Eanie, Meanie, For Week 1 Don’t Start Beanie

Rule of thumb has been, if your fantasy players are going up against the pitiful Rams DST, they are a must-start. On paper, starting Beanie Wells against the porous Rams’ defense should be a no-brainer. However, I’m not starting him this week and I’m here to tell you not to start him either.

Wells has been dealing with a nagging knee injury, didn’t practice Wednesday, Thursday, or today and is listed as questionable for this Sunday. Given that they are playing the Rams, I see no reason why Whisenhunt would jeopardize further injury to Beanie. You should have better options on your team to start. In my PPR/Keeper league, I am starting Johnny Knox over Wells in the flex for a nice matchup versus Detroit.

Conversely, I like Tim Hightower as a near must-start and in PPR formats he is especially intriguing. Hightower is the #1 on ARI right now and will catch the ball some out of the backfield once the Cards take the lead and run with it. Bottom line, the Cardinals will beat St. Louis and Bradford in his first NFL start and need not risk their future star RB Beanie.  There will be plenty of great opportunities to start Wells. This isn’t one of them.

Since we’re playing the “Eanie Meanie” game with our players,

Here are some other great flex starts:

Jahvid Best-Don’t be scared to start him because he’s a rookie. He will be coming out, guns blazing in week 1 versus a Chicago DST that has a suspect run D.

Johnny Knox-I already mentioned him, but let me say it again: he’s playing the LIONS. Aromashodu also may be worth starting as there will be a whole lot of passing going on.

Pierre Garcon-I expect a high scoring game between Indy and Houston.  Reggie Wayne is a given for a great game, but I can see close to 100 yards and a TD in Garcon’s future as well.

Jacoby Jones-On the other side of that matchup, I like Jones to see some action in that high scoring, shoot’em-up between Indy and Houston. He will be #2 to Andre Johnson soon enough. Oh, and Jax ranked 27th in passing yards allowed at 235.9 a game last season.

Malcolm Floyd-Floyd will be doing his best Vincent Jackson impression for the foreseeable future. Start him with confidence  this week against KC.

Laurent Robinson-Bradford will have to throw to keep his team in this game and he will throw to Robinson who, incidentally, caught a career-high 7 passes for 114 yards and a TD against ARI when he was a Falcon.

Here are some players who are NOT good options and should be (stay) BENCHED:

LeSean McCoy-The Eagles face a tough week 1 matchup in the Packers who will test the young Philly defense.  If the Pack score early and often, the already pass-happy Coach Reid will not run the ball enough for Shady to be affective. When McCoy does get the carries he’ll be going against 2009’s leading rush defense in the Pack who only allowed 83.3 yards per game.

Michael Bush-I like Bush to have a real nice season…just not this week against Tennessee. Bush is still dinged up and the TENN defense is no joke.

Knowshon Moreno-He practiced this week, but he missed most of the offseason with a hamstring injury, which spells trouble. In addition he will be going up against the Jag’s who ranked 9th against the run last season.  I would sit him and see how he does in week 1 before starting him.

Justin Forsett-Forsett faces a tough challenge in the Niners in week 1.  Forsett rushed for a total of 44 yards on 10 carries in TWO (yes, I said TWO) games against San Fran’s 6th ranked run defense last season (Obviously, the same can be said for Leon Washington who looks to split the carries with Forsett).

T.J. Houshmandzadeh-Housh owners might be happy he landed with the Ravens, but the jury is out on what type of role he will play in that offense that already has Boldin and Mason. Oh, and he’s facing the J E T S.  Need I say more? (P.S.-I wouldn’t feel great about starting Boldin either, but do what you have to do).

Good luck to everyone in your week 1 action.  Just remember: Right now, we are ALL undefeated.

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