Start Em Sit Em Week 2

Start Em Sit Em Week 2

 

Start Em Sit Em Week 2 By Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Like other fantasy prognosticators, below are my Start ‘ Em & Sit ‘ Em players, minus the obvious. ( No one needs to read that I think fantasy owners should start QB Drew Brees this week at home vs Tampa Bay  ) For the Record- I don’t claim to have anymore insight on the games than the fantasy league owners reading these, but I do enjoy sharing my “IMOs” on them, as well as reading yours  Good Luck this week!

Quarter Backs
Start ‘Em

Matthew Stafford (at MINN) – SF’s running game embarrassed the Vikings Monday night ( RB C Hyde-168 and 2 TDs) so Minnesota will make stopping run a priority, thereby opening more opportunities for Stafford

Carson Palmer (at CHI) – Recommended last week, and Palmer had a great game -19/32 for 307 yards and 3 TDs- Love him vs CHI

Nick Foles (at WASH ) – Foles was the #6 QB for Week 1, having better stats than A Rodgers, Brees and Roethlisberger- WASH won’t be able to slow the ST L offense down

Running Backs
Start ‘Em

Chris Ivory (at IND) – A great recommendation last week and a good one this week- No RBBC for the Jets which is fantastic for fantasy owners and the Colts currently have the #31 defense

Mark Ingram (vs TB) – There barely isn’t a Saint I wouldn’t recommend the week. Saints are 0-1, so they are mad. TB QB J Winston will make a ton of mistakes again in this game so N.O. will have the ball plenty-

Danny Woodhead (at CINN) –Woodhead touched the ball 19 times Week 1- that’s not a 3rd down back, that is someone who is intricate in the San Diego offense

Lamar Miller (at JACK) – Fantasy owners worried about Miller because of Week 1 shouldn’t be. Miami almost lost Week 1 ( if not for a 69 yard TD punt return by J Landry, they probably would have) Miami didn’t use RB Miller or TE J Cameron enough last week and they will fix that

Wide Receivers
Start ‘Em

Golden Tate (at MINN) – Another epic collapse by DET Week 1, up 21- 7 nearing the end on the 1st half. When Golden Tate is the #77 WR for Week 1, you are going to lose. Getting Tate the ball will be as much a priority …as CAR getting the ball to TE Olsen

Steve Smith (at OAK) – Baltimore had a brutal match up for their very first week, traveling to Denver. It was an ugly game by both teams, and BALT is on the road again….but Oakland isn’t Denver. Smith doesn’t have a lot of great games in him, especially in the 2nd half of this year, so he has to make this one of them

Terrance Williams (at PHIL ) – A disappointment Week 1, but then, Dez was playing week 1. Week 2 Dez isn’t playing, and in a high scoring game with Philly, Williams will get plenty of opportunities

J Cotchery (vs HOU) – Houston can stop the run, and Cotchery is the most familiar and perhaps reliable WR on the Panther roster for Cam Newton- Cotchery Week 1 had six targets- 45 yards and 1TD

Brandon Coleman (vs TB) – #17 WR for Week 1 and the Saints are playing the Bucs

Tight Ends
Start ‘Em

Ladarius Green (at CINN ) – One of my bad “Sits” from Week 1- I wrote “I have never seen the same chemistry between Ladarius Green and QB Rivers….as QB Rivers has with TE Antonio Gates- It’s always going to happen, but never does”     Well…it did

Dwayne Allen ( vs NYJ)- With WR T Y Hilton dinged up and WR Andre Johnson struggling a bit, Luck will get Indy’s first win by getting Allen the ball more

Defense
Start ‘Em

Tennessee (at CLEV) – No one is afraid of CLEV QB Manziel beating them thru the air- TENN will stack the box and chase Manziel all day

Carolina (vs HOU) – Even the head coach of the Texans talks about how bad the HOU running game is, so CAR will pressure new QB R Mallette into mistakes

New Englands (at Buffalo) – The Pats defense won’t be listed on the “Start Em’ list often, but they are Week 2 vs BUFF and their inexperienced QB T Taylor-

HERE’S A GREAT LINK TO ANALYZE DEFENSES- DEF LINK

Quarter Backs
Sit ‘Em

Kirk Cousins (vs ST L) – He’s the best QB on their roster, but with WR DeSean Jackson out….like Week 1,  I don’t see a big day for Cousins in Week 2

J Manziel (vs TENN) – I’ve seen Manziel ranked as high as #22 ( Yahoo staff) ahead of Foles-Fitzpatrick-Alex Smith and I’ll let you know when I stop laughing

Colin Kaerpernick (at PITT) – At home…..versus Minnesota….Kaep put up only 17/26 for 165 yards and 0 TDs. Pittsburgh away isn’t easier, it’s harder

Running Backs
Sit ‘Em

Jonathon Stewart (vs HOU ) – In a fairly good match up vs JACK, Stewart managed Trent Richardson-like stats…18 carries for 56 yards. I think J J Watt and company keep him to even less Week 2

Any CLEV RB (at NYJ) – Because I seriously doubt HC Pettine ever let’s any RB on that roster get 20 touches- He’ll rotate in backs all day, diluting all their value

T J Yeldon (vs MIA) – Yeldon, 12 carries for 51 yards Week 1- The Jags will be down early in this one and will have to give up on the run….( and Suh & company aren’t going to let them run regardless)

Latavius Murray (vs BALT) – It looks like OAK QB Carr is going to play- If he does, BALT is going to make him prove that he can throw the ball- If he can’t, BALT is going to make OAK QB McGloin prove that he can throw the ball- either way, rough day for Murray

Wide Receivers
Sit ‘Em

Pierre Garcon (vs ST L ) – Some might believe that the targets DeSean Jackson would have gotten in this game, will now go to Garcon. ST L HC Fisher is a smart man and he will take Garçon out of this game, and try to take RB A Morris out as well- TE J Reed will likely get a lot of short, emergency dump off passes

Torrey Smith (at PITT) – Same write up this week as last week…WR Smith is only going to put big numbers for fantasy owners…if he can get deep and QB Kaep can get the ball to him- So far this preseason Kaep has missed badly every time.

Jeremy Maclin (vs Denver ) – Maclin had one good preseason game which sent his ADP ( average draft position) soaring. Fantasy owners who were betting on the same vs HOU Week 1 got cooked. Maclin is one of my ” I’ll believe it when I see it” guys- until then, I am not letting him hurt my chances so I’m benching him- No KC WR has caught a reg season TD pass since 2013

Nelson Agholor ( vs Dallas)- In Week 1- PHIL S Bradford targeted WR J Matthews 13 times- WR R Cooper 4 times- WR M Austin 3 times- WR J Huff 3 times and WR N Agholor only 2 times- Agholor’s early success in preseason came when QB Sanchez was under center- For whatever reason.,Bradford/Agholor haven’t clicked yet- sit him until they do

D Funchess ( vs HOU)- Not filling in for Kelvin Benjamin yet- at all

Tight Ends
Sit ‘Em

Charles Clay (vs NE) – NE is going to give the inexperienced BUFF QB T Taylor all he can handle and I think HC Rex Ryan knows that, so handing the ball off 30-40 times is probably what BUFF is going to do, even if they are behind

Maxx Williams/ C Gillmore ( at OAK)- CINN TE T Eifert torched the Raiders for 104 yards and 2 TDs, so naturally fantasy owners think TE Williams ( or TE C Gillmore) should as well. Maybe one will, but who?

Defense
Sit ‘Em

Dallas Defense (at PHIL) – The Dallas offense will struggle without Dez. The Eagles will try to capitalize early, then manage the clock and QB Bradford. Dallas has a good defense , but I like other match ups better

Cincinnati ( vs SD)- The Chargers will put up a lot of points in this game IMO

Outstanding site & link for all stats from Week 1- FFToday