Start “Em & Sit” Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL games and how they will affect your fantastic football team. Fantasy superstars like Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey will not appear in this column. All player matches are based on a PPR scoring system.
Week 2 Start Em: Wide Receivers
Start of the week
Marquise Brown in Texas
Brown looked good in Week 1, scoring five of the six goals for 101 yards and 15.1 fantasy points against Cleveland. He is in a good position to succeed again, as he travels to Houston to face a Texas defense that allowed the ninth most points on outside receivers a season ago. In addition, Houston allowed two touchdowns to the position last week, and could have been more if Demarcus Robinson had not thrown two final zones.
Michael Gallup vs. Falcons
Gallup held on to five targets and 50 yards last week, though it should have been more if not for a questionable offensive interception call. Regardless, I would consider him a nice No. 3 wide angle or flexible starter against the Falcons. Their defense allowed 229 yards and a touchdown in the Seattle wideouts a week ago, and the position rose to 88.3% of its goals. DraftKings Sportsbook has the top / bottom at 52, so many points will be scored.
TY Hilton vs. Vikings
The performance of the Hilton start week left much to be desired, but he played 59 points and led all the wide-angle Colts to the target percentage (15.3) against the Jaguars. I would keep him in line this week, as Hilton faces a Viking defense that allowed a ridiculous 22 catches, 315 yards and a completion rate of 81.5 in the Packers’ plans last week. As a result, Hilton and Parris Campbell are both in the WR3 or flex starter convo.
Julian Edelman at the Seahawks
Edelman posted a line of ho-hum statistics 5-57-0 last week against the Dolphins, but Cam Newton only threw football 19 times in a Patriots victory. I expect him to throw it a lot more this week, however, and that will benefit Edelman in attack. In addition, Seattle was handed the highest 179 yards championship to Atlanta slot machines last week. I would take Edelman in your starting lineup as the number 3 wide angle or flex starter.
Anthony Miller vs. Giants
Miller got off to a good start for the 2020 campaign, posting four 76-yard sheets and a touchdown against the Lions. It has another solid showdown this week, as the Bears will host a Giants defense that allowed three touchdowns to the Steelers in Week 1. In addition, New York delivered nearly 200 shipyards to the site as well. If Mitchell Trubisky can continue his “hot” start, Miller will have to create another attractive line of statistics.
- Keenan Allen vs. Chiefs
- Stefon Diggs on the dolphins
- Allen Lazard vs. Lions
- CeeDee Lamb vs. Falcons (DraftKings: $ 4,700)
- Parris Campbell vs. Vikings, (DraftKings: $ 4,500)
- Scotty Miller vs. Panther (DraftKings: $ 4,100)
Week 1 Sit ‘Em: Wide Receivers
Sit for the week
DK Metcalf vs. Patriots (SNF)
The decision to sit a new, wide receiver like Metcalf is difficult, even more so when it comes to a 95-meter one-touchdown. So look at the depth of your roster and think about it: the Patriots have a corner cap on Stephon Gilmore and it was one of the toughest defenses for broadband to earn fantasy points in 2019. I would play with space like DJ Chark, Michael Gallup, or Jamison Crowder instead.
Brandin Cooks vs. Ravens
Cooks did nothing at the start of the season, catching just two passes for 20 yards in a loss to the Chiefs. Things are not going to get much better for him this week as Texas host a Ravens defense that allowed just 104 yards to Cleveland receivers (including Odell Beckham Jr.) in Week 1. Cook was limited to just 31 hits at opener due to a quadruped, so there is a very high risk of starting it this weekend.
DeSean Jackson vs. Rams
Jackson did not live up to fantasy expectations last week, posting just 6.6 points on two plates (seven goals) and running 37 of 68 offensive shots. Rookie Jalen Reagor also returned to the mix, and Carson Wentz aimed his tight ends in an open. He will fade the veteran in his next competition, as a tough fight against the Rams awaits the finish of CB Jalen Ramsey. At best, Jackson is a flex dart option in some deeper leagues.
Sammy Watkins on the chargers
Watkins started for fantasy fans smart enough to get him started this past week, posting seven plates on nine targets with a touchdown and 21.5 fantasy points. I’m afraid the start of this week is a case of point hunting. However, a fight in Los Angeles against the chargers is impressive. The sophomore is one of the best in the NFL and Watkins failed to score more than 5.2 points in four games against them.
Sterling Shepard at the Bears
If you learned anything from the Giants’ attack last week, it’s that Daniel Jones has a lot of love for Darius Slayton. He led all the corners of New York in snapshots and goals, leaving Shepard as the second choice when Golden Tate was out of action. The Bears were also tough on hostile receivers last season and kept Detroit scoreless in Week 1. For the second week in a row, I would keep Shepard in check.
- DeVante Parker vs. Bills
- Robbie Anderson at the Buccaneers
- Henry Ruggs III vs. Saints (MNF)
- Cooper Kupp at the Eagles (DraftKings: $ 6,700)
- Mike Evans vs. Panthers (DraftKings: $ 6,400)
- Will Fuller vs. Ravens (DraftKings: $ 6,300)
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst at Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for the latest news and analysis!
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