Week Two: Start or Sit?

After a successful week one of fantasy football, hopefully all of you are going for 2-0 after this week! If not, no big deal, 1-1 is how a lot of champions start out!

Keep in mind, this is not the article to be reading if you want to be advised to start Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson Jr.

Here are the Starts and Sits for the week!

Start:

QB Sam Bradford AT Atlanta

QB Terrelle Pryor vs. Jacksonville

QB Carson Palmer vs. Detroit

Likely, you did not start any of the three of these guys for week one, but based on matchups, none of these are bad plays for this week. Bradford in a dome, Pryor vs. the Jaguars, and Carson Palmer vs. the Lions secondary could all lead to great fantasy numbers for week two.

Sit:

QB Russell Wilson vs. San Francisco

QB Ben Roethlisberger AT Cincinnati

QB Alex Smith vs. Dallas

It seems tough to bench Wilson, but in two games vs. the 49ers last season, he only tallied 293 yards passing. Although he did throw for four touchdowns in the second game last year, that will likely not happen again. Big Ben looks to struggle against a good secondary this week because the Steelers offense is in shambles right now. Alex Smith may have had a good game last week, but he is going up against a Monte Kiffin defense this week, and despite giving up a ton of yards to Eli last week, Kiffin will look to limit Alex Smith in week two.

Start:

RB Reggie Bush AT Arizona

RB David Wilson vs. Denver

RB Maurice Jones-Drew AT Oakland

Last week, Reggie Bush tore up Minnesota, and he looks to do the same this week against the Cardinals, who will be focusing on him out of the backfield. A leap of faith in David Wilson, but he should bounce back strong against the Broncos in what promises to be a high scoring affair. Jones-Drew should see a ton of work against a sub par Raiders defense this week, and could get a touchdown or two.

Sit:

RB Isaac Redman AT Cincinnati

RB Mark Ingram AT Tampa Bay

RB Vick Ballard vs. Miami

Redman was named the starter for this week, but as aforementioned, the Steelers offense does not look right, and the Bengals have a terrific front seven. Ingram had nine carries last week, and could not do a thing. Expect him to lose his “carries” to Pierre Thomas this week. Ahmad Bradshaw should get most of the carries this week against the Dolphins, so do not expect Ballard to get much work. Even if he does, the ‘Fins defensive line is one of the best in the AFC.

Start:

WR Pierre Garcon AT Green Bay

WR Lance Moore AT Tampa Bay

WR DeAndre Hopkins vs. Tennessee

The Redskins looked a lot better in the second half of their loss against the Eagles, and so did Pierre Garcon. Expect him to get a ton of looks this week against the Packers. Lance Moore is the third option for Drew Brees, but with Darrelle Revis covering the top option on each play, Moore should get plenty of catches. Hopkins is poised to break out at sometime very soon, as his big play ability was the benefactor in college. This could be the week against the Titans.

Sit:

WR Torrey Smith AT Cleveland

WR Jerome Simpson AT Chicago

WR Brandon LaFell AT Buffalo

Torrey Smith and Jerome Simpson go against two of the best corners in the NFL in Joe Haden and Charles Tillman respectively. Brandon LaFell did not record a catch last week for the Panthers, and with Ted Ginn being the only receiver besides Steve Smith to catch a ball, it looks like LaFell may be the odd man out.

Start:

TE Jared Cook AT Atlanta

TE Jordan Cameron AT Baltimore

TE Tyler Eifert vs. Pittsburgh

If you have seen any of my work over the past six months, you know how I feel about Jared Cook. If you did not believe me last week, maybe his performance will have helped sway your opinion. Jordan Cameron faces the same defense that let Julius Thomas dominate in the Ravens, and Tyler Eifert looks to be getting snaps at receiver for the Bengals.

Sit:

TE Kyle Rudolph AT Chicago

TE Zach Sudfeld vs. NY Jets

TE Brandon Myers vs. Denver

Rudolph faces a good defense in the Bears, and will not get many looks outside the red zone. I was not high on Sudfeld at all in the offseason, or last week and he showed the reason why. I do not think he will do much on Thursday night. Brandon Myers finished with a good stat line last week, but nearly all of that was in garbage time. The Broncos will likely be able to stop Myers from having that kind of line again.

Start:

K Sebastian Janikowski

K Caleb Sturgis

These two kickers could kick the ball through a barn door, and both have good matchups this week against the Jaguars and Colts, respectively

Sit:

K Dan Bailey

K Blair Walsh

Walsh and Bailey are two of the better kickers in the NFL, but could struggle this week kicking in bad weather stadiums.

Start:

DST Jacksonville Jaguars

DST New Orleans Saints

These two defenses should be on the waiver wire, and should both be good plays this week. Both teams are facing quarterbacks who tend to turn the ball over, which turns these two defenses into good plays for week two.

Sit:

DST Seattle Seahawks

DST San Francisco 49ers

These are the two best defenses in the NFL. But both teams are playing against each other this week, and it is not going to be a 10-6 type of game. Bench these two for this week, then start them for the rest of the season.