Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em for Week 2
Every week, I put together a list of players that may worthy of starting in your fantasy league(s) and those that deserve to be on your fantasy bench.
Of course, a huge factor in determining which players to start (or sit) is the rest of your roster and depth of your league.
That said, here are some players to consider starting in Week 2:
QB - Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. SD)
Even though Vick threw only 25 pass attempts and lost a fumble, he still finished with 25 fantasy points in the team's win over the Redskins. Only the Manning Brothers and Colin Kaepernick, all of whom passed for 400-plus yards, scored more fantasy points among quarterbacks in Week 1.
This week, Vick plays the Chargers defense that allowed the Texans to score 24 unanswered second-half points in their remarkable come-from-behind victory. To make matters worse, the Bolts have to travel east on a short week to try to slow down Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.
RB - Eddie Lacy, Green Bay Packers (vs. WAS)
No team allowed more rushing yards to a running back last week than the Redskins allowed to Philadelphia's LeSean McCoy, who is my No. 2 fantasy running back for the week. Lacy had a relatively disappointing start (14 for 41 yards — 2.9 YPC) to his career againt the vaunted 49ers rush defense, but he gets a much better matchup this week against the 'Skins.
One of my bold predictions for the season was that Lacy would lead the NFL in rushing touchdowns and he got his first last weekend against San Francisco. In Green Bay's high-powered offense, there should be a couple of goal-line opportunities this week.
RB - DeAngelo Williams, Carolina Panthers (at BUF)
In a tough matchup against the Seahawks, Williams carried the ball 17 times for 86 yards and added three receptions for 14 yards. This week, Williams gets a much more favorable matchup against the Bills, who allowed 158 rushing yards in Week 1. With The Daily Show out for at least six games, Williams should get 20 or touches again this week.
RB - Stevan Ridley, New England Patriots (vs. NYJ)
In most weeks, Ridley would be a no-brainer start, but a second-quarter fumble that led to a defensive touchdown landed Ridley on the bench for the rest of the game in Week 1. Thanks to a wrist injury to Shane Vereen, who was placed on short-term IR, the door is open for Ridley to regain his status as the team's featured back and is a solid RB2, at worst, this week.
WR - DeSean Jackson, Philadelphia Eagles (vs. SD)
Jackson caught seven passes for 104 yards and a score on nine (of Vick's 25) targets in Week 1. In the Eagles up-tempo offense, they will continue to get the ball quickly to Jackson in space. A solid WR2 this week (and in most weeks), Jackson should continue to see a huge proportion of the team's targets.
WR - Cecil Shorts, Jacksonville Jaguars (at OAK)
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again. Perhaps I'm stubborn after ranking Shorts pretty high last week (and in the preseason), but I expect him to have a relatively big week against the Raiders.
In last week's 28-2 loss to the Chiefs, the Jaguars offense was bad. [Everyone say, "how bad?"] So bad that they failed to reach 200 yards of total offense with a league-low 178 yards.
Shorts finished with three receptions for 40 yards. With Blaine Gabbert out this week, I think that's a positive for Shorts and thinks he bounces back with a low-end WR2 performance in Week 2 against the Raiders.
WR - Mike Williams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
Williams has 24 touchdown receptions over the three years (and one game) that he's been in the NFL including one in the season opener. Even though Williams has only one touchdown in six career games against the Saints, I like the matchup this week for the Bucs. The Saints defense was solid in Week 1, but no team allowed more fantasy points to opposing wide receivers in 2012.
WR - Julian Edelman, New England Patriots (vs. NYJ)
Who will catch passes from Tom Brady tonight? With Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and (likely) Aaron Dobson out, Edelman figures to be heavily targeted by Brady. Last week, he finished with seven receptions for 79 yards and two touchdowns even though Amendola had 10 receptions.
TE - Jordan Cameron, Cleveland Browns (at BAL)
Cameron had a breakout in the team's loss to the Dolphins with nine catches for 108 yards and a touchdown. This week, he faces the Ravens, who allowed Julius Thomas to have a breakout performance as well. With Josh Gordon still suspended for one more week, Cameron should continue to be heavily targeted and have an opportunity to put up strong TE1 numbers this week.
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Here are some players to possibly sit for Week 2:
QB - Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. SF)
Wilson threw for a total of only 293 yards in two games against the Niners last year, but he had four TDs in their second matchup last year. If you drafted someone like Vick or Eli Manning, however, I'd prefer to start one of those guys over Wilson this week. I have Wilson as my 14th-ranked quarterback for Week 1.
Powell and Ivory combined for 22 rush attempts in Week 1 against the Bucs and the carries were split fairly evenly (12 for Powell, 10 for Ivory). Neither back did much with their opportunities, though. Powell averaged only 2.4 yards per carry but that was nearly one yard more than Ivory's average (1.5 YPC).
In a game where the Jets are double-digit underdogs, it's possible that the Jets are forced into passing situations early in the game. And until one of these backs, presumably Ivory, gets 15-plus carries per game, neither should be in your starting lineup.
The trio of Moreno, Ball and Hillman should all be on your bench as well for similar reasons to Ivory and Powell. In a game that the Broncos scored 49 points, none of the backs reached double-digit carries or 30 rushing yards.
Bradshaw and Ballard are my third backfield to bench. Ballard led the team in carries with 13 last week, but I expect that to shift in favor of Bradshaw, who had only seven carries. It's possible that we see more of an equitable split in touches between the two backs this week and the Dolphins did an excellent job of limiting the Browns (read: Trent Richardson) to 13 carries for 47 yards (3.62 YPC) last week.
WR - Roddy White, Atlanta Falcons (vs. STL)
If White were healthy, there's no chance that he'd be listed on the "sit" side of this column. If you start only two wide receivers, though, I'd sit White this week as he continues to recover from his high-ankle sprain. Last week, he was used more as a decoy than anything else as he was targeted only twice. We could see more of the same this week from White.
WR - Mike Wallace, Miami Dolphins (at IND)
In his debut with the Dolphins, Wallace was unhappy although the team won as he finished with only one catch for 15 yards. Until we see better chemistry between Wallace and Ryan Tannehill, I'd prefer to keep Wallace on my bench, if possible.
WR - Greg Jennings, Minnesota Vikings (at CHI)
Jennings had a very mediocre debut for the Vikings with three catches for 33 yards. Of course, he's going to be held back by the team's mediocre, if that, quarterback play. In addition, his matchup against the Bears is not great. The Bears allowed 188 yards and two touchdowns to receivers last week, but 162 yards and both TDs were to A.J. Green. Jennings is no A.J. Green.
TE - Fred Davis, Washington Redskins (at GB)
Last week, Vernon Davis had a huge week against the Packers as he finished with 21 fantasy points (six receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns). That doesn't mean that you start Davis against the Packers, though. Davis had only two catches for 22 yards (even though RG3 threw it 49 times for 329 yards) last week.
For Week 2 discussion, check out our Week 2 fantasy football podcast Sunday morning at 10 a.m. ET.