The outcome of your Week 2 matchup can come down to a few tough decisions over who to put in your starting lineup. This list takes a look at who you should or should not take a risk on this week. Here is your Start Em, Sit Em report for Week 2 of the NFL season.
Start Em: Jameis Winston vs CHI
Winston had an extra week of rest in Week 1 while the Bears lost a heartbreaker at Soldier Field to the Atlanta Falcons. I fully expect Winston to tear up the porous defense of the Chicago Bears on his way to a 1-0 start. In the process, aside from a turnover or two, Jameis Winston will have a big day in yards, especially with his new deep threat Desean Jackson, and he will likely throw close to 3 touchdowns to his star studded receiving core. He is a must start in all leagues.
Sit Em: Kirk Cousins vs LAR
If last week was any indication, Kirk Cousins is going to have a slow start to the season. By no means do I think the Rams are going to win this game by a lot. I’m not even sure they will win at all. That’s not what will affect Cousins’ performance. The Rams defense looked extremely strong vs the Colts, and the strength of the Rams cornerbacks paired with Cousins’ apparent struggles so far will lead to a subpar performance this Sunday in Los Angeles.
Start Em: Jay Ajayi vs LAC
Another example of what rest vs a heartbroken team can do for a player’s fantasy performance. The Chargers have a solid defense against the run, but Ajayi has made it clear that it takes a lot of work to stop him. Expect Ajayi to burst out of the gates guns a blazin’ and run over the Chargers defenders. This average 2nd round pick in fantasy drafts will look to live up to his hype in the Dolphins opener this weekend.
Sit Em: Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson vs NE
The New England defense simply did not look good vs the Chiefs, and they clearly couldn’t stop the run, as Kareem Hunt put up monster numbers on them. So why should you sit two good backs vs what looks to be a weak defensive line? The Saints backfield is currently working as a committee as shown in their play vs the Vikings on Monday night, and of the three main RBs who got carries for New Orleans, rookie Alvin Kamara showed the most promise. Look for Kamara to continue this uprising and don’t take a chance on either Ingram or Peterson vs the Patriots.
Start Em: Tyreek Hill vs PHI
Tyreek Hill is one of the most exciting players in the NFL today. He can burn any defender who lines up across from him simply with his speed. The Philly defense isn’t horrible, just not good enough to stop Hill when he lines up in 1,000 different positions. Look for the speedy receiver’s streak of long touchdowns to continue this week in your starting lineup vs Philadelphia.
Sit Em: Kenny Golladay vs NYG
I’m not jumping aboard the Golladay hype train just yet. I have a rule for every season because there is a trend in the first weeks of every NFL season. There is always a star that comes out of nowhere and puts up at least 2 scores. I call this the player the “one week wonder”. It started in 2012 with Cowboys WR Kevin Ogletree who burst onto the scene with 2 scores on opening night vs the Giants. He was added in 82% of leagues on NFL.com, but I waited until the next week to see if the surge would continue. It didn’t. Ogletree was worthless in fantasy for the rest of the season and ended up being dropped by almost all the teams that picked him up in the first place. However, not every early-week surprise star goes downhill. I expected the same thing to happen to Falcons RB Devonta Freeman when he put up 3 TDs against the Cowboys in week 3 of the 2015 season, but since that day, Freeman has never slowed down. Golladay has the ability to remain the star that he looked like in Week 1, but just to be safe, do not put Kenny Golladay in your starting lineup for week 2 vs the lockdown corners of the New York Giants.
Start Em: Cameron Brate vs CHI
Cameron Brate is one of my sleepers for the year. He and OJ Howard are going to be two reliable receivers for Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay. However, Howard will need time to develop, while Brate is already one of Winston’s favorite weapons in the red zone. I expect Brate and Winston to consistently drive down the field and connect on multiple occasions against Chicago’s poor defense.
Sit Em: Austin Hooper vs GB
I for one love Austin Hooper! I started him last week and was overwhelmed when he managed 19 fantasy points on only two receptions. Still. He only had two receptions. That was against the Bears. Hooper is a nice up and coming talent in the league, but you should not risk putting him anywhere near your lineup this week vs the Packers. The Packers shut down Jimmy Graham, and Graham has loads of talent compared to Hooper. Maybe Hooper will prove me wrong and continue to do well. I would love for him to kill it against the Pack, but it just isn’t likely.
Start Em: Giorgio Tavecchio vs NYJ
Tavecchio shined vs the Titans, and the Raiders will have an even better chance to put points on the board this week vs the worst team in the league, the New York Jets. Tavecchio will get plenty of opportunities this week to show Oakland that he is their kicker of the future, and maybe we’ll get to see some more fifty yarders in the process…
Sit Em: Adam Vinatieri vs ARI
Vinatieri struggled on Sunday with a missed FG and extra point vs the Rams. I doubt this struggle will continue, but the Colts just aren’t going to be able to move the ball vs this Cardinals defense. Less yardage in turn will equal less opportunities for Vinatieri, so this might be a good week to start looking at the waiver wire for a backup plan.
Start Em: Titans vs JAX
This will be the week that Blake Bortles shows us his true talent: throwing to the opposing team! The interception machine will surely start up vs the Titans, and with the loss of Allen Robinson, the Titans will have an easy time stopping the Jags from getting down the field. Their only problem might be Leonard Fournette, but I don’t see the rookie back carrying the Jaguars anywhere close to a victory this week. Start, Start, Start the Titans!
Sit Em: Eagles vs KC
Kansas City has one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL. Philadelphia will be no match for them this week with weapons like Kareem Hunt and Tyreek Hill running amuck. Don’t bank on Philly pulling off an upset over the team that blew the defending champs out of the water last Thursday.
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