Week 2 RB/TE: Starts and Sits

The logical successor to week 1 is week 2. Here, I will provide a reminder that I will not list your studs in the start or sit categories. You will not find names like Gronkowski, Gurley, Ertz, or David Johnson in this list. They were drafted as studs, act like it!

Week 1 Recap

RB Starts – I went 2 for 4, hitting the mark on Isaiah Crowell and Carlos Hyde, but swinging and missing on Peyton Barber and Duke Johnson.

RB Sits – 2.5 out of 3 – I nailed it with the Colts RBs and Alfred Morris, I deducted a half point for Chris Carson. He didn’t do terribly, but was a low end RB3.

TE Starts – 1 for 2 – Jordan Reed made me look very smart. Picking ASJ….not so much

TE Sits – 1 for 2 – Engram stunk, I was right. Kittle was stellar, I was wrong.

Running Back: Start ‘Em

Chris Thompson – Some members of our Top 2 Staff are going with Adrian Peterson. I can understand why. The Colts are absolutely dismal against the run. I have two reasons why I believe it will be Chris Thompson getting the boost this week:

  • A.P. is O.L.D. He had 26 carries and 2 additional catches for a total of 166 yards. Last season, he could not string together two effective games in a row.
  • This game could settle into a shoot-out, requiring more passing work which is Thompson’s forte.

Alfred Morris – I know, I know. He was absolutely terrible last week. Let’s remember that the 49ers were playing on the road against the tremendous Vikings defense. This week, they’re back at home facing a Lions defense that allowed Isaiah Crowell to run for 10 yards per carry and 160+ yards on the ground to the Jets overall. The Lions will be playing three time zones away in San Francisco, which has historically had some level of negative impact. Alf didn’t see a lot of action last week, so he should be well rested to show that he still has gas in the tank.

Running Back: Sit ‘Em

Derrick Henry – The Titans backfield belongs to Dion Lewis. Derrick Henry is a plodder. Last season he was a plodder who got several long runs in garbage time. That is not points that you can rely on. Throw in the possibility that Blaine Gabbart could be the starting QB and you have a recipe for disaster.

Rex Burkhead – So many reasons: He spent time in the concussion protocol. They’re facing the Jaguars. Sony Michel might play. Belichick is known for his running back shenanigans. I like Burkhead, but I’m not touching him with a 10 foot pole this week.

Tight End: Start ‘Em

Jonnu Smith – Delanie Walker is injured. Jonnu Smith, by default, is THE MAN at the Tight End position in Tennessee. With the issues the Titans are having at the Wide Receiver position, Jonnu Smith might have just become the 3rd option behind Corey Davis and Dion Lewis. He will get targets. As long as he lives up to the hype, he will be a great start in your lineup.

George Kittle – What did we see last week? That the 49ers have plays designed for George Kittle. He wasn’t supposed to do well against a stellar Vikings defense, but he succeeded! This week, they’re back at home against those Lions who appear to be falling apart. All systems are go for George Kittle.

Tight End: Sit ‘Em

Eric Ebron – Washington has a decent defense. On top of that, Jack Doyle received the vast majority of snaps last week (94% of snaps compared to Ebron’s 45%). Ebron could get you that touchdown since Luck throws so often, but with limited opportunities for touches, it’s hard to expect it. Look elsewhere for a Tight End until we figure out how Indy plans to utilize both Doyle and Ebron.

Mike Gesicki – He was only targeted twice. He played in 34% of offensive snaps. It appears that the Dolphins are currently utilizing AJ Derby (74% of snaps) in a blocking role. This one has a good chance for course correction in week 2. But after his utilization in week 1, I’m not interested.

Best of luck to each of you in your week 2 matchups. Unless I’m your opponent. If that’s the case, then I hope the database table which holds your lineup gets erased by accident.

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Marc Szymanski

@FFA_Marc on Twitter Resident of southeast Michigan and the wonderful suburbs of Detroit. In real life, I am the Manager of Technology Operations for a software company. Graduated from Baker College with an MBA in Information Systems. Fan of the wonderful game called Fantasy Football. Fan of the Packers AND Lions. Thanks to Madden '94 for the Sega Genesis for causing an internal struggle twice a year.

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