Week 1 is overreaction week. Every year some wild results (looking at you, Green Bay) combine with out-of-the-blue performances (Elijah Mitchell, anyone?) and send the fantasy world into a spin. For Start/Sit’s Week 2, we’re going to try and stay as semi-rational as we can.
The below are ranked on PPR scoring and remember, no CMC’s or Kelce’s will be shown here.
Teddy Bridgewater (DEN) – Outside of the obvious group, I think Teddy is a great play this week. On his debut in the crushed orange, he threw for 264 yards and 2 touchdowns against a relatively strong Giants D. Granted, no Jerry Jeudy will hurt the passing game going forward, but he still has enough weapons to excel against the sorry Jaguars who were just shredded by Tyrod Taylor. Low-end QB1 status is more than achievable.
Honourable mentions: Baker Mayfield, Jared Goff, Matthew Stafford
Matt Ryan (ATL) – Don’t let the 7.36 fantasy points fool you – it was worse than that. Ryan was mauled repeatedly by the Eagles last week, as he was sacked 3 times on top of the multiple hits. Sure, that o-line under new coach Arthur Smith needs some work, but maybe Ryan is just done. As mentioned earlier, we don’t want to overreact, but the Falcons travel to Tampa this week to line up against the vaunted Bucs D. Until we see some signs of life, I’m out on Matty Ice.
Honourable mentions: Carson Wentz, Tua Tagovailoa
Kareem Hunt (CLE) – Can you see the pattern yet? I’m targeting the weak. I said to go with Teddy over the Jags, and now the Texans are in the crosshair. I don’t envisage a scenario where the Texans beat the Browns, and how the Browns are set up in this one makes me think Hunt is in a good spot. You know the deal: defence, turnovers, run the ball, repeat. That’s how the Browns will approach this one which should mean some good volume for Kareem, as he and Chubb will share the load to control the game. A confident RB2 in my books.
Honourable mentions: Damien Harris, Melvin Gordon, Jamaal Williams
James Robinson (JAX) – This is a tough one as Robinson was drafted throughout the summer as an RB1 in some people’s eyes, but man is it looking bleak. If reports are to be believed, Urban Meyer is not a big fan of Robinson and last week showed. He ended up with 8 total touches, with just half the carries compared to new stablemate Carlos Hyde. I get it, you’re probably in a situation where you have to play Robinson, but please temper expectations this week, especially against the stout Denver D.
Honourable mentions: Leonard Fournette, Mark Ingram, Myles Gaskin
Mike Williams (LAC) – Williams the talent has never been the question; Williams staying on the field is. Whilst he’s still healthy, let’s take him this week against the bad (we think?) Cowboys D. Williams saw 12 targets last week (volume is king) and I figure this Dallas game has shootout potential. If you’re in a pinch at WR or debating your flex spot, Mike might be magic.
Honourable mentions: Devonta Smith, Marvin Jones, Corey Davis
Tyler Boyd (CIN) – What a turn of events. Boyd used to be the boy for the Bengals, but as Biggy once said, things done changed. Sophomore Tee Higgins has become a revelation, and Ja’Marr Chase is now on the scene and figures to be Burrow’s new number 1. Simply put, the other two get more targets and looks in the red zone than Boyd does. As bad as the Bears might this season, I still don’t think there will be enough for Boyd to warrant a spot in your line-up.
Honourable mentions: Julio Jones, Marquez Callaway, Russell Gage
Cole Kmet (CHI) – It seems that Jimmy Graham is being phased out (finally), so Cole is the TE to own in Chicago. He saw 7 targets last week in the loss to the Rams, catching 5 of them for 42 yards. Although that box score doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s enough to put you in fringe TE1 category these days. With the Bengals coming to town on Sunday, don’t fret with Kmet.
Honourable mentions: Noah Fant, Juwan Johnson, Tyler Higbee
Mike Gesicki (MIA) – Most important thing to note here is that Gesicki went catchless on 2 targets last week. Call it competition for looks with Waddle and Parker if you want. However, consider the above and now factor in the Dolphins facing the Bills who shut down the Steelers TE’s last week. Gesicki is icky in Week 2.
Honourable mentions: Anthony Firkser, Robert Tonyan, Pat Freiermuth