Tue. Jan 21st, 2020

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We’re On To Week 2 Start/Sit

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The NFL season rolls along and with it, the tough start or sit decisions that we’ll be faced with all year. If you would like to know how I do in these start/sit columns then be sure to follow me on twitter @TheFF_Taters. Every Tuesday I will post the names of my starts and sits then put a check or an X to signify whether it was a good call because it is important to be accountable in fantasy football. It is never my intention to lead those that read these articles astray and I try to be as accurate as possible.

With that said, let’s move on to Week 2 of the NFL season.

QB Start

Andy Dalton VS SF

One of the more impressive performances of Week 1 was Andy Dalton putting on a show in Seattle. He threw for 418 yards and 2 TDs, perhaps solidifying the fact that Zac Taylor will be leading the offensive revolution in Cincinnati. This week he gets a 49ers team that feasted on Jameis Winston. I put most of the 49ers defensive performance on the fact that Winston is just a lame duck QB. If the o-line can give him time, he should enjoy a solid outing at home.

Ben Roethlisberger VS SEA

The aforementioned Seahawks defense gave up over 400 yards passing to the Bengals. The Steelers, meanwhile, were shutdown in Foxboro and everybody went full panic mode. Hold your horses, that Patriots defense is no joke and Foxboro is an incredibly tough place to play. The Seattle defense registered 5 sacks against Cincinnati but the O-Line is a position of strength for Pittsburgh. I expect Ben to bounce back this weekend.

RB Start

Sony Michel @ MIA

The Steelers were equipped to stop Michel in week 1, who lumbered to 14 yards on 15 ugly carries. The front 7 of Pittsburgh stacked the box and crashed early and often when Michel was in the game. Simply put, other teams aren’t as talented in the front 7 as Pittsburgh and that is the case against Miami. Don’t panic on Sony, I expect a bounce back this weekend in Miami.

David Montgomery @ DEN

6 carries for a measly 18 yards is all poor Mr. Montgomery could muster in Week 1 against Green Bay. This week he gets the Broncos who aren’t any easier. So why should you start him? Because I refuse to believe the Bears liked Montgomery as much as they said only to have him in a timeshare with Mike Davis. I think Nagy realizes he goofed up in Week 1 by not using his talented rookie and makes amends in Week 2.

WR Start

John Brown @ NYG

He never left the stadium that’s how much John Brown liked Week 1! In all seriousness, Brown is clearly the only guy to own out of the Buffalo pass catchers. Brown garnered 10 targets and turned them into 7 catches for 123 yards and a touchdown. This week he gets a putrid Giants pass defense. As long as Allen gets time in the pocket then Brown is good for 1 or 2 deep balls a week. This would be a good week to throw him in the flex.

Michael Gallup @ WAS

Michael Gallup quietly exploded in Week 1 against the Giants. An extremely efficient performance, Gallup caught all 7 of his targets for 158 yards. He gets Washington in Week 2 who was victimized by the Philly passing game. Gallup will never see opposing defenses best corner because of Amari Cooper and he looks more comfortable in his second year in the league.

TE Start

TJ Hockenson VS LAC

The entire fantasy community was put on notice in Week 1 when Hock went HAM against the Cardinals. The depth chart along with Lions coaches stated that Jesse James was the TE1 in Detroit and that turned out to be total BS. Now that we’re done playing around, Hockenson is already the number 2 option AT LEAST in Detroit and should be targeted early and often. Ladies and gentleman, we have a new stud at a position that sorely needed a boost. Start Hockenson from here on out.

Darren Waller VS KC

The Waller hype was justified in Week 1. He led the team in targets with 8 and hauled in 7 passes for 70 yards. Week 2 brings the Chiefs to town and along with them an explosive offense. Points will be scored in this one and both teams will be throwing the ball all day. I expect a shootout and that is good news for Waller owners.

QB Sit

Jimmy Garoppolo VS CIN

Its time to panic on Jimmy G. Week 1 really wasn’t great and he looks a bit rattled in his return to action. Patience should be preached here but in fantasy football, we have no time to be patient. I would be looking for a backup plan if I owned Jimmy G in deep or 2 QB leagues. This week he gets a Cincinnati team that looked better than expected in Week 1 under a new regime. They also had 4 sacks against Seattle. Jimmy G is not the answer this week.

Kyler Murray @ BAL

Don’t get cute with this one. You have Kyler on your squad and you are excited that they finally started playing something resembling a functional offense. Maybe he can do it against a much better defense in Baltimore? Not. A. Chance. Don’t mess with this situation this week.

RB Sit

Broncos RBs VS CHI

You will never find me saying start an RB VS the Bears. Aaron Jones felt that wrath last week and he is more talented than Lindsay and Freeman. On top of that, this backfield looks to be a pretty even split at the moment and I fear that may lead to some uninspiring stat lines for these two. That means nothing but frustration from Lindsay and Freeman. Steer Clear.

Aaron Jones VS MIN

The aforementioned Jones did not fare well against the Bears in Week 1. Unfortunately for him, the defense opposite of him is still pretty darn good. The Vikings went back to their old ways with a dominant defensive performance over the Falcons. The Packers were compromised on offense in Week 1 and I personally don’t feel good about their chances of getting on track against Minnesota.

WR Sit

 Stefon Diggs @ GB

I know I know, this one is a bit ballsy. I’m a concerned Diggs owner who has had it brought to his attention that when Diggs is on the injury report or dealing with something then he just isn’t the same. Starting the season with a hamstring injury is about as bad as it gets for Diggs who disappointed in Week 1. Green Bay’s defense showed out in Week 1 holding the Bears to 3 points. This is not the game to get excited about when it comes to Diggs. If you have other options, I would explore them.

Robby Anderson VS CLE

The Cleveland defense was not to blame for the meltdown against the Titans. Sure they gave up some big plays but that entire game was on the offense. Robby Anderson might be getting the Denzel Ward treatment and that could be bad news for the second straight week. I would steer clear of Anderson on Monday Night Football.

TE Sit

Vernon Davis VS DAL

It was lovely in Week 1 seeing Davis go for a long touchdown in the wake of his grandfather passing away. However, I don’t expect him to be a consistent contributor this season. I especially don’t see him contributing against a tough Dallas defense. He’ll have his moments but you can do better than Davis this week.

Jimmy Graham VS MIN

I was wrong on him last week and if I’m wrong again then I’ll own it but I’m not buying it with Jimmy Graham. The touchdown was just a straight up prayer of a jump ball and without that he would have bombed. I just don’t think he’ll consistently perform this season and definitely not against Minnesota.

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