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Fantasy Football Week 2 Start/Sit Advice

  • The Draft Network
  • September 16, 2021
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Well, that was a fun first week of football, wasn’t it? And I’m sure your fantasy teams are looking *exactly* as you thought they would. All sarcasm aside, don’t worry if your team didn’t pan out in Week 1. It’s just one game. As for what to expect in Week 2, look no further than my weekly start/sit article. I try to incorporate players who I’m asked about the most, so if you ever have a question about a player, hit me up on Twitter @ZachCohenFB

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Quarterbacks

Start: Matthew Stafford @ IND ($6,900)

Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense were wheeling and dealing against the Bears. Dare I say, Stafford looked MVP-esque? Despite almost no rushing upside, Stafford still finished as QB9 with 24.3 fantasy points. He seems to be considered as a borderline QB1 this week, which makes sense since Los Angeles faces an underrated Indianapolis defense. Even with Darius Leonard and DeForest Buckner, I don’t know if the Colts can handle the high-octane passing attack led by Stafford. He seems like a solid choice at quarterback for your Week 2 lineup.

Other Players to Consider: Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater

Sit: Kirk Cousins @ ARI ($6,600)

What was up with the Vikings’ offense? They seemed a bit off against what should’ve been an easy Bengals’ defense. Maybe the real question belongs to Cousins’ opponent, the Cardinals: What was up with the Titans’ offense? Arizona made Tennessee’s star-powered offense look barely battery-powered. It makes me worry about Cousins and Co. on Sunday. I don’t know if Minnesota’s offensive line can handle the beast that was Chandler Jones. Cousins posted a fine stat-line against Cincinnati—he was the week’s QB12 with 22 points—but if the Cardinals show up as they did on Sunday, then Cousins will have a much tougher time replicating his performance. There are better starters for your lineup.

Other Players to Consider: Joe Burrow, Ryan Tannehill

Running backs

Start: Kareem Hunt vs. HOU ($5,500)

After watching the Browns lose to the Chiefs 33-29, Hunt‘s role in the backfield became even more clear than it was before. He played 47% of the team snaps and led the team’s running backs with three targets. Although, only Nick Chubb and Andy Janovich saw work from the position, and Janovich is technically a fullback. On the flipside, Chubb saw 17 carries to Hunt’s 9. Clearly, Chubb is the primary back and Hunt is the secondary back and main receiving back. This is similar to what we saw last year from the pair. As with the other players mentioned in this column, Hunt is only a must-start if your fantasy lineup allows it. I wouldn’t start Hunt over, say, Najee Harris and Aaron Jones, but I’d strongly consider starting Hunt in most lineups. He may see enough work against the Texans on Sunday to at least earn you RB2 points. 

Other Players to Consider: Melvin Gordon, Elijah Mitchell, Damien Harris

Sit: Mike Davis @ TB ($5,200)

The Falcons did not look good on Sunday. The offensive line struggled against the Eagles’ defense, which certainly didn’t help Davis in his Atlanta debut. Despite seeing the team’s second-most targets and dominating backfield touches, Davis couldn’t put much together on the field. While most of it may stem from the offensive line’s struggles, Davis just didn’t look great, either. It didn’t help that Cordarelle Patterson saw some work in the backfield, too. Unfortunately for Davis and the Falcons, they travel to Tampa Bay this weekend. If you start Davis, you’re banking on a surprise showing by Atlanta or a garbage-time touchdown from Davis. He doesn’t have much to offer.

Other Players to Consider: Ezekiel Elliott, Devin Singletary, Josh Jacobs

For what it’s worth, I’m not worried about Ezekiel Elliott this week, though he doesn’t have the greatest matchup against the Chargers. There aren’t many running backs with Elliott’s upside, so leave him out of your lineups at your own risk.

Wide receivers

Start: Jarvis Landry vs. HOU ($5,100)

I was really tempted to put Antonio Brown here for the second consecutive week, but where’s the fun in that? Instead, I’ll go with Landry. With Odell Beckham Jr. out last week, Landry really had a chance to make a dent in the Chiefs’ defense. While he only saw five targets, it was still tied for the most on the team. He also played more snaps than any fantasy-eligible player not named Baker. This week’s matchup against the Texans appears much juicier, especially with Beckham out for the second week. Expect a high floor for the Browns’ best pass-catcher. 

Other Players to Consider: Antonio Brown, Jakobi Meyers, Laviska Shenault Jr.

Sit: Kenny Golladay @ WSH ($5,400)

“Oh my god, they killed Kenny!” That’s all I could think about while watching Golladay and the Giants’ offense struggle to score points against the Broncos. It wasn’t pretty. Golladay saw a solid six targets, but it wasn’t more than Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton. Look, Golladay is a talented wide receiver. When he signed with New York this offseason, I loved the move for the Giants and didn’t love the move for Golladay. The main reasons: Daniel Jones and Jason Garrett. Even if this offense starts to click, you can’t expect it to happen against Washington’s defense on Thursday. I’d be shocked to see Golladay make a huge impact.

Other Players to Consider: Tyler Boyd, Michael Pittman, Robby Anderson

Tight Ends

Start: Noah Fant @ JAX ($4,800)

Fant is a must-start this week, and not just because there are so few good tight ends. The third-year tight end led Denver in targets and was second in skill-player snaps behind Courtland Sutton. The involvement of Albert Okwuegbunam opened up more opportunities for Fant in the passing game. And now he gets to face Jacksonville? Fant and the Broncos’ offense should be thanking their lucky stars. I can’t find a good reason to not start Fant this week. By the way, I don’t really think Jerry Jeudy’s injury should impact Fant too much because of Tim Patrick and KJ Hamler.

Other Players to Consider: Tyler Higbee, Cole Kmet, Rob Gronkowski

Sit: Mike Gesicki vs. BUF ($4,100)

That was about as bad of a season opener as you can imagine for Gesicki. He dropped donuts across the board. The only number on his Week 1 stat sheet is his 39% snap count—and even then, he was used sparingly as a blocker. It’s not too shocking to see such little involvement from Gesicki since most of his usage in 2020 came as a big slot receiver. The additions of Jaylen Waddle and Will Fuller—who returns from suspension this week—severely hurt Gesicki’s stock. There’s no way you should feel comfortable starting him, even if you drafted him as your starting tight end. 

Other Players to Consider: Gerald Everett, Austin Hooper, Juwan Johnson

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