Fantasy Football is a fickle endeavor. Players get injured, matchups vary by week, and there are always a few players who surprise you. Whether you admit it or not, part of the reason you love and play this game is because it's a way to gamble. Deep down inside that excites you. The stress of the game is worth it. The game itself consumes us, because in the end...
The only thing you can control in fantasy football is your lineup.
Decisions are the foundation of progress. They force us to move on to the next step, and ultimately with our lives. The problem is that when we're tasked with establishing them it can be hard to resolve them. It's easier just to let someone else do the deciding for us, and if you're too proud to agree with that—Google it. Below are 36 players, answered. We even broke them down by divisions paired by geographic indicators because after all, we're pointing you in the right direction.
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START: Alex Smith vs Indianapolis
Finishing with the 6th highest passer rating last week, it’s important to note that he didn’t throw the ball all that much. It was the AP show, but this week it’s going to be the Andrew Luck show which means two things: First, Smith is going to have to keep passing, because we know Luck will put up points. There is a chance that this game script goes the same way as last week, with the Redskins coming out to an early lead, however as stated the difference is in the other team’s quarterback. I expect both teams to score 21+ points, and Chris Thompson, the highest rated non QB from week one by PFF, certainly can.
SIT: Ryan Tannehill at New York (Jets)
While they got the win last week and Tannehill had a respectable game, it wasn’t a promising performance. My biggest takeaway was how ineffective the Titan’s pass rush was, yet with all the time in the world Tannehill still managed two interceptions on just 28 attempts. Miami went just 1-5 in the redzone last week, and just 2-10 on third down. Yikes. This week they’re on the road against the New York Jets, who had five interceptions and two sacks in week 1.
+ Honorable Mentions: Nick Foles, Tom Brady
+ Dishonorable Mentions: Josh Allen vs Anyone
START: Jay Ajayi vs Tampa Bay
Limited to just three carries in the first quarter as the coaching staff eased him back from injury, Ajayi took off in the second have with 12 carries and two touchdowns. I don’t expect him to get two touchdowns every week, and Tampa Bay only surrendered 46 yards on the ground last week—but let’s not pretend that they have a solid defense, they simply went up on an early lead. I expect Nick Foles to have a better game, but the Eagles staff knows they need to take the weight off his shoulders. Doug Pederson has also said that Ajayi will be “the workhorse back moving forward.” Sign me up.
SIT: Sony Michel vs Jacksonville
It’s hard to trust any Patriots running backs, let alone one coming back from injury and making his first start against arguably the best defense in the NFL, on the road. He'll be utilized to help give White a breather (if Michel plays), but it will be sparingly.
+ Honorable Mentions: Isaiah Crowell, Ezekiel Elliot, Chris Thompson
+ Dishonorable Mentions: LeSean McCoy
START: Paul Richardson vs Indianapolis
The Redskins went up early last week and burned the clock with Adrian Peterson the rest of the way, without a need for passing. As I mentioned in the Alex Smith take above, they won’t be able to do that this week. Richardson led the Washington receivers in targets, catching 4/6 targets. I expect him to double that output against a leaky colts secondary in what could be a close game.
* Note: Richardson is Questionable. If he's out (unlikely), Chris Godwin takes this spot.
START: Nelson Agholar at Tampa Bay
Until Alshon comes back, Agholar is clearly the guy to own out of the Eagles WR corps. Targeted a team-high 10 times, his game could have been much better had the falcons not locked down everything over the top forcing Foles to stick with short passes. Tampa Bay just gave up 40 points, Nick Foles is due for some positive regression and the Eagles will have to put up points.
SIT: Robby Anderson vs Miami
Sam Darnold looked good, for the most part, in week one—and he has a favorite receiver: Quincy Enunwa. Out-targeted 9-1, Anderson isn’t going to get enough volume to be a reliable fantasy option most weeks. That’s definitely the case in week 2, where he’ll go up against a Miami defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown to a receiver in six games.
+ Honorable Mentions: Chris Godwin, Phillip Dorsett
+ Dishonorable Mentions: Danny Amendola
START: Jordan Reed vs Miami
Finishing as the Tight End #4 on the week, Jordan Reed looked every bit of his healthy self. Until his injured self gets back from vacation, Reed will be a locked in top-5 TE. He’s playing with the the quarterback that produced the #1 TE the last two years and has a juicy matchup at home against the Colts.
SIT: AFC/NFC East TEs not named Gronk, Ertz, Reed or Engram
I don’t have a single one ranked in the top 25 Tight Ends outside of those four. There’s not much else to say here.
+ Honorable Mentions: Evan Engram
+ Dishonorable Mentions: See Above
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START: Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs KC
Ben is my least favorite QB in the league, but it is hard to imagine that he won’t thrive against KC this weekend. KC allowed over 400 passing yards last week and there are no reinforcements coming to help their defense. Ben will rebound from a disappointing opener and post solid numbers.
SIT: Matthew Stafford, DET vs SF
I own a lot of Stafford shares and am sitting him in every one this week. He should be fine, but I am I want to see him perform before he enters my line-up.
START: James Conner, PIT vs KC
Bell can and should stay away as Pittsburgh looks to run the wheels off of Conner. 36 touches in week 1 will be followed up by another heavy workload against KC, who allowed 166 total yards to Melvin Gordon last week. Look for Conner to be a top 3 back again in Week 2.
SIT: Duke Johnson, Jr, CLE
Duke had a dismal showing in Week 1. I am not sure if he is going to be relevant this year, but I would wait for him to show something first.
START: JuJu Smith-Schuster, PIT vs KC
In Week 1, JuJu outperformed AB on 50% of the targets. We can expect this trend to reverse against KC, but do NOT sit JuJu. He will continue to perform and break off yards in large chunks. Look for him to show a little freak and score a long TD this week.
START: Stefon Diggs, MIN vs GB
Adam Thielen doubled up Stefon’s targets against San Francisco, something that Cousins will remedy in against the Packers. If Rodgers sits, all bets are off. The game script will be against the Vikings needing to pass. Pay attention to the injury report and react accordingly.
SIT: Josh Gordon, CLE
With Landry sucking up targets, Gordon seemed to be on the outside looking in. Of course, the head coach extraordinaire, Hue Jackson, may be trying to teach a lesson.
START: Trey Burton, CHI vs SEA
This is a gut feeling, but Burton will play a larger role in the Bears’ offense this week against the Seahawks’ putrid defense. Burton was only able to bring in 1 of 6 targets last week as the Bears shot out to an early lead. They tried to salt away the lead by leaning on the run and were then unable to restart their engines as Green Bay came roaring back. Nagy will keep his foot on the pedal this week and Burton will benefit.
SIT: Vance McDonald or Jesse James, PIT
If you look at your roster and consider starting Vance or Jesse, slap yourself and have a drink.
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START: Andrew Luck, IND
So, he’s facing the same Redskins defense that just made the Cardinals’ offense look silly, but I’m going ahead and betting that defense won’t shut down Luck like that. It could be a surprisingly high-scoring game if Washington can move the ball on Indy’s defense like they did against Arizona’s and Luck is forced to throw the ball a lot to play catch-up.
SIT: Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB
We all thought the Saints defense would be good. And they still may be. Only one week is in the books, people. Said that, we saw what Philadelphia’s defense did to Atlanta, a playoff team from a season ago. We know they’re for real. The Fitzmagic may have been all used up in that stellar performance against New Orleans and I do not see it happening again this week.
START: Tevin Coleman, ATL
Ignore that paltry 2.1 YPC or the fact that the touchdown saved his week. If Devonta Freeman cannot go this weekend, as it appears is the case, Coleman is a must-start. Atlanta is in the unique position where if their #1 running back goes down, they have another #1 who steps right in. They’re facing Carolina, sure. But these divisional games are always competitive. I don’t see the Panthers giving the Falcons the full Cowboys treatment.
SIT: Derrick Henry, TEN
No, this isn’t me already giving up on Henry after one bad game, though Dion Lewis did outperform him in every way imaginable and was able to run the ball just fine against Miami. You should be starting Lewis against Houston, by the way. I’m approaching Henry with caution this week. I’m curious to see what his usage will be like, or if he can bounce back.
START: TY Hilton, IND
I felt like this one was obvious but I felt the need to talk about him here. It wasn’t his best performance in week one against the Bengals, but he was targeted 11 times and he’s clearly Luck’s favorite target. As mentioned before, I think this game could be high-scoring where Luck throws a lot. The matchup is tough, as he’ll likely be covered by Josh Norman, but he’s one of the best quarterback’s best receiver.
START: Corey Davis, TEN
This may be a week early but I’m starting him in the leagues I own him in. Yeah, Marcus Mariota is banged up, but Davis received 13 targets last week. Delanie Walker went down. Davis is the undisputed top target in Tennessee now. Houston is up next. Both teams look to get back on track after suffering 27-20 losses week one and I look forward to seeing what I believe will be a competitive game.
SIT: DeSean Jackson, TB
Whaaaaa!? It was too obvious to go Will Fuller or Devin Funchess here. Here’s the thing… Tampa isn’t scoring like that on Philly’s defense. Mike Evans is the undisputed #1 man, so the majority of targets will still go to him. And if the Eagles can take away the deep ball, which they did effectively in the season opener, Jackson will be in for a relatively low-impact performance.
START: Jack Doyle, IND
It was a dismal time for tight ends last week, so it’s difficult to get a read on anyone outside of Gronk. Doyle, out of this group of AFC/NFC South tight ends, feels like the safest start. He’s another of Luck’s favorite receivers too. If my tight end can get me 13 points in PPR, I’m happy with it.
SIT: Eric Ebron, IND
He’s the TE2 in Indianapolis, albeit an active one, and doesn’t have a long history of scoring. I’m willing to bet it doesn’t happen again this weekend. It will take, for me, a couple more weeks of seeing how well Indy accommodates two tight ends before I’m comfortable giving the thumbs up on starting Ebron.
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START: Case Keenum vs Oakland
Keenum currently is sitting at an ECR of 17. With a matchup against the Raiders on the horizon, Keenum looks to capitalize on a stellar week 1 performance vs Seattle. Posting 329 yards and 3 TD, look for Keenum to reduce the interceptions that he threw last week. Keenum may be available in your league, making him a solid streaming option this week.
SIT: Jared Goff vs Cardinals
Goff as a QB15 seems a little high for my liking. With the Cardinals making the trip to LA, this game seems like it is going to be the Todd Gurley show. Giving up 182 yards on the ground in week one against the Redskins, look for the Rams to exploit that and ride Gurley early, in the end hurting Goff’s value this week.
+ Honorable Mentions: Russell Wilson, Phillip Rivers
+ Dishonorable Mentions: Derek Carr, Sam Bradford
START: Melvin Gordon vs Bills
You could say I went the easy way out here, but I didn’t go Gurley so there’s that. With a matchup against the Buffalo Bills in week 2, the only thing that may slow Gordon down is the trip across country. Look for Gordon to make an impact early, tallying over 100 yards rushing for the first time this season. Look to grab him this week for all DFS leagues as well
SIT: Seattles RBBC vs Bears
Ok listen. I don’t know if the Bears defense is that good, if the Packers RB are that bad, or if that fact that the Hawks are facing Khalil Mack who outscored most defenses by himself last week, but I F&^$&#G hate this match up. Chris Carson is the 37th ranked RB in PPR and Rashaad Penny is 52nd overall. Keep me the hell out of this matchup and watch Russell Wilson work his magic in the passing game, as he was my runner up in my start of the week at QB.
+ Honorable Mentions: Austin Ekeler, Todd Gurley
+ Dishonorable Mentions: Marshawn Lynch, Royce Freeman
START: Tyreek Hill vs Steelers
Ok this dude is a freak. Plain and simple. Putting up 169yds on 7 receptions is insane. At over 24ypc, obviously that isn’t sustainable...Right? I don’t know anymore. The Chiefs are matched up against the Steelers in week 2, and while only allowing 15 completions to Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry still went over 100 yards on 7 catches against them. Look for another great week from Tyreek the Freak.
START: Tyler Lockett vs Bears
Maybe this is my bias playing a part in this, but with Doug Baldwin out I see a huge couple weeks out of Tyler Lockett. I imagine he will take over the slot role vacated in Baldwins absence, leaving Brandon Marshall and David Moore on the outside. Lockett has elite level speed and, and last week the Bears gave up 142 yards to Randall Cobb, 88 to Davante Adams, and 69 (where you at Gronk) to Geronimo Allison.
SIT: Larry Fitzgerald vs Rams
Listen, I love the ageless wonder. I hate the matchup. Plain and simple, if this is the last season we see Fitz, I hate that Peters and Talib joined the NFC West secondary. 2 matchups against them per year and 2 against Richard Sherman doesn’t make things easy for Fitz. I see Sam Bradford getting hit early and often and I think this may be the week we see Josh Rosen. I love Fitz and I wish him the best, I'm just not seeing it this week
+ Honorable Mentions: Courtland Sutton, Cooper Kupp
+ Dishonorable Mentions: Amari Cooper, Sammy Watkins
START: Jared Cook vs Broncos
Originally, I had every intention of making Jared Cook my sit of the week. What he did last week for 9 receptions and 180 yards will not be replicated. I witnessed big money FAAB being spent on him and I thought it was crazy. The more I looked into it, the more and more he grew on me. Cook received 12 targets last week. That’s more than Jordy Nelson, Seth Roberts, and Amari Cooper COMBINED! Pair that with a Broncos D who just gave up a 100+ yard game to Will Dissly and it makes for a good matchup.
SIT: Will Dissly vs Bears
Will Dissly is the sexy pick here. A rookie TE posting over 100 yards in their first NFL game? He’s the next Gronk, Ertz or Kelce right? Wrong. 66 yards came on one play. That leaves 39 yards on 2 catches, which seems more like rookie TE numbers. Pair that with a Seahawks offensive line that’s made of straw and arguably the best pass rusher in the game in Khalil Mack, I expect Dissly to be more in a blocking role this week, which is the primary reason Seattle drafted him.
+ Honorable Mentions: Ricky Seals-Jones, George Kittle
+ Dishonorable Mentions: Antonio Gates, Jake Butt
There you have it. If you have any questions or other decisions to make that you may need a second opinion on, tweet us: @Dynasty_ER
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