Peyton Manning: Manning is coming off a game in which he threw three picks inside 15 minutes of play. He looked downright confused in the first quarter against a shadowy Atlanta defense and has admitted that he’s probably not 100 percent yet. To add insult to injury, he’s playing on short rest against a very good Houston defense so the upside here is minimal.
Michael Turner: Michael Turner’s days as a surefire fantasy starter have been numbered for some time; this is a guy who’s getting awfully close to the woodshed with a paltry 2.5 YPC and only 74 yards on the season, although it’s still early. The Chargers have been particularly effective at stopping the run against some formative backs, so be wary starting one who’s definitely on the downside of his career.
Jordy Nelson: Last week the Seahawks held Dez Bryant, Miles Austin and Kevin Ogletree to 17 combined fantasy points. While most leagues don’t afford owners the luxury of sitting a guy like Nelson, if you’ve got someone who’s a lock to get in the neighborhood of 10 points, we suggest starting him over Nelson.
Vincent Jackson: Many are probably inclined to set and forget a guy like Jackson, and why not? He went off last week 128 yards and a major. But that was against the Giants, who are picking guys out of the stands to defend the pass. This week he’s up against a Cowboys secondary that has yet to allow a score through the air, and there’s no reason to think Josh Freeman can break that seal.
Fred Davis: When the Redskins drafted RGIII they also drafted his college playbook; Washington has retooled to make the transition from the NCAA to the NFL as smooth as possible for their rookie QB, and unfortunately tight ends were not a prominent feature during RGIII’s days at Baylor.
Chargers: Let’s keep it simple: defenses are averaging -1 point against Atlanta after two games. Why take that chance?