Sep 14, 2012
It’s only been one week in the 2012-13 season and already people are claiming that New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez has finally arrived. Can we all stop overreacting to everything this guy does? Sure Sanchez had three touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills but that doesn’t suddenly make him Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. Sanchez still has very real issues passing the ball, and those issues will be exploited this week against a Pittsburgh Steelers defense bent on revenge after getting dominated last week by the Denver Broncos.
However, Sanchez is just one of many big names on our Week 2 Fantasy Football Sit ‘Ems article. Take a look below to find out who else we recommend benching this week.
WIDE RECEIVERS - SIT ‘EM
Justin Blackmon (Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Houston
The Blaine Gabbert experiment seems to be going much better in season two than it ever did in season one. Adding wide receiver Justin Blackmon to the mix was a good move by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and while Blackmon will be good one day he is still a rookie. In last week’s loss to the Minnesota Vikings he caught just three passes for 24 yards and no touchdowns. Cecil Shorts was more productive than Blackmon. That is obviously not going to be the case going forward, but still don’t expect a dramatic improvement from Blackmon this week. The Houston Texans only gave up nine receptions to the Miami Dolphins last week.
Stephen Hill (New York Jets) @ Pittsburgh
Part of Sanchez’s terrific performance last week against the Bills was the play of rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill. Hill caught five passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns. If only he could play against the Bills every week. Sanchez and the Jets are expected to struggle much more against the Steelers this week, and that’s going to affect Hill. Also, part of the reason Hill did well last week is because the Bills did not pay much attention to him. Don’t expect the Steelers to grant Hill the same favor. Hill may end up being the receiver the Jets have needed for a while, he just won’t be that guy this week.
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Sidney Rice (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Dallas
It’s unfortunate that wide receiver Sidney Rice is stuck on the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks don’t air the ball out quite enough to utilize Rice’s strengths, and it also hurts that they’ve got a rookie, Russell Wilson, at quarterback. Wilson simply isn’t developed enough as a passer for Rice to reach his potential. This week the Seahawks face a Dallas Cowboys defense that stymied a good New York Giants passing attack in Week 1. If that’s not enough then also consider that Rice is questionable this week, and has missed practice because of knee injury. A less than 100-percent Rice in a struggling passing offense is not a good option this week.
Jeremy Maclin (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Baltimore
Suggesting that you bench Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin comes down his hip injury. Maclin played the entire game in last week’s win over the Browns but hasn’t practiced since and is currently listed as questionable for this week’s game with the Ravens. It’ doubtful Maclin plays at all. Hip injuries are known to linger if not taken care of right away, and though the Eagles would love to have Maclin for this game it’s better to have him all season than risk it for Week 2. Even if Maclin does play this week it will be in a very limited role so bench him this week and then monitor his progress for Week 3.