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NFL Fantasy Football: Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em - Week 2

Week 2 NFL match-ups and how they'll affect your fantasy football team.

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As a reminder, this article isn’t meant to literally tell you that you should always start the guys I say to start and/or always sit the guys I say to sit. This is just my prediction as to who will do better than expected (Start ‘Em) and who will do worse than expected (Sit ‘Em). I also try to avoid putting the obvious names on this list. Yes, you’re pretty much always going to start Cam Newton, Antonio Brown, Gronk, and the like. It goes without saying.


Start ‘Em

  • Carson Palmer, AZ (vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers) - He’s got too many weapons, he’s at home, and Matt Ryan destroyed the Bucs last week. This’ll be a good bounce-back for Palmer.
  • Matt Stafford, DET (vs Tennessee Titans) - Killed it last week and continued his good play from the end of last season. I believe the Titans passing defense over-performed last week and Stafford’s at home.
  • Blake Bortles, JAX (@ San Diego Chargers) - This guy just continuously throws for crazy amounts of yards (300+ again last week) and the Chargers got abused by Alex Smith last week.

Sit ‘Em

  • Tyrod Taylor, BUF (vs New York Jets) - Let’s see... he was terrible last week, his best WR is hurt (and they’re on a short week), and the Jets defense is typically very good.
  • Jameis Winston, TB (@ Arizona Cardinals) - Don’t get too hyped about Winston’s great performance last week. He’ll likely come crashing back down to Earth (as young QBs do) on the road against a great defense.
  • Andrew Luck, IND (@ Denver Broncos) - On the road against arguably the best defense in football.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

  • Mark Ingram, NO (@ New York Giants) - Even though Ingram didn’t get a ton of work last week, he was great when they gave him the ball. I expect the coaching staff will learn from that and give him more carries this week against a run defense that I believe over-performed last week.
  • C.J. Anderson, DEN (vs Indianapolis Colts) - Huge week last week and another great match-up at home. Go back and look at the Colts run defense last week. Horrible.
  • DeAngelo Williams, PIT (vs Cincinnati Bengals) - You saw what he did on the road last week. Now imagine what he can do in the home opener in Pittsburgh. The Bengals defense didn’t look very good last week and Williams crushed them last year.

Sit ‘Em

  • Christine Michael, SEA (@ Los Angeles Rams) - Their offense didn’t look sharp last week, Wilson’s banged up, Thomas Rawls is still there, and they’re on the road for the LA opening game against a team that was completely embarrassed last week.
  • Jamaal Charles, KC (@ Houston Texans) - He’s still not completely healthy and Spencer Ware looked good last week. They’re also on the road against a very good defense.
  • Frank Gore, IND (@ Denver Broncos) - He’s 33 and looked it last week. Now he’s in Denver against that great defense.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

  • Alshon Jeffery, CHI (vs Philadelphia Eagles) - Killed it last week. Killed it the entire second-half of last season. Eagles are missing their top CB and may have to put a rookie on him. And it’s in Chicago.
  • Allen Robinson, JAX (@ San Diego Chargers) - He didn’t produce a ton last week, but he got the targets and that’s what matters. Opportunity is everything in fantasy. Bortles loves him and the Chargers pass defense is gross.
  • Brandin Cooks, NO (@ New York Giants) - This is just a hunch but I don’t think the Giants defense is very good and I believe in what I saw from him last week (beyond just the one big play)

Sit ‘Em

  • Tajae Sharpe, TEN (@ Detroit Lions) - Another hunch. He’s on the road and a part of a pretty anemic offense that’s predicated on running the ball.
  • Terrelle Pryor, CLE (vs Baltimore Ravens) - With RGIII (and his deep ball), Pryor was decent. With McCown (and his lack of a deep ball), Pryor’s value takes a huge hit. Plus, Baltimore’s defense is pretty good.
  • Kevin White, CHI (vs Philadelphia Eagles) - Running the wrong routes, dropping the ball, playing in an offense where they force-feed Jeffery...

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

  • Coby Fleener, NO (@ New York Giants) - Simple as this: the Giants always allow a ton of points to TEs. Drew Brees looked great last week and I expect they’ll get Fleener a lot more involved this week.
  • Julius Thomas, JAX (@ San Diego Chargers) - Continuing a theme. Chargers defense isn’t good and the Jags offense is.
  • Antonio Gates, SD (vs Jacksonville Jaguars) - No Keenan Allen means all the targets for Rivers’ old, trusty best friend Gates.

Sit ‘Em

  • Virgil Green, DEN (vs Indianapolis Colts) - They didn’t look for him much at all last week. Another hunch. I think they look to establish the run and play with a lead. Green could see a lot of blocking time in this one.
  • Charles Clay, BUF (vs New York Jets) - Not good last week and going against a real good defense.
  • Clive Walford, OAK (vs Atlanta Falcons) - He didn’t do squat last week in a shoot-out against one of the worst defenses in the league. They like to throw to their WRs.

Please leave any fantasy related questions you might have in the comments section and I'll try to answer as many and as quickly as I can. It's fun to get everyone's perspectives on this week's match-ups floating around down there and I'm always interested to see what kind of decisions different fantasy players have to make. These are just general ideas for standard leagues, but we can all give and receive advice for unique situations as they come up.