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Week 2 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

2015 fantasy football is here! Each week I will be taking a look at some players with favorable matchups that are start-worthy and others with not-so-favorable matchups that you should keep on the bench. If you are a daily fantasy player, some of these starts could be great values. Be sure to check back often for updated player rankings, weekly waiver wire targets, and weekly deep sleepers.

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Start ‘Em

Carson Palmer (QB, Arizona Cardinals) at Chicago Bears

He may be getting up there in age, but when healthy Palmer can shine. He looked good in Week 1 versus the Saints and now in Week 2 he’ll be facing a Chicago team that gave up 22 fantasy points to Aaron Rodgers last week. With Andre Ellington out, the team will likely lean on their veteran QB even more. Palmer is a must start this week.

Sam Bradford (QB, Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Dallas Cowboys

The Eagles’ high flying offense is going to land Bradford on the start list more often than not as long as they’re playing well. The team will run a ton of plays and Bradford has all of the upside in the world when healthy. The Cowboys are relatively weak in their secondary and Bradford and company should be able to take advantage of mismatches.

Justin Forsett (RB, Baltimore Ravens) at Oakland Raiders

The Raiders’ defense is not in good shape, and they looked particular bad against the run in Week 1. They gave up 28 fantasy points to Cincinnati running backs. That good news for the Ravens and Justin Forsett. This should be a big week for him.

Rashad Jennings (RB, New York Giants) vs. Atlanta Falcons

Jennings is prone to drastic ups and downs and isn’t going to be a great play every week. That said, the Giants will be facing a Falcons defense that gave up the most fantasy points to running backs in Week 1. Jennings is a good start this week.

Bishop Sankey (RB, Tennessee Titans) at Cleveland Browns

Bringing in Terrence West certainly seemed like the Titans didn’t feel too confident in Sankey, but then he had a very nice Week 1. Sure, some of that can go on Mariota and the all around decent game the team had. In Week 2 he will be facing a Browns defense that couldn’t do anything against Chris Ivory last week.

Brandin Cooks (WR, New Orleans Saints) vs. Tampa Bay Bucs

Don’t panic. Only 4 catches for 49 yards in Week 1 for Cooks has had some fantasy owners walking up to the ledge, but don’t worry. We all know Brees likes to spread the love, so you’ll have to deal with that. I expect Cooks to have a much better Week 2 against a suspect Bucs secondary.

Terrance Williams (WR, Dallas Cowboys) at Philadelphia Eagles

No Dez. That means Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, and Jason Witten will need to seriously step up. Williams showed some great flashes in 2014, and his value is going to skyrocket in Bryan’s absence. In addition to seeing more targets Williams is going to be getting a good matchup in Week 2 against an Eagles’ defense that gave up the second most fantasy points to receivers last week. Start Williams with confidence.

Pierre Garcon (WR, Washington Redskins) vs. St. Louis Rams

DeSean Jackson is out so that means more work for Garcon. In Week 2 Washington will be facing at Rams defense that has probably the best front seven in football. That said, they aren’t so stout on the backend. While it will likely be hard to get the run game going, there will be plenty of opportunity for Garcon to shine in the passing game. He’s a very good start this week.

Zach Ertz (TE, Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Dallas Cowboys

Ertz seems to be edging Brent Celek out for share of snaps for the Eagles as he was in on 70 percent of the team’s offensive snaps in Week 1. Going into Week to Philly is facing a Cowboys team that could struggle against their high octane offense. I like Ertz in this one.

Dwayne Allen (TE, Indianapolis Colts) vs. New York Jets

Things looked rough for the Colts in Week 1. Fear not. The offense should bounce back significantly against the Jets and Allen should see a good chunk of involvement. With or without T.Y. Hilton, Andrew Luck will have a lot of weapons at his disposal. His big TE should have a good week.

Sneaky Starts

Jameis Winston (QB, Tampa Bay Bucs) at New Orleans Saints

Marcus Mariota stole the show in the Week 1 rookie shootout, but Winston’s showing wasn’t all that bad. Going into Week 2 Winston is going to get a chance to shine against a defense that should struggle. The Saints gave up the second most fantasy points in the league to QB Carson Palmer in Week 1. This is a good opportunity for the rookie.

Chris Johnson (RB, Arizona Cardinals) vs. Chicago Bears

With Andre Ellington likely to miss time, Johnson is going to get a shot at being the “lead dog” for Arizona. Rookie David Johnson is hot on his heels and will be involved, but CJ is a very nice sneaky play going into Week 2. The Bears gave up 15 fantasy points to running backs in Week 1.


Sit ‘Em

Blake Bortles (QB, Jacksonville Jaguars) vs. Miami Dolphins

We’ll all waiting for the youth movement in Jacksonville to take off, but this isn’t a good matchup for Bortles in Week 2. He’ll be facing a touch Miami defense that allowed the third fewest fantasy points in the league to QBs last week.

Frank Gore (RB, Indianapolis Colts) vs. New York Jets

Gore and the entire Colts offense struggled against a tough Buffalo defense in Week 1. While I expect much better production from Andrew Luck in company this week, I don’t have high expectations for Gore. The Jets have one of the best run defenses in the league. Combine that with the fact that the Colts will probably spread the touches around among the various receiving weapons, and it just doesn’t look like a good combination for Gore.

Amari Cooper (WR, Oakland Raiders) vs. Baltimore Ravens

Cooper has so much upside and we’re waiting with bated breath for the rookies breakout game. It won’t be this week. First, we’re not certain who the QB will be at this point, but it’s looking like Derek Carr will be out. Second, Ravens corner Jimmy Smith will very likely limit Cooper’s opportunities. Steer clear of the rookie in Week 2.

Kendall Wright (WR, Tennessee Titans) at Cleveland Browns

Mariota, Wright, and the Titans offense had a great first week of the 2015 season. Sledding won’t be so easy in Week 2 a they’ll be facing a much tougher defense in Cleveland. Look for Joe Haden to put a serious damper on Wright’s productivity potential.

Delanie Walker (TE, Tennessee Titans) at Cleveland Browns

See above. The same applies to Walker when it comes to facing a much tougher defense in Week 2. The Browns gave up the second fewest fantasy points to tight ends last week.

Don’t Do It!!!

Matthew Stafford (QB, Detroit Lions) vs. Minnesota Vikings

All bets are off on Stafford. I’m not sure what’s going on with him, but he wasn’t looking good in Week 1 even before the arm injury. He’s on the injury report, but will certainly play. The downside here is that he has struggled mightily against the Vikings. He hasn’t eclipsed 200 passing yards in their last 3 matchups and he’s only thrown 3 touchdown passes total in those meetings.

K. Smelser About K. Smelser

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…

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