Start/Sit Week 2
September 11, 2014 | Mike Braude
WEEK 2 START
Jake Locker vs. DAL
After finishing 6th in QB scoring last week, Jake Locker has one of the best matchups a quarterback can have. The Dallas defense has struggled with injuries and looked hopeless against the 49ers last week. Locker has the rushing ability to finish as a QB1 this season. Now armed with three serviceable receivers and offensive guru Ken Whisenhunt, Locker’s arrow is pointing up.
Frank Gore vs. CHI
Frank Gore didn’t blow up last week but still receives a heavy workload behind a strong offensive line. His week 2 matchup against the Bears’ soft run defense is extremely favorable. I’d feel comfortable firing him up as a RB2.
Mark Ingram at CLE
Mark Ingram had an excellent first week, scoring twice against the Falcons. He looked more decisive and powerful than ever and it appears that the Khiry Robinson impact was overblown. This week the Saints face a Browns’ defense that was shredded by Le’Veon Bell. Ingram should see clock killing carries as the Saints are expected to win handily.
Chris Ivory at GB
Chris Ivory looked fantastic in Week 1 averaging 10.2 yards per carry against the Raiders. He’s going to need more carries to consistently produce but he’s an RB2 candidate in a dreamy matchup against the Packers. Ivory’s closest comparable (besides Khiry Robinson), Marshawn Lynch, tore up the Packers’ miserable run defense in Week 2. The Packers run defense will continue to struggle without DT B.J. Raji.
T.Y. Hilton vs. PHI
Yes, I recommended Hilton last week and it didn’t work out but here’s why I like him against the Eagles. The Eagles are the best matchup a wide receiver can have – just ask Allen Hurns. The Eagles allow 27.6 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers – the highest mark in the league. In a game that will likely be a shootout, I like Hilton’s odds of getting behind the defense for a long touchdown.
Dwayne Bowe at DEN
I don’t love Bowe but if you’re desperate, he’s a plug-and-play option. Coming off a miserable Week 1, the Chiefs are desperate for Bowe’s receiving ability. In a game that the Chiefs will be forced to pass a lot, Bowe will see plenty of targets.
Vincent Jackson vs. STL
After watching the opener, owners may be worried about Vincent Jackson. The Bucs offensive line struggled against Carolina’s strong front seven and Josh McCown was unable to make plays in a muddied pocket. This week he faces a Rams’ pass defense that allows the 2nd most points to opposing wide receivers. If anyone in the Buccaneers pass offense benefits, it’s likely Vincent Jackson.
Larry Donnell vs. ARI
Despite the expectations of Adrien Robinson starting for the Giants, Larry Donnell came out of nowhere to have a solid game in Week 1. Dating back to last year, the Cardinals have been dreadful against tight ends. The trend continued in Week 1 with Antonio Gates catching six passes for 81 yards. Donnell is a nice plug-and-play option.
WEEK 2 SIT
Phillip Rivers vs. SEA
I do believe that Phillip Rivers is typically an underrated quarterback – still, I would urge owners to bench him against the Seahawks. The Seahawks defense is a matchup killer in all phases of the game. I’d rather start Jake Locker, Alex Smith, and Geno Smith this week.
Ryan Mathews vs. SEA
Although Mathews found the endzone in Week 1, I found his usage a bit troubling. Mathews did receive the most touches but Donald Brown was involved and Danny Woodhead led the trio in snaps. Mathews will be more valuable in games that the Chargers are leading and they can use Mathews as a clock killer. I don’t see this as one of those weeks.
Zac Stacy at TB
Despite seeming like a three-down back for most of the offseason, Benny Cunningham is more involved that most owners were led to believe. In total, Stacy out-touched Cunningham 12-9 and Cunningham played as the 3rd down back. Stacy is another back that will play better when his team is winning – something that doesn’t look promising with Austin Davis or Case Keenum starting at quarterback.
Trent Richardson vs. PHI
There is arguably no bigger disappointment than Trent Richardson. After being selected 3rd overall in 2012, Richardson looked like a can’t miss prospect. Now, he’s lost confidence in his own ability and looks dreadful. Ahmad Bradshaw severally outplayed T-Rich and will likely see the larger market share of touches going forward. Richardson has quickly become a player that we need to see more out of before inserting him back in to our starting lineups.
Terrance Williams at TEN
Terrance Williams had a solid Week 1 performance but few teams have been as stingy through the air as the Titans. Allowing the fewest points to opposing wide receivers, I would advise sitting Terrance Williams this week.
Sammy Watkins vs. MIA
Squaring off with Brent Grimes will be a nice test for Sammy Watkins. With just three catches for 31 yards in Week 1, I’d bench Watkins against the Dolphins strong pass defense. Watkins will likely finish the season much stronger than he starts it.
James Jones vs. HOU
Despite making a nice touchdown grab in Week 1, James Jones should not be on fantasy owners’ radars. Playing behind Rod Streater and Denarius Moore, Jones won’t see enough snaps to be a reliable receiver. It also doesn’t help that he’s facing a stingy Texans’ pass defense.
Antonio Gates vs. SEA
Despite having a solid Week 1 performance against the Cardinals, Gates goes from having the best matchup to the worst. Few players perform against the Seahawks; I wouldn’t trust Gates with your starting spot.