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Every week, self-proclaimed fantasy experts try to advise you on starting and benching players. The most notable are Matthew Berry (ESPN.com), Michael Fabiano (NFL.com), and Jamey Eisenberg (CBSSports.com). To their credit, they can surprise us with their picks. Although, the reality shows that the picks they were right on were ones that you could have made yourselves and the ones they told you to sit were ones that you could have played.
Matthew Berry - Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks
With a lingering ankle injury causing him to just rush for 16 yards at home versus the Miami Dolphins in Week 1, Wilson's benching was necessary against the Los Angeles Rams. SoCal's newest but returned arrival went 2-0 against the "Kings of the Pacific Northwest" and have a defensive line whose superiority did not make you need to wonder why Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable still has a job.
Michael Fabiano - Thomas Rawls, RB, Seattle Seahawks
After rushing for 2.7 yards per carry against the Dolphins, it seems like Fabiano made a better call than the Seahawks by having Rawls sit. Christine Michael has outproduced Rawls in yards per carry and averaging 0.6 fewer yards per reception. With Michael likely back in the Seahawks' starting lineup, there is no room for Rawls even for your team.
Jamey Eisenberg - Arian Foster, RB, Miami Dolphins
With just a 2.9 yards-per-carry average but 62 receiving yards in Week 1 against Seattle, going against a coach that takes your strength away, Bill Belichick, was going to make his production worse. It was worse than that, however, as Foster left the game with groin injury.
Matthew Berry - Jimmy Graham, TE, Seattle Seahawks
Read Jamey Eisenberg's analysis on Graham in the Duh! section of Week 1: Right, Wrong, and the Painfully Obvious.
Michael Fabiano - Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Arizona's defense got humiliated against the Patriots. However, with Tampa's offense, particularly its offensive line, not being commensurate to New England's, Winston was fated for a struggle against Patrick Peterson and his fellow elite secondary.
Jamey Eisenberg - Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears
Like Eisenberg, I was "moderately high" on Miller. Except with his and my view on him having a "dud" in Week 1, playing against a comparable Philadelphia Eagles defense was not going to make it much better.
Matthew Berry - Jeremy Langford, RB, Chicago Bears
Berry clearly has no respect for Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz. The coach whose Wide-9 stance brings up sacks and past three defenses that have allowed 17.1 points per game in Tennessee and Buffalo was going to let Langford run wild over them? I benched him but started Philadelphia's defense for a reason. What was also dumb about Berry's insult toward the Philadelphia D was that they were allowing 20.5 points per game with Jordan Hicks, a player that has been healthy during the 2016 season.
Michael Fabiano - Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers
The Jacksonville Jaguars stagnated at defensive coordinator and allowed Lacy to rush for 61 yards on fourteen carries. "Fabs" actually thought that he would do better against a defense at home after it embarrassed Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans.
Jamey Eisenberg - Jameis Winston, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Go see the Michael Fabiano analysis in the Duh! section.