Welcome to Week 2. How did your team do last week? Whether the sun felt a little brighter because of a win, or maybe a cell phone got thrown out of a window because of a loss, either way, it’s too early in the season to know the fate of your team.
Let’s focus on who to start and sit in Week 2.
Josh Allen at Miami Dolphins
Allen was one of the more impressive quarterbacks in Week 1. Known for his ability to run, it was his 312 passing yards that were the eye-opener.
He has a great matchup against the Dolphins, who just allowed Cam Newton to run all over them. Allen has scored 20+ fantasy points in all four of his starts against Miami.
Cam Newton at Seattle Seahawks
Newton did not need his arm to be fantasy relevant last week, 75 rushing yards broke a Patriots record for a quarterback to go along with two rushing touchdowns.
This is another positive matchup against a Seahawks defense that got demolished by Matt Ryan last week and gave up the fourth-most rushing yards to quarterbacks last year. Look for another rushing score this week.
Other Quarterbacks To Start: Jimmy Garoppolo, Ryan Tannehill, Philip Rivers, Dak Prescott
Mitch Trubisky vs. New York Giants
The Chicago quarterback silenced his critics with 242 passing yards and three touchdowns in Week 1, one of which was on a game-winning drive.
He goes up against the Giants this week, he had 278 passing yards along with a passing and rushing touchdown last year against New York and this is still a below-average passing defense.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Buffalo Bills
Could the Fitzmagic finally be an illusion? He absolutely bombed against New England, throwing three interceptions.
This week he gets another tough matchup in Buffalo who held down Sam Darnold last week.
Jared Goff at Philadelphia Eagles
Last week showed the Rams don’t need to depend on Goff to win games. This is going to be a run-first offense, especially at the goal line.
Going to Philadelphia is a tough matchup; the Eagles allowed under 12-points-per-game to quarterbacks at home last year.
Other Quarterbacks To Sit: Drew Lock, Daniel Jones, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford
Carson Wentz vs. Los Angeles Ram
The situation is not good in Philadelphia: the offensive line is basically all backups and it showed with eight sacks allowed last week, and they’re dealing with injuries at running back and wide receiver.
It only gets worse with a matchup against a Rams defense that held Dak Prescott in check last week.
Emmanuel Sanders at Las Vegas Raiders (Monday)
I would have still listed him as flex-start this week against a bad Las Vegas secondary, but now with Michael Thomas out for some time, he’s a must-have this week and going forward.
Michael Gallup vs. Atlanta Falcons
Gallup didn’t have the best game last week, it could have been much better if it wasn’t for that questionable offensive passer interference call. This week is a good opportunity to redeem himself against the Falcons whose secondary got torched last week.
Other Wide Receivers To Start: A.J Green, Anthony Miller, Stefon Diggs, Allen Lazard, Parris Campbell
Diontae Johnson vs.Denver Broncos
Big Ben and the Steelers looked good in Week 1. JuJu Smith-Schuster is going to be targeted in the red zone, but Johnson is going to be the receiver that Big Ben will rely on. Love him in PPR.
Jerry Jeudy at Pittsburgh Steelers
Not a very good debut for Denver’s first-round pick. On the plus side, he led the team in targets, but the drops hurt. I don’t like him against a tough Steelers secondary, especially if he doesn’t have Courtland Sutton out there to garner attention.
Brandin Cooks vs. Houston Texans
Cooks had a tough Texans debut last week with just two catches and 20 yards. He’s also been dealing with a quad issue that has limited him in practice this week.
Other Wide Receivers To Sit: DeSean Jackson, Sammy Watkins, Robby Anderson, Will Fuller, Robert Woods
Jamison Crowder vs. San Francisco 49ers
Crowder led the league in targets last week, you’d think he’s a guaranteed starter but think again. Darnold targets Crowder because who else is there to throw to, but San Fransisco is good at holding down slot receivers. More than half of his receiving yards last week came on one play, can’t hope for that again.
Kareem Hunt vs. Cinncinati Bengals (Thursday)
Hunt was one of the bright sides of the horrendous offensive performance last week put on by Cleveland; he led the team in total yards and was second in receptions. His ability to run and catch is going to keep him on the field and opportunities to get points.
Zack Moss at Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins showed last week they can’t stop the run. Buffalo has a lot of weapons on the ground. I also like Devin Singletary as a flex starter this week.
I expect Buffalo to jump out to an early lead and that means garbage time points.
Other Running Backs To Start: Jerick McKinnion, Todd Gurley, Peyton Barber, Nyheim Hines, Benny Snell Jr.
James Robinson at Tennessee Titans
The matchup does not look good on paper, but Jacksonville is a run-first offense, and with Robinson on the field for 66% of the snaps last week, I love his volume-based upside.
Chris Carson vs. New England Patriots
Carson got nothing done on the ground last week, it was his six receptions and two receiving touchdowns that made him relevant.
Don’t expect the same results against the Patriots who allowed the fifth-lowest receptions and receiving yards to running backs and just one receiving touchdown last year.
Any Dolphins running back
Matt Brieda and Jordan Howard especially. It looks like Myles Gaskin might be the guy, at least for now, but this is a bad matchup. I’m expecting Buffalo to jump out to an early lead to force Miami to throw.
Other Running Backs To Sit: Cam Akers, Frank Gore, Mark Ingram, Antonio Gibson
Melvin Gordon at Pittsburgh Steelers
Gordon was able to sneak away with a late touchdown last week, but only because Royce Freeman barely missed the goal line previously. The Pittsburgh defense absolutely shut down Saquon Barkley, that should be all the reason to bench Gordon.
Ian Thomas at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Thomas was on people’s radar going into this year but did not deliver last week. He gets a much better matchup this week against the Buccaneers who allowed New Orleans’ Jared Cook to lead the team in receiving yards last week.
Jared Cook at Las Vegas Raiders
Cook last week was just behind Alvin Kamara in targets, now with Thomas out, he should see those opportunities increase. Most importantly, it’s a revenge game.
Other Tight Ends To Start: Tyler Higbee, Dallas Goedert, Noah Fant, Hunter Henry, O.J. Howard
Logan Thomas at Arizona Cardinals
Thomas was one of the standouts in Washington’s win in Week 1. He’s someone I mentioned to pick up in this week’s waiver wire and he has the opportunity to payout quickly.
Last year the Cardinals were so bad against the tight end that I wrote to start whoever was the opposing them every week, go look in my archives if you don’t believe me. The Cardinals allowed more than 13 points-per-game and 16 touchdowns in 2019.
Rob Gronkowski vs. Carolina Panthers
Gronk might still need some time to shake off the retirement rust, or he might still be hurting from losing the 24/7 title to R-Truth, whatever it was he didn’t do well last week against New Orleans. He’s going against Carolina who did well at shutting down Darren Waller last week and the weak Carolina secondary is more favorable to Bucs wide receivers.
Hayden Hurst at Dallas Cowboys
I hate to do this because I liked Hurst going into the season, but I don’t like that Matt Ryan threw for 450 yards and only 38 of it was from him. I’m fading Hurst until he can prove he’s not the fourth option behind, Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Russell Gage.
Other Tight Ends To Sit: Greg Olsen, Jack Doyle, Mike Gesicki, Chris Herndon, Evan Engram
Jimmy Graham vs. New York Giants
Don’t think because Graham had one good game that he’ll be dunking footballs like he’s back down in the Bayou. The Giants are easily exploitable in the secondary, which plays well for the wideouts, but the linebackers played well last week, holding Pittsburgh’s Eric Ebron and Vance McDonald to a combined total of two receptions for 21 receiving yards.