Week 1 of the NFL season was filled with some positives, but there were plenty of negative for fantasy owners everywhere. While two of A-Mac and GOAT’s starts, Spencer Ware and Melvin Gordon, had great weeks for them and all of their fantasy owners, there were plenty of fantasy studs that did not show up last week. Dez Bryant put up a big old zero in ESPN standard scoring leagues. Stud backs Adrian Peterson, Todd Gurley, and Devonta Freeman where all held to under five fantasy points last week. Only three of the 25-most owned tight ends in ESPN fantasy leagues posted double-digit scores.
Despite all that, Week 2 is a new game for all of us. Here are GOAT and A-Mac’s Start ’em and Sit ’em’s for Week 2!
GOAT’s Week 2 Starts:
Will Fuller, WR, Houston Texans (ESPN 68.5% owned): Fuller was impressive in his NFL debut, hauling in five receptions for 107 yards and a touchdown. With Hopkins demanding double coverage, Fuller had the most targets for the Texans last week. He is at least flex worthy against a Kansas City defense that allowed 16 receptions to Charger wide receivers last week. Expect Hopkins to draw the most attention and Fuller to take advantage of his opportunities again.
Duke Johnson Jr, RB, Cleveland Browns (ESPN 84.8% owned): With Robert Griffin III injured once again, veteran, Josh McCown is back at the Browns starting quarterback. The Ravens defense is tough and will likely put the pressure on McCown fairly often. Johnson could become a favorite check down target in those situations. Johnson to have substantial value in PPR leagues, and could warrant a flex start in standard leagues this week.
Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles (ESPN 14.6% owned): The rookie Eagle signal-caller had a very effective debut, throwing for 278 yards, two touchdowns, and didn’t commit a single turnover. As impressive as the performance was, it did come against a Cleveland Browns team that could easily go 0-16 this year. Wentz faces a Chicago Bears defense that allowed 31 receiving touchdowns in 2015, so Wentz should be able to have another superb game in Week 2.
A-Mac’s Week 2 Starts:
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans (ESPN 53.5% owned): Mariota had a rough Week 1, as the Titans were mauled by the Vikings pass defense that looked vastly improved from their 12th-ranked 2015 unit. This week, the Titans visit Detroit and the Lions defense that got lit up for 385 passing yards and four touchdowns by Andrew Luck and the Colts.
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons (ESPN 61.7% owned): After just one week, the Atlanta backfield appears to be more of a workload split than originally thought. Deveonta Freeman, the number one running back in fantasy last season, had 15 touches for 40 total yards while Coleman had just 13 touches but for an impressive 117 total yards. If Coleman is still available in your league, pick him up now!
Cole Beasley, WR, Dallas Cowboys (ESPN 6.6% owned): If you are in a points-per-reception (PPR) league, you should pick up Beasley up today! Rookie Cowboy quarterback Dak Prescott targeted Beasley 12-times last week, and he hauled in eight of those passes for 65 yards. If this trend continues, even with Dez Bryant on the outside, Beasley should be an asset in all PPR leagues.
GOAT’s Week 2 Sits:
Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts (ESPN 99.4% owned): Luck threw for 385 yards and four touchdowns against Detroit without committing any turnovers. Seems like a must start, except he will be facing the top pass defense from 2015 in the Denver Broncos. The Broncos secondary could be one of the few good enough to slow down the Colt’s speedy wide receivers T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers (ESPN 99.5% owned): Lacy averaged a decent 4.4 yards per carry against Jacksonville on Sunday. The Packers face the Vikings this week, and Minnesota allowed only seven rushing touchdowns in 2015. Lacy’s has a very unfavorable match up this week and he could continue to struggle to score points for your team.
Eric Decker, WR, New York Jets (ESPN 97.5% owned): Decker’s fantasy production is pretty touchdown dependent. In Week 1, he only caught two receptions for 37 yards but did find the end zone on one of them. Facing Buffalo and their strong young tandem of cornerbacks in Stephon Gilmore and Ronald Darby on Thursday night, it will be a tough match up for a player that needs to get in the end zone to be fantasy relevant.
A-Mac’s Week 2 Sits:
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals (ESPN 66.3% owned): Even though he had a modest 16-point fantasy game in Week 1, Dalton passed for a third best 366 yards against the Jets. Dalton takes the Bengals to Pittsburgh where Dalton has scuffled. In his last four games at Heinz Field, Dalton has averaged just 245 yards passing and has thrown six interceptions.
Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams (ESPN 100% owned): Poor Todd Gurley owners. Gurley was held to just 47 yards on 17 carries against the 49ers, who were 30th against the run in 2015. This week, Gurley and the Rams face the Seahawks who were first against the run a season ago. If the 49ers could stack the box and stop Gurley, Week 2 will not be fun for Gurley owners.
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (ESPN 97.1% owned): Maclin was able to find the end zone in Week 1 against the Chargers in a comeback win for Kansas City. In Week 2, the Chiefs will face the Texans defense that held Alshon Jeffrey, Kevin White, and the rest of the Bear receivers to under 200 yards receiving.