Fantasy football: I’ve been corresponding for about two weeks with a reader living in Akron, Ohio, named Earnest, or “EJ,” and he’s not too happy about his fantasy team. Chances are you can identify with his pain.

I’ve been corresponding for about two weeks with a reader living in Akron, Ohio, named Earnest, or “EJ,” and he’s not too happy about his fantasy team. Chances are you can identify with his pain.

He’s 0-2, and he knows that he has the talent to be undefeated two weeks into the season.

But backs like Michael Turner (groin injury) and Jamaal Charles (Todd Haley) aren’t playing up to their potential.

He wants to make trades. He wants to win and he wants to stop the trash-talking about his team.

But considering his roster (Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb, Andre Johnson, Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin, Malcom Floyd, Mike Williams (Tampa Bay), Derrick Mason, Ryan Mathews, Joseph Addai and Cadillac Williams), my thought is that he should stick with what he has.

If fantasy owners have learned anything from Week 2, they learned that the true studs will show up.

Turner, for example, ran for 75 yards on just nine carries. If it wasn’t for that reportedly mild groin strain, Turner’s stat line would have looked a lot like his backup, Jason Snelling’s.

Andre Johnson also proved why he was a late first-round draft pick against Washington. Charles’ is another story that I’ll get to.

But your studs are your studs. Ride with them through the storm and generally speaking, you’ll be fine. Trade a guy too early, then you’ll really give your opponents in your fantasy league a reason to trash-talk.

EJ, you have a solid core. Don’t panic.

Shameless plug: If you’re like EJ and need fantasy advice, want to challenge that advice or just want to brag about your fantasy week, feel free to e-mail me or send a tweet. My information is at the end of this column.

Haley worst NFL coach in real life, fantasy

You’ll never read a column of mine criticizing New Orleans coach Sean Payton for his timeshare with the now-injured Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. Payton uses both backs effectively, and no one noticed or cared that Bush started both games played this year.

Then there’s Todd Haley, a coach who accidentally made his Kansas City Chiefs 2-0 despite with a below-average quarterback, a terrible running game that features Charles as a backup and Thomas Jones (3.7 yards per carry) the starter and a defense that did well enough to stop San Diego on a rainy day and Cleveland — a team that features an equally bad coach (Eric Mangini), but is 0-2 so far even more inferior competition.

It baffles me that the Chiefs are undefeated without maxing out their best player. Haley’s cut Charles’ first-round caliber production in half, and when Kansas City starts losing, Haley will be exposed for the fool that he is until he gives Charles his starting job back and gives the guy more carries.

I’ve written about other sub-par coaches before (Jacksonville’s Jack Del Rio, Houston’s Gary Kubiak, though he’s not doing bad so far, and former coach Jim Mora Jr.), but Haley tops my list easily.

Pick Six: Waiver wire pickups

This may sound crazy, but somehow Mangini’s made Peyton Hillis a valuable RB2 or flex option for the first time since late 2008. Guess you should pick him up if you need a replacement, especially with the first round of byes coming in a week.

QB: Philadelphia’s Michael Vick (someone will drop him by mistake, he’s been named the starter again), Detroit’s Shaun Hill

RB: Atlanta’s Snelling (just in case), San Diego’s Mike Tolbert (handcuff, TD vulture)

WR: Denver’s Demaryius Thomas, Houston’s Kevin Walter

Pick Six: Week 3 scorers

Welcome back, Tennessee’s Chris Johnson. The New York Giants’ rush defense has been putrid since last season. I feel bad for them in this matchup.

QB: New England’s Tom Brady vs. Buffalo, Indy’s Peyton Manning at Denver

RB: Tennessee’s Chris Johnson at New York Giants, Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson vs. Detroit

WR: Pats’ Randy Moss vs. Buffalo, Texans’ Andre Johnson vs. Dallas

The Purple Drank list — presented by ... Joey Baskerville?

My list was so bad, I’ve nominated myself to present the Purple Drank list (even though it’s clear I already do).

Look, it makes sense to me, OK?

Anyway, Mark Sanchez, Malcom Floyd and even Bush turned out to be better plays than most. Hopefully these picks will allow JaMarcus Russell to take back his starting job in this column.

QB: Detroit’s Shaun Hill (gulp) at Vikings, Tampa QB Josh Freeman vs. Pittsburgh

RB: Jerome Harrison at Baltimore, Kansas City’s Thomas Jones vs. San Francisco

WR: Buffalo’s Lee Evans at New England, NY Jets’ Braylon Edwards at Miami (read: DWI)

Don’t sleep on my sleepers

Matt Hasselbeck aside, my sleepers were in a coma. Let’s try this again for Week 3.

QB: San Francisco’s Alex Smith at KC, NY Giants’ Eli Manning

RB: Jets’ LaDainian Tomlinson at Miami, Oakland’s Michael Bush at Arizona

WR: Chicago’s Earl Bennett, Green Bay’s James Jones

Joey Baskerville writes his Pick Six Weekly column every Wednesday. He can be reached at jbaskerville@journalstandard.com or @jmark79 on Twitter.