It's Week 2 of the NFL season and we are getting ready for another Sunday full of football. It also means, we are currently staring at our fantasy football lineups, trying to decide on the best combination of players for the week. This morning, we bring you some of our best start/sit advice for the weekend.
Start: Drew Brees, quarterback
The Tampa Bay defense allowed four touchdowns last week to a rookie quarterback. Just imagine the fun Brees should have this week against that same defense. I know Brees is likely a must start for your team anyway, but if you were contemplating putting someone else in the starting spot, don't. And, because Brees seems like an obvious start, a couple of other quarterbacks you should start this week: Andy Dalton, Eli Manning.
Sit: Cam Newton, quarterback
The Panthers do not have a lot of top-end options when it comes to receivers, or maybe any at all, and that hurts Newton's fantasy stock. He can still get you some points with his legs, but the team is trying to get him to run less this year. All of that together with the Texans' defense, Newton should probably sit this one out for your fantasy team.
Start: DeAngelo Williams, running back
I put Williams in our waiver wire pick up list as well, because he is absolutely someone you should start this week as a RB2 option. Next week, Le'Veon Bell returns to the Steelers, which will destroy Williams' fantasy value, but for this week, he is the lone option out of the backfield for Pittsburgh. Start him this week, then let him hit the waiver wires next week.
Sit: Alfred Morris, running back
St. Louis did a solid job against Marshawn Lynch last week, and, despite Morris being able to run all over the Miami defense last week, he will likely have the same issues this week Lynch had last week. He is just not a safe play this week and should probably be on your bench.
Start: Pierre Garcon, wide receiver
DeSeaon Jackson is out with a hamstring injury, which means Garcon is the top receiver, and someone who should see plenty of targets this week. Washington is not the highest powered offense out there, but Garcon should see enough passes heading his way to offset that. He may be a WR2 or Flex option, but Garcon - especially in a PPR league - should be seeing starts this week.
Sit: Markus Wheaton, wide receiver
I thought Wheaton had a chance to step up early this season and show he was ready to fill in while Martavis Bryant served his suspension. Instead, it was Darrius Heyward-Bey. If you are below Heyward-Bey on the pecking order of receiver targets, you do not get a start in fantasy.
Start: Tyler Eifert, tight end
At this point, Eifert may be a permanent start option, but he will appear on this list at least one more week. I absolutely love what Eifert should do in this offense all season long. San Diego last week focused solely on Calvin Johnson, which allowed Eric Ebron to have a good game; the Charger will likely do the same this week with A.J. Green, which means Eifert should be free to explode.
Sit: Jason Witten, tight end
This is a hard one to add on here, because the injury to Dez Bryant should mean Witten gains a lot of fantasy value. The Eagles, however, are strong defensively against tight ends, especially with Kiko Alonso. In most weeks without Bryant, Witten will be a sure start. This week, it just does not feel like it.
Last Week Results:
Start: Ryan Tannehill 22-for-34, 226 yards, 1 TD
Sit: Cam Newton 18-for-31, 175 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
Start: Mark Ingram 9 carries, 24 yards
Sit: Tre Mason Did not play
Start: Rueben Randle 3 rec, 23 yards
Sit: Alshon Jeffery 5 rec, 78 yards
Start: Tyler Eifert 9 rec, 104 yards, 2 TDs
Sit: Charles Clay 4 rec, 43 yards