Sunday And Monday Night Start/Sits For Week 2 Of Fantasy Football

Sunday And Monday Night Start/Sits For Week 2 Of Fantasy Football
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Sunday And Monday Night Start/Sits For Week 2.


Hopefully Thursday night was a success for everyone, from a fantasy perspective. Below is a reminder of how this article will be laid out, followed by the rest of my start/sits for this week.

Must Start: These are players that you’re starting week to week, regardless of the opponent.

Flex Start: These are players who are more opponent dependent or players you might need to start depending on league size.

Sits: These are players that either don’t have a good match up or don’t have much of a role on their teams offense.

In order for me to be able to cover every teams match up, the explanations will be brief. I do base these recommendations off of my fantasy football experience along with the necessary research. Lets dive into the rest of week 2.

49ers @ Bengals

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San Francisco 49ers:

Must Start: Matt Breida (RB) George Kittle (TE)

With Tevin Coleman expected to miss between 2-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain, Breida should see an increased workload.

Flex Start: Jimmy Garoppolo (QB) Raheem Mostert (RB)

I’m still in a wait and see mode with Jimmy and I’m only starting him in two qb leagues. Raheem Mostert should fill Matt Breida’s old role and should have some flex appeal here.

Sits: All 49er wide receivers.

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Cincinnati Bengals:

Must Start: Joe Mixon (RB) Giovani Bernard (RB) Tyler Boyd (WR)

I’m assuming that even if Mixon plays he’ll be limited. If he doesn’t play Gio is a RB2 and if Mixon plays, Gio still could be a solid flex play. Even though Boyd saw 2 less snaps (61 to 63) than John Ross, he’s been far more consistent.

Flex Start: John Ross (WR) Andy Dalton (QB)

Both of these guys I’d rather sit if I can. Ross is someone i’d play in deeper leagues as I want to see him be more consistent week to week. Dalton plays behind a shaky o-line but does have appeal in two qb leagues.

Sit: Tyler Eifert (TE) C.J. Uzomah (TE)

Chargers @ Lions

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Los Angeles Chargers:

Must Start: Austin Ekeler (RB) Keenan Allen (WR)

With Hunter Henry (knee) and Mike Williams (knee) both expected to miss week 2, if not more games, Ekeler and Allen will get all the work they can handle.

Flex Start: Travis Benjamin (WR)

With the Chargers in need of some weapons, Benjamin has low end wide receiver two/flex appeal depending on who gets signed. Benjamin did play 31 of 64 snaps last week.

Sit: Phillip Rivers (QB) Justin Jackson (RB) Dontrelle Inman (WR) All Chargers tight ends.

Rivers would’ve been a start for me had he not lost Williams and Henry.

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Detroit Lions:

Must Start: T.J. Hockenson (TE)

In week 1, the Chargers gave up 2 receptions for 28 yards on 5 targets. Hockenson played 64 of 88 snaps (73 percent) and also tied for second on the team in targets with 9. Lets see what the rookie can do in week 2, against this defense.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Matthew Stafford (QB) Kerryon Johnson (RB) Kenny Golladay (WR) Marvin Jones (WR) Danny Amendola (WR)

I’m just not sure how these guys will do against a better defense, in the Los Angeles Chargers. Golladay would be a flex start for me if he weren’t having to go up against Chargers cornerback Casey Hayward.

Seahawks @ Steelers

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Seattle Seahawks:

Must Start: Chris Carson (RB) Tyler Lockett (WR)

Carson looked like the feature back for Seattle, having played 41 of 53 snaps (77 percent). Given how this is a run first offense, I’d keep playing him. Lockett had a rough week 1, but faces a defense that just got burned by Tom Brady and company. I’m looking for Lockett to rebound this week.

Flex Start: Russell Wilson (QB) DK Metcalf (WR)

Wilson isn’t running much and ranks 31 of 32 in pass attempts per game, among qb’s, from week 1. I’d much rather sit him if possible.

Sit: Rashaad Penny (RB) Will Dissly (TE)

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Pittsburgh Steelers:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Ben Roethlisberger (QB) James Conner (RB) JuJu Smith-Schuster (WR)

I like Ben more if JuJu plays as the Seahawks D got torched last week against the Bengals. Conner has a touch draw here as the Seahawks only gave up 34 rushing yards, last week.

Sit: Donte Moncrief (WR) James Washington (WR) Vance McDonald (TE)

Moncrief can’t seem to catch the ball and the rest, lets wait and see.

Vikings @ Packers

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Minnesota Vikings:

Must Start: Dalvin Cook (RB)

Even though the packers only allowed 46 rushing yards last week, I’m still starting Cook with confidence.

Flex Start: Adam Thielen (WR)

Allen Robinson put up a stat line of 7 receptions for 102 yards on 13 targets, I’m expecting Thielen to have a good performance.

Sit: Kirk Cousins (QB) Stefon Diggs (WR) Kyle Rudolph (TE)

Yes, they should be throwing more than 1o times this week, but this packers defense is much improved and Minnesota should be running the ball a lot in this one.

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Green Bay Packers:

Must Start: Aaron Rodgers (QB) Davante Adams (WR)

I’m looking for these two guys to bounce back this week.

Flex Start: Marquez Valdes-Scantling (WR)

He has established himself as the WR2 in Green bay, seeing 10 more snaps than Allison, 42 to 32, in week 1.

Sit: Aaron Jones (RB) Geronimo Allison (WR) Jimmy Graham (TE)

Colts @ Titans

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Indianapolis Colts:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: T.Y. Hilton (WR)

With Devin Funchess on IR I think he’ll be a low end WR1 high WR2 but I don’t like this match up.

Sit: Jacoby Brissett (QB) Marlon Mack (RB) Jack Doyle (TE) Eric Ebron (TE)

I’d like to see some consistency from Brissett before I start him, he does have appeal in 2 qb leagues. The Titans defense seems better than they are given credit for, that doesn’t bode well for Mack, Doyle or Ebron. The tight ends are in a timeshare, which hurts both of their fantasy production.

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Tennessee Titans:

Must Start: Derrick Henry (RB) Delanie Walker (TE)

I’m not a huge fan of this offense either, but I think these two guys will be able to provide production at their respective positions. Henry should see plenty of work to put him on the RB 1/2 radar. Walker is the best receiver the Titans have and should an increase in targets to build off his week 1 performance.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Marcus Mariota (QB)  All Titans wide receivers

Mariota needs to string together a few good games before he’s more than a sit for me each week.

Patriots @ Dolphins

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New England Patriots:

Must Start: All of your Patriots

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Whoever plays tight end

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Miami Dolphins:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: All of your Dolphins

Bills @ Giants

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Buffalo Bills:

Must Start: Josh Allen (QB) John Brown (WR)

The Giants defense isn’t very good and these two should have a nice fantasy day.

Flex Start: Devin Singletary (RB) Frank Gore (RB) Cole Beasley (WR)

I do think both of these players can be used given how this game should go in my opinion.

Sit: Tight ends Zay Jones (WR)

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New York Giants:

Must Start: Saquon Barkley (RB) Evan Engram (TE)

These are the one two players worth starting on this offense at this point.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Eli Manning (QB)  All wide receivers

The Bills defense is good and this Giants offense isn’t.

Cowboys @ Redskins

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Dallas Cowboys:

Must Start: Dak Prescott (QB) Ezekiel Elliott (RB) Amari Cooper (WR)

Flex Start: Michael Gallup (WR) Randall Cobb (WR)

This offense should have no problem again for the second week in a row.

Sit: Jason Witten (TE)

Just don’t think he’ll get enough targets in this one to be relevant this week.

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Washington Redskins:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Adrian Peterson (RB) Chris Thompson (RB) Terry McLaurin (WR) Vernon Davis (TE)

I prefer Thompson over Peterson and Thompson makes for a nice flex play this week. McLaurin played 62 of 67 snaps (93 percent) I’d like to see him keep it up before he’s moved to the “must start” section.

Sit: Case Keenum (QB) Paul Richardson (WR) Trey Quinn (WR)

Cardinals @ Ravens

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Arizona Cardinals:

Must Start: David Johnson (RB)

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Kyler Murray (QB) Larry Fitzgerald (WR) Christian Kirk (WR) KeeSean Johnson (WR) Michael Crabtree (WR) Tight Ends

The Ravens defense should have an impact on these players week 2 production. Fitzgerald is only one that i’d consider starting, but I’d prefer to sit him, this week.

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Baltimore Ravens:

Must Start: Lamar Jackson (QB) Mark Ingram (RB) Mark Andrews (TE)

Ingram makes for a solid RB 2 this week given the state of the Cardinals defense. Seeing what T.J. Hockenson last week, Andrews makes for a great option at tight end.

Flex Start: Marquise Brown (WR)

He only played in 14 of 77 snaps, last week, so i’d rather sit him until his snap count increases.

Sit: Willie Snead (WR) Miles Boykin (WR)

Jaguars @ Texans

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Jacksonville Jaguars:

Must Start: Leonard Fournette (RB)

He should see plenty of work with a backup qb under center.

Flex Start: Dede Westbrook (WR)

Could be targeted often from Minshew.

Sit: Gardner Minshew (QB) Chris Conley (WR) D.J. Chark (WR) Geoff Swaim (TE)

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Houston Texans:

Must Start: Deshaun Watson (QB) DeAndre Hopkins (WR)

Flex Start: Duke Johnson (RB) Carlos Hyde (RB) Will Fuller (WR)

Even against this Jags defense these players should still be productive enough, for week 2.

Sit: Kenny Stills (WR) Tight Ends

Chiefs @ Raiders

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Kansas City Chiefs:

Must Start: Patrick Mahomes (QB) Sammy Watkins (WR) Travis Kelce (TE)

Will Tyreek Hill out Watkins and Kelce will get all they can handle.

Flex Start: De’Anthony Thomas (RB) Mecole Hardman (WR)

Head Coach Andy Reid said that both of these guys will help fill the vacated snaps left by hill.

Sit: LeSean McCoy (RB) Damien Williams (RB)

The Raiders defense played well in week 1 and I’m still unsure of how this backfield will play out.

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Oakland Raiders:

Must Start: Josh Jacobs (RB) Tyrell Williams (WR) Darren Waller (TE)

Jacobs and Williams make for solid RB 2 and WR 2, while Waller makes for a low end TE 1 with upside.

Flex Start: Derrick Carr (QB) Hunter Renfrow (WR)

Due to how bad the Chiefs defense is, these 5 players should have a solid workload for week 2.

Sit: J.J. Nelson (WR)

Bears @ Broncos

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Chicago Bears:

Must Start: Allen Robinson (WR)

He saw 12 targets in week 1 and should have another busy day, in week 2.

Flex Start: Tarik Cohen (RB) Mike Davis (RB)

Lots of uncertainty with the running backs and I expect the Denver defense to perform better than last week.

Sit: Mitchell Trubisky (QB) David Montgomery (RB) Taylor Gabriel (WR) Anthony Miller (WR) Tight Ends

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Denver Broncos:

Must Start: N/A

Flex Start: Emmanuel Sanders (WR) Noah Fant (TE)

Sit: Joe Flacco (QB) Phillip Lindsay (RB) Royce Freeman (RB) Courtland Sutton (WR) DeSean Hamilton (WR)

Chicago also has a very good defense and I think just about everyone has a rough day. I’d prefer to sit Sanders and Fant if I can. Chicago allowed 213 total yards to Green Bay last week.

Saints @ Rams

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New Orleans Saints:

Must Start: Drew Brees (QB) Alvin Kamara (RB) Michael Thomas (WR) Jared Cook (TE)

Flex Start: Latavius Murray (RB) Ted Ginn (WR)

Sit: N/A

This should be a good game, start your Saints.

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Los Angeles Rams:

Must Start: Jared Goff (QB) Todd Gurley (RB) Brandin Cooks (WR) Robert Woods (WR) Cooper Kupp (WR)

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Malcom Brown (RB) Tight Ends

This should be a shoot out so start your main rams players. Don’t see Brown as involved, like last week, as I think Gurley will see an uptick in snaps here.

Eagles @ Falcons

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Philadelphia Eagles:

Must Start: Carson Wentz (QB) Zach Ertz (TE)

Flex Start: Miles Sanders (RB) Jordan Howard (RB) Darren Sproles (RB) Alshon Jeffery (WR) DeSean Jackson (WR)

All three of these running backs are involved in the offense, which doesn’t help fantasy wise. These wide receivers should have a solid day. This game has shootout potential.

Sit: Nelson Agholor (WR)

He only say 5 targets while playing 60 of 75 snaps (80 percent)

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Atlanta Falcons:

Must Start: Matt Ryan (QB) Julio Jones (WR)

Flex Start: Calvin Ridley (WR)

The Eagles have shaky secondary play so, these guys should benefit from that, in week 2. Case Keenum was 30-44 for 380 yards and 3 touchdowns, last week.

Sit: Devonta Freeman (RB) Mohamed Sanu (WR)

The Redskins only managed 28 rushing yards on 13 carries and Freeman struggled last week with a stat line of 8 carries for 19 yards.

Browns @ Jets (Monday Night)

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Cleveland Browns:

Must Start: Baker Mayfield (QB) Nick Chubb (RB) Odell Beckham (WR)

With Jets starting QB, Sam Darnold ruled out due to mono, this offense should see more possessions than first thought.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Jarvis Landry (WR) Rashard Higgins (WR) David Njoku (TE)

The Jets have a good defense, but they did suffer a few injuries, last week. The Jets do fairly well against slot receivers. Njoku is volume and touchdown dependent. If C.J. Mosley is out then move Landry up to the flex start spot.

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New York Jets:

Must Start: Le’Veon Bell (RB) Jamison Crowder (WR)

With backup qb Trevor Siemian starting these guys are going to relied on heavily.

Flex Start: N/A

Sit: Trevor Siemian (QB) Robby Anderson (WR) Josh Bellamy (WR) Ryan Griffin (TE)

The Cleveland Browns defense should rebound nicely here. Could be an ugly day for the Jets.

Good luck in week 2 and remember don’t over think your lineup decisions this week.


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