【N.J】 NFL Fantasy Football Week 2: Start ’em, sit ’em recommendation from our professional, NBC, CBS, extra | Matthew Stafford, Kirk Cousins, Kareem Hunt – New Jersey News

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The NFL boasts some fascinating matchups this Sunday in Week 2.

However the matchups you actually care about pertain to your fantasy league.

And who can blame you?


With that in thoughts, which gamers are set for a giant Week 2? Who must you be beginning? And who must you be sitting?

Here’s a roundup from among the prime fantasy soccer specialists round, together with NBC, CBS, and our personal professional.


Here are some quarterbacks you should start this week:

NJ Advance Media: Kirk Cousins, Vikings (at Eagles)

Look for another encouraging performance from him, coming off that big win over the Packers. The Eagles’ protection wasn’t precisely nice final week in opposition to the Lions.

NBC: Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs. Bears)

Aaron Rodgers and the Packers wildly underperforming of their first sport of the season has turn out to be simply as a lot part of the annual NFL calendar as … nicely, Aaron Rodgers and the Packers wildly underperforming of their final sport of the season. (Sorry, Packers followers.) However Rodgers additionally has a historical past of bouncing again in Week 2. As mentioned above, final season, after posting simply 1.3 fantasy factors within the opener on the highway, Rodgers put up 26.8 at residence in Week 2 on Monday Night time Football in opposition to the Lions. Similar setup this yr: a nasty Week 1 on the highway, however Week 2 is at residence in primetime — solely this time Rodgers will get to play the Chicago Bears. Rodgers has averaged 26.3 FPPG in 4 video games versus the Bears the final two seasons. He has posted no less than 23 fantasy factors in all of them. And he’s thrown 4 landing passes in three of these 4 video games, too. It’s going to be an excellent evening for Chicago Bears group proprietor Aaron Rodgers on Sunday.

CBS: Matthew Stafford, Rams (vs. Falcons)

Matthew Stafford was one other participant who had a disappointing Week 1 within the Rams’ 31-10 loss to the Payments. He struggled with 29-of-41 passing for 240 yards, one landing and three interceptions. Questions have been raised about his elbow, the Rams having a Tremendous Bowl hangover and if Stafford was already washed up.

I count on Stafford to rebound with a monster sport in Week 2 in opposition to the Falcons, which is why he’s our Start of the Week. He’s had time to right a few of his errors from Week 1 since that sport was Thursday evening, and hopefully he’ll get on the identical web page with Allen Robinson, who can be a bounce-back candidate on this matchup.


Here are some quarterbacks you should not start this week:

NJ Advance Media: Ryan Tannehill, Titans (at Bills)

Considering what the Bills’ protection did in opposition to Matthew Stafford in Week 1, it might in all probability be smart to keep away from staring Tannehill in opposition to that that unit this week.

NBC: Tua Tagovailoa, Dolphins (at Ravens)

Solely twice in Tua Tagovailoa’s profession has he put up 18-plus fantasy factors on the highway. How good do you’re feeling about him doing it a 3rd time this week on the highway in opposition to the Ravens? A Ravens group that held the Jets to only 5.2 yards per cross try in Week 1? Sure, the Dolphins are lots higher than the Jets, however I’m nonetheless not in on Tagovailoa as a viable fantasy choice this week. Tua is on the Hate record for Week Tua. (Sorry. In equity to Tagovailoa, I don’t assume he’ll be as dangerous this week as that little bit of wordplay. It could be nearly not possible to be that dangerous.)

CBS: Trevor Lawrence, Jaguars (vs. Colts)

Trevor Lawrence may have had a much bigger sport in Week 1 at Washington, however he missed some throws and completed with simply 15 Fantasy factors. I don’t know if he’ll be significantly better in opposition to the Colts, and he averaged 15 Fantasy factors per sport in two conferences with Indianapolis final yr. I don’t thoughts Lawrence as a starter in Superflex and two-quarterback leagues, however I wouldn’t contemplate him as a streaming choice to exchange Dak Prescott (thumb) this week.


Here are some running backs you should start this week:

NJ Advance Media: A.J. Dillon, Packers (vs. Bears)

He starred for the Packers in Week 1 and should have no problems with the Bears’ run protection.

NBC: Saquon Barkley, Giants (vs. Panthers)

Saquon Barkley performing like he did in Week 1 — 33.4 fantasy factors, his finest efficiency since Week 16 of 2019 — positive was a sight for sore eyes. By the way in which, sore eyes truly is just not one of many accidents Barkley suffered over the previous three seasons. True reality. Look, everyone knows what Barkley can do when totally wholesome, we simply needed to see it first. And nearly as encouraging as seeing him again wholesome and with bounce in his legs once more was his Week 1 utilization. In case you skipped the intro and didn’t learn Dwain’s utilization on Barkley, let me remind you that Barkley had 24 touches and a 33% goal share, the second-highest goal share in a single sport in his profession. Barkley ought to preserve it going this week in opposition to a Carolina protection that allowed 213 scrimmage yards and two scores to Cleveland backs in Week 1.

CBS: Kareem Hunt, Browns (vs. Jets)

Kareem Hunt ought to be seen as a must-start operating again in all leagues regardless that he’s the No. 2 choice in Cleveland’s backfield behind Nick Chubb. In Week 1 at Carolina, Hunt had 11 carries for 46 yards and a landing, together with 4 catches for twenty-four yards and a landing on 4 targets. Hopefully he continues to get round 15 complete touches per week, and he ought to return worth as a prime 20 Fantasy choice in all leagues if that’s the case.


Here are some running backs you should not start this week:

NJ Advance Media: Dameon Pierce, Texans (at Broncos)

Rex Burkhead was the Texans’ prime again in Week 1 — and that may very well be the case once more this week.

NBC: Najee Harris, Steelers (vs. Patriots)

The excellent news is that Najee Harris didn’t endure a severe damage in Week 1 and is in line to play. The dangerous information is that Pittsburgh’s offensive line can even play this week. And never solely will they play, they’ll face a Patriots protection that allowed simply 65 dashing yards and a pair of.8 YPC in Week 1. And if Harris’ 10 carries for 23 yards final week weren’t dangerous sufficient, he additionally had a goal share of simply 5% — decrease than any sport in his rookie season. Harris is exterior my prime 12 operating backs in Week 2.

CBS: Ezekiel Elliott, Cowboys (vs. Bengals)

I used to be involved about Ezekiel Elliott earlier than Dak Prescott (thumb) bought damage in Week 1 in opposition to Tampa Bay, and now Elliott is only a flex for Week 2 in opposition to the Bengals. The Cowboys offensive line isn’t as stout with Tyron Smith (hamstring) out, and Cooper Rush isn’t going to boost Elliott’s worth. Towards the Buccaneers, Elliott ran nicely with 10 carries for 52 yards, however he had only one catch for minus-3 yards. I can see loads of video games with empty manufacturing for Elliott transferring ahead, and he’s not a must-start operating again within the majority of leagues.


Here are some wide receivers you should start this week:

NJ Advance Media: Allen Robinson, Rams (vs. Falcons)

He was a non-factor in Week 1 against the Bills, but that will change this week.

NBC: Michael Pittman, Colts (at Jaguars)

During Matt Ryan’s years in Atlanta, he at all times had a go-to receiver that put up enormous numbers, from Roddy White to Julio Jones to Calvin Ridley. Now in Indianapolis, Week 1 made it clear what all of us presumed within the pre-season: That Michael Pittman is Ryan’s clear receiver of alternative. Pittman put up a 9-121-1 line on a team-high 13 targets within the opener. That accounted for the second-most targets, receptions and yards he’s had in a sport in his complete profession. All that in ONE GAME with Matt Ryan. This week Pittman faces a Jacksonville group that allowed 153 yards and 4 touchdowns to receivers from the primary place and undefeated Commanders in Week 1. After which there’s additionally this: in two video games in opposition to the Jags final season, Pittman caught 11-of-12 targets. He does have a quad damage value monitoring after he missed apply on Thursday, however nonetheless tons to like about Pittman getting into Week 2. He’s inside my prime seven on the place this week.

CBS: Gabe Davis, Payments (vs. Titans)

Gabe Davis has scored a landing in every of his final three video games that matter, with six complete scores over that span. Let’s hope he can preserve his scoring streak alive in opposition to the Titans this week. Final yr, Buffalo had three receivers (Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley) all rating no less than 14 PPR factors in opposition to Tennessee in Week 6, and possibly historical past will repeat itself this season with Diggs, Davis and Isaiah McKenzie all enjoying nicely within the rematch.


Here are some wide receivers you should not start this week:

NJ Advance Media: Rashod Bateman, Ravens (vs. Dolphins)

Tough matchup with Xavien Howard this week. Don’t count on a lot from Bateman.

NBC: Mike Evans, Buccaneers (at Saints)

Mike Evans has a Tremendous Bowl ring, a number of Professional Bowl picks and the NFL document for many consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons to start out a profession. He’s achieved lots in his profession. But he nonetheless can’t beat Marshon Lattimore. A minimum of not with any regularity. Within the 9 video games Evans has performed in opposition to the Saints cornerback since 2017, he’s been held to fewer than 65 yards seven instances. He’s been held to 4 or fewer catches seven instances, too. He has 4 video games of fewer than 15 yards. And 5 video games with two or fewer catches. It’s not good! And it’s not a coincidence. There’s a longtime monitor document there. Evans struggles with the Lattimore shadow, and now he’s coping with a calf damage. Assuming he performs, you’re in all probability nonetheless beginning Evans week, however decrease expectations. He’s exterior my prime 10 for this week (and for each week he faces Marshon Lattimore).

CBS: DK Metcalf, Seahawks (at 49ers)

DK Metcalf was clearly the go-to receiver for Geno Smith in Week 1 in opposition to Denver with seven targets, however he completed with simply 36 yards, together with a misplaced fumble. I count on him to do higher than that in Week 2, however not by lots. In his previous three video games in opposition to San Francisco, Metcalf is averaging simply 10.2 PPR factors per sport, and he solely has one landing over that span. He’s a very good No. 3 Fantasy receiver this week, however I don’t contemplate him a must-start choice in two-receiver codecs.


Here are some tight ends you should start this week:

NJ Advance Media: Pat Freiermuth, Steelers (vs. Patriots)

Mitchell Trubisky leaned on him heavily in Week 1. Expect that to continue.

NBC: Dalton Schultz, Cowboys (vs. Bengals)

See, as a Washington fan, I could go on and on about yet another lost season for the Cowboys. About how they’re a nationwide laughingstock. An underperforming joke even earlier than Dak bought damage. However as a result of I’m stylish, I received’t do this. As a substitute, I’ll give optimistic stats about their tight finish, Dalton Schultz. Stats like this: In 4 of his previous 5 video games relationship again to final season, Schultz has six-plus receptions. And this: In all 4 of these video games, Schultz had no less than a 20% goal share, together with a 22% share in opposition to Tampa Bay in Week 1. And at last this: In Week 2, Schultz faces a Cincinnati group that allowed 115 yards to tight ends of their opener. Even with Cooper Rush below heart, Schultz is a top-five tight finish for me in Week 2. That’s significantly better than the Cowboys, who don’t fall inside my prime 30 finest NFL groups heading into Week 2. So unlucky!

CBS: Zach Ertz, Cardinals (at Raiders)

Zach Ertz performed in Week 1 in opposition to Kansas Metropolis regardless of coping with a calf damage previous to the sport, and he completed with two catches for 14 yards and a landing on 4 targets. He ought to do higher this week in opposition to the Raiders, who allowed a landing to Gerald Everett in Week 1. Ertz has loads of upside so long as DeAndre Hopkins (suspension) and Rondale Moore (hamstring) are out, and he ought to have higher manufacturing in Week 2 following a full week of apply.


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Here are some tight ends you should not start this week:

NJ Advance Media: David Njoku, Browns (vs. Jets)

Jacoby Brissett is his quarterback. Enough said.

NBC: Hunter Henry, Patriots (at Steelers)

In his 18 games now with the Patriots, Henry has put up fewer than 40 receiving yards 14 times. In games he doesn’t rating a landing, he averages simply 5.4 FPPG. And in Week 1, he performed solely six extra snaps than Jonnu Smith and noticed one fewer goal. So what we have now here’s a low-upside, touchdown-dependent tight finish who would possibly now be a TE2 on his personal group, a group that additionally occurs to have a nasty offense. Feels fairly Hate list-y to me.

CBS: Mike Gesicki, Dolphins (at Ravens)

Mike Gesicki isn’t value holding on many Fantasy rosters proper now after all the pieces we heard in coaching camp and what occurred in Week 1 in opposition to the Patriots. Gesicki had one goal and completed with one catch for 1 yard. You’ll be able to’t belief him in Week 2 in opposition to the Ravens, and it’s not shocking he’s among the many most dropped gamers in CBS Sports activities leagues.

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Darryl Slater could also be reached at dslater@versuszone.com.

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