Week 2 Start & Sit

Every week of the NFL season, we will bring you our suggested starts and sits for your fantasy football lineups. Everyone knows to start Aaron Rodgers every week, so we’ll do our best to refrain from stating the obvious plays. Our starts will feature some lesser-owned, under-the-radar players – and our sits will feature big-name guys that we think will underperform. In addition to being useful when setting your weekly lineups in your season-long leagues, this can also be a valuable tool if you’re playing daily fantasy sports (DFS) as well. In addition to the standard offensive position picks provided by Shaun Crandall, Eric Iannaccone, Kyle August, Josh Brickner and me, John DiBari, we’ll also have several suggested starts for those of you in IDP leagues courtesy of IDP wizard  J.T. Maynard. Good luck this weekend!

 

Featured Starts

Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

I know he was awful last week… I know. But bear with me. We started Jared Goff against the Colts last week and he had a very respectable game even while the offense had very little to play for throughout most of it. He was a low-end QB1/high end QB2 in a blowout. If Jared Goff can do that, the quarterback formerly known as Palmer should be able to manage at least the same. The Cardinals will likely take to the air early and often after losing David Johnson – and the Colts D still isn’t good.  – Eric Iannaccone

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

This week, I’m going with another guy that was probably pretty cheap to acquire this offseason. I really liked what I saw last year from Jacquizz Rodgers. The man wasn’t even on the Bucs roster to start the season but was still able to take advantage of the opportunity. In 5 games in which Rodgers received more than 8 touches, Quizz averaged over 100 total yards and 12.94 fantasy points per game including 12+ points in 4 of 5 games. With Doug Martin on suspension, I like the opportunity for Rodgers this week at home vs. the Bears. I think the Bucs will come out swinging and get up big earlier on in this game. I’d look for Rodgers to see 17-20 touches which should give him double digit points this week. Solid RB2. -Kyle August

John Brown, WR, Arizona Cardinals

Brown was a player of value discussed repeatedly during the off-season. Hampered by sickle-cell in 2016, he wasn’t able to produce as expected, so 2017 is expected to be a bounce back. In Week-1, he exhibited his versatility as he saw nine targets and one rushing attempt. In Week-2, he faces a porous defense in Indianapolis and in turn he should see more of an opportunity than what he faced against Detroit. -Shaun Crandall

Zach Miller, TE, Chicago Bears

A season-ending collarbone injury to Kevin White on Sunday, piled on top of the preseason ACL tear for Cameron Meredith, has the Chicago Bears desperate for receiving options. Enter Zach Miller. Miller played sixty percent of the snaps on Sunday and finished second on the team in targets (6), receptions (4), and receiving yards (39) behind newly crowned fantasy darling Tarik Cohen. You can be sure Cohen got the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ attention as well; they are likely to key in on him and Jordan Howard, which should open up the field for Miller as the Bears’ primary receiving TE. Opportunity is an enormous key to success in fantasy football, and a golden one has just fallen in Zach Miller’s lap. If you drafted a TE thinking he would be catching passes from Andrew Luck, start Miller instead. -Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs host the Bears who literally have no wide receivers who are both healthy and good. It’s a terrible situation, especially since they should also be fairly familiar with Mike Glennon’s weaknesses too. Look for Tampa Bay to stack the box to stop Howard and dare Glennon to beat them… which he won’t.  -John Di Bari

 

Staff Starts

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Marshawn Lynch, Oakland Raiders

Wide Receiver: Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions

Tight End: Charles Clay, Buffalo Bills

D/ST: Los Angeles Rams

 

Kyle August

Quarterback: Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins

Wide Receiver: Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers

Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

D/ST: Oakland Raiders

 

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: Joe Flacco

Running Back: Kerwynn Williams

Tight End: Cameron Brate

D/ST: New York Giants

 

Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals

Running Back: Darren Sproles, Philadelphia Eagles

Wide Receiver: John Brown, Arizona Cardinals

D/ST: Oakland Raiders

 

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Smokin’ Jay Cutler, Miami Dolphins

Running Back: Ty Montgomery, Green Bay Packers

Wide Receiver: Donte Moncrief, Indianapolis Colts

Tight End: Cameron Brate, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

 

IDP Starts

Defensive Line: Trey Flowers, New England Patriots – As the Saints play catch up for the 2nd week, Mr. Flowers will feast.

Linebacker: Vince Williams, Steelers – This is the week you see the real Vince Williams. He will have a more sculpted offense to deal with. Start him!   

Defensive Back: Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills – He was all over the place last week, he will be all over the place against Cam, CMC, JStew & KBenj. Put him in your lineup, NOW!

Wildcard: Mike Hull, Linebacker, Miami Dolphins – Going out on a semi-strong limb here to say if you have no one else and are maybe hurting with an injury, start the Penn State product. He will be in the middle for the Dolphins Sunday.

– J.T. Maynard

 

Featured Sits

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers

I was tentative on Cam coming into this season, and everything I feared about him showed itself this weekend. He was inaccurate, did very little on the ground, and Benjamin and Funchess did very little to separate themselves for him. I don’t think he’ll save the inefficiency with volume this week either, as this game has the makings of a defensive battle ending with a score of something like 17-10. – Eric Iannaccone

Bilal Powell, RB, New York Jets

The fantasy community as a whole (myself included) might have been too eager to crown Bilal Powell as the guy for the Jets. What we saw in Week-1 was a 12 to 9 split in touches between Powell and Forte which isn’t exactly what Powell owners were looking for from the assumed “starter”. Looking back at Powell’s 2016 production, he was able to put together a massive final 4 weeks of the season in which he averaged just over 25 touches and 18.3 fantasy points per game. All of this production came with Forte being active for only two of those contests and only receiving 8 total touches. Another factor as well might have been the matchups the Jets saw over those final four weeks: SF, MIA, NE, & BUF. If Forte is healthy, I think we need to recalibrate our expectations for Powell and treat him as a low-end flex option at best. With the matchup this week at Oakland, he’s on the pine for me. -Kyle August

Michael Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints

Thomas will be tough to sit for most; however, if there is roster depth at the position, I would look to start the alternative. The first-year phenom faces New England, who has one of the top cornerback duos in the league, and as a unit will look to rebound after a poor performance against Kansas City last week. Drew Brees will most likely be forced to check-down, which does not bode well for Thomas’ stat line. -Shaun Crandall

Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals

There’s no way to sugarcoat it: Tyler Eifert and the entire Bengals aerial attack was awful in Week-1. Andy Dalton threw four interceptions, fumbled, and threw for a pedestrian 170 yards.  Eifert, despite playing on nearly 89% of the snaps, caught his lone target for a measly four yards. The Bengals offense needs some TLC. Unfortunately, time is not on their side as they will host the Texans in the often offensively challenged Thursday Night Football game. The Texans gave up the third least fantasy points to tight ends a season ago, only giving up a single reception to the position in Week-1. They were flat out embarrassed by the Jaguars in their emotional home opener.  Eifert needs to be firmly planted on your bench until the Red Rifle starts shooting straight. -Josh Brickner

Defense/Special Teams

New York Giants. The Giants have one of the better fantasy defenses in the league and are coming off of a big loss to start the year and Detroit is typically terrible on road. All that aside… bench ‘em! I think Detroit has finally turned the corner and might be one of the better teams in football this year. The Giants looked out of sorts last week and are a train wreck as long as McAdoo is at the helm. If they win, it’ll have to be a shootout, which isn’t friendly for defenses. -John Di Bari

 

Staff Sits

Eric Iannaccone

Running Back: Jonathan Stewart, Carolina Panthers

Wide Receiver: Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams

Tight End: David Njoku, Cleveland Browns

D/ST: Green Bay Packers

 

Kyle August

Quarterback: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Wide Receiver: Randall Cobb, Green Bay Packers

Tight End: Jordan Reed, Washington Redskins

D/ST: Minnesota Vikings

 

Shaun Crandall

Quarterback: DeShone Kizer, Cleveland Browns

Running Back: C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos

Tight End: Julius Thomas, Miami Dolphins

D/ST: Denver Broncos

 

Josh Brickner

Quarterback: Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

Running Back: Mike Gillislee, New England Patriots

Wide Receiver:  Terrelle Pryor, Washington Redskins

D/ST: New England Patriots

 

John Di Bari

Quarterback: Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans

Running Back: Carlos Hyde, San Francisco 49ers

Wide Receiver: Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders

Tight End: Jack Doyle, Indianapolis Colts

 

IDP Sits

Defensive Line: Cam Jordan, New Orleans Saints

Linebacker: C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens.

Defensive Back: Any and all Kansas City Chiefs DBs

– J.T. Maynard

 

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jdibari

Chicagoan living in Las Vegas. Fantasy Football writer & Director of In-Season Analysis for Dynasty Football Factory, blogger for USFantasy and contributor to TheFakeHockey. Member FSWA.

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