Fantasy Football: Injuries mar week one

My sincerest condolences for those of you who started Drew Brees this past week, but keep your collective chin up. At least you didn’t draft Brandon Jacobs, right?The unfortunate theme for week one was injuries. The good news is if you do not have a wounded star on your roster, his backup could be available and become your new starter.

But before we get into this week’s stuff, here are a couple thoughts for the week:

1. Seriously, what the heck happened to Deion Branch?

2. So much for that classy organization up in New England. LT said it, Bill Belichick proved it.

And now, the main event: this week’s top waiver wire adds and the matchups to keep an eye on.

Waiver Wire Adds:

Derrick Ward (RB-NYG): Many thought Reuben Droughns could steal some carries from Jacobs, but if week one was any indication, Ward is the man for the next month in New York.

Michael Pittman (RB-TB): Cadillac Williams is hurt yet again with a rib injury, setting the stage for Pittman to slice through a soft Saints’ defense.

Week Two Matchups:

Green Bay at New York Giants: Green Bay’s defense looked solid against the Eagles, which is bad news for a New York offense with injuries to Eli Manning and Jacobs. Green Bay’s offense, on the other hand, looked stable as many of its rookies settled in and should take a colossal step forward against New York’s defense that looked helpless against Dallas. I wonder if Michael Strahan is wishing he would have stayed home after all.

Houston at Carolina: Speaking of reality, it is time for Houston to come back down to Earth. Carolina’s offense will keep the pace it set last week with Steve Smith leading the charge. The Panthers’ defense will stymie the new look Texans for the most part, but expect Andre Johnson to still come up with big fantasy numbers.

Dallas at Miami: This could end in another aerial showdown. The Dallas D could put up a fight, but Chris Chambers and Trent Green have historically toasted the Cowboys. Miami’s defense just got softer with the loss of its top defensive back, Yeremiah Bell, and Tony Romo showed last week that he will take advantage of a beat up defense.

San Diego at New England: The outcome of this game will no doubt be decided by how many signs the “Hooded Genius” was able to steal last season. Look for a fiery Chargers team to seek some playoff revenge. LT will make up for all those rushing yards he didn’t gain against the Bears, and maybe the Chargers’ defense will crack down on a rejuvenated Randy Moss.