The Fantasy Football season has started and we are heading into Week 2. I am here to give you all the help you need when it comes to your Week 2 fantasy lineup. I will help you each week giving you 6 guys that you should start and the 5 you should be sitting.
Week 2 Must Start
Eli Manning vs. Denver Broncos
Big Brother Peyton is 2-0 vs. Eli and I am not sure that it won’t be 3-0 after this weekend. But who cares whether they win or lose (unless your Broncos or Giants fans). Eli posted some solid numbers after a rough start Sunday night against the Cowboys. He threw for 450 yards and 4 TDs (yes I know 3 INTs too) which was good enough for the 3rd among QBs in week 1. Flacco had some pretty good success against the Broncos pass D and that was without good weapons. Eli comes to town with Cruz/Nicks/Randle/Myers combination, which means Eli is in line for another solid fantasy week.
Matt Forte vs. Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings gave up 115 yards rushing and 168 yards through the air to the combo of Reggie Bush/Joquie Bell. Forte received most carries as well as garnering all the goal-line carries. So with that being said Forte a pass catching back out of the backfield could have a field day against the Vikings D and is a RB1 this week.
The Browns did a great job of shutting down Mike Wallace by having Joe Haden cover him. Well in week 2, I would expect the same thing when it comes to Torrey Smith. Brian Hartline totaled 9 catches for 144 yards and one touchdown and Brandon Gibson caught 7 balls for 77 yards. Which means Brown will have a good chance at producing big numbers this week. After Jacoby Jones left the game, Brown received 6 targets catching 4 of them for 65 yards and his first career touchdown. I expect to see a lot more Brown in week 2 and think he is a very startable WR3/Flex play this week.
A lot of talk of T.Y. Hilton and Darrius Heyward-Bey during the offseason and a ton of people forgot about old faithful Reggie Wayne. Luck to Wayne seemed like it was a trend on Sunday in Indianapolis, as they connected on 8 passes (on 8 targets) for 96 yards and a TD. Wayne is Luck’s security blanket and will be a borderline WR1 throughout the season.
Jordan Cameron vs. Baltimore Ravens
Cameron was a huge sleeper heading into the 2013 season. He didn’t wait to back up a lot of what people were saying about him during the offseason. He caught 9 balls (on 13 targets) for 108 yards and a TD against the Dolphins. Julius Thomas had a field day against the Ravens and Cameron is better than Thomas. The Browns are going to have to throw to keep up with the Ravens and Weeden will target Cameron a lot this game.
New England Patriots D vs. New York Jets
The Patriots squeaked by the Bills in week 1 but the Defense played rather well. It was a couple of costly turnovers that gave the Bills a touchdown and short field on another touchdown drive. The D forced 3 fumbles (recovering 2 of them) and held the Bills under 300 yards total for the game. The Jets are coming to town for a Thursday night game. The Jets thanks to a rookie mistake by Lavonte David come into this game 1-0. But they didn’t look great on the offensive side of the ball. I look for the Patriots to take advantage of this Jets team on only 3 days rest and are a top 5 Fantasy Defense for the week.
Week 2 Must Sit
Josh Freeman vs. New Orleans Saints
Freeman against the Jets only completed 48% of his passes. The Saints defense looked A LOT better in week 1 than they did they did all of last season. They pressured Matt Ryan (6 QB hits & 3 Sacks) and forced 2 turnovers. In week 2 there are better options out there than Freeman, so I would even go out to say that you should cut bait on Freeman and find a suitable replacement for him.
Vick Ballard vs. Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins did a great job in week 1 of containing Trent Richardson holding him to 47 yards on the ground. Ballard comes in after having a solid week 1 but this Dolphins run D is tough and he will struggle to find running room against him. Only start Ballard if you really have too.
Eric Decker vs. New York Giants
Decker didn’t have a great week 1 in Denver; he dropped a couple of passes and fumbled the ball. He will still be targeted in Denver but with him being the 3rd option (maybe 4th behind Orange Julious) now his Fantasy Football production will not be able to be trusted weekly. He is worth keeping an eye on for sure but I would sit him if you have better options.
Zach Sudfeld vs. New York Jets
Oh man what a week 1 disappointment. I had him on the sleepers pick and thought he was poised to breakout. He received 1 target in which he turned into an interception for the other team. I still think the potential is there for him but this week on the short week (plus the hammy injury); he needs should be on the bench this week.
Atlanta Falcons vs. St. Louis Rams
On the outside looking in this could be a solid start for the Falcons this week. But with the improvements made by this Rams team and how they looked pretty solid week 1 on the offensive side of the ball, I think that the Rams should have no problem putting up 20+ points up against this defense. So I wouldn’t consider the Falcons as a startable defense in week 2.
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