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Week 2 Start ‘Em/Sit ‘Em

One week down, and now Week 2 of the 2016 season is here! There were some key players lost to injury following the opening week and we got to see what all of the teams look like in a real football game. Good and bad. Now it’s time to look at the matchups for this week. 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 and weekly waiver wire targets.

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Start ‘Em

Eli Manning (QB, New York Giants) vs. New Orleans Saints

The trend over the last few years has been that the Saints just don’t have much to offer on defense. Week 1 showed us that the trend continues. Until something changes it’s safe to assume offenses facing the New Orleans defense are looking at a positive matchup. Manning had a solid fantasy week versus Dallas last week, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be able to exploit the strong matchup for Week 2. Eli is a must start in Week 2.

Matthew Stafford (QB, Detroit Lions) vs. Tennessee Titans

For a second week in a row Stafford is facing a shoddy pass defense. In Week 1 the Titans gave up the most fantasy points to the opposing QB as they allowed a whopping 35 fantasy points. That music to the ears of Matthew Stafford and the Lions offense. Looks for him to have another good week.

C.J. Anderson (RB, Denver Broncos) vs. Indianapolis Colts

Anderson had a great week versus Carolina last week and it’s apparent that he’s going to be a key piece in Kubiak’s 2016 offense. Going into Week 2 he and the Broncos will be facing a porous Colts defense that allowed Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah to have big production in Week 1. The Colts secondary is in shambles and that means receivers and backs catching out of the backfield are going to have big YAC opportunities. Look for C.J. to have a big day versus Indy.

rashad-jennings-2014-01Rashad Jennings (RB, New York Giants) vs. New Orleans Saints

See the trend? There are some bad defenses out there and it’s wise to exploit those matchups. Easy peasy. The Saints gave up the second most fantasy points to running backs in Week 1, and there’s no reason to think they’re going to get stingy up front after one week. This is a good matchup for Jennings and the Giants.

Jarvis Landry (WR, Miami Dolphins) at New England Patriots

Landry was a bit of a disappointment in Week 1, but don’t expect that to continue this week. Miami will be visiting New England and Landry stands to have a bounce back day. New England’s secondary struggled against Arizona wide receivers in Week 1, giving up 28 fantasy points to WRs. This should be a good week for Landry.

Mohamed Sanu (WR, Atlanta Falcons) at Oakland Raiders

Sanu had a big Week 1 and looks to be a great #2 receiver in Atlanta at this point. The matchup for Week 2 is great as the Falcons face an Oakland defense that gave up the most fantasy points in the league to receivers last week. Couple that with getting attention diverted to Julio Jones, and it spells good opportunity for production for Sanu. One thing to keep an eye on is his injury status. If he’s good to go, then he’s a great play in Week 2.

Delanie Walker (TE, Tennessee Titans) at Detroit Lions

On paper the Week 2 matchup is as good as it gets for Walker and the Titans. They’ll be facing a Detroit defense that was beat up by tight ends last week against the Colts. They gave up three TDs to tight ends and allowed the most fantasy points in the league to the position last week.

Baltimore Ravens D/ST vs. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland had some offensive struggles in Week 1 and they gave up the third most fantasy points to defenses last week. It’s not the solid Ravens defense of old, but the matchup is good against a Cleveland team that is switching to a new aging QB this week.

Sit ‘Em

Alex Smith (QB, Kansas City Chiefs) at Houston Texans

Smith had a nice week last week, and he will have his up weeks. However, don’t look for Week 2 to continue that trend. He and the Chiefs will be facing a tough Houston defense that doesn’t give up a lot of passing yards and they could potentially have the nastiest pass rush in football this season. It’s hard to rely on a QB that’s has J.J. Watt and Jadaveon Clowney breathing down his neck…or breaking it. Steer clear of Smith in Week 2.

Ameer Abdullah (RB, Detroit Lions) vs. Tennessee Titans

Abdullah was great last week versus the Colts, but Indy was pretty much making everyone on the Detroit offense look good. It was a YAC fest. That success is unlikely in Week 2 against the Titans. Tennessee shutdown Adrian Peterson in Week 1. That should be warning enough.

Corey Coleman (WR, Cleveland Browns) vs. Baltimore Ravens

Coleman will be the main threat in the passing game until Josh Gordon comes back around, but it’s not looking particularly good for him this week. In addition to working with a new QB, Coleman and the Browns will be facing a Baltimore defense that gave up the fewest fantasy points to receivers in Week 1. I really like Coleman, but he’s not a strong play in Week 2.

Jimmy Graham (TE, Seattle Seahawks) at Los Angeles Rams

Unfortunately, Graham just isn’t a big part of the Seattle offense yet. He may never be. Despite the name recognition and tools at his disposal, Graham is a shaky play at best on weeks when he isn’t facing stingy defenses. The Rams struggled on defense against the Niners in Week 1, but I expect them to be a bit more stout in Week 2. Until he starts seeing more production, it might be time to shelf Graham in favor of other options.

Minnesota Vikings D/ST vs. Green Bay Packers

The Vikings were top fantasy defense of Week 1 and they do have a legitimately good defensive unit. That said, they are a dangerous play in Week 2 versus the Packers. Aaron Rodgers is elite with strong weapons around him. It will be much tougher sledding for the Minnesota D this week. Beware.



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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...