and Cam Newton the first two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Alex Smith, 49ers - Smith isn’t going to flirt with 300-yard games on a regular basis in the 49ers’ conservative offense, but he’s playing well enough to be rostered in more than 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Second only to Matt Ryan in passer rating, Smith has a fine matchup versus the Vikings in Week 3.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Sam Bradford, Rams - Bradford lost his left tackle for the second game in a row, but turned in one of the best quarterback performances of Week 2. Through two weeks, he’s third in the NFL in both passer rating and completion percentage while standing just inside the top-10 in fantasy points. The offensive line remains a red-flag concern heading into a forbidding Week 3 game in Chicago.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Christian Ponder, Vikings - Guess which quarterback is leading the NFL in completion percentage through two weeks. It’s Ponder at an impressive 75.8 percent thanks in large part to excellent play after halftime of both games. Ponder is also fifth in yards per attempt and sixth in passer rating. The next step is to gain consistency behind a still iffy offensive line. Ponder is a solid QB2 heading into a tough matchup with the 49ers.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Jake Locker, Titans - The Titans have morphed into a one-dimensional offense, but there should be brighter days ahead for Locker. Difference-making wide receiver Kenny Britt should be ready to reclaim his starting job in time for a fantasy-friendly stretch that includes matchups versus the Lions, Vikings, Bills and Colts.

Recommendation: Worth a look in 12-team leagues.

Hold Off: Brandon Weeden

I think Weeden’s Week 2 performance says more about the state of the Bengals’ secondary than his own fantasy potential. I need to see the rookie do it again before I invest a roster spot. … Tannehill is a better NFL prospect, but he has a tough matchup with the Jets this week.

Cut Bait: Mark Sanchez, Russell Wilson

Week 1 was an illusion for Sanchez and the Jets passing game. He can’t be trusted on a week-to-week basis. … Wilson is playing fine, but the Seahawks remain a run-first offense.

Team Defense

Dolphins - It’s not a great matchups week for streaming defenses. The Dolphins are hosting a Jets offense that couldn’t protect the quarterback, run the ball or make plays in the passing game in Week 2.

Bills - I need to see Brandon Weeden repeat his Week 2 performance against a defense tougher than Cincinnati’s. It’s become obvious early in the season that the Bengals’ secondary is one of the most porous in the NFL.



Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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