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Week 2 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

Week 1 was a wild ride and now it’s time to prep for Week 2 of the fantasy season. As always, we’ll be doing a weekly Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em along with Waiver Advice and Player Rankings.  Check back each week for updates.  Without further ado, here are some players to start and sit in Week 2.

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Start ‘Em

Carson Palmer (QB, Arizona Cardinals) at New York Giants

Palmer had a solid Week 1 posting 304 passing yards and 2 touchdowns. The old man even managed 29 rushing yards on 4 attempts. We’ll never see the Palmer of old, but he has big potential for flashes of greatness and having stars like Larry Fitzgerald around him doesn’t hurt at all. In Week 2 Carson and the Cards will be facing a Giants defense that gave up the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs as they got torched by Matthew Stafford, Megatron, and the Lions. Certainly, the Calvin Johnson Effect accounts for a good deal of the points, but the secondary legitimately struggled. This is a nice matchup for Palmer.

Andy Dalton (QB, Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Dalton was the #8 fantasy quarterback in Week 1, and he’s quietly been one of the most consistent QBs in terms of fantasy production extending well back into 2013. He’s in a good situation in Cincinnati with a solid target in A.J. Green and a running game with potential. His numbers for 2014 should be an improvement on last season. In Week 2 he’ll be facing a Falcons defense that gave up 15.4 points to Drew Brees in Week 1. Dalton is pretty much a lock for 15+ points week in and week out.

Giovani Bernard (RB, Cincinnati Bengals) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Didn’t I just mention the Bengals’ running game with potential? Not only does Gio have potential, he’s a versatile receiver out of the backfield and a shifty runner. Atlanta gave up the most fantasy points to running backs last week by a wide margin. That bodes well for Gio and the Bengals.  Look for him to have a good day.

Frank Gore (RB, San Francisco 49ers) vs. Chicago Bears

It looks like age hasn’t caught up to Frank Gore just yet. He had a respectable outing in Week 1 while giving up some carries to rookie Carlos Hyde. I’m not too concerned about the loss of some carries because the lighter workload could help the aging back to stay impactful. Gore and the Niners are facing a Bears defense that gave up 26.4 fantasy points to running backs in Week 1. There’s no reason to not start Gore with confidence in a favorable Week 2 matchup.

Randall Cobb (WR, Green Bay Packers) vs. New York Jets

Cobb and his Packer teammates struggled against the Seattle defense in Week 1. While the Jets have a decent defense, they don’t have a secondary anywhere near on the level of the ‘Hawks. Cobb will be facing favorable coverage matchups against a defense that allowed 21.3 fantasy points to receivers last week. Look for him to bounce back and have a very nice game.

Larry Fitzgerald (WR, Arizona Cardinals) vs. Arizona Cardinals

Larry still has it and his aging quarterback still has the skills to connect for big plays. He didn’t have a very good Week 1, but his matchup is going to be very nice going into Week 2 versus the Giants. The NYG defense gave up the second most fantasy points to wide receivers with 38.5. This could be a big bounce back week for Fitzgerald.

Zach Ertz (TE, Philadelphia Eagles) at Indianapolis Colts

Ertz’s star is on the rise and he has a very nice matchup against a Colts defense that gave up the most points to tight ends in Week 1. He had 77 yards and a touchdown last week, and there’s certainly reason to think he could surpass those numbers versus the Colts in Week 2.

Houston Texans DST at Oakland Raiders

The Houston defense took an unfortunate hit with the loss of rookie Jadeveon Clowney, but they still have one of the most fearsome pass rushes in the NFL. Look for this team led by the athletic freak J.J. Watt to cause fits for Oakland and their rookie QB in Week 2. The Houston defense is a very nice start this week.

Sit ‘Em

Philip Rivers (QB, San Diego Chargers) vs. Seattle Seahawks

Going forward we’ll call this the Seahawks rule. We saw how much Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense struggled against the number one defense in the league last week. This week it will be Rivers and the Chargers with the unfortunate honor of facing the champs. Look for him to struggle.

Robert Griffin III (QB, Washington Redskins) vs. Jacksonville Jaguars

It’s difficult to trust RGIII right now. He didn’t look good at all in Week 1, and to make matters worse he hasn’t looked good playing at home versus AFC competition. In Week 2 he’ll be facing the Jaguars who aren’t the same old, same old Jags of the past. They have a pretty tough pass rush and could cause problems for the unsteady young QB in his third year.

Doug Martin (RB, Tampa Bay Bucs) vs. St. Louis Rams

Martin is nursing a leg injury and has been generally disappointing. Further, he may not play in Week 2 anyway, but this warning also serves for Bobby Rainey. The Bucs will be facing a tough front seven in the Rams, and that defense will be looking to save face after a terrible Week 1 performance. I’m not seeing much going in the running game for Tampa in Week 2.

Jeremy Maclin (WR, Philadelphia Eagles) at Indianapolis Colts

Despite losing to Denver in Week 1 and giving up plays to tight end Julius Thomas the Colts secondary played relatively well in covering wide receivers. They allowed the second fewest fantasy points to wide receivers against an offense that is arguably the best in the league. For as good as Nick Foles is, he’s not Peyton Manning. Look for Eagles receiver Maclin to struggle against a surprisingly stingy Colts pass defense when it comes to covering wide receivers.

Antonio Gates (TE, San Diego Chargers) vs. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks rule prevails. The aging veteran tight end still has something left in the tank, but this isn’t going to be a good week for Gates. Until further notice, it’s probably safe to assume most passing offenses are going to struggle mightily on the weeks they face the Legion of Boom.

Chicago Bears DST at San Francisco 49ers

These are not the Monsters of the Midway that you’re looking for. The Bears defense struggled badly in their Week 1 loss to Buffalo, and they are going to have their hands full with a tough Niners team.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...