Start ‘Em & Sit’ Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they are affecting your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars like Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey are not featured in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR rating system.
Week 2 Start ‘Em, Sit’ Em
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Week 2 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Start of the week
Josh Allen at Dolphins
Allen had a great start to the season, scoring 28.2 Fantasy Points in a win over the Jets. This week he gets the Dolphins, which at the season opener allowed 25.7 points for another running quarterback, Cam Newton. Allen has owned Miami throughout his career as well, scoring 21
Start them up
Cam Newton at Seahawks (SNSF)
Newton looked like Superman on his Patriots debut with 75 rushing yards on 15 carry and two scores on the ground against Miami. New England often called Newton’s number as a runner, especially in the red zone, so he could get back to elite territory among fantasy quarterbacks. I like the matchup this week. Seattle gave up the fourth most rushing yards and three rushing scores in 2019.
Matt Ryan at Cowboys
Ryan went bananas a week ago and threw the soccer ball 54 times for 450 yards and two touchdowns, which meant a loss to the Seahawks. I would keep him on your starting line-up this week as he will face a Cowboys defense that looked bad in the Rams opener and lost to LB Leighton Vander Esch. DraftKings Sportsbook has this game with an Over / Under 52 so it is expected to be a high scoring competition. Look for another nice statistic from Ryan.
Aaron Rodgers versus Lions
Rodgers put up massive statistics against the Vikings last week, proving that he still has lots of fantasy points up his right arm despite being drafted as the No. 2 quarterback in most leagues. I would put it on your roster against the Lions who gave Mitchell Trubisky 24.3 Fantasy Points last week. If Rodgers goes into the statistics this week, I may not need to put him back in the opening section of this column.
Jimmy Garoppolo at Jets
Sorry Jets fans, but your team could be the worst in the league. The defense offered no rush or resistance a week ago, allowing Josh Allen to rack up almost 29 Fantasy Points. This week Garoppolo is allowed to take advantage of the Men in Green. He put up nearly 20 fantasy points in a loss to the Cardinals, and that without some of his top-wide receivers. So if you want to stream quarterbacks, Garoppolo is one of the top fantasy options.
- Tom Brady versus Panthers
- Ben Roethlisberger versus Broncos
- Ryan Tannehill versus Jaguars
- Philip Rivers vs Vikings (DraftKings: $ 5,900)
- Jimmy Garoppolo at Jets: (DraftKings: $ 5,700)
- Mitchell Trubisky v Giants (DraftKings: $ 5,500)
Week 2 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Sit of the week
Carson Wentz v Rams: Wentz looked great against Washington last week in the first quarter, then went downhill as the soccer team overcame their offensive line on the way to eight sacks. Next up is a date with DL Aaron Donald and the Rams, who only kept Dak Prescott a touchdown pass in their opener and will undoubtedly look very aggressive when it comes to putting pressure on Wentz. It’s difficult to trust him in traditional leagues.
Jared Goff at Eagles
Goff, who was listed as a sit ’em in his room last week, couldn’t do a single touchdown and only had 10.5 fantasy points in a win over the Cowboys. I’d keep him on the sidelines this week as well if Goff travels to Philadelphia to face an Eagles defense that has historically had a tough time countering callers on their home field. Only the Ravens gave fewer Fantasy Points to enemy quarterbacks at home in 2019 (11.3 PPG).
Matthew Stafford at Packers
Stafford should have had a much better fantasy fate last week, but rookie D’Andre Swift dropped a touchdown that would have put the quarterback over 20 fantasy points. That said, Stafford is a tough sell this week when the Lions take on Green Bay. The Packers only allowed 13.1 Fantasy Points per game to attend quarterbacks a season ago. That includes Stafford, who had an 11.5-point stinker with no touchdown at Lambeau Field in week 6.
Daniel Jones at Bears
Jones had a difficult start to the season and threw two interceptions in a loss to the Steelers. While he still finished with a respectable 17.4 Fantasy Points, some of that came in Garbage Time. I would be wary of Danny Dimes this week if the G-Men head to the Windy City to face the bears. In 2019, their defense only allowed enemy quarterbacks to average 13.9 Fantasy Points per game. Unless you’re in a Superflex league, Jones should sit.
Teddy Bridgewater at Buccaneers
Bridgewater scored a solid 19.4 Fantasy points in a loss to the Raiders last week, but 37 percent of his points came to Robby Anderson on a 75-yard touchdown. I’d let Teddy B fade this week as he faces tough street competition against a Buccaneers defense that Drew Brees held up to 160 meters through the air a week ago. While Bridgewater has a 7.5 point shot for the love of garbage time as an underdog, I’d let him sit in traditional leagues.
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- Ryan Fitzpatrick versus bills
- Drew Lock at Steelers
- Derek Carr versus Saints (MNF)
- Deshaun Watson v Rams (DraftKings: $ 6,400)
- Matthew Stafford at Packers (DraftKings: $ 6,200)
- Carson Wentz at Rams (DraftKings: $ 6,000)
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst for Sports Illustrated and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. You can follow Michael on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram for the latest news and analysis!
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