Our Week 2 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em is an in-depth look at the weekly NFL matchups and how they will impact your lineup decisions for your fantasy football team. Our list of Week 2 wide receiver starts and sits features regular fantasy starters, as well as lesser-known players, who are likely to exceed expectations based on a favorable matchup, or fail to meet expectations due to the strength of their opponent.
I know, I know — this isn’t exactly evoking telepathy to make this pick. That being said, let this be your reminder that Alshon Jeffery is about to ball out on Monday Night. Coming off a productive 4-105-0 opener in Houston, Jeffery projects to match up with Eagles 7th-round rookie Corner, Jalen Mills. Philly allowed multiple, long completions last week to RG3 and the Browns and Jeffery’s calling card as a deep-threat will be put on full display this week. I’m expecting Cutler to target Jeffery at least a dozen times and for Jeffery to haul in at least one TD. DFS, standard, PPR, Dungeons and Dragons – whatever it is you’re playing, fire-up-Alshon-Jeffery this week.
After hauling in just three receptions for 61 yards in Week 1, Michael Floyd is ready to bounce-back in Week 2 vs. the Bucs. For an offense that likes to spread the ball around, Carson Palmer zeroed in on Larry Fitzgerald in the team’s Week 1 loss to the Patriots. Look for that trend to revert back to last year’s recipe, with Floyd and John Brown getting involved this week. With Fitz attracting the attention of the defense in the intermediate passing game, it’s a certainty the Cardinals vertical passing game returns to prominence this week in the desert. Michael Floyd will be the main beneficiary. Get him in your lineup this week.
With Broncos No. 1 Receiver Demaryius Thomas battling a hip injury and listed as questionable, Emmanuel Sanders has a great chance to be in the driver’s seat in the Broncos passing game. In a tasty home matchup with an Indianapolis defense that allowed Matthew Stafford to pass for 340 yards and three TDs, Sanders should roast the Colts banged-up secondary. The team will still be without the services of No. 1 CB Vontae Davis, while No. 2 Corner Darius Butler is questionable.
Trevor Siemian isn’t exactly Stafford, but he will benefit from a stacked box to stop C.J. Anderson and has proven he can connect on the intermediate routes. Sanders is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to his route tree and whether or not Thomas plays, he should get a high volume on Sunday. If Thomas is indeed inactive, Sanders becomes one of the best bargain plays at receiver in DFS, for the week.
Davante Adams turned in a respectable Week 1 in Jacksonville, as he posted 50 yards and hauled in an impressive TD. But, with the Packers heading to Minnesota for a Sunday Night matchup with the rival Vikings, the offense will be put to the test. Minnesota fields one of the best overall defensive units and it’ll be difficult to expect the volume to be there for Adams in Week 2. This game has all the feels of Randall Cobb underneath on crossing patterns and Jordy Nelson on the outside on comeback routes and back shoulder throws from Rodgers. I would steer clear from Adams and the Packers supporting cast of receivers, outside of Nelson and Cobb, for Week 2.
The Rams put forth one of the worst offensive performances imaginable on Monday Night, as their 13 possessions consisted of 10 punts, two interceptions, and a turnover on downs. This all coming against the 49ers, one of the most talent-deficient teams in football. Tavon Austin was one of the many Rams who couldn’t get things going in the opener, as he posted a measly four receptions for 13 yards. It doesn’t get any easier for Austin and the Rams, as they make their return to Los Angeles on Sunday to host the Seahawks. Expecting the Rams to turn it all around in one week is ludicrous, especially with Case Keenum in the saddle and a swarming Seahawks defense on tap. While the Rams will surely try to think of creative ways to get Austin in space, it’s not something I suspect they will succeed at on Sunday. Austin owners need to wait until the Rams prove themselves somewhat competent, before relying on their receivers.
Devin Funchess managed one catch for nine yards against the Broncos in Week 1. I do like him as a season-long commodity as a WR4, but in the interim, owners should restrain themselves from putting trust in him. With Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen soaking up the vast majority of targets from Cam Newton, Funchess is nothing more than a dart-throw. My advice is to make the Panthers prove they plan on integrating Funchess into the offense, before rolling him out there. Sit ’em!