Week 2 Lineup calls: Kicker's top starts, sleepers and flops
Kickoffs for Week 2 can’t come soon enough for me.
We got our first real action of 2010 last week, and probably emerged from the games with more questions than answers. Some of the bandwagons got a little lighter, as fans and fantasy owners are fleeing the floats built in honor of the Cowboys, Bengals and Jets. Some fans are quietly working under cover of darkness down in Tennessee after watching Vince Young’s debut.
It’s a long, winding road to a fantasy championship. Along the way, many matchups will be decided by draft-day afterthoughts and waiver wire pickups at the kicker position. Tell me you haven’t lost a playoff matchup because of a botched field goal (or maybe Garrett Hartley got you in Week 1?). It stings, doesn’t it?
Let’s break down the slate for Week 2 in this latest installment of “Lineup Calls.”
Top 5 Kickers
Sebastian Janikowski vs. St. Louis
I don’t have a ton of faith in the Oakland offense overall, but Jason Campbell should be able to check down and complete short passes against this St. Louis squad. Janikowski converted 2-of-3 attempts in Week 1 (he missed a 50-plus field goal) with one PAT. I’m anticipating another hat trick of attempts this week.
Ryan Succop at Cleveland
Succop didn’t see much action on the sloppy track against the Chargers in Week 1. I anticipate a more complete and consistent effort from the Kansas City offense this week against the Browns. Shaun Rogers is ailing up front, and that portends to big production out of the backfield.
Jeff Reed at Tennessee
The Titans dominated the Raiders, to the shock of no one. I expect a better effort out of the Steelers with Rashard Mendenhall working tirelessly in the backfield, and Dennis Dixon operating in the short passing game. With that said, I’m not expecting a ton of scoring in this one. I’m anticipating a lot of time spent between the 30s.
Dan Carpenter at Minnesota
The Vikings are still smarting after getting man-handled by the Saints in the second half of the opener. I anticipate a better effort from the Minnesota defensive front in this one, and limiting Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams causes issues for Chad Henne. If the running back duo has any success, then Carpenter gets on the radar. If not, he’ll have one of the best seats in the house.