Week 2: Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em

Check out these start/sit recommendations for week 2. Keep in mind that all the players listed in this section will be “bubble guys”, or players on the cusp. We realize you don’t need any help deciding whether or not to start Adrian Peterson or Calvin Johnson, but Marlon Brown, or Carson Palmer might be a different story.

Start ‘Em

  • Michael Vick (vs SD): Well, it seems as if Vick has gotten a handle on Chip Kelly’s “blur offense”. Owners should feel comfortable riding Vick until he gets injured, or starts turning the ball over in scores like we saw last season. For now, he should be a good play in the Eagles home opener against a San Diego defense that was just lit up by Matt Schaub.
  • Cam Newton (@ Buf): Don’t let his sub-Geno Smith-standard performance last week throw you off. Cam is still a premier fantasy QB when not matching up against the Seahawks defense. While the Bill’s seemingly reinvigorated front seven managed to give Tom Brady some problems last week, Cam should be able to post solid numbers in week 2.
  • Terrelle Pryor (vs Jax): Pryor may not be a godsend for the Raiders, but he gives them a chance to win games thanks to his elusiveness out of the pocket. Pryor has posted 20+ points in both of his career starts thanks to his rushing abilities, and he won’t get a much better matchup than this. Owners should be able to start Pryor with confidence this week in 2 QB leagues, and deeper formats.


  • Darren Sproles (@ TB): Even though Tampa added Revis, the rest of their secondary is still relatively shaky. Sproles has a history of lighting up the Buccaneers, and with Revis shadowing Colston, Sproles should be in line for a big day.
  • David Wilson (vs Den): Don’t be scared off that easily. Brandon Jacobs was NOT brought in to be an every down back, which has been confirmed by Coughlin. In order for the Giants to compete this year, Wilson is going to have to play a key part in the offense, and it is better to get that rolling sooner than later. His week 1 deputy, Da’Rel Scott was injured in practice this week, and while Jacobs will probably get some goal line looks, Wilson will be out there with a fire attempting to prove he can still be the main man.
  • Bryce Brown (vs SD): At Oregon, Chip Kelly used to rotate his players in and out like they were on hockey lines. With the combination of their exhausting offense, McCoy getting more touches than he is used to in week 1 (31), and the Eagles playing on a short week, Brown should get more touches than he did last week, and could be a sneaky flex play for week 2.

Wide Receiver

  • Marlon Brown (vs Cle): Last week Joe Haden was able to shut down Mike Wallace to the tune of 1 catch for just 15 yards. In the wake of that, the Dolphins #2, Brian Hartline, was able to turn out a monster 9/114/1 line. This week, Haden will be on Torrey Smith, leaving a lot of opportunity for the rookie to step up, and build off of his impressive week 1 performance.
  • Edelman/Thompkins (vs NYJ): This one is simple process of elimination. The Patriots are going to pass the ball. Amendola, Gronkowski, Vereen, and Sudfeld are all expected not to play. Edelman and Thompkins should be in line for a very nice week.
  • James Jones (vs Was): Shouldn’t be given up on just yet. The Pack will be facing a much easier pass defense this week, and Jones remains a favorite red zone target for Rodgers.

Tight End

  • Julius Thomas (@ NYG): With the tools and physical presence Thomas possesses, he has all the capability of challenging the elite TE’s for fantasy production. Continue to consider him a #1 TE until he gives you a reason not to.
  • Jared Cook (@ Atl): The Falcons have a quality offense, even though Julio Jones and Roddy White are both banged up. Jared Cook has been a mainstay “fantasy sleeper” for several years running now, but seemingly figured something out in week 1, and should continue to build off of it.

Team Defense

  • Carolina (@ Buf): Luke Kuechly has established himself as a top middlelinebacker, and the Panthers front 7 is more than capable of causing trouble for quarterbacks. Throw a raw, rookie QB like EJ Manuel into the mix, and this one should add up to a nice fantasy week.
  • Oakland (vs Jax): Jacksonville struggled to do anything last week, and the Raiders defense did a surprisingly decent job of limiting Andrew Luck, and co. With a much easier match up this week, Blaine Gabbert sidelined, and Justin Blackmon still suspended, the Oakland defense could be a surprisingly sneaky play this week.

Sit ‘Em


  • Colin Kaepernick (@ Sea): This one is tough after Kaepernick absolutely lit up Green Bay last week, but only one QB threw for multiple TDs against this defense last season – Tony Romo. If you have a solid #2 option, don’t feel ashamed about benching CK7 in this one.
  • Russell Wilson (vs SF): Another guy who should struggle to go off, purely due to the matchup. This will be a hard-nosed, smash-mouth game, and chances are there won’t be many points to go around.
  • Carson Palmer (vs Det): Start with caution. Sure, Bruce Arians loves to throw the ball, but the Cardinals have done little to address their porous offensive line, and Detroit has one of the scariest defensive fronts in the business. Palmer has a good chance of spending a decent portion of this game on his back.


  • Admad Bradshaw (vs Mia): Bradshaw still stands a chance to play a sizable role in the Colts offense this year, but he didn’t see much action last week as the Colts nurse him back from injury. Not worth starting at this point.
  • Frank Gore (@ Sea): NO NO NO. Gore had a deceptively bad game against a mediocre Green Bay defense last week, averaging just over 2 YPC. This was largely glossed over The walls will come crashing down this week, especially at Seattle.
  • Montee Ball (@ NYG): Another guy who is a complete reach. Denver will continue to use a committee in the backfield, and there just aren’t enough fantasy points to go around between Ball, Moreno, and Hillman.

Wide Receiver

  • Roddy White (vs StL): Roddy White really screwed his fantasy owners over by not disclosing the extent of his injury. In week 1, White was nothing more than a glorified decoy, catching only 2 balls for 19 yards. High ankle sprains generally keep players out 4-6 weeks, and I wouldn’t feel comfortable starting White this week at the very least.
  • Greg Jennings (@ Chi): Jennings had a miserable outing in his first game as a Viking, posting just 33 yards. It remains to be seen if Jennings will be fantasy relevant this season, but like every Vikings receiver recently not named Percy Harvin, assume the answer is no until he proves us wrong.
  • Anquan Boldin (@ Sea): If Boldin draws Richard Sherman, which is highly likely, expect his production from week 1 to be cut in atleast half. He still remains a WR3/flex play, but the matchup is blatantly terrible.

Tight End

  • Kyle Rudolph (@ Chi): When he doesn’t score touchdowns, he is more or less a worthless fantasy player. Against a good defense like the Bears, I’d wager my money on him having a quiet week.

Team Defense

  • Tampa Bay (vs NO): Tampa’s secondary remains suspect and the Saints obviously love to throw the ball. While they put up quality points against the Jets in week 1, look elsewhere for defense this week.

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