Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 9/16/12

 

Ah, the weekend is finally here. It’s time for sleeping in, lawn work, and of course, last minute fantasy football alterations.

Being only Week 2, I hope all of you have not lost your optimism just yet. So what if you started 0-1? So did half of your league. So what if you scored 17 points, with 9 coming from your kicker? Well, then you might be in trouble. But, the season is young! As the full docket of games in Week 2 approaches, let’s dive into Cowboys matchup this Sunday and see which players with stars on their helmets should be in your starting lineup.

Quarterback: Tony Romo Injury Status: None Sit or Start: Start

–There’s no reason to think Romo won’t continue where he left off last week. Nobody will confuse the Seahawks defense for the Giants’, and Romo should have good luck attacking the unit. Romo has all the tools to be a top 5 fantasy QB this year; don’t be the fool with him stuck on your bench. The only reason Romo doesn’t go for 20+ points in this game is because of some guy named….

Running Back: Demarco Murray Injury Status: Probable (wrist) Sit or Start: Start

 –If you have Murray on your team, you’re feeling great about this year already. And you likely don’t need any advice to have Murray starting on your squad. After last weeks carving of the Giants D, Murray looks to have another big week against the Seahawks. It will be tough to audible out of plays due to the volume of crowd noise in Seattle, so look for Demarco to get even more carries than usual. Anything less than 100 yards and a TD will be a semi-disappointment.

Wide Receiver: Miles Austin Injury Status: Probable (hamstring) Sit or Start: Start

–This one is a bit tougher than most decisions. Miles is the number 1 guy in Dallas still (right?) and shook off the rust nicely vs. NYG (73 yards, 1 TD). After a full week of practice Austin should have an even more restored chemistry with Romo. The Seahawks secondary is full of tough, physical guys, so look for Austin to get a lot of work out of the slot.

Wide Receiver: Dez Bryant Injury Status: None Sit or Start: Start

– Unless Dez is not dressed for the game or becomes an amputee at some point this season, he will have a ‘Start’ rating every single week. Even the amputee thing will make us ask which limb it was before downgrading his status. It doesn’t matter how physical the Seattle CBs are on Sunday; Dez is more physical. He showed off his un-coverable side vs. New York’s banged up secondary. We think Dez finds the end zone this week with a big game.

Wide Receiver: Kevin Ogletree Injury Status: None Sit or Start: Sit

– If any of you are sitting out there saying “I told you so” about Kevin Ogletree, you’re wrong! There’s no possible way anyone could predict the explosion that the ‘Tree went for last week. With that performance, he has earned his way on to this list. Yet, we don’t think this will be a great game for #85. If you have him on your team, it’s likely due to your high waiver wire status. Use the guys you drafted to be starters for at least one more week before supplanting them with ‘Tree. He will likely be stuck on the outside against press coverage, and won’t be going against Seattle’s 6th string CB (as he did in NY). Give it one more week of league-leading fantasy performance before trusting him in the starting slot.

Tight End: Jason Witten Injury Status: Probable Sit or Start: Sit

– This is a tough one. If you have Witten, you drafted him to start. And nearly 100% of the time he should. Yet, we’re still not fully comfortable giving Witten the nod just yet. Anytime a players catches (2) equal his penalties (2), it’s cause for concern. His targets should steadily increase as the games progress, but Romo looks to have cemented a solid chemistry with both Dez and Ogletree. This means less passes being thrown to the TE because people are out of position. The only way for Witten to salvage a decent week this week would be a trip to the end zone.

Defense: Dallas Cowboys Injury Status: NT Ratliff (out), LB Ware (probable), S Sensabaugh (probable) Sit or Start: Start

–For the first time in years, the Cowboys have a defensive squad worth starting. This fact gets multiplied when considering there is a rookie QB at the helm of the Seahawks offense. The ‘less is more’ blitzing approach by Rob Ryan and Co. worked to perfection last week, and look for even more effective blitzes this week. Seahawks LT Russell Okung is looking doubtful for the start, so Demarcus Ware will likely have another big day. With Ratliff out, Lissemore and Brent will get another chance to prove that they can handle the load like they did in Week 1. If Dallas gets an early lead, watch out; we could be in for a touchdown from this unit. 

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