Fantasy Football Start’Em Sit’Em Week 2

NFL: Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers
Sep 10, 2017; Green Bay, WI, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Chris Carson (32) rushes with the football during the third quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Who’s In Who’s Out

With Week 1 in the books, fantasy owners are already looking forward to Week 2 of the fantasy football season. There were many injuries in Week 1 along with some breakout performances, so owners need to address their lineups accordingly! Luckily there is no hurricane induced bye weeks this week!

Here is the list of guys that should and should not be in fantasy starting lineups for Week 2!



Philip Rivers – LA vs MIA
Point spread total: 45

Rivers had a nice fantasy outing Monday night despite going up against the tough Denver Broncos defense. Three touchdowns and one interception is a very common stat line for Rivers. In Week 2, Rivers will face the Miami Dolphins that allowed the fourth most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2016. With Keenan Allen back in the mix, Rivers has a great look for the rest of 2017.

Ben Roethlisberger – PIT vs MIN
Point spread total: 45

Home sweet home for Big Ben this week. Roethlisberger threw for over 250 yards and two touchdowns last week against the Browns and this week he faces the Vikings stout defense. Some owners may be hesitant to start him this week, but do not worry. In his six home games last year Roethlisberger averaged 3.33 passing touchdowns and over 300 passing yards per game.

Sam Bradford – PIT vs MIN
Point spread total: 45

Slingin’ Sammy Bradford looked great on Monday. It seems a full offseason on the Vikings has done wonders for the offense. The Steelers defense allowed 18.58 fantasy points to a rookie quarterback last week, and with a chance for some points to be scored, Bradford is a great play.

Kirk Cousins – WAS @ LAR
Point spread total: 46

Cousins will be going up against the Rams defense that allowed the ninth most fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2016. Obviously, they played great against the Colts and Scott Tolzien, but they will have much more of a challenge against the Redskins in Week 2. The Rams only saw 21 passing attempts from the Colts; Cousins threw 40 last week.

Carson Wentz– PHI @ KC
Point spread total: 47

In a game with the third highest total, there is some underrated quarterback play. Despite the Chief’s destruction of the Patriots they still allowed 36 passing attempts and could have easily allowed three passing touchdowns instead of three rushing touchdowns. With Eric Berry out for the Chiefs, Zach Ertz could also have a big game for Wentz padding his stats.


Andy Dalton- CIN vs HOU
Point spread total: 38

In the lowest point spread total of the week, Dalton is someone that must remain on the bench. Going against the Texans defense that played well against the pass last week (10.30 fantasy points), it is very difficult to start Dalton in this matchup. In four games in his career against Houston, Dalton has thrown three touchdowns and three interceptions. Additionally, these two teams ranked last and second to last for the amount of combined pass attempts in Week 1. Without upside of a high-scoring game script, Dalton can surely be avoided.

Dak Prescott – DAL @ DEN
Point spread total: 42

Going up against a difficult Broncos secondary, it is hard to see Prescott having a huge game this week. This is a matchup that does not have much upside, so it is best to avoid Prescott if possible.

Russell Wilson – SEA vs SF
Point spread total: 42

Wilson disappointed in a very favorable matchup last week against the Green Bay Packers. This week he faces the 49ers in what seems like a favorable matchup, but there are some stats that say otherwise. In Week 1, they allowed the fourth fewest passing attempts. The reason being teams run the ball on them so frequently. The 49ers defense also allowed the second fewest passing attempts in 2016. In two games against the 49ers last year Wilson failed to score more than 15 fantasy points on a per game basis.

Running Backs


Alvin Kamara- NO vs NE
Point spread total: 55.5

Kamara, not Mark Ingram or Adrian Peterson led the Saints in rushing attempts and targets on Monday night. He also led all running backs in offensive snaps played (31). Kamara, a pass-catching back by nature has a great matchup against the Patriots. The Patriots are one of worst teams in terms of defending pass catching running backs. In 2016, the Patriots allowed the second most receptions to opposing running backs. More recently, they were just dominated by fellow rookie running back Kareem Hunt.

Ty Montgomery- GB vs ATL
Point spread total: 53.5

The Atlanta Falcons cannot stop pass-catching backs. In 2016, they allowed the most receptions to running backs. In Super Bowl 51, they were shredded by James White, and more recently in Week 1 by Tarik Cohen. Montgomery the former wide receiver should have a very productive day both receiving and rushing against the Falcons.

Chris Carson – SEA vs SF
Point spread total: 42

Watch out for Chris Carson. This will be his breakout game. Against the 49ers, Carson is a sleeper start. Coach Pete Carroll said he’s “anxious to see” more of rookie running back Chris Carson. With all of the other running backs just failing to make an impact, Carson will get an opportunity Sunday to really show what he can do. With Thomas Rawls dealing with an injury and Eddie Lacy being ineffective, it could be time for Carson to take over the Seattle backfield. It helps that the 49ers allowed 34 rushing attempts last week to Carolina. The volume will be there for the taking in Week 2 for Carson.

Lamar Miller HOU @ CIN
Point spread total: 38

The point spread total is small, but somebody has to score! Miller is somebody that needs to be started. The Bengals were shredded last week against the Ravens on the ground. Miller is by far the more superior running back to anybody on the Ravens’ roster, so he has a nice opportunity Thursday night. The Bengals allowed the second most rushing yards and most rushing attempts to running backs in Week 1.


Paul Perkins – NYG @ DET
Point spread total 43.5

Perkins was a non-factor in Week 1, and even with Odell Beckham Jr. coming back, that may not be enough to get the Giants to be able to run the football. Not to mention the Lions only allowed 33 rushing yards to the Cardinals last week.

C.J. Anderson DEN vs DAL
Point spread total 42

The Cowboys have an excellent run-defense. They held the Giants to 30 rushing yards last week and that was consistent with what they did all last year. In 2016, the Cowboys allowed the fewest rushing attempts to opposing running backs.

Isaiah Crowell CLE @ BAL
Point spread total 39

Crowell in Week 1, rushed for 33 yards on 17 carries. In Week 2, things will not get easier as the Browns face the Baltimore Ravens on the road. The Ravens defense in 2016 allowed the eighth fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs. Crowell has also struggled against the Ravens in Baltimore in the past.

Wide Receivers


DeAndre Hopkins – HOU @ CIN
Point spread total: 38

In the first half against the Jaguars, Hopkins had four targets from Tom Savage. In the second half with Deshaun Watson under center, Hopkins had twelve targets. With Watson starting Thursday night, he will most certainly look Hopkins’ way frequently. Hopkins will definitely get the volume he needs to have a productive outing.

Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan – NE @ NO
Point spread total: 55.5

The Patriots-Saints game has the largest point spread total of the week. Both of these defenses gave up more than 340 passing yards and at least three passing touchdowns last week. Cooks will be facing his old team, and Hogan looks to take over the role in the slot for this game. Danny Amendola is dealing with both a concussion and a knee injury. In Week 1, after Amendola left the game Hogan played every snap from the slot. Start these top two Patriots wide receivers.

Allen Hurns JAX vs TEN
Point spread total: 43.5

With Allen Robinson out of the picture, Allen Hurns could be the primary beneficiary. The Titans give up a lot of fantasy points to wide receivers. In 2016, they allowed the second most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, and in Week 1 they allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing wide receivers. For a plugin play off the waiver wire, Hurns is the guy.

Terrelle Pryor WAS @ LAR
Point spread total: 46

Pryor had a quiet Week 1, collecting six receptions for 66 yards. However, Cousins looked to him frequently has he lead the team with 11 targets. The Rams in 2016 allowed the fourth most fantasy points and the most receptions to opposing wide receivers.


Pierre Garçon- SF @ SEA
Point spread total: 42

Garçon had a nice opening Week 1, but unfortunately, Week 2 he will be facing the Legion of Boom in Seattle. Despite the fact that they did allow the most receptions to wide receivers a week ago, it was against the Packers offense. Brian Hoyer is not Aaron Rodgers and thus Garçon should be benched.

Mike Wallace/Jeremy Maclin – BAL vs CLE
Point spread total: 39

These guys were on the sit’em side last week and despite Maclin’s touchdown, they should still remain on the bench. The Ravens look to becoming a run heavy team as Joe Flacco gets back to regularity after missing so much time. They only had 17 passing attempts as a team last week.

Kelvin Benjamin – CAR vs BUF
Point spread total: 43

In a game where both teams will be trying to establish the run, Benjamin is someone to avoid. The Buffalo Bills in 2016, allowed the 11th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers. Not many points will be scored in this game so,, with Benjamin’s low volume and downside of touchdowns, he is better off on the bench.

Tight Ends


Coby Fleener NO vs NE
Point spread total: 55.5

Fleener was on this list last week and did not disappoint! Finishing Week 1 as the number five tight end overall, Fleener has another great matchup against the Patriots in Week 2. Fleener could find himself being covered by some lackluster linebackers on the Patriots’ roster which is a matchup he will win. Willie Snead is still suspended so look for Fleener to dominate the middle of the field for the Saints.

Charles Clay BUF @ CAR
Point spread total: 43

Charles Clay: the new number one receiver on the Bills? After last week when Clay lead the Bills in targets (9), it may not be so crazy to say so. Either way, Clay is coming off a productive game and should continue to be played in lineups. The Carolina Panthers defense in 2016, allowed the third most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. Additionally, they also allowed the second most red zone targets to opposing tight ends in 2016.

Cameron Brate TB vs CHI
Point spread total: 43

Jameis Winston’s number one red zone target from a season ago, Brate is primed for a nice game against the Bears. The Bears in Week 1, allowed the most fantasy points to the tight end position. Additionally, in 2016, they also allowed the fifth most red zone touches to tight ends. Brate known for his red zone prowess should see some production Week 2.


Austin Hooper ATL vs GB
Point spread total: 53.5

Despite being one of the top tight end scorers from a week ago, do not be so certain Hooper will repeat his performance against the Packers. The Packers did an excellent job of containing Jimmy Graham in Week 1. With all the weapons in Atlanta, it may be tough for Hooper to be productive with such a low target share.

Jack Doyle IND @ LAR
Point spread total: 44

Cardinals eliminate the tight end position for opposing offenses. With no Andrew Luck, Doyle is not even an option this week.

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