Struggling fantasy stars highlight Week 1

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Who should I start in Week 2: Terrelle Pryor or Matthew Stafford? - @Brndnstvnhghs (via Twitter)

Michael Fabiano: There might not be a bigger fan of Pryor from a fantasy perspective than me, but I wouldn't start him ahead of Stafford this week. It's not that it isn't a close call -- Pryor has a nice matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars -- I just like Stafford more in his matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. I'm expecting a high-scoring contest, which will benefit Stafford and his cast of stars both on the field and in the stat sheets. Remember, the Cards allowed 20.06 fantasy points to Sam Bradford last week.

Should I drop Stevan Ridley and Dwayne Bowe? I feel so disappointed with their Week 1 performances. - S. Lugo (via Facebook)

M.F.: I'm reminded of the Guns 'N' Roses song Patience. It's just one week, and these things happen to even the best players. I can guarantee you this, if your league is competitive and you drop Ridley and Bowe, neither of them will remain on the waiver wire after 24 hours. Ridley's fumbles aside, his value does increase with Shane Vereen expected to miss several weeks with an injured wrist. As for Bowe, his fortunes should do nothing but improve moving forward. The Chiefs face the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 -- the same Cowboys that allowed 100-plus receiving yards to three different wideouts last week - so you need to keep him on your roster at the very least.

I drafted Giovani Bernard, Lamar Miller and David Wilson thinking all of them would turn out to be stars. What do I do now? - @sangusaurelius (via Twitter)

M.F.: Again, it's best to practice patience. Bernard isn't a featured back, and we all knew that coming into the season. So while he could pass BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the depth chart at some point in the future, it is not going to happen overnight. As for Wilson, well, the Giants aren't just going to give up on this kid after one horrible week. With Ahmad Bradshaw in Indianapolis and Andre Brown on the sidelines, this team can't afford to make such a move. I still expect him to start when the G-Men face the Denver Broncos in the Manning Bowl. As for Miller, well, no one is more disappointed than me. Just keep in mind that it wasn't just Miller who failed to produce on the ground - the Miami Dolphins rushed for 20 yards on 23 carries as a team! That's awful and reeks of offensive line issues. Here's some good news - Miller does have a nice matchup this week against a Colts defense that allowed over 100-plus rushing yards to Pryor last week.

What happened with Maurice Jones-Drew and Dez Bryant in Week 1? - J. Wieneke (via Facebook)

M.F.: Plain and simple -- Jones-Drew had a mediocre 15 touches in a contest that saw the Jaguars fall behind and abandon the run. I expect him to rebound this week against the Raiders, so don't rush to throw him on the bench. In most cases, a team losing its starting quarterback is considered bad news. But in the case of the Jaguars, I don't see there being a huge downgrade from Blaine Gabbert to Chad Henne. In fact, Henne had the offense running pretty well during a short stretch in 2012. As for Bryant, he was double-covered all night against the New York Giants and didn't see his normal amount of targets in the contest. He also suffered an injured foot, so it wasn't a memorable night for the talented wideout. Assuming the ailment isn't serious, there's no need to be concerned about Bryant.

What is your take on Roddy White? Is he someone we can trust every week? - @pupomaster (via Twitter)

M.F.: I'll let White answer this question -- check out what he posted on Twitter Monday morning. This has a lot to do with what he does (or doesn't do) in practice, and how deep you are at wide receiver. If White practices and is slated to start for the Atlanta Falcons, he should be starting on your fantasy team. If he's limited or out of practice and you have a viable replacement at the position, well, then it's time to think about keeping White out of your starting lineups. It's that simple.

What are your thoughts on Marshawn Lynch and Trent Richardson? - C. Redman (via Facebook)

M.F.: Once again, even the best players have bad days. Chalk it up to that and don't even think about trading, benching (or God forbid dropping) either one of these superstars. Yes, people have even tweeted to me about dumping Lynch and Richardson. I promise you this -- things will get a whole heck of a lot better for both backs moving forward. And if anyone out there still wants to trade either of these runners, well, invite me into your league and I'm take them both. I'll give you Julius Thomas!

Do you think Anquan Boldin is a No. 1 fantasy wide receiver? - @ljr_85 (via Twitter)

M.F.: He sure looked like one against the Green Bay Packers, scorching them for 13 catches, 208 yards and one touchdown. However, I am still not convinced that he's going to morph back into the once-elite fantasy wideout we remember during his time with the Arizona Cardinals. Enjoy the massive production while it lasts, and keep him in your starting lineup if he remains red hot. In the meantime, I would also be looking to sell high on him if you're otherwise loaded at wide receiver and can swing a deal that benefits your championship chances.

Which running back should I start this week from Bradshaw, Daryl Richardson and DeAngelo Williams? - P. Georgios (via Facebook)

M.F.: I like Williams this week against the Buffalo Bills, who allowed 20 fantasy points to Patriots running backs last week. Despite a tough matchup against the Seahawks in Week 1, Williams still posted a decent stat line. He's also the featured back for all intents and purposes until Jonathan Stewart (PUP list) returns to the gridiron.

Would you drop Chris Ivory to pick up Joique Bell? - @javoorhees4 (via Twitter)

M.F.: No. I understand the question with Bell coming off a huge performance, but I don't think this is something he'll keep up on a week-to-week basis. He did make the most of his touches in Week 1, but Bell saw a mediocre 11 touches overall against the Minnesota Vikings. Even as a flex starter, I would prefer to use a player who sees a few more opportunities. I also still have faith Ivory can develop into the top running back for the New York Jets this season. That's not saying Bell isn't worth an add off waivers, I just wouldn't do it at Ivory's expense.

Is it a good idea to keep three tight ends? I have Dwayne Allen, Jordan Cameron and Julius Thomas. - J. Sanchez (via Facebook)

M.F.: You would have to be in a much larger league to consider keeping three tight ends, and even then I don't think it's a good idea. The player to drop here is Allen, who I see as the least attractive of the three players you have listed. Cameron and Thomas are both rosterable and nice options, but don't be afraid to put one of them on the trade block while their value is high. It's like I always tell people -- if you're not trading, you're not trying!

Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!

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