The first week of the season is in the books and hopefully you started the season with a fantasy win. If you lost, there is still a lot of time to win games and to figure out your roster. I always tell people not to make too many rash judgments based on one game. Good players have bad games and sometimes a bad game is the result of a bad matchup in the opener. Bad players have good games and sometimes they do well, because of an easy matchup in the opener. It takes a few games to figure out if players are going to continue to disappoint or continue to impress and it is best to continue to go with your star players in most cases.
If you have some questions about who to play in Week 2, here are some players I would start and some players I would sit in Week 2.
Start of the Week
Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson – Wilson had a very quiet opener, completing only 14 passes in 27 attempts for 158 yards, no touchdowns, no picks. He also had two rushing attempts for 40 yards, but otherwise it was a very quiet opener for Wilson on the road.
I think things will improve for him at home in Week 2 against a bad San Francisco 49ers offense. Wilson seems to play better in Seattle and the 49ers looked horrible against a rusty Panthers QB Cam Newton. Wilson should have solid QB1 value this week.
Players to Start
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Jameis Winston – The Chicago Bears were able to slow QB Matt Ryan, but they still gave up 321 yards and one touchdown. Winston should be ready to roll in the season opener and I like him as a low QB1 against a suspect Bears D. The Buccaneers have too many weapons for the Bears secondary to cover everyone on that offense.
Green Bay Packers RB Ty Montgomery – I think the fear that Montgomery would be in a RBBC concerns were eased by him playing 74 of 82 snaps in Week 1. He should see the field a ton against a Falcons D that was terrible against the run last year and allowed the third most points to fantasy backs in Week 1. I like Montgomery to flirt with RB1 status this week.
New England Patriots RB James White – The game in New Orleans figures to be a shootout, which means lots of no-huddle offense and passing plays. That means White should see the field a ton in this game and the Saints ranked 21st against running backs in the opener. I think this style of game favors White and he has RB2 upside in a high-scoring matchup.
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper – The Jets were 11th against fantasy receivers in Week 1, but that was against the Bills receivers. The Bills have one of the worst receiver cores in the NFL and they still had a decent day. The Jets have nobody in the secondary that can hang with Cooper, I think he has WR1 upside in a favorable matchup.
San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen – Allen was able to score a touchdown against a tough Broncos D and the Dolphins secondary is very suspect. I like Allen as a WR2 with upside this week. He should be able to find the end zone against this poor Dolphins secondary and have more than 35 yards receiving.
New Orleans Saints TE Coby Fleener – Fleener was a beneficiary of the suspension to WR Willie Snead and he took advantage of that opportunity with 54 yards receiving and the Saints only touchdown of the game. He has TE1 upside again this week in a likely shootout against New England. He is taking over as the Saints slot weapon in the middle of the field with Snead not in the fold.
Sit of the Week
New York Giants QB Eli Manning – Manning looked absolutely dreadful in Sunday Night Football, tallying just 220 yards passing and no passing touchdowns. He has no offensive line help, which limits his ability to stretch the field and WR Odell Beckham Jr. could be out for a second straight week. That is a horrible combination for the Giants offense, because with no offensive line, no running game and no Beckham Jr., this team has no chance to compete on offense.
I would not go with Manning this week on Monday Night at home. The Lions frustrated Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer and Manning is not likely to do much better. Furthermore, the game being on Monday Night at home is problematic, because we probably will not know if Beckham Jr. can go this week until all the other games have been played. That is a situation to avoid in fantasy football, especially with so many other good options at quarterback.
Players to Sit
Minnesota Vikings QB Sam Bradford – I would not chase the 346 yards and three touchdowns this week. Last week was a home game against a bad Saints D, this week is a road game against a good Steelers D. Bradford is a low-upside QB2 this week.
Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore – The Colts D is a train wreck, which means they will probably trail early in this game. The Colts offense is also a wreck and Arizona has one of the best defenses in the league. Throw in no QB Andrew Luck for a second straight week and I would avoid Gore.
New Orleans Saints RB Adrian Peterson – Peterson had only six carries against the Vikings D and this game is likely to be a shootout, which does not play to his strengths, because the Saints will not use him much in the passing game. I think Peterson is a low-upside RB5 this week and would need a touchdown to be fantasy relevant.
Tennessee Titans WR Corey Davis – Davis showed some signs of being a productive player against the Oakland Raiders, but it will take time and the Jaguars have one of the best pass defenses in the NFL. Davis has a low-upside matchup this week and he should be avoided in fantasy lineups.
New York Giants WR Brandon Marshall – Marshall had one reception for 10 yards last week and the absence of Beckham Jr. did nothing to help increase his targets. I would avoid him again, even if Beckham Jr. is able to go, the Giants passing offense looks like a mess. I do not trust any of their targets, especially until I see the offense with Beckham Jr. in the lineup.
San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry – Henry played only 21 snaps and was only used as a blocker. I would not waive him based on one game, but I would look for other options if possible. He cannot be trusted to be involved in the passing game. If you have to waive him, it may not be the worst call. The Chargers look like they are going to be a run oriented offense that uses their tight ends in the blocking game, which has no value in fantasy football.