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NFL Fantasy Football Week 2: Start ‘em, Sit ‘em

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Get the latest on which players should be in and out of your Week 2 fantasy lineup.

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Week 2 of the NFL season kicked off last night with the Houston Texans traveling to Cincinnati to take down the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

With the second week of the season getting under way last night, that means your second fantasy football matchup of the year began if you or your opponent had any players from Houston or Cincinnati.

Let’s take a look at who to start and who sit this week through Monday night.

Week 2

Quarterbacks:

Start:
Derek Carr vs. New York Jets: A young and very good quarterback against (probably) the worst team in the league? Check, please.
Russell Wilson vs. San Francisco 49ers: Wilson struggled last week behind a weak offensive line. But this week he goes up against the San Francisco 49ers. Wilson is 8-2 against the 49ers, with 14 touchdowns to just seven interceptions and has more than 2,000 yards passing against them.
Ben Roethlisberger vs. Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings defense is very good, but Big Ben is a different animal at home. In six home games in 2016, he threw for 1,915 yards (nearly 320 per game), 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Sit:
Marcus Mariota vs. Jacksonville Jaguars: Did you see what the Jaguars did to the Texans in Week 1? The Titans have a much better o-line than the Texans, but still — good luck, Marcus.
Trevor Siemian vs. Dallas Cowboys: Siemian had an impressive Week 1 by scoring 22 points or more (depending on your league’s settings). He was picked up on the Yahoo! waiver wire more than 2,100 times afterward. But the Cowboys secondary looked much better than anticipated last week and I would wait for Siemian to prove a little more.
Tyrod Taylor vs. Carolina Panthers: Taylor looked good Week 1, finding the end zone twice, passing for 224 yards and rushing for 38 more — but that was against the Jets. The defense of the Panthers is fierce, causing two turnovers last week and holding the 49ers to just 171 passing yards.


Running backs:

Start:
Ty Montgomery vs. Atlanta Falcons: It’s clear the Packers want to get Montgomery plenty of touches. Last week, he only generated 54 yards rushing, but he found the end zone, had 19 carries and four catches for an additional 39 yards. Atlanta struggled covering running backs out of the backfield against the Bears, too.
Marshawn Lynch vs. New York Jets: Beast Mode is back and still running people over. Lynch averaged 4.2 yards per carry last week and this week gets to face a Jets team that allowed 190 rushing yards in Week 1.
Kareem Hunt vs. Philadelphia Eagles: What a debut the rookie had, with 148 rushing yards, 98 receiving yards and three touchdowns — the guy scored 41.5 points for me. The Eagles rush defense looked stellar against Washington, only allowing 64 yards, but they did not see anybody as dynamic as Hunt. Look for him to get plenty of touches.

Sit:
Frank Gore vs. Arizona Cardinals: Gore must be about 75-years-old in running back years, but he continues to be a high volume players. But the Cardinals are likely going to stack the box without the threat of the passing game, and Arizona held the Lions to just 82 rushing yards.
Ameer Abdullah vs. New York Giants: Speaking of the Lions’ rushing attack, Abdullah was held to 30 yards on 15 rushes last week. He also has a bad injury history. Going up against the Giants’ defensive front, I would avoid him.
Carlos Hyde: Hyde is hard to bench in PPR formats because he catches a lot of passes out of the backfield, but Seattle’s defense is incredible. The Seahawks held the Packers to 84 rushing yards, and Hyde has only scored more than five points once in four meetings against Seattle.


Wide Receivers:

Start:
Tyreek Hill vs. Philadelphia Eagles: There were questions about Hill as a No. 1 receiver and he answered those with authority in Week 1 (eight catches, 133 yards and a TD). The Eagles played well defensively last week, but they were awful on the road against wide outs last season. The Eagles will also be without cornerback Ronald Darby.
Doug Baldwin vs. San Francisco 49ers: Baldwin didn’t have a big first week, as he only had four targets, but he caught them all for 63 yards. But the 49ers aren’t a strong team, and Baldwin torched these guys for eight catches, 164 yards and a score the last time he played them at home.
Tyrell Williams: Williams had seven targets and five catches Week 1, but only turned that into 54 yards. This week, he’ll face a Miami secondary that is nowhere near as good as the Denver team he last faced. Williams went off for 125 yards and a touchdown last year against the Dolphins.

Sit:
T.Y. Hilton vs. Arizona Cardinals: Scott Tolzien or Jacoby Brissett? I’ll take neither, especially with Patrick Peterson hanging around. But I would trust Hilton more with Brissett throwing him the ball.
Sammy Watkins vs Washington Redskins: Watkins had five catches in Week 1, but only generated 58 yards while Jared Goff threw for 306 yards. Cooper Kupp, Todd Gurley and Robert Woods all had equal or more targets compared to Watkins. Josh Norman will likely cover Watkins this week, limiting his opportunities.
Brandon Marshall vs. Detroit Lions: With Odell Beckham Jr. in line to play this week, and Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, Shane Vereen and Roger Lewis drawing more targets than Marshall last week, this seems like an easy sit against an underrated Detroit team.


Tight End:

Start:
Kyle Rudolph vs. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rudolph had a big 2016 and he picked up where he left off scoring a touchdown in this year’s season opener. The Steelers also had issues guarding tight ends last season.
Delanie Walker vs, Jacksonville Jaguars: The only position the Jaguars defense seemed to have issues covering last week was the tight end. Walker is a reliable target for Mariota and has had solid games against Jacksonville.
Charles Clay vs. Carolina Panthers: Clay looked like a rejuvenated player last week. He was targeted nine times — something that he only surpassed once last season — and caught four passes, including a touchdown.

Sit:
Hunter Henry vs. Miami Dolphins: Henry did not draw a single target this past Monday night. He has a much easier matchup in Week 2 against Miami, but it’s clear Antonio Gates is still the man at tight end for the Chargers.
Marcedes Lewis: Jags fans are well aware of Lewis’ role at this stage in his career. Lewis is still a great blocker and team leader, but his two-target, zero-catch performance could be a common theme this year.
Eric Ebron vs. New York Giants: Take it from a Lions fan, Ebron has very unsure hands and he had just two catches for nine yards in Week 1. Not a good look against the Giants.


Defenses:

Start:
Arizona Cardinals vs. Indianapolis Colts
Baltimore Ravens vs. Cleveland Browns
Oakland Raiders vs. New York Jets
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Tennessee Titans

Sit:
New England Patriots vs. New Orleans Saints
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Green Bay Packers vs. Atlanta Falcons


Kickers:

Start:
Giorgio Tavecchio vs. New York Jets
Dan Bailey vs. Denver Broncos
Blair Walsh vs. San Francisco 49ers

Sit:
Adam Vinatieri vs. Arizona Cardinals
Dustin Hopkins vs. Los Angeles Rams
Zane Gonzalez vs. Baltimore Ravens


If there’s one thing I’ve learned through all of the years I’ve played fantasy football, it’s that you can never predict how things turn out. Hopefully this articles helps your fantasy squads this week, though. Good luck!