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Fantasy Football Week 2: Start'em, Sit'em

- Updated: Saturday, September 15th

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Patrick Mahomes is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as my starting quarterback.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Drew Brees and Mahomes, you should start Brees -- and in turn, bench Mahomes.

So while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 2 Fantasy Football QB Start'em

QB - Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs (at PIT)

A breakout candidate heading into 2018, the strong-armed Mahomes takes over for Alex Smith, who had a career-best 2017 season when he finished as a top-three fantasy quarterback. In his first start of the season (and second of his career), Mahomes was one of three quarterbacks to throw four touchdowns. The second-year quarterback completed 15-of-27 pass attempts for 256 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions and scored 28.34 fantasy points, the fourth-most in Week 1.

Even though the Chiefs are road underdogs in Pittsburgh this week, the Chiefs are projected to be a top-10 scoring offense based on implied totals from Vegas odds. With a talented group of weapons and a defense that should surrender plenty of points to Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers, Mahomes should have another highly productive week.

[Big Ben is also a start as my second-ranked quarterback this week.]

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Week 2 Fantasy Football RB Start'em

RB - Adrian Peterson, Washington Redskins (vs. IND)

Turning back the clock, Peterson rushed 26 times for 96 yards and a touchdown and added two receptions for 70 yards in the team's Week 1 victory over the Cardinals. Handling two-thirds of the team's running back touches (42) in Week 1, favorable game script could set up Peterson for lots of work in Week 2 as well. Favored by nearly a touchdown at home, Washington is projected to be a top-five scoring team in Week 2 based on implied totals from Vegas odds.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)

Poor quarterback play coupled with injuries (four missed games) led Sanders to fall short of the 1,000-yard milestone in 2017 after reaching the mark in each of the previous three seasons. With their steadiest quarterback situation since Peyton Manning, Case Keenum and Sanders showed good preseason rapport and that carried over into the regular season.

In the team's Week 1 victory, Sanders led the team in receiving with 10 catches for 135 yards and a touchdown on a team-high 11 targets. With a favorable matchup against the Raiders, the Broncos are projected to score the sixth-most points this week based on implied totals from Week 2 odds. Both Sanders and Thomas are strong WR2 options heading into Week 2.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football TE Start'em

TE - George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers (vs. DET)

Things could have gone better (i.e., he dropped a wide-open would-be touchdown), but Kittle exceeded expectations in a difficult matchup on the road against the Vikings. While the Vikings allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends in 2017, Kittle had five catches for 90 yards to finish as a top-six performer last week.

Not only is the matchup more favorable this week, but the 49ers will be without top wide receiver Marquise Goodwin. Of course, that boosts the outlook for Pierre Garcon and the team's other receivers, but it also could lead to an extra target or two for Kittle. Either way, I have Kittle ranked inside my top-five fantasy tight ends for Week 2.

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