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Fantasy Football Week 2: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em

Josh Allen

Put your Week 1 woes behind you, it’s time to get prepped for Sunday.

Start ‘Em

QB: Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills vs. New York Giants

It wasn’t pretty, but Josh Allen’s Week 1 comeback reminded us why we should believe in the Bills’ signal-caller. Allen’s arm talent is undeniable, he has the ability to make some gaudy plays. But it’s his elite rushing production that made him the highest-scoring QB from Week 12 to Week 17 last season. After giving up 33.4 points to Dak Prescott last week, it’s clear the Giants are going to struggle on defense this season. Expect Allen to feast in East Rutherford.

RB: Sony Michel, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins

We might as well say “start every Patriots player you own,” but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. New England running backs’ fantasy value is almost always game plan contingent. The Pats are going to put up a lot of points on Sunday, which sets up a run-heavy attack led by No. 1 back Sony Michel. Michel struggled last week turning 15 carries into only 14 yards, but he should rebound against a Dolphins defense that just gave up a league-high 190 rushing yards to the Ravens in Week 1.

WR: Cooper Kupp, LA Rams vs. New Orleans Saints

Kupp was well on his way to a breakout season in 2018 before an ACL tear limited him to 8 games. Now, 10 months later, Kupp looks like he's back to his explosive self. The former third-round pick remained a big part of this passing offense Week 1 with 10 targets. Kupp should avoid the shadow coverage of lockdown corner Marshon Lattimore in a Week 2 date with a Saints secondary that gave up the sixth-most points to WRs Week 1 It’s going to be a shootout in New Orleans, and Kupp is sure to reap the benefits.

TE: Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens vs. Arizona Cardinals

After being tabbed as a breakout candidate all summer, Mark Andrews delivered Week 1 with 8 receptions, 101 yards and 1 TD. The concern all summer was that’s he’d be playing in an offense that would struggle to churn out yards through the air, but Lamar Jackson has put those concerns to bed. With very few playmakers around him, watch for Andrews to run wild against a Cardinals defense that just let T.J. Hockenson dismantle them.

Sit ‘Em

QB: Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals vs. Baltimore Ravens

Kyler Murray took three-quarters of garbage and turned in into 25 minutes of pure magic. Murray’s late-game heroics made you forget about the mistakes and remember the promise the No. 1 overall pick holds. Muray will be great, but he’s going to struggle to find his footing against a tenacious Baltimore defense. The Oklahoma product will have his breakout, it just won’t come against this hungry Ravens squad.

RB: Devonta Freeman, Atlanta Falcons vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Fantasy owners who invested a high pick in Devonta Freeman were not pleased with the results. Both Freeman and backup RB Ito Smith played exactly 50% of snaps, while Freeman received 12 touches to Smith’s 7. It’s a frustrating situation, and things won’t get any better Week 2 with the Falcons going up against a ferocious Philly front seven that’s amongst the best in the NFL. It’s going to be tough sledding this week.

WR: Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers

In Week 1, Kirk Cousins attempted 10 passes. Yes, you read that right. This isn’t an anomaly, the Vikings want to pound the ball and play defense. Obviously, Cousins is going to throw the ball more than he did Week 1, but he will not come close to the 606 pass attempts he put up last year. Diggs saw only 2 targets Week 1, a trend that will continue against rookie safety Darnell Savage and a much improved Green Bay defense. 

TE: Eric Ebron, Indianapolis Colts vs. Tennesse Titans

After a 13 TD campaign last year, regression was almost inevitable with the return of Jack Doyle and offseason additions the Colts made. Indianapolis runs a ton of two-tight end sets, but even with that Ebron played on only 40% of snaps Week 1. He finished with only 3 targets, 1 reception, 8 yards and 0 TDs. Things will not be easy for the Ebron this week going up against a Titans defense that just did a number on the Cleveland Browns.

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