Podcastic Start/ Sit: Week 2
We had too much fun last week doing our inaugural start/ sit column. The Podcastic team is back again to help you win your week and we plan to put out our start/ sit weekly! There are alot of questions as to who should be in your lineup this week so let's dive right in!
QB: Dak Prescott
Prescott had what was considered a bad first game vs the Rams. Even while struggling he still managed 19.6 fantasy points in 6 point per passing TD leagues. He will face a much easier opponent in the Falcons this week, who happen to have possibly the worst pass defense in the league. Dak is still a stud and has a plethora of weapons. Don't shy away from starting him. I also would not mind starting Matt Ryan as this could be a high scoring affair.
QB: Joe Burrow
Burrow showed some flashes in week 1 and proved to be a good leader for the Bengals offense. He also showed his ability to run, scampering for a 23 yard TD on the ground. He posted 15 points in 6 point per passing TD leagues, and if his TD to AJ Green wasn't called back for a questionable offensive pass interference penalty on what would have been a game winning drive, he would have went over 20 points on the day. He faces a softer defense in the Browns this week that is plagued by injuries. He is at least a streaming option in this matchup!
QB: Philip Rivers (vs. Minnesota)
After watching Aaron Rodgers destroy the Minnesota defense last week, I’m willing to roll the dice on Rivers this week. Other than his two interceptions, Rivers had a promising debut for the Colts last week by completing 36 of 45 passes for 363 yards and a touchdown.
QB: Tom Brady
Brady gets the lowly Panthers D in his home opener (even though no fans). He’ll be looking to bounce back from a loss and 2 interception performance. Bruce Arians
comment’s about a “bad decision” on a pick six he threw will be motivation as another week will also allow Mike Evans to be closer to 100%. I’d bet on Brady coming back with a big game.
RB: Todd Gurley
Gurley played well in his first game as a Falcon. He came out hot, rushing the ball for 38 yards on his first 8 attempts. His totals on the day were 14 carries for 56 yards and a TD with 2 receptions on 5 targets for 1 yard. Gurley is healthy right now and on a potent offense facing a Cowboys team that gave up 79 yards on 18 carries to his former backup with the Rams, Malcolm Brown. Start Gurley with some confidence this week.
RB: Jonathan Taylor
Not much has to be said here. Hines will have a role but with Mack down Taylor will be their workhorse. He showed that he can be used in the passing game as well, nabbing 6 receptions for 67 yards. Behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL he is at worst a solid flex play this week against the Vikings.
RB: Ronald Jones (vs. Carolina)
Remember how the Arizona defense last year was an auto-play for any tight ends? That’s how I’m treating Carolina for running backs until they prove me wrong. The league’s worst defense vs. the run in 2019 opened the year by giving up 93 yards and 3 TDs to Josh Jacobs in week 1. Jones didn’t light the fantasy world on fire with 19 touches for 82 yards vs. New Orleans but he was the clear starter over Fournette.
RB: Nyhiem Hines
Hines had 8 catches for 45 yards and a TD and a surprise 7 rushes for 28 yards and another TD week 1. Marlon Mack is done for the year now creating even
more opportunity. Phillip Rivers was 17 for 17 when throwing to his running backs and the Vikings gave up 8 receptions to running backs in week 1. The Rivers/Hines combo could be in for big things.
WR: Amari Cooper
Cooper had a very good game against Jalen Ramsey and the Rams defense last week posting 10 receptions for 81 yards. Expect bigger things against a much easier defensive opponent in the Falcons this week. Start Cooper and he may go off in what could be a high scoring game.
WR: AJ Green
The Browns are bad. And so is their defense. New QB, Joe Burrow, showed an affinity for the veteran WR targeting him 9 times. Green brought in 5 of those targets for 51 yards and, as I said earlier, a TD that was called back on a questionable OPI. With that TD his fantasy day would have looked much better. Slide AJG into your flex this week people.
WR: Parris Campbell (vs. Minnesota) – Since Rivers is my start of the week at QB, it only makes sense to pick one of his WRs. The Vikings gave up 22 completions (on 27 targets) for 315 yards and 4 TDs to the Green Bay wide receivers in week one. Campbell had a very solid week one with 6 catches (on 9 targets) for a team-high 71 yards (and he added a carry for 9 yards). This could be a coming-out party for Campbell this week. If he’s on your waiver wire, grab him now. And if you need a receiver for week 2, plug him in with confidence.
WR: Ceedee Lamb
Lamb flashed in week 1 with 5 catches for 59 yards. I don’t expect
Amari Cooper to have 14 targets every game either, but even if he does I think there are plenty of targets to go around in a game with Atlanta which should be a shootout. I think we see Lamb’s breakout game this week.
TE: Jared Cook
With Michael Thomas injured, expect Cook to feast this week. With Thomas in the game last week he received 7 targets hauling in 5 receptions for 80 yards. Brees will be looking for the veteran TE early and often this week.
TE: Logan Thomas
This one is more of a streaming option. Thomas was in on 74% of Washington's offensive snaps last week. He earned himself 8 targets and brought in 4 of them for 37 yards and a TD. Add in that he is playing a Cardinals defense known for giving up points to the position and you have a solid option for your fantasy team!
TE: Austin Hooper (vs. Cincinnati)
I’m actually just going to flip my start/sit from last week. It’s easy to be wary of Hooper after his Cleveland debut (2 receptions, 15 yards). But he should get a boost in targets with David Njoku going on the IR and Cincinnati just gave up 5 catches and 73 yards to Hunter Henry last week.
D/ST: Rams (vs. Philadelphia)
I can’t imagine how excited Aaron Donald is to play this week after watching film of the Eagles week one game. The Philly OL was a wreck and I can’t imagine that it got fixed in one week. I’ll be auto-starting any defense playing them until I see improvement.
QB: Sam Darnold
It may seem like I really don't like Sam Darnold at this point. I just don't like his situation. Gase is still there and he has even less weapons now with Lev Bell injured. No one will respect the Jets run game, as all of their RBs combined for a total of 52 yards in week 1. They are facing a stout defense in the 49ers and I may just avoid all Jets this week.
QB: Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Denver)
There may be some excitement about Big Ben throwing for 3 TDs Monday night, but the Giants are one of the worst secondaries in the league. The OL also lost their starting RT and will be on their third-string RG. If the Pittsburgh defense is able to stop the Denver offense (as they should), I’d expect a conservative game from Roethlisberger with a bunch of short routes.
QB: Baker Mayfield
Cleveland is still a mess right now. Mayfield only completed 54% of his passes week 1 for 189 yards 1 TD and 1 interception. He completed only 3 of 10 passes to their best playmaker Odell Beckham. I know they were playing a formidable defense in Baltimore but until Cleveland and Mayfield show me something he’s got to be on your bench.
RB: The Dolphins entire backfield
This is a messy situation you should just stay away from. Miles Gaskin got the majority of the work. He was in on 63% of the offensive snaps and rushed the ball 9 times for 40 yards and grabbed 4 receptions for 26 yards. Breida played 23% of the snaps and Howard just 15%. This is a committee on a bad offense.
RB: Joe Mixon (vs. Cleveland)
Mixon had a tough opening week matchup vs. the Chargers and it doesn’t get much easier this week. The Browns were blown out by the Ravens in week one, but their run defense did a great job against one of the best rushing offenses in the league (21 rushes, 68 yards). Mixon’s limited work in the passing game didn’t help inspire confidence either (only two targets).
RB: Melvin Gordon
Gordon actually had a very nice opening game with 18 touches for 86 yards
and a TD. Phillip Lindsay has turf toe and may miss a few games but it’s the Pittsburgh defense that has me hesitant with Gordon. They completely shut down the Giants running game. Limiting Saquon Barkley to 6 yards on 15 rushes. Gordon would most likely have to do his damage receiving out of the backfield but this week he’s a sit.
WR: Brandin Cooks
I was one of the biggest Cooks supporters in the offseason. This week is, however, not the week to start him. He will be facing a tough Ravens secondary and is still dealing with a quadriceps injury that limited him week 1. He was mostly a decoy and ran just the 5th most routes in the offense. Leave him on your bench this week.
WR: Cooper Kupp (vs. Philadelphia)
Unfortunately week one looked a lot like the second half of 2019 (4 catches, 5 targets, 40 yards) but without a TD to salvage his stat line. Despite losing to the Washington Football Team, the Eagles revamped secondary looked good, holding the WFT receivers to 9 receptions (on 22 targets). Nickell Robey-Coleman is one of the better slot CBs in the league and will be the primary matchup for Kupp.
WR: Eagles Receivers
Carson Wentz only completed 57% of his 42 pass attempts week 1. Wentz only completed 41% of his pass attempts to his wide receivers in week 1. DeSean Jackson seems to be on the verge of injury every game and rookie Jalen Reagor is still trying to find his way. Wentz, however, did complete 69% of his passes to his tight ends. Until we see more of a connection with his wide receivers you should be fading them.
TE: Hayden Hurst
Hayden Hurst seemed like he would have great opportunity in this offense, but with the emergence of Russell Gage and a healthy Calvin Ridley, he may not reach the ceiling many thought he had this offseason. All three WRs received 12 targets week 1 while Hurst was only targeted 5 times. The Falcons are also facing a Cowboys defense that gave up just 3 receptions for 40 yards to Tyler Higbee. Sit him if you have any better options.
TE: Noah Fant (vs. Pittsburgh)
I loved Fant last week and he delivered (5 catches, 81 yards and a TD). But the Steelers are a tough defense against tight ends and really shut down Evan Engram on Monday night (2 catches on 7 targets for 9 yards). The Fant breakout season will continue in week three.
D/ST: New England (vs. Seattle)
The Patriots looked like one of the best fantasy defenses again with three interceptions vs. Miami. But they get one of the toughest tasks for any defense in week two, going to Seattle to play against Russell Wilson, who put up 322 yards and 4 TDs in week one vs. the Falcons. If you’re rolling with New England this week, just hope you’re not stuck with negative points in the lineup.
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