Football season has finally started and as expected, there were some ups and downs. We watched Aaron Rodgers die, and then rise from the dead to save fantasy owners’ weeks. Alvin Kamara proved that his rookie season wasn’t a fluke, while Derrick Henry may have lost his opportunity to seize the workhorse role. With that being said, we managed to make it through the first week of the season without losing any elite talents to season-ending injuries. Now let’s take a look at the starts and sits for week two of the NFL season. Below is our Week 2 Start/Sit column highlighting depth players that could help or hurt you this week:
Starts of the Week
QB: Ben Roethlisberger (vs KC): Week one wasn’t pretty for Big Ben but he is a completely different quarterback when playing at home. If the Chief’s offense can keep rolling, we could be in for a shootout in Pittsburgh. Look for Roethlisberger to bounce back in a big way this week.
RB: Adrian Peterson (vs IND): 33 years old is way up there for a workhorse type of running back. Especially for one with the mileage that Adrian Peterson has. Luckily, this is only the second week of the season and he should still have plenty of gas in the tank for a juicy matchup against the Colts. If you have AP on your team this week, you need to find a way to get him in your lineup.
WR: Kenny Stills (at NYJ): With Jarvis Landry gone, Kenny Stills looks to be the favorite receiver of Ryan Tannehill, and although we don’t trust his Quarterback, Stills exploded onto the scene last week with 100+ yard game and two scores. Up against a division rival who blasted the Lions last week, except the Dolphins to be throwing often in this game and see if he can break a big one.
TE: Jordan Reed (vs IND): The biggest rule in fantasy football is to always start your studs. Jordan Reed is no exception to this rule when healthy. Especially when your quarterback is Alex Smith who has always helped produce top-tier tight ends throughout his career. Jordan Reed is a must-start whenever he is healthy and it’s just a bonus when he goes against a soft defense like the Colts.
DEF: New York Jets (vs MIA): Getting off to an extremely hot start and showing that their young secondary was the real deal against the Lions was perfect. Now they come home and play against the Miami Dolphins who have a lot to prove. They might not get four interceptions again but the Jets defense looks like it could be the real deal this season.
Sits of the Week
QB: Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs PHI): We talked about it on the Birds Informer Podcast this week, but many people are on the fence about Fitz-“Magic”. Fitzpatrick has actually put up performances like he did last week multiple times in his career and he consistently comes crashing down to earth the next week. The Eagles defense is for real and it is highly unlikely that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be able to expand on what he did against New Orleans last week.
RB: Derrick Henry (vs HOU): Henry might just make it into the “Sits of the Week” every week until he proves me wrong or people stop trying to start him. My guess is the latter will happen first. Dion Lewis completely outperformed Henry last week and I wouldn’t be surprised if Lewis gets the lion’s share of work in week two. There is a chance that Derrick Henry breaks off a big touchdown run against a tough Houston front, but as usual, he will be very inefficient.
WR: Brandin Cooks (vs ARI): The Rams love to spread the ball out as we could see with the target share last week (Brandin Cooks-8, Robert Woods-9, Cooper Kupp-9). This week he goes up against one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL though in Patrick Peterson. I see the Rams going run heavy while Kupp and Woods take over with short routes in order to stay away from the perennial Pro-Bowl cornerback.
TE: Eric Ebron (at WAS): Eric Ebron was the fourth-ranked tight end after the first week of the NFL season. This is another case of why you shouldn’t overreact to one time performances though. Like our quarterback sit of the week (Ryan Fitzpatrick), Ebron has a tendency to have nice fantasy games and then disappear for weeks on end. Another reason why you can’t trust him yet is the fact that he was only on the field for 45% of snaps last week. I would still start guys like Ricky Seals-Jones and Evan Engram over Ebron in all formats.
DEF: Kansas City (at PIT): Putting up decent numbers against a competent Chargers offense in week one was impressive but this week they fly all the way to Pittsburgh against my quarterback start of the week, Big Ben. This is going to be a high-scoring game and I want no parts of it on the defensive side.