HOT/COLD List – Week 2

Here’s how the HOT/COLD List works: I list players in the form of a traditional fantasy lineup (QB, 2RBs, 2WRs, TE). Hopefully you can figure out that I like the HOT players and dislike the COLD players for the particular week. Yet just because Shane Vereen is HOT and Eddie Lacy is COLD, I don’t recommend starting Vereen over Lacy. Rather, I just think Vereen will outperform expectations (this week) while Lacy will underwhelm.

HOT

QB

Russell Wilson (@SD) – 20 fantasy points

On opening night last Thursday, the Seahawks offense (and team for that matter), looked like defending (and future) Super Bowl champions. Sure, a lot of that praise should get heaped on a ferocious defense, but let’s not lose track of the most important position on the field either. Russell Wilson dominates the game with his arm and legs, and against a Chargers defense that made Carson Palmer look like Brett Favre at times, Wilson should find great success.

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RB

Shane Vereen (@MIN) – 14 fantasy points

What we’ve seen from Vereen so far is the best case scenario for fantasy owners. The Cal product got the most snaps out of any running back AND was second on the team in receptions. Not only that, but the Pats’ trusted Shane enough to give him the ball down at the goal-line, and he rewarded their faith with a TD plunge. While it’s too early to completely trust a Patriots’ RB, Vereen is definitely the guy you want.

Terrance West (NO) – 13 fantasy points

See Waiver-Wire Pickups. He’s a top 20 running back for me this week, and maybe the next month.

WR

Percy Harvin (@SD) – 12 fantasy points

I’ll admit, I definitely shied away from Harvin during drafting season; I don’t own him on any of my four teams. The injury history just scares me too much to take a risk. Yet just from going off of what I saw on the field, Harvin looks like an absolute weapon in the Seattle offense. They get him the ball in so many different ways, and if he can just find the endzone periodically, Percy will be a fantasy monster.

Justin Hunter (DAL) – 12 fantasy points

Not only was Hunter the most targeted Titans receiver last week, but he also looked like a star in the making. The combination of size and speed makes him a deadly matchup for any opponent, and with the Cowboys coming to town, no one will be able to cover the second year pro. It’s a boom or bust proposition playing Hunter, but I’m predicting a big week against the worst defense in the league.

TE

Zach Ertz (IND) – 11 fantasy points

Yes, Ertz was on the HOT list last week two. We have our first repeat visitor to the club, and for good reason. Did you see what the Broncos’ TE, Julius Thomas, did to the Colts last week? Three first half touchdowns in a tantalizing display of talent. While I don’t think Ertz will explode quite that much, he’s definitely in line for a big game.

COLD

QB

Matt Ryan (@CIN) – 14 fantasy points

I know, I know, Ryan was probably the most impressive fantasy QB in week 1. Yet that was against an abysmal Saints secondary. This week, against an impressive Cincy defense, I expect the Falcons’ QB to struggle much more. While I don’t think he’ll put up a complete dud, I also don’t believe he’ll be terribly productive either. I don’t blame you for riding the hot hand, but you’ve been warned.

RB

Eddie Lacy (NYJ) – 5 fantasy points

It was a rough start to the season for Lacy on opening night. Not only did he struggle to gain quality yards on the ground, but he left late in the game with a concussion. While the injury has supposedly healed, going up against the Jets’ ferocious run defense is no remedy I want. I understand that you probably have to start Lacy this week given his draft status, but certainly wouldn’t feel good about it.

Zac Stacy (TB) – 6 fantasy points

The Rams’ offense is a mess. It all starts at the quarterback position where neither Shaun Hill nor Austin Davis were drafted in real life, let alone fantasy. This putrid play from the most important position on the field puts a heavy burden on Stacy because defenses know he’s their only weapon. Until the St Louis figures out their QB situation, Stacy is a risky start.

WR

Alshon Jeffery/Brandon Marshall (@SF) – 12 fantasy points combined

This COLD listing has more to do with health than anything else. Both receivers are questionable heading into tomorrow’s game, except the problem is that the game is Sunday Night. It’s a risky proposition starting these two talented players. Keep an eye on the injury report as the game draws near.

Victor Cruz (ARI) – 6 fantasy points

Let’s face it: the Giants’ offense looks terrible. Cruz couldn’t sniff a big play against the Lions weak secondary, so how am I supposed to feel good about him heading into a game matched up against Patrick Peterson?

TE

Kyle Rudolph (NE) – 3 fantasy points

While I like him overall for the course of the season, the Patriots are traditionally very good at stopping opposing TEs. If Rudolph can get into the endzone, then he suddenly becomes a very valuable commodity, yet I have trouble envisioning that scenario this week.

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