Fantasy Football 2019: Who To Start – And Who To Sit – In Week 2

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Whether you’re celebrating a big opening week win, or hovering over your lineup wondering what went wrong, time to forget all of that.

It’s a new week, and anything can happen.

Let me tell you who should start & sit in your lineup for week two.

Quarterbacks: Who To Start Week 2

Tom Brady vs. Miami Dolphins

Did you see how well Lamar Jackson played against the Dolphins last week?

Brady does not have the best record against the Dolphins, but this is a terrible Dolphins team.

Brady will have another big game this week.

Lamar Jackson vs. Arizona Cardinals

Speaking of Jackson, he was incredible last week and earned the number one fantasy quarterback spot.

His trend will continue upward as he takes on a Patrick Peterson-less Arizona defense that gave up 385 yards and three touchdowns to Matthew Stafford.

Quarterback Sleeper for Week 2

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Seattle Seahawks

Last week was a game to forget for Big Ben.

This week, he will rebound against a Seahawks defense that gave up 418 passing yards and two touchdowns to Andy Dalton.

Other QBs to start: Dak Prescott, Matt Ryan, Phillip Rivers, and Josh Allen

Quarterbacks: Who To Sit Week 2

Kyler Murray vs. Baltimore Ravens

For the first three quarters, Murray’s doubters looked good as he only threw for 70 yards.

His coming-out party came in the fourth quarter where he threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns.

The question is: which Murray will we see this week?

He faces a tough Baltimore defense who gave up the fifth-fewest passing yards-per-game last season and only surrendered 190 passing yards last week with two interceptions.

Jameis Winston vs. Carolina Panthers (Thursday)

This season didn’t start so well for Winston as he only threw for 194 yards with three interceptions against San Francisco.

He has another tough matchup as he faces a Carolina defense that only allowed Jared Goff to throw for 186 yards in week one.

Quarterback Bust for Week 2

Kirk Cousins vs. Green Bay Packers

I looked up Cousin’s numbers from last week, and I swore it was wrong; he threw the ball just TEN times. YES!

That’s it!

This week, he faces a Packers’ defense that looked very good in their opening game against Mitch Trubisky and the Bears.

Other QBs to sit: Mitch Trubisky, Jacoby Brissett, Marcus Mariotta and Matthew Stafford

Running Backs: Who To Start Week 2

Duke Johnson vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

I predicted Duke would used frequently in Houston’s offense by catching passes in the backfield; he was second to Deandre Hopkins in targets with five.

He also had an impressive rushing day by averaging 6.3 yards-per-carry against the Saints.

This week, he takes on a Jacksonville defense that gave up over 100 total rushing yards to Kansas City last week.

Josh Jacobs vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Jacobs is the one rookie running back we’re sure is the workhorse for his team.

Last week, he had 23 carries and managed 85 yards against Denver.

In week two, he faces a friendlier opponent in the Chiefs defense who were sixth worse in rushing yards-per-game last year.

Running Back Sleeper for Week 2

James White vs. Miami Dolphins

I had White as my bust last week, and he proved me right.

This week I see him redeeming himself against this Dolphins defense that gave up 265 rushing yards last week

Other RBs to start: Austin Ekeler, Chris Carson, Derrick Henry, Damien Williams

Running Backs: Who To Sit Week 2

David Montgomery vs. Denver Broncos

He was high on draft boards assuming he would be the lead back for Chicago, but that wasn’t the case in week one.

Mike Davis took more snaps than Montgomery, and had more touches, while Cohen was primarily used in passing downs.

Monty could prove himself as time goes on, but for now, it’s a running back by committee, and you should avoid it.

Kenyan Drake vs. New England Patriots

Drake did not play well against the Ravens in their opener, and I expect the same in week two.

The Patriots did an outstanding job at stopping James Connor holding him to just 21 yards.

This game will become a blowout which means abandoning the run game.

Running Back Bust for Week 2

Aaron Jones vs. Vikings

I had Aaron Jones as a sit last week, and he only rushed for 39 yards against the Bears.

I welcome him again this week as he faces another tough defense in the Vikings.

In week one against Atlanta, Minnesota only allowed 73 total rushing yards.

Other RBs to sit: Philip Lindsay, Adrian Peterson, Peyton Barber, and Kerryon Johnson

Wide Receivers: Who To Start Week 2

John Ross vs. San Francisco 49ers

Ross was Andy Dalton’s go-to receiver against the Seahawks last week; he was targeted 12 times and caught seven passes.

With A.J. Green still out, that type of volume should continue this week against another NFC West opponent in San Francisco

John Brown vs. New York Giants

Watching their game against the Jets, Josh Allen looks like he has a great relationship with Brown.

He was targeted ten times and finished with a line of 7/123/1.

This week, he goes up against a Giants secondary that allowed two different 100+ yard receivers last week in Dallas.

Wide Receiver Sleeper for Week 2

Mike Gallup vs. Washington Redskins

Gallup flew under the radar in most drafts this year, but the number two receiver in Dallas has proved he’s a viable fantasy receiver.

Last week against the Giants, he caught all seven of his targets for 158 yards. He faces another favorable matchup this week in Washington.

Other WRs to start: Julian Edelman, Robert Woods, Tyrell Williams, and D.K. Metcalf

Wide Receivers: Who To Sit Week 2

Larry Fitzgerald vs. Baltimore Ravens

Fitzgerald had an incredible game against the Lions last week with 113 reception yards and a touchdown.

This week he faces a tougher defense in Baltimore.

They gave up the seventh-lowest receiving yards to wide receivers last season.

Adam Thielen vs. Green Bay Packers

You probably took Thielen early in your draft, and you don’t want to see him here.

The Green Bay defense held everyone but Allen Robinson in check last week.

Also, Cousins only threw the ball ten times.

The Vikings are establishing themselves as a run-heavy offense.

Wide Receiver Bust for Week 2

Geronimo Allison vs. Minnesota Vikings

There were high hopes going into the season for Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling to compliment Davante Adams in that Green Bay receiving core.

Last week against Chicago, Valdes-Scantling had zero catches, and Allison left early due to cramping. They face a better Minnesota defense this week.

The Vikings gave up the second-least amount of fantasy points to wide receivers last year and kept the Falcons in check week one.

Other WRs to sit: Robby Anderson, Kenny Golladay, Jarvis Landry, and DeSean Jackson

Tight Ends: Who To Start Week 2

Mark Andrews vs. Arizona Cardinals

The second-year tight end is coming off a game where he caught all eight of his targets for 108 receiving yards, and a touchdown against the Dolphins.

This week, he gets another favorable matchup against Arizona, who gave up 138 receiving yards to Lions rookie T.J. Hockenson.

Evan Engram vs. Buffalo Bills

As long as Eli Manning is behind center, I’m starting Engram.

Manning loves his tight ends, probably why Engram was targeted 14 times in their loss against Dallas.

The volume alone will allow Engram to be a TE1 every week.

Tight End Sleeper for Week 2

Vernon Davis vs. Dallas Cowboys

Davis at 35 years old, showed he still can play when he hurdled over a defender for a touchdown last week.

With Jordan Reed still out, Davis is a good play against a Cowboys defense that allowed Evan Engram to go off last week.

Other TEs to start: T.J. Hockenson, Delanie Walker, Vance McDonald, and Darren Waller

Tight Ends: Who To Sit Week 2

Jimmy Graham vs. Minnesota Vikings

I had Jimmy as a sit last week, and I would have been right if it wasn’t for the touchdown that saved his 30 receiving yard performance.

Lighting isn’t going to strike twice against the Vikings, who only gave up three touchdowns to tight ends last year.

C.J. Uzomah vs. San Francisco 49ers

It seems like Uzomah will be the tight end getting the majority of snaps for Cincinnati.

Unfortunately for him, he faces a 49ers defense that previously held Tampa Bay’s O.J. Howard to 33 receiving yards and a fumble.

Tight End Bust for Week 2

David Njoku vs. New York Jets (Monday)

Njoku was another tight end who’s fantasy day was saved by a touchdown.

This week won’t be so easy.

The New York Jets gave up the second-fewest receiving yards to tight ends last year with only five touchdowns.

Other TEs to sit: Eric Ebron, Kyle Rudolph, Austin Hooper, and Greg Olsen

ASK A FANTASY BRO MAILBAG

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Every week, I’ll open up questions on my Instagram story.

You can ask me anything fantasy related to the upcoming week in the NFL. Here are some of the more popular questions I received this week:

Who is Tyreek Hill’s replacement?

This moves Sammy Watkins to a WR1. Him and Travis Kelce with be the primary targets from Patrick Mahomes.

Mecole Hardman becomes a WR3 or flex play.

Should I start Dede Westbrook or Gardner Minshew?

The only Jaguar player I trust is Leonard Fournette.

The Jags will go run-heavy, and Alvin Kamara did well running up the gut against a Clowney-less Houston line.

Should I start Matt Breida or Raheem Mostert?

Breida will get the majority of touches, but I wouldn’t be shocked if it’s a 60-40 split.

I’d stay away from that situation for now.

Should I start Antonio Brown?

Always remember: “Bill Belichick hates your fantasy team.”

He’s a boom or bust start for this week. They’ll have some plays designed for him, but he could be used as a decoy.

Who is Hunter Henry’s replacement?

Virgil Green is next in line for the Chargers. I would look on the waivers first: Blake Jarwin, Vernon Davis are players with a low owner percentage I’d start this week.

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John “Supi” Supowitz is graduate from Quinnipiac University with a Masters in Sports Journalism. He is also currently a part of the Game Day Production Staff for a minor league baseball team. If you want to pique his interest, bring up the Yankees, pro-wrestling, or King of The Hill. You can follow him on Twitter @Imthatsupi85 and Instagram @Imthatsupi.

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