Start Sit Fantasy Players week 2
I’m back again with the start sit fantasy players week 2. After many surprises and injuries in Week 1, fantasy owners are assessing their rosters and scrambling to make up for their week 1 losses. Now that we have one week in the books and finally received some data to work with, I’ve tried to keep my Start or Sit choices to players that fantasy owners may be on the fence about and aren’t as clear-cut. Let’s get to it!
Jameis Winston, QB Bucs
Though we did not get to see the Bucs play in Week 1, don’t be afraid to fire up Jameis Winston against a porous Chicago defense this week. Matt Ryan threw for 321 yards and a touchdown against them, while also running for an additional touchdown. The Bucs are anxious to take the field after having to postpone their matchup with Miami in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
Winston finished last season as the #10 overall fantasy quarterback and definitely, could best that this season, given his increased experience and the addition of deep threat Desean Jackson. He needs to work on taking care of the football, as he threw the 2nd most interceptions in 2016 (18). He shouldn’t have any difficulty scoring fantasy points this week, which will help out his owners who were forced to stream QB in week 1.
Lamar Miller, RB Texans
Lamar Miller is a start in start sit fantasy players week 2. Here’s why: I know that owners may not trust the Texans offense at all after their train wreck performance in Week 1 against Jags, but don’t bail on Miller just yet. He rushed 17 times for 65 yards and snagged 2-of-2 targets for 31 yards, good for 11.6 points in PPR and 9.6 in standard scoring. That’s good for 24th and 19th place overall for fantasy RBs in week 1. Not too bad for how it looked, but not exactly what owners wanted from their RB1.
I know that owners may not trust the Texans offense at all after their train wreck performance in Week 1 against Jags, but don’t bail on Miller just yet. He rushed 17 times for 65 yards and snagged 2-of-2 targets for 31 yards, good for 11.6 points in PPR and 9.6 in standard scoring. That’s good for 24th and 19th place overall for fantasy RBs in week 1. Not too bad for how it looked, but not exactly what owners wanted from their RB1.
Due to the Baltimore Ravens leaning heavily on their running backs last week after gaining a healthy lead, fantasy owners got to see the holes in the Cincinnati run defense. They gave up a combined 151 yards and one touchdown to the Baltimore running backs which represented the 10th most fantasy points given to the RB position in week 1. Lamar Miller is a volume-based RB2 with RB1 upside, as he will most likely be used extensively on the ground and through the air against the Bengals. In addition, there is no one challenging Miller for touches which isn’t something you can say for many RBs. I know it feels like a risky play but will pay off.
John Brown, WR Cardinals
John Brown finished week 1 with nine targets (second on the team), but only hauled in four of those for 32 yards. If you didn’t watch the game, most fantasy owners might not think twice about benching Brown in week 2 based on those stats. However, that would be a mistake. Most of the blame for Brown’s low fantasy points falls to Carson Palmer’s poor play. Palmer could not get in sync with his offense, making dangerous throws as well as misfiring with open receivers. Though it should be a factor that fantasy owners consider, Palmer, Fitzgerald, and Brown should all get back on track this week against an Indianapolis team that struggles on both sides of the ball.
The points to focus on are 1) his opportunity 2)his match up and 3) his targets. With David Johnson sidelined for most of the season (sad face, times infinity), Palmer will rely even more on his receivers and week 1 shows that he’s looking for Brown often. They couldn’t ask for a better match up to bounce back, as the Colts gave up 187 yards and one touchdown through the air to the LA Rams last week. That’s the 6th most fantasy points given to the WR position in week one. Though Brown’s soft tissue injuries should remain on fantasy owners’ radar, his play making ability makes this week’s match up too juicy to pass up. If he suits up, play him.
Pierre Garcon, WR 49ers
I often spoke of how undervalued Pierre Garcon was coming into the 2017 season, so this week is a prime opportunity to encourage fantasy owners to trust his production more after seeing him in week 1. Yes, he has a tough matchup versus Seattle, but they gave up 211 yards and one touchdown last week to the Green Bay receivers. That’s good for the 5th most fantasy points given to the WR position in week 1. Richard Sherman shadowed Devante Adams for the majority of the game, limiting him to 47 yards. According to ProfootballFocus.com, Garcon faces Shaquill Griffin this week and could fare much better than fantasy owners predict.
Garcon finished last week as the 19th fantasy WR (PPR) and received the most targets on the team with 10. He converted six of those passes for 81 yards and is clearly the receiver to own in San Francisco. Drafted as fantasy owners WR3, he will continue to outperform his ranking and finish in the top 20-25 WRs in week 2.
Coby Fleener, TE Saints
Coby Fleener caught five passes for 54 yards and a touchdown in the Saints’ week 1 bout with Minnesota. Most of the team struggled, but Fleener stayed consistent helping the offense down the field and then scoring their lone touchdown. While many posited that Tedd Ginn, Jr. would benefit the most from Willie Snead’s suspension, it looks like Fleener may be the winner if last week is any indication.
This week, Fleener draws a New England Patriots defense that gave up 55 yards and a touchdown to the tight end position against Kansas City. That translated to just under 10 fantasy points for both KC tight ends, which is a solid performance at a position very hard to predict in fantasy. We are likely to see Brady bounce back in a big way this week after his shaky performance last week, so this could be a shootout. Thus, Fleener should get plenty of opportunities to help out his fantasy owners once again and is a great streaming option as well. Fleener comes in as a “start” in start sit fantasy players week 2.
Cincinnati Bengals Defense
If you watched any of the Houston Texans versus the Jacksonville Jaguars, you have a sense of why this is a juicy matchup to target in week 2. The Jags outperformed expectations, but it is safe to say that Houston is a hot mess. Their offensive line could not protect Tom Savage nor Deshaun Watson and totaled 10 sacks, with Calais Campbell breaking a franchise record with 3.5 sacks in a single game.
Tom Savage didn’t do himself any favors, taking too long to make decisions and hesitancy to scramble or escape the pocket when needed. He completed just seven passes for 62 yards, no touchdowns, and coughed up two fumbles. The Texans sacked Savage six times in just the first half. Though the Texans hoped Deshaun Watson would fare better, he managed 12 completions for 102 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and one fumble. Better, but not exactly what you want to see from your quarterbacks in week 1. Watson isn’t 100% healthy due to an ankle issue, but Texans announced him as the starter for Thursday Night Football. Cincinnati should be able to capitalize on this one and take advantage of a downtrodden Texans team on a short week.
Honorable mention: Jeremy Maclin, WR Ravens; Desean Jackson, WR Bucs
Kirk Cousins, QB Redskins
I’m hopeful for Kirk Cousins’ overall fantasy production this season but need to advise fantasy owners to temper expectations after seeing the Washington offense struggled against Philadelphia in week 1. Cousins completed just 23 of 40 passes (57.5% completion rate) for 240 yards, one touchdown, one interception, and two fumbles. His offensive line struggled as well, giving up four sacks and allowed Cousins to be rushed/hit several times.
Washington faces the Rams this week, but it is difficult to discern the LA Rams true defensive potential since Indianapolis isn’t much of an adversary right now. They held Scott Tolzien to 128 yards and he coughed up two interceptions and a fumble (that the Colts recovered). Jacoby Brissett only completed two passes for 51 yards once he took over. Cousins struggled to connect to Terrell Pryor and Jamison Crowder often overthrowing and not seeming on the same page. Jamison Crowder didn’t look 100% and both receivers dropped several balls, clearly not helping out Cousins or the offense. I’m not confident that they find their groove this week against the Rams and he’s best off on your bench if you have a better option. All that makes Cousins a sit in start sit fantasy players week 2
CJ Anderson, RB Broncos
CJ Anderson gained more of my confidence in week 1, getting the majority of the touches out of the Denver backfield. He ran 20 times for a total of 81 yards )and no touchdowns). Jamaal Charles rushed 10 times for 40 yards but fumbled late in the game. Many think this will be enough for Broncos to hold Charles to around 10 touches per game, giving Anderson the nod as the early down back. This could be true moving forward, but with Devontae Booker set to return as soon as week 3, I wouldn’t be comfortable saying we have this backfield figured out.
Anderson may get the majority of the carries this week, but faces a Dallas defense that gave up just 35 rushing yards to the New York Giants in week 1. The Giants were playing from behind which impacted their decision to be more pass-heavy, but Anderson owners shouldn’t underestimate the Dallas run defense. Most of the fantasy points that the Giants gave up to the RB position came through the air (Shane Vereen) and this would most likely be more of an opportunity for Jamaal Charles, not Anderson. The Giants defense is tougher than some think, so be warned.
Marvin Jones, WR Lions
I spent last preseason being the conductor of the Marvin Jones hype train, so needless to say, I like his talent. This just isn’t the week to pull him off your bench. Owners may be tempted to put him in, hoping for a repeat performance (11.7 PPR points) and kicking themselves for not playing him last week. Pump the brakes. Detroit went to town on the Arizona Cardinals in week 1, racking up 213 yards and THREE touchdowns. Jones snagged two receptions for 37 yards and a TD. Week 1 showed that Matt Stafford possesses a lot of receiving weapons at his disposal (hello, Kenny Golladay) as well as a renewed effort to involve his running backs (Ameer Abdullah 18 touches, Theo Riddick seven targets). This means it will be difficult to predict when Jones may get enough targets to produce like his fantasy owners hope.
This week, Jones draws the New York Giants defense that allowed zero touchdowns and just over 100 yards to the Dallas Cowboys receivers in week 1. Owners shouldn’t expect another TD from Jones against the Giants, thus limiting his upside and providing a pretty low floor. I’d look elsewhere for your WR3/flex this week.
Jack Doyle, TE Colts
The Indianapolis Colts offense is in a sad state of affairs without their franchise QB, Andrew Luck. Scott Tolzien and Jacoby Brissett (been with the team for mere weeks) aren’t helping much at all. Though most (including me) had hoped that Jack Doyle would become a “safety blanket” for the struggling quarterbacks, Doyle received just three targets in their loss to the Rams in Week 1. He did the most with them, gaining 41 yards (good for 20.5 YPC) but that isn’t enough to start him with confidence this week.
The Colts face an Arizona defense in week 2 that had difficulty stopping Detroit’s wide receivers but held their tight end Eric Ebron to just nine yards on two catches. Honestly, match-up aside, I would be wary to start any of the Colts offensive players with the poor offensive line and quarterback play. Until Andrew Luck returns, this offensive unit will be hard to trust.
Honorable Mention: Emmanuel Sanders, WR Broncos
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