LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 11: Rex Grossman #8 of the Washington Redskins drops back to pass against the New York Giants during the season opener at FedExField on September 11, 2011 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
In what will be a weekly occurence, we'll give suggestions on who to start in your fantasy league, and who to sit on the bench. We'll try to avoid stating the obvious, like "start Tom Brady" and dig a little deeper for some less obvious choices. Enough with the introduction, let's get started...
Stud of the Week: Rex Grossman, QB, WAS — No, you're not suffering from some sudden onset of glaucoma or cataracts. You're reading it right. Rex Grossman is suddenly a relevant fantasy quarterback. After winning the job in Washington at the last minute over John Beck, of all people, Grossman appears to have things going pretty well for the Redskins. In last week's opener against the New York Giants, Grossman threw for 305 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. This week? It gets exponentially easier as Grossman goes up against the same Arizona Cardinal secondary that allowed the raw talent of Cam Newton to throw for more than 400 yards in his NFL debut with Carolina. If you could somehow start the quarterback playing Arizona every week, you'd win your league.
Dud of the Week: Matt Ryan, QB, ATL — Matt Ryan came into the league two season ago and set the world on fire, even earning the nickname "Matty Ice" in tribute to the ice water in his veins as well as the headache in a can famous at college keg parties. Ryan is still trying to get some chemistry with highly touted rookie receiver Julio Jones, who the Falcons drafted to put on the other side of Roddy White, who might just be the best receiver in the NFL. And he'll be up against the vaunted pass defense of the Philadelphia Eagles, who now have probably the best secondary in football after their many off-season acquisitions. Start him with caution.