NFL Week 2 Start/Sit
One week into the fantasy football season tends to bring premature panic and some excessive celebration, especially when it comes to a sleeper pick that delivered. While most fantasy owners tend to keep a level head about their Week 1 results, fine-tuning a roster for Week 2 isn’t the worst thing in the world.
Come late Monday night; some trends will be in place, enabling fantasy owners to separate the proverbial wheat from the chaff properly. Though early, Week 2 will feel like a make or break vibe for some players (see Wentz, Carson).
Start: Falcons QB Matt Ryan
The Cowboys didn’t allow a passing touchdown in Week 1 but did allow a league-worst 13.8 yards per completion. That’s blood in the water for a fantasy shark, like Ryan, who comes off a 454-yard effort in Week 1 and will unleash wide receivers Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Russell Gage upon a suspect Dallas secondary.
Sit: Eagles QB Carson Wentz
Three interceptions, a 57.1 completion rate, and being sacked eight times in the embarrassing loss to the Washington Football Team far offset how sharp Wentz looked early. A makeshift offensive line doesn’t bode well for Wentz’s chance for a quick bounceback, not with Aaron Donald and the Rams front line coming to Philly.
Start: Steelers RB Benny Snell Jr.
Snell was the Pittsburgh running game in Monday’s win over the Giants, accounting for all but one of the team’s 20 rushing attempts after starter James Connor (ankle) was sidelined. The Broncos gave up 116 yards to Derrick Henry in their loss to the Titans. Still, they could be in more dire straits with Snell, especially if quarterback Ben Roethlisberger opens the passing lanes early to allow Snell’s running to exploit the Denver defense.
Sit: Lions RB Adrian Peterson
AP’s 93 yards on 14 carries was a pleasant Week 1 surprise, but don’t count on a Week 2 repeat. Peterson managed just 31% of the Lions’ running back snap counts and the fact that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will feast on an injury-riddled Detroit secondary means the Lions will probably be playing catchup for most of Sunday afternoon.
Start: Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders
With All-Pro Michael Thomas (ankle) sidelined for Monday night’s tilt at the Raiders, Sanders will see more than the mere five targets he had in Week 1. Sanders also gets a sweeter matchup as Las Vegas’ defense allowed the ninth-most fantasy points allowed to opposing receivers in Week 1.
Sit: Seahawks WR D.J. Metcalf
Seattle’s second-year wideout had five catches for 95 yards and a score in Sunday’s win over the Falcons, but facing the Patriots’ secondary is like night and day. New England allowed just 126 receiving yards in their Week 1 win over the Dolphins, and it’s a sure thing that All-Pro Stephon Gilmore will be playing “Me & My Shadow” with Metcalf for much of Sunday night.
Start: Washington TE Logan Thomas
One of the more popular waiver wire adds Thomas led Washington with eight targets in Week 1. The Cardinals have struggled against opposing tight ends in recent years, and only an injury to 49ers All-Pro George Kittle kept them from being mauled again in Week 1. Thomas’ athletic presence assures they won’t dodge the tight end bullet twice.
Sit: Broncos TE Noah Fant
Fant had a solid Week 1, catching five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown, but the return of WR Courtland Sutton will cut into his production. The Broncos will also be facing a Steelers defense that did a stellar job of locking down Giants tight end, Evan Engram, in Week 1, making Fant a considerable risk.
Start: Chargers RB Austin Ekeler
He’s a gold-plated must-start in PPR formats against a Chiefs defense that he caught 17 passes for 151 yards against last season. Ekeler will still get the bulk of the ground game versus a KC run defense that allowed 5.4 yards per carry to the Texans, the second-worst average in Week 1.
Sit: Cardinals WR Christian Kirk
The presence of DeAndre Hopkins made Kirk a non-factor as he had just one catch for zero yards on five targets. There’s nowhere but up for Kirk, yet it’s not enough to consider starting him versus a Washington Football Team that had the ninth-best fantasy showing against opposing wideouts in Week 1.
Start: Cowboys WR CeeDee Lamb
Lamb was on the field 82% of the time in his NFL debut, catching five targets for 59 yards. With tight end Blake Jarwin (ACL) done for the season, expect Lamb to be targeted more frequently, a trend that should begin against a Falcons secondary that allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts in Week 1.
Sit: Dolphins RB Jordan Howard
Howard did score in Week 1, but seven yards on eight carries isn’t going to cut it. The emergence of Myles Gaskin, who had 63% of Miami’s running back snap counts compared to Howard’s mere 15%, translates to Howard getting only a handful of touches against a Bills defense that allowed just 3.5 yards per carry and 52 total rushing yards to the Jets in Week 1.
Start: Colts QB Philip Rivers
Don’t expect Rivers to ease up after throwing for 363 yards on 36-of-46 passing in Week 1. The loss of running back Marlon Mack (Achilles) means Indianapolis will further emphasize its passing attack against a Vikings defense that allowed a league-high 54.5% of its third downs to be converted in their loss to the Packers.
Sit: Browns QB Baker Mayfield
Don’t be the fantasy owner who finds their Week 2 into a hole on Thursday night. Thus far in his brief career, Mayfield has been a mediocre passer in September, managing a paltry 6.48 yards per attempt and a 7-9 TD:INT margin. Even in deeper leagues, there will be better Week 2 options at pivot for fantasy users to consider, including the option of streaming Daniel Jones (Giants) or even the quarterback Mayfield will face on Thursday, Bengals rookie Joe Burrow.