Week One of the NFL (and fantasy) season is in the books, and as a fantasy owner, you are currently sitting at either 1-0 or 0-1. Let’s discuss ways to keep you winning or turn your luck around.
These are a few players to consider for Week Two in BRB’s edition of start/sit.
NOTE: This list won’t include the most obvious starters (Antonio Brown, Julio Jones, Le’Veon Bell, etc).
Derek Carr, QB - OAK
I am of the firm belief that you should start everyone who plays the Jets all season long (sorry, Jets fans). Last week, Tyrod Taylor racked up 224 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets defense (about 18 or 19 points, depending on your league settings); Carr should be able to replicate that success, especially with a top-tier wideout like Amari Cooper in the mix.
Dalvin Cook, RB - MIN
I have a feeling that Cook will quickly become one of those backs that I don’t have to recommend starting. You’ll just do it because you’d be dumb not to. For now, he stays in the start column against the Steelers. Cook is clearly the future (and uncontested RB1) in Minnesota. He should put together another big week for fantasy owners.
Marshawn Lynch, RB - OAK
Lynch is a start for two reasons. One - the same reason that Carr is a start, the Jets’ defense. Two - I expect Lynch to shake off some of the rust that came as a result of his long absence from football after playing in his first real game action last week. Lynch should be in line for a solid game against New York this week.
Tyreek Hill, WR - KC
Hill flashed his versatility in Week One against the Patriots, racking up 133 yards and a score on seven receptions on top of a few rushing attempts. This week, the Chiefs host the Eagles and Hill will be in line for a hefty workload. He is always a big-play threat and should have another quality game for fantasy owners.
Blake Bortles, QB - JAX
Despite a turnover-free game against Houston last week, Bortles only put up 125 yards and a single touchdown. The Jaguars will continue to lean on rookie running back Leonard Fournette, making Bortles even less relevant. Notwithstanding one game devoid of boneheaded picks, Bortles remains an interception-prone quarterback. There are plenty of better options at this position in Week Two. Avoid Bortles if you can.
Eddie Lacy, RB - SEA
Honestly, Lacy was such a disappointment in Week One that I dropped him in favor of someone else. This week he faces the 49ers and will have to deal with the likely return of fellow running back Thomas Rawls. The entire Seattle backfield struggled in the opener, and the addition of Rawls only diminishes Lacy’s value. If you have other options, roll with them instead of Lacy.
Corey Davis, WR - TEN
Okay, that Jacksonville defense was for real last week. I know Houston’s offensive line is bad at best, but the Jags straight up made them look foolish. This defense has been good on paper for the last few seasons; now it seems that they’ve finally put it all together on the field. Trusting a rookie wide receiver against what appears to be one of the best defenses in the league is risky, even when it’s someone as talented as Davis. I’d steer clear this week.
Jason Witten, TE - DEN
It’s hard to choose a tight end to bench because the position continues to be pretty thin. The Cowboys’ tight end is generally a reliable starter for fantasy owners, but he’ll be testing the ‘No Fly Zone’ of the Broncos this week. The Denver defense will limit Witten’s potential to make big plays. Choose a tight end with a better matchup this week.
What are your thoughts, fantasy owners? Who are you planning to start or sit this week (either on this list or not)? Which matchups are you targeting or avoiding?