First thing’s first, The Fantasy Authority is nothing but transparent. We like taking victory laps, but also have the cajones to admit when we were wrong. Here is full disclosure from our Week 1 Start/Sits, where we went 4-2-2 with our predictions:
Start: Cam Newton (hit) , Jonathan Taylor (hit), DeSean Jackson (miss), Chris Herndon (push)
Sit: Melvin Gordon (miss), Odell Beckham Jr (hit), A.J. Green (push), Evan Engram (hit)
Week 2 Start/Sit
The NFL started! Week 1 was nothing short of entertaining and it provided some great performances and some big duds. It is still early and teams are still adjusting to new systems, new players, new schemes, and new stadiums, but here are the players I feel you need to write in marker on your roster and those you need to let ride the pine in Week 2. The Fantasy Authority’s Kevin Steele (@FantasyWrath13) and Cody Kutzer (@CKutzerFF) also went in depth on a number of players you should be adding through waivers in Week 2. Check it out…here. Also, check out our Week 2 Rankings.
Devin Singletary – RB – Buffalo Bills @ MIA
Singletary had a quiet Week 1 in which he rushed only nine times for 30 yards with five receptions for 23 yards. The Bills came away with the win over the Jets, but it wasn’t an amazing performance by any means. This week, the Bills travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins. The Dolphins are coming off a loss to the Patriots where they allowed a league-high 217 rushing yards. 2020 third round draft pick, Zack Moss didn’t fare too well himself, but cashed in on a receiving touchdown from four yards out. People were worried that Moss could potentially take over as the Bills primary back, but after Week 1, I think it is safe to say that head coach Sean McDermott has faith in Singletary leading the backfield. I would anticipate a lot more running room for Singletary this week against a porous rush defense. Even though Moss may vulture a goal line carry, don’t let that stop you from starting Singletary this week. I anticipate a much better performance from him.
Michael Gallup – WR – Dallas Cowboys vs. ATL
Last week in a heartbreaking loss to the Rams, Gallup had only three receptions for 50 yards and one huge play called back on a very questionable offensive pass interference call, where Rams corner-back Jalen Ramsey is a shoe-in for the Oscar for Best Actor. Everyone seemed to dismiss Gallup this offseason after the Cowboys drafted Oklahoma wide receiver CeeDee Lamb. Yet, in training camp Gallup continually flashed. This week, in a game that has a current over/under of 52 points, Gallup and Dem Boys take on Matty Ice and the Atlanta Falcons. I know only one game has been played, but the Falcons defense gave up the 8th-most fantasy points to wide receivers last week in a loss to the Seahawks. Falcons cornerback Isaiah Oliver is slated to be matched up one-on-one with Gallup. Oliver is the one who gave up the long 4th down touchdown to D.K. Metcalf last week. Gallup has a lot more speed than Oliver and Gallup’s speed will be a factor on the outside. Feel free to deploy Gallup on all your rosters!
Allen Lazard – WR – Green Bay Packers vs. DET
Lazard and the Packers completely dismantled the Vikings defense in Week 1 scoring 43 points. Lazard caught all four of his targets for 63 yards and a touchdown and even added 19 yards on a rush. He is locked in as Aaron Rodgers No. 2 wide receiver behind Davante Adams. Lazard also played over 86% of the Packers snaps on offense and averaged over 15 yards per target. The Packers welcome in the Detroit Lions who last week allowed Bears wide receivers to catch 14 passes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and gave up the 4th-most fantasy points to wide receivers. Aaron Rodgers looks to have a firm grip on Head Coach Matt LaFleur’s offense and I expect an epic beat down on their division rivals this Sunday. Lazard should be in your starting lineups.
Antonio Gibson – RB – Washington Football Team @ ARI
Well, the hype train came to a crashing halt for Antonio Gibson in Week 1. He had just nine carries for 36 yards and two catches for a whopping eight yards and still led the team in rushing, barf. Free agent addition Peyton Barber got 10 red zone carries and two touchdowns in a backfield that is just a plain mess. Yet, people are still not giving up on Gibson and if you own him in a dynasty league, I wouldn’t either. Just don’t play him until you need him for a bye week. This week, the Football Team travels to Arizona to take on Kyler Murray and the 1-0 Cardinals. J.D. McKissic led the Football Team in snaps last week and even though Raheem Mostert had a big game against the Cardinals, that all stemmed from a 75-yard touchdown reception. Do not start Gibson until the muddy waters of this backfield clears up and you can rely on him week to week.
Kirk Cousins – QB – Minnesota Vikings @ IND
Cousins stat line from Week 1 looks decent enough, where he threw 19 for 25, 259 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, yet his numbers entering the 4th quarter of a game that was already out of reach is a bit shocking. Entering the 4th quarter against the Packers last week, Cousins had only seven completions for 105 yards and an interception. Yikes. Indianapolis did hold Gardner Minshew to just 173 passing yards last week so don’t expect Cousins to have an outlandishly good performance. It seems that this season the Vikings will be utilizing the ground game of Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison more often than not. FantasyPros has Cousins locked in as this week’s 23rd ranked quarterback. Cousins could have some decent weeks this season, but don’t expect this to be one of them. Bench Cousins in Week 2.
Rob Gronkowski – TE – Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. CAR
When I woke up this morning the calendar said 2020. So why are people still acting like it is 2017 and starting Rob Gronkowski?!? I don’t get it. He is a shell of his former self. Last week, in his first game back since 2018, he caught two passes from three targets for 11 yards and had zero red zone targets. The Panthers did allow 47 receiving yards from tight ends last week, which is the exact same amount of yards Tampa Bay tight ends caught in Week 1. The problem is the Buccaneers aren’t the Patriots, as much as fantasy owners want them to be. Gronk has to compete with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate for looks in New England for a short time there was Aaron Hernandez but no other competition for tight end targets. At this point, it looks like Gronk is only in to affect defensive schemes. Until 2017 Gronk shows up, keep him firmly placed on your bench.