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September 16, 2021

NFL Fantasy Football Start or Sit: Week 2

I hope that everyone's week one fantasy matchups went well. If you are a part of the population that lost like me, don't worry, there is a reason we play a full season.

But now what? All momentum is lost, you need to win this week, but your lineup is full of questions marks. Fear not, fantasy owners, I am here to give my starts and sits for Week 2 for every position, except kickers. It is my fantasy philosophy that kickers are a coin flip every week. Unless your kicker is hurt, on a bye, or just plain struggling, you should not be switching kickers around.

Please hold your shouting for the end of the blog, thank you.

Quarterback

Start

Matthew Stafford vs. Colts

Stafford shined in his Rams debut throwing for over 300 yards with three touchdowns and a passer rating of 158.3. If you watched the game, it seemed like a big chunk of his yardage came on busted coverage but I take that as more of a testament of how good the Rams' passing attack is.

If Stafford and the Rams were able to do whatever they wanted against a good Bears defense, we should expect another big day against a vulnerable Colts defense.

Baker Mayfield vs. Texans

On tape, Baker Mayfield was excellent despite not tossing a touchdown. Even without Odell Beckham Jr, Mayfield had no problem distributing the ball to nine different receivers. The Browns will once again be without Beckham and might rely on that running game to carry them again. However, a weak Texans secondary and a pissed-off Browns team could result in a big day for Mayfield.

Sit

Ryan Tannehill vs. Seahawks

It was a disastrous Week 1 for Tannehill and the Titans as they got smoked by the Cardinals. The Titans gave up six sacks and were able to gain just 212 yards through the air. The big storyline this week will be how many touches does Derrick Henry get? With a paltry 58 yards rushing, Henry was an unusual non-factor in their opening game loss.

Look for the Titans to get back to their ground-and-pound style and let Tannehill settle back into his game-manager role.

Derek Carr vs. Steelers

In a wild victory over the Ravens on Monday night, Carr shined with 435 passing yards and two touchdowns. The Ravens defense was depleted and Carr took advantage. It will be tough to do the same this week in Pittsburgh against a defense that completely shut down a Bills offense led by Josh Allen.

Carr is definitely a serviceable quarterback for your fantasy team, just not against the Steelers.

Running Back

Start

Najee Harris vs. Raiders

The Ravens had no issues running the ball against the Raiders' defense, and the Steelers should be able to find the same success.

Harris had 17 touches in his first NFL game and while the numbers were not great, it was against a much better Buffalo defense. Ben Roethlisberger did not have a great day and it is clear that the Steelers are going to have to rely on Harris a lot this season on offense.

While the production was not great, a player getting a lot of touches is always a good sign.

Jonathan Taylor vs. Rams

In the Colts' loss to the Seahawks, Taylor had 23 touches and was the Colts' leading receiver with 60 yards. It is clear that the bulk of the offense is going to run through Taylor this season.

With how effective the Bears were against the Rams on the ground, Taylor should see a lot of touches again. 

Kareem Hunt vs. Texans

A player like Hunt is always risky when it comes to fantasy because he is not even the starting running back for the Browns. He sits behind one of the best in the game in Nick Chubb. However, Hunt had nine touches and a touchdown in Cleveland's loss to Kansas City.

The Chiefs have a much better defense than the Texans and the Browns will look to use Hunt more in the passing game. 

Sit

Mark Ingram vs. Browns

The Texans are not as good as they made themselves out to be against the Jaguars. Sure, Ingram might get a lot of touches because of how limited this offense is. In fact, he got a whopping 26 touches against the Jaguars. But with how talented this Browns front-seven is, Ingram should not see your starting lineups this week.

Saquon Barkley vs. Washington

In his first game since a season-ending knee injury, Barkley played just 29 snaps and received a lousy 11 touches. While this is concerning, his usage should slowly increase as the weeks go on.

This week, though, the Giants take on the Washington Football Team on Thursday night. With how little Barkley played in the G-Men's first game, and with how good the Football Team's defense is, he's a pass if you have a suitable replacement. 

Wide Receiver

Start

Cooper Kupp vs. Colts

In his first game with Stafford, Kupp received 10 targets and hauled in seven receptions for 108 yards and a touchdown.

With how dynamic this Rams offense is, Kupp should be a threat to score from anywhere at any time. The lack of a constant running game also gives Rams' receivers an edge.

Ja'Marr Chase vs. Bears

Chase didn't have any problems catching the ball in his NFL debut.

Chase hauled in five receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. While he received just seven targets throughout the game, this matchup seemed like a feeling-out process for both Burrow and Chase. Now that they know they are comfortable replicating what they did in 2019 at LSU in the NFL, look for Burrow to target Chase a lot more in the coming weeks.

Antonio Brown vs. Falcons

We got a vintage performance out of Brown in the Bucs' victory against the Cowboys. He led the Bucs with 121 receiving yards and proved he is still a deep threat with a 47-yard touchdown reception. Tom Brady has been very vocal about how much he loves having Brown on his team. Expect Brown to slowly become the Bucs No. 1 target this season and for Brown to prove that he is still one of the best receivers in the NFL.

Jarvis Landry vs. Texans

The always undervalued Landry pulled in just five receptions for 71 yards. He did add a rushing touchdown and proved that he is the best receiver on the Browns when Beckham is out.

With Beckham still sidelined, and how much coach Kevin Stefanski has gotten Landry involved in this offense, look for Landry to have a big day through the air. 

Sit

Brandon Aiyuk vs. Eagles

Coming off a banged-up hamstring and potentially being in Kyle Shanahan's doghouse, Aiyuk was literally a non-factor in the 49ers' win against the Lions. He had no receptions, no yards, no anything.

Aiyuk will have to prove that he's healthy and has the trust of the coaches for us to put him back in our starting lineups. 

Julio Jones vs. Seahawks

In his Titans debut, Jones could only muster up three receptions for 29 yards. The newly acquired receiver looked slow and lacked explosiveness while already getting called out by his coach. That's not a great start.

The Titans will look to establish the run against the Seahawks this week and get back to their roots. 

Marvin Jones vs. Broncos

I do not trust anyone in this Jaguars offense. Is that because I do not like the way Urban Meyer is running things? Probably, but also D.J. Chark proved to be Trevor Lawrence's favorite weapon as he received 12 targets and hauled in 86 yards and a touchdown.

Don't expect the Jags to throw the ball more than 50 times against the Broncos' potentially elite defense. 

Tight End

Start

Rob Gronkowski vs. Falcons

Gronk looks just as good as ever.

After hauling in two touchdowns, Gronk has re-established himself as one of Tom Brady's favorite targets while turning back the clocks.

It is tricky starting players on a loaded offense like Tampa Bay, but Brady and Bruce Arians have demonstrated that they will get all of their weapons targets — except for Mike Evans for some reason.

Dallas Goedert vs. 49ers

It is pretty clear that Goedert is far and away the better player than Ertz at this point. With four receptions and a touchdown, Goedert has proven to be a very reliable target down in the red zone and in short-yard situations.

With Ertz now dealing with a hamstring injury, Goedert is going to take the majority of the snaps. The Eagles also have to account for that furious 49ers front seven. Look for the Eagles to try and play the short game. If that is the case, Goedert will have himself a day.

Robert Tonyan vs. Lions

Tonyan did not have a great day against the Saints, which was a theme for the entire Packers team. The Packers will come out angry against their NFC North foe.

Tonyan could very well be the second-best target at Aaron Rodgers' disposal. The entire Packers offense should have success against the Lions, including Tonyan. 

Sit

Zach Ertz vs. 49ers

Why do you think Ertz is one of my sits? Is it because of what I just explained above? Well, it is.

I like Ertz, especially coming into this season. I understand that Goedert is the better option, but Ertz is more of a positional play at this point in his career. With his hamstring injury and a bad matchup against the 49ers, he is an automatic sit this week for me.

Kyle Pitts vs. Buccaneers

I truly believe that I was the first Pitts fan in the world. Florida was my team that I bet on every week last season and it was because of Pitts and Kyle Trask. I think that as time goes, Pitts will develop into one of the top targets in the game. This is the NFL, and rookies need time to develop especially tight ends.

With the Buccaneers linebacking core led by Lavonte David and Devin White, look for the Falcons to rely on their receiver more than Pitts.

New England Tight Ends vs. Jets

Both Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith have yet to separate themselves as the top target in New England. Smith had five targets to Hunter's three in Week 1, but that is not enough to be a viable fantasy option. 

Defense

Start

Patriots Defense vs. Jets

One of the more talented defenses going up against a rookie quarterback who struggled in his first game? Yeah, give me that all day.

The Jets' offensive line took a big blow when they lost Mekhi Becton to a knee injury. Look for the Patriots to wreak havoc on the Jets' offensive line and ground the New York's offense.

Browns Defense vs. Texans

Do not buy into the Texans' Week 1 performance. They are not a talented team, and they will not be a team that is a threat to score 37 points in a game. The Browns are a very talented, but young defense. With Grant Delpit looking to make his first start and Ronnie Harrison playing without getting ejected on the first drive, Cleveland Browns legend Tyrod Taylor will have nothing for this Browns defense.

Look for a big day from the defensive line against a poor Texans offensive line.

Broncos Defense vs. Jaguars

Yes, I will be locked in on rookie quarterbacks early this season. Until they can prove that they are fit for this league, I will stream the defense they are playing. I just have no faith in the Jaguars this season and the Broncos have a very solid defense. Again, we are taking the Broncos because of the rookie quarterback matchup.

Sit

Ravens Defense vs. Chiefs

Oh my heavens, Travis Kelce might break every NFL record in this game if the Ravens defense from Week 1 shows up. They had no answers for Darren Waller and they made Carr look like a world-beater. This is not a bad defense at all, but this is a really bad matchup.

Seahawks Defense vs. Titans

I am looking for the Titans to pound the rock in this game. Luckily for them, they have the best running back in the game. While the Seahawks defense looked pretty good against the Colts, the Titans are way too talented to be completely shut down again. I like the Titans to be more physical in this game and really control the tempo.

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