Fantasy football is all about match ups, whichever player/team has the best match up usually produces a better outing. Then you have occasions like Superbowl champ Tom Brady failing to throw a touchdown week 1 against the Chiefs. Rookie running back Kareem Hunt was the star of the show as he rushed for 148 yards 1 rushing TD as well as racking 98 receiving yards off 5 catches and 2 receiving TDs. He led all players in week 1 fantasy points as his value continues to rise. With Spencer Ware out for the season consider Hunt a RB1 in all formats as he’s a threat in both the running and receiving game.
With that being said I bring to you this season’s first start em’ sit em of the year. I will start with 2 quarterbacks on the start section then 2 on the sit section and work my down each position.
Quarterbacks: Start Marcus Mariota. This will be the second time I am mentioning Marcus Mariota this season, after a sub par week 1 completing 25 of 41 passes for 256 yards, 6.24 yards per attempt, zero passing TDs against a stout Raiders defense. He made it up to his fantasy owners by posting a rushing TD which gives him a little edge in fantasy value compared to other qbs in his tier. Look for Mariota to bounce back with a tasty match up against the Jags who really put it on the Houston Texans week 1.
Jared Goff rolls into week 2 with a match up against the Redskins after posting a pretty solid outing against the Colts throwing for 306 yards off 21 of 29 pass attempts, 10.55 YPA and a touchdown. The Redskins allowed the Eagles to put up 30 points on them while Carson Wentz went to post 307 yards and 2 TDs and a interception. It’s pretty interesting to see how Goff performs after losing receiver Kenny Britt to the Browns and replacing him with a young Sammy Watkins. Watkins was injury prone his first few years with Buffalo but a surging young core in Rams camp is out to prove they are a soon to be force in the NFC West.
Sit: Carson Wentz comes into week 2 putting up a good performance, but in a match up against the Chiefs who came in and upset reigning Superbowl champs Tom Brady and the Patriots. Check this stat fact out, Only 4 times in the Andy Reid/Sutton era has an opposing QB thrown for 300+ yards in KC. We seen just that last week as Tom Brady finished his week 1 throwing for 267 yards and 0 Tds. I don’t even remember the last time Brady had a game without a TD, so that says a lot about the Chiefs defense and the fans that cheer on their Chiefs in Arrowhead Stadium.
Sam Bradford had a monster performance week 1 throwing for 346 yard on 27 of 32 pass attempts with 3 touchdowns. Hear me out, I am not saying his performance was a fluke, but what we are failing to realize is that it was against the New Orleans Saints and we all know how suspect their defense is. With a week 2 match up against the Steelers; I just don’t see Bradford repeating this performance. It will be a great game to watch but from a fantasy perspective I’d stay far away from Bradford this week.
Running backs: Start Kareem Hunt. Hunt literally runs into week 2 after putting himself on the spotlight after running all over the Patriots defense. After rushing for 148 yards 1 rushing TD and 2 receiving TDs on 5 catches for 98 yards all eyes will be on him again. A match up against the Eagles warrants him RB2 status with a RB1 ceiling.
Beast Mode is back ya’ll! From a fantasy perspective his week 1 performance was okay, he showed us that the skittles hasn’t slowed him down. Tallying 76 yards on 18 attempts for someone who just came back from retirement is not bad at all and with week 2 match up against the rebuilding Jets those numbers could go up. Lynch in my opinion is a high end RB 2 with a low RB 1 ceiling.
Wide Receivers: Larry Fitzgerald has been taking sips from the fountain of youth. With a week 2 match up against a suspect Colts secondary we could see Fitz light it up. Carson Palmer was a little shaky but Fitz still put up a good outing to warrant him a start this week.
The emergence of young Tyreek Hill has the folks of Kansas City going nuts. Coming into week 2 after 7 receptions for 133 yards and a TD stat line against the defending champs. Going up against the eagles puts him in place for another monster game.
Sit: Brandon Marshall upset me in week 1. I have been hyping up our receiving core all year just for it to be shot down by a Beckham Jr. injury. You would think the 6’4 receiver would’ve found some breathing room against a shady secondary in Dallas but no, he tallied one catch for 10 yards. Marshall is TD in the red zone or bust this week. Too much of a risk with a Monday night game on their schedule.
T.Y. Hilton is suffering from what DeAndre Hopkins suffered from a few seasons ago; the lack of a good solid quarterback. With Luck’s return status up in the air Scott Tolzien takes under center and that just sounds like bad news bears. I’d stay away from all Colts receivers until their quarterback situation is resolved.
Tight Ends: Austin Hooper is a must start here, racking a monster 2 catches for 128 yards and a TD. Hooper channeled in his inner Tony Gonzalez for week 1 and for that he is on everyone’s fantasy radar. A week 2 match up against the Packers can bring him back to reality, but you can’t just not start him after a monster week 1.
Last year the Atlanta Falcons ranked 6th in fantasy points allowed for Tight Ends. Martellus Bennett comes into week 2 after going ghost in week 1. Look for him to bounce back in this NFC Championship rematch.
Sit Jason Witten this week. He showed up against the Giants week 1 finding TD glory, but this week is no cake walk for the Boys as they go up against the Broncos. Look for other TE’s to fill in the void for Witten this week.