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What to watch for: Saints, top-10 RBs, Sanchez

Updated: September 18, 2009, 4:01 PM ET
By Eric Karabell
I see major overreacting going on in places like Arizona, Chicago, Jacksonville and Miami, because NFL teams know just how tough it is to make the playoffs starting out 0-2. This week is when we hear the typical "must-win" talk. For the record, since 1990, teams that start out 0-2 have made the playoffs only 13.8 percent of the time. Teams that start out 2-0 have been playoff-bound 64.6 percent of the time.

Of course, in fantasy football, I'm guessing the trends don't look anything like that. Yes, you've started your season 0-1 and you think this is a "must-win" situation, but it really isn't. There's plenty of time and -- guess what? -- there is no actual momentum in fantasy! I've started 0-5 before and still made the playoffs. If your team has good players on it, trust it for another month. I'm not saying you don't make moves and tinker, but nobody should be panicking unless they really do have an awful team with Ricky Williams, Le'Ron McClain and Beanie Wells as the best choices for the starting running back slots. Hey, I got an e-mail from someone this week stating just that, and he wanted to know if he was in trouble. Yes! In that case you are in trouble. Get ready for fantasy basketball season!

Here are some of the overriding trends I see for our fine fantasy sport heading into a very interesting Week 2, and obviously I want to keep them different from the rankings issues I discussed in Wednesday's blog, so you won't see our top-projected waffling quarterback mentioned here. You know who he is.

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