NFL Fantasy Football Start em’ Sit em’ Week 2
(Editor’s note: Our starting fantasy football writer, Card44, is off this week. So went to our bench and subbed in the crafty veteran, Preluder.)
It’s week two of the NFL season and with this weeks slate kicking off tonight with the Bills vs Jets (boooooring), it’s time to get this show on the road. This week, we bring you our five best starts and our five best sits. Be prepared, these are stone cold, lead pipe locks y’all.
Jonathan Stewart – HB – Carolina Panthers
Okay, so the Niners D shut down Todd Gurley week one. The Rams have no passing game. Enter the Panthers and Cam Newton, not to mention the fact that the 49ers have a short week to contend with (they just played on Monday night) AND a cross country road trip for a 1pm eastern kick. Newton, Kelvin Benjamin and Co. will stretch the field, allowing for Stewart to have a big day underneath.
Matthew Stafford – QB – Detroit Lions
For what seems like forever now, Stafford has been a total boom or bust QB start week to week. But, since week 8 of the 2015 season when Jim Bob Cooter took over as offensive coordinator (what a name…), Stafford has been great, throwing 22 TD passes to just 2 interceptions and averaging 279.9 passing yards per game. We look for him to continue that good work this week against a so-so Titans defense.
Derek Carr – QB – Oakland Raiders
Carr faces an Atlanta Falcons defense this week who got carved up for four TDs in week one by Jameis Winston and the Bucs. With all due respect to Mike Evans, Winston doesn’t have Amari Cooper and Carr does. While the Raiders D looked shaky as all get out in week one, the offense looked pretty solid and that won’t likely change this week against the Dirty Birds.
Jordan Matthews – WR – Philadelphia Eagles
Matthews had a big week one and will look to build on that performance in week two against the Bears. Rookie QB Carson Wentz looked good in his debut, but he’ll most likely be without TE Zach Ertz this week, so look for him to lean on Matthews, the Eagles best receiver, just a bit more. The Bears allowed two 100 yard receivers in week one for the Texans.
New England Patriots – Defense
The Pats go into week two for a contest against the Miami Dolphins, who managed just 10 points in week one at Seattle. We know, we know… AT Seattle, but Ryan Tannehill played really poorly, and the Pats D tuned him up last year in a 36-7 rout that saw Tannehill throw two interceptions and get sacked five times at Foxborough. Start the Pats D this week and profit.
Ryan Tannehill – QB – Miami Dolphins
See the Start Em’ above for the Patriots defense. Tannehill was bad in week one and we look for him to be bad again in week two. It’s a shame for Jarvis Landry owners, as he’s one of the best young WR talents in the league. If he only he had a quarterback…
Tyrod Tayor – QB – Buffalo Bills
The Bills kick off the week tonight when they face Sexy Rexy’s old team, the Jets. Todd Bowles has the Jets playing pretty decent D, and Taylor was terrible in week one against a lesser Baltimore defense. Simply put, Taylor just isn’t that good and he won’t be good this week either.
Andrew Luck – QB – Indianapolis Colts
I know it’s tough to sit a QB of Luck’s stature, especially after he lit it up week one, but hear us out. He’s playing at Denver, where QB play goes to die against the Broncos Orange Crush defense, and Luck hasn’t played very well out doors as of late. Roll the dice if you’d like, but if you have a back up with a favorable match up, this might be the week to play that card.
Frank Gore – HB – Indianapolis Colts
Is it that obvious that we’re predicting a tough week for the Colts offense? Gore is a competent runner, but he’s not the back he used to be and the Colts tend to panic and air it out when things aren’t going their way. Things won’t be going their way. Gore will likely be a total non-factor in the second half especially. Sit him if you can.
Carlos Hyde – HB – San Francisco 49ers
Another guy who’s a tough pill to swallow to bench him, but for all of the reasons we mentioned at the top of this piece, the 49ers are probably in for a rough one against the Panthers. Short week, long trip, Luke Kuechly and the rest of the Panthers D to contend with. Smells like a single digit week for Hyde to us.
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