Sep. 19, 2018
Week 2: Start 'Em/Sit 'Em
After a pretty solid Week 1 of Start 'Em/Sit 'Em predictions we're back with our thoughts on Week 2!
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QUARTERBACK - START 'EM:
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (Home vs Kansas City Chiefs)
Big Ben is nursing a sore elbow and coming off a less than stellar Week 1 in horrible weather against a good Browns defense. We fully expect a bounce back this week from the veteran quarterback against a Chiefs defense that was one of only three teams to give up over 400 yards through the air. On top of that Roethlisberger averages a healthy 23 points per game at home.
Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers (Away at Buffalo Bills)
We had Philip Rivers as a Start last week and you would have been happy if you listened as Rivers torched the Chiefs defense for 424 yards passing and three touchdowns. Rivers gets another favorable matchup this week as the Chargers take on a Bills defense that was ranked 21st versus the pass in Week 1.
Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (Away at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Well, as right as we were about Philip Rivers last week we were wrong about Patrick Mahomes. We never questioned his ability, but that matchup versus the Chargers got a lot nicer without star Defensive End Joey Bosa on the field. Regardless, it was a very impressive Week 1 performance from Mahomes on the road and we fully expect that to continue this week. We are looking forward to be a high scoring affair in Pittsburgh.
*Week 2 QB Sleepers*
Alex Smith, Washington Redskins (Home vs Indianapolis Colts): The Colts were unable to do much to stop A.J. Green and Joe Mixon last week and you'll see a lot of the same with Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson this week. Smith was a Top-15 fantasy quarterback and we think he's set for a Top-10 finish this week.
Tyrod Taylor, Cleveland Browns (Away at New Orleans Saints): Even though the weather in Cleveland was miserable Taylor still managed to throw for 200 yards and a touchdown while adding 77 more yards and another score on the ground. After last week's shootout between the Saint's and Buccaneers we're expecting another high scoring game in New Orleans.
QUARTERBACK - SIT 'EM:
Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (Away at Chicago Bears)
WIlson didn't have a terrible week finishing in the Top-15 while playing against a tough Denver defense. This week's matchup doesn't get much easier against a Bears defense that gave Aaron Rodgers and the Packers fits last week. Doug Baldwin picked up another knee injury and the Seattle offensive line is weak. If anyone can pull of some magic it's Wilson, but we'd suggest leaving him on your bench if you have other options.
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (Away at Denver Broncos)
We had Derek Carr as a hard sit last week and that was correct as he barely finished in the Top-25 against a brutal Rams defense. Don't expect a bounce back as this week is going to be a nightmare again for Carr and the Raiders. Carr has been a awful throughout his career facing the Broncos on the road. In three career starts in Denver, he's averaged a paltry 145.3 passing yards and scored a mere 9.86 fantasy points per game. We have Carr as a hard sit again this week.
Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (Home vs New England Patriots)
Bortles finished last week with a decent stat line, throwing one touchdown and scoring 13.24 fantasy points against the Giants. This week he'll face a much tougher matchup versus a Patriots defense who held Deshaun Watson to a mere 11.04 fantasy points in their opener. Unless you're in a dire situation in two-quarterback league avoid Bortles like the plague.
RUNNING BACK - START 'EM:
James White, New England Patriots (Away at Jacksonville Jaguars)
With both Rex Burkhead and Sony Michel limited in practice all week and questionable to play on Sunday receiving back James White will certainly see a large workload versus a tough Jaguars defense. White led the Patriots with nine targets in Week 1, hauling in four for 38 yards and a touchdown. White is a must-start in PPR formats, but still a great touchdown threat for any league.
Alfred Morris, San Fransisco 49ers, (Home vs Detroit Lions)
Alfred Morris featured in our Sit 'Em section last week and that was the right call as he went up against a stout Vikings defense. The good news is that Morris had four carries inside the six-yard line. He was unable to convert any of the four for touchdowns, losing a fumble on his final one but we don't expect that to be a problem again this week. We think Alfred Morris goes for multiple scores at home in Week 2.
Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears (Home vs Seattle Seahawks)
Jordan Howard was definitely the featured back for the Bears in Week 1, seeing 71 percent of the snaps while also getting a healthy 20 touches. We highly suggest keeping Howard in your starting lineup against the Seahawks who were torn apart by the Broncos running backs for 146 yards on the ground and 28.8 PPR points.
*Week 2 RB Sleepers*
Tevin Coleman, Atlanta Falcons (Home vs Carolina Panthers): With starting running back Devonta Freeman sidelined with a knee injury Tevin Coleman will once again be the featured back for the Falcons. Coleman is one of the best back ups in the league and is worth a start this week at home.
Chris Thompson, Washington Redskins (Home vs Indianapolis Colts): Thompson looked awesome in the Redskins season opener, scoring a touchdown and raking up 24.8 PPR points. Next up for Washington is a visit from the Colts who surrendered 149 yards and one score to Joe Mixon last week. Chris Thompson should be in your fantasy lineups.
RUNNING BACK - SIT 'EM:
Jamaal Williams, Green Bay Packers (Home vs Minnesota Vikings)
Even if Williams dominated the Bears in the season opener, he was likely to find himself in this section against the Vikings. Unfortunately, Williams didn't dominate in Week 1 finishing with just 15 carries for 47 yards and no catches on two targets. Minnesota held the 49ers running backs in check with neither scoring more than five PPR points, and that's about all we expect from Williams this week as well.
Peyton Barber, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Home vs Philadelphia Eagles)
We had Peyton Barber as a running back sleeper last week and are still kind of mystified as to how he missed out on all the fun in the shootout versus the Saints. Regardless, this week Barber faces an Eagles defense that allowed the fewest rushing yards in the league last year coupled by allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing rushers. They picked up right where they left off against Atlanta in Week 1, allowing the third-fewest rushing yards of any team. Barber is a hard sit.
LeSean McCoy, Buffalo Bills (Home vs Los Angeles Chargers)
In theory, LeSean McCoy should see heavy workloads each week with the Bills starting inexperienced quarterbacks, but the complete ineptitude of those two passers has led to opposing defenses loading the box to stop McCoy. He carried the ball just seven times for a wimpy 22 yards while seeing three targets for one catch resulting in a one-yard loss. The Chargers’ run defense wasn’t the problem in Week 1, they bottled up last season's rushing leader, Kareem Hunt, allowing just 49 yards rushing. Until this offense shows any signs of life, we can’t trust McCoy out there in fantasy.
WIDE RECEIVERS - START 'EM:
Devin Funchess, Carolina Panthers (Away at Atlanta Falcons)
Funchess had a quiet Week 1 posting just three catches for 41 yards on just five targets. That will drastically change in Week 2 with target-hog Greg Olsen re-injuring his foot. Don't forget that last season, while Olsen was out Funchess averaged over 8 targets per game and scored 7 touchdowns. The opportunities will be there for Funchess this week, we think he's set to cash in and you should too.
Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles (Away at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Nelson Agholor was a busy man in Week 1 hauling in eight catches on 10 targets. The only problem was he only managed to rack up a pitiful 33 yards receiving. The Eagles did everything possible to get Agholor the ball with Alshon Jeffery still out and we expect a lot of the same while Week 2 boasts a mouth-watering matchup against the Buccaneers who got torched last week by Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr for 21 catches, 248 yards and two touchdowns on 23 targets. Agholor is an absolute must-start in PPR leagues and a great option for any league.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pittsburgh Steelers (Home vs Kansas City Chiefs)
We're expecting a shootout in Pittsburgh this week and JuJu Smith-Schuster should be one of the main benefactors. The porous Chiefs secondary gave up an absurd 47.7 PPR points to Chargers wideouts in Week 1, expect JuJu to get in the end zone at least once this weekend!
*Week 2 WR Sleepers*
Quincy Enunwa, New York Jets (Home vs Miami Dolphins): Quincy Enunwa had 10 targets against the Lions in Week 1 for six catches, 63 yards and a score. His target share is quite impressive considering rookie Sam Darnold threw only 21 passes. Enunwa is a must-start in PPR leagues and a borderline starter in non-PPR leagues.
Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions (Away at San Fransisco 49ers): The Lions definitely featured Golladay in Week 1 against the Jets with seven catches for 114 yards on 12 targets, second only behind Golden Tate who saw 15 targets come his way. Tate will be the number one Detroit receiver this week, but in a game with shootout potential we would risk playing Golladay over Marvin Jones.
WIDE RECEIVERS - SIT 'EM:
Chris Hogan, New England Patriots (Away at Jacksonville Jaguars)
Chris Hogan was one of our top Start 'Em picks last week and ended up being the biggest disappointments of Week 1. He only logged one catch for 11 yards on five targets. We don't expect Hogan to have a quality outing in Week 2 against a strong Jaguars secondary. With Julian Edlemen suspended again this week Hogan will be seeing a lot of Jalen Ramsey, which isn't good for any fantasy team.
Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders (Home vs Denver Broncos)
Amari Cooper had a very disappointing game in Jon Gruden's debut back with the Raiders seeing just three targets and converting that into one catch for 9 yards. Hopefully that's not a sign of things to come, but Cooper has a tough matchup in Week 2 at Denver. In fact, Cooper has produced just 13 combined catches in his last four games versus the Broncos, we think you can find a better option this week.
Sammy Watkins, Kansas City Chiefs (Away at Pittsburgh Steelers)
Even though we're predicting a high scoring affair in Pittsburgh this week we just can't trust Sammy Watkins. Of course he has big-game potential, but those perfermance have been just way to far and in-between to able to count on. This was more than evident in Week 1 as he was limited to just three catches on five targets.
TIGHT ENDS - START 'EM:
Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins (Home vs Indianapolis Colts)
It was great to see oft injured tight end Jordan Reed take the field in Week 1 at Arizona. He also reminded us how good he can be hauling in four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown on only five targets. He has the chance for another great output again this week at home against the Colts. We think Reed should be a must-start in any fantasy format as long as he's healthy.
Jared Cook, Oakland Raiders (Home vs Denver Broncos)
Even though we think his Raider teammates will struggle against a tough Broncos defense Jared Cook could be in for another huge week. Cook is coming off an impressive Week 1 by catching nine passes for 180 yards on 12 targets. The Broncos defense did just allowed Seattle tight end Will Dissly to catch three passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 1 and we're expecting Cook to have similar success this week.
*Week 2 TE Sleeper*
George Kittle, San Fransisco 49ers, (Home vs Detroit Lions): Marquis Goodwin is out this week with a thigh injury which opens up more targets for the second year tight end that had an impressive Week 1. Detroit was also Top-10 in fantasy points allowed to tight ends last year.
TIGHT ENDS - SIT 'EM:
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Jacksonville Jaguars (Home vs New England Patriots)
Seferian-Jenkins is a touchdown-or-bust player that hasn't scored a touchdown since last October. Also failing to produce more than 30 yards in eight of his last nine games. The Jaguars face a tough matchup this week against a Patriot's defense that's allowed just 10.56 PPR points to tight ends on the road in 2017.
Trey Burton, Chicago Bears (Home vs Seattle Seahawks)
Burton was a huge miss at tight end in Week 1 as we had him firmly in the Start column. Burton caught just one of six targets for 16 yards, it’s possible Burton bounces back this week, but Seattle is another difficult matchup allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points to tight ends a season ago. They also surrendered just three catches to Broncos tight ends in Week 1.
D/ST - START 'EM:
New England Patriots, (Away at Jacksonville Jaguars): The Patriots forced Deshaun Watson into two turnovers while sacking him three times. They should have success against Blake Bortles and the stagnant Jaguars offense this week.
Los Angeles Chargers, (Away at Buffalo Bills): The Ravens wreaked havoc on the Bills offense in Week 1 for 17 fantasy points. We're expecting the Chargers defense to rebound against rookie quarterback Josh Allen and a struggling Buffalo offense after being torn apart by Patrick Mahomes in Week 1.
D/ST - SIT 'EM:
Pittsburgh Steelers, (Home vs Kansas City Chiefs): If you've read this far in our Week 2 Start 'Em/Sit 'Em you know that we're predicting a high-scoring matchup between the Chiefs and Steelers which doesn't bode well for any fantasy defense.
Cleveland Browns, (Away at New Orleans Saints): It's hard to trust the new and improved Browns defense on the road against the New Orleans Saints. Defenses averaged a measly 3.25 fantasy points per game when facing New Orleans at home last year.
KICKER - START 'EM:
Robbie Gould, San Fransisco 49ers, (Home vs Detroit Lions): Gould closed last year with double digits fantasy points in four of his last five games, and he picked up where last season ended kicking three field goals and one extra point against the Vikings. Also, the Lions just allowed two field goals and six extra points against the Jets in Week 1.
Dustin Hopkins, Washington Redskins (Home vs Indianapolis Colts): Hopkins only had one field goal and three extra points in Week 1, but we expect Washington to move the ball at will this week against the Colts. Indianapolis just allowed 10 Fantasy points to Randy Bullock in Week 1.
KICKER - SIT 'EM:
Sebastian Janikowski, Seattle Seahawks (Away at Chicago Bears): We had Janikowski as a Sit last week and he scored just six fantasy points. We suggest keeping Janikowski on the bench once again, as they face a rigid Bears defense that held Mason Crosby to six points as well last week.
Mason Crosby, Green Bay Packers (Home vs Minnesota Vikings): If Rodgers is out you definitely need to find a new kicker because the Packers offense would be in trouble against Minnesota. Crosby only has multiple field goals against Minnesota in one of his past five meetings.
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