Sports betting and fantasy football go hand in hand at times, meaning it’s wise to exercise caution and not let one week of regular season action drastically sway our opinions of certain players. But in the case of a guy like Robert Griffin III, we really don’t need more time to form an opinion. That kid can flat out play.
Start ‘em up
Robert Griffin III QB, Redskins (at St. Louis): How great does that swap the Redskins made with the Rams for the second-overall pick in April’s draft look now? Griffin was marvelous in his debut at New Orleans (362 total yards, two touchdowns) and looked every bit the part of a seasoned NFL vet in a very tough road environment. You can’t afford to leave this guy on your bench.
C.J. Spiller RB, Bills (vs. Kansas City): The lone bright spot in Buffalo’s humiliating 48-28 loss at New York against the Jets, Spiller rolled up 194 total yards and a score after starter Fred Jackson went down with a knee injury. Look for the former top-ten draft pick to handle a big workload vs. Kansas City on Sunday.
Antonio Brown WR, Steelers (vs. NY Jets): Brown led the way for Pittsburgh with four receptions on eight targets for a team-high 74 yards Sunday night at Denver and should find some breathing room in Week 2 if Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis spends his afternoon covering Mike Wallace.
Vincent Jackson WR, Bucs (at NY Giants): Don’t let the high-priced free agent’s lackluster Week 1 performance (4-47-0) fool you. Jackson gets a crack at a broken down Giants secondary in Week 2 that surrendered 307 passing yards to Tony Romo and the Cowboys last Wednesday night. V-Jax has only faced the Giants once on the road during his eight-year career, but those 60 minutes resulted in 58 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
Sit ‘em down
Tony Romo QB, Cowboys (at Seattle): Romo was rock solid at New York against the Giants in the season-opener, but exercise some caution with the Dallas quarterback this week. Seattle is surrendering an average of just 19.3 points per game at home over the last three years and gave up the sixth-fewest amount of fantasy points (16.2 pts/gm) to opposing signal-callers last season.
Kevin Smith RB, Lions (at San Francisco): Smith rolled up 91 total yards and two touchdowns on just 17 touches Sunday against St. Louis, but has to travel to San Francisco in Week 2 to face one of the nastiest defenses in the NFL. Take note that no team surrendered fewer fantasy points to opposing running backs in 2011 than the 49ers.
All Browns wide receivers (at Cincinnati): Rookie QB Brandon Weeden threw four interceptions, completed just 34.3% of his passes and averaged a paltry 3.4 yards per passing attempt in his debut against the Philadelphia Eagles. Until this offense gets its act together (which could take a while), you have to stay away from all of these guys.
Joe Fortenbaugh, worked as an NFL Agent from 2003-2006 at JB Sports, Inc. Follow Joe on Twitter @joefortenbaugh, and check out his website at NationalFootballPost.com. You can reach him at Joe[email protected]