Our Week 2 start’em looks at favorable NFL matchups and how they might impact lineup decisions for your fantasy football roster. For your final lineup decisions, check out our Week 2 player rankings and if you have any fantasy football questions, feel free to post them in our Fantasy Football Forum.
Brady’s performance Week 1 against the Dolphins was un-Bradesque. Expect a bounce-back performance this Sunday against the Vikings. Brady’s bunch of no-name receivers has a 75% Gronk now, which is all he’ll need. All those who smell last year’s putrid start to the season should rest easy. He’s a future hall of fame caliber QB and he’ll be back at his peak performance again. Never bet against Brady or Belichek coming off a loss. Expecting 25 plus points this week.
The Eagles escaped Florida with a win against Jacksonsville thanks to the Foles comeback in the second half last weekend. Indianapolis poses a different challenge, but as evidenced by Denver, are very beatable. Without much of a pass rush from Indy, Foles will have time to operate and dissect this Colts defense. I see a screen pass TD and a couple tosses to Ertz and Maclin for 20 plus points this week. For whom the liberty bell tolls, it’s Nick Foles.
Too much drama in Baltimore’s locker room right now for the Ravens to get their act together and stop this beastly machine. Last year Bell didn’t finish his debut in charm city before getting knocked out, but this year expect him to do the knocking. The Steelers commitment to running the ball will do fantasy owners of Bell good this season. It’ll be another drag-out fight between these two rivals on Thursday night.
Jennings had an impressive debut on MNF against the Lions. He accounted for over 100 yards total in offense between catching and running. He was featured much more than rookie Andre Williams and unless the Giants get in a huge hole, he should be stellar once again. Arizona’s defense is stronger against the pass than the run. He’s quick to find the holes in a defense and a little seam is all he needs to make it worth it for owners.
Tate was consistent and involved heavily in the Lions air attack on Monday night. While Calvin Johnson gets all the love and big plays, Tate does his fair share too. He’s a possession receiver who can also get deep and burn a defense at anytime. Carolina possesses a staunch test, but I like Tate to beat his man-to-man coverage again this week. As a doubter entering the season, I have reason to think he’ll be a strong play for owners week-in and week-out.
Hopkins seems to really be picking up the offense in his second season. Opposite Andre Johnson, he sees the single coverage that’s similar to Golden Tate because their #1 WR is so dominant. Oakland’s defense was beat by Gino Smith, so I think Fitzpatrick can at least equal that and Hopkins will play a factor. Just ask the Redskins if he’s elusive and a playmaker.
The Gronk man might not be at full strength, but his 50% is better than most tight ends at 110%. He’s still Brady’s favorite red zone target. He’s also just getting his conditioning and feet underneath him. He scored last weekend, so he’s knocked off some of the rust. This weekend he’ll be focused on helping Brady make-up for last week. The Vikings play well at home, but Gronk plays well anywhere he goes. I see a couple TDs coming his way this weekend.
Ertz is not Utz, the potato chips, although he plays for Chip Kelly. He’s the new and improved version of Celek for a high powered Eagles offense. The Colts couldn’t contain Denver’s Julius Thomas last weekend so there’s great potential for a breakout performance. As Foles progresses the confidence in Ertz will too. I expect they’ll find TD gold like they did last weekend at some point in Indianapolis.
Don’t go sleeping on the Texans or at least J.J. Watt. Learn that lesson well and then line-up against their beast defensive front. The Redskins could tell you they’re pretty good, with all 6 points they made. The Raiders are the silver and black cellar dwellars from the AFC West. Texans know what last feels like from last season. They’ll get off to another good performance Sunday.