Start ‘Em & Sit’ Em is the ultimate weekly look at NFL matchups and how they will impact your fantasy football team. Fantasy superstars like Patrick Mahomes and Christian McCaffrey will not appear in this column. All player matchups are based on a PPR scoring system.
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Week 2 Start ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Start of the week
Josh Allen at the 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, who allowed 25.7 points for yet another running quarterback, Cam Newton, in their season opener. Allen has also owned Miami over the course of his career, scoring 21
Cam Newton at the Seahawks (SNF)
Newton looked like Superman in his debut with the Patriots with 75 rushing yards on 15 carries and two scores on the ground versus Miami. New England often called Newton’s number as a runner, especially in the red zone, so he could move back into the elite area among fantasy quarterbacks. I like the match this week. Seattle dropped the fourth most rushing yards and three rushing points to the position in 2019.
Matt Ryan at the Cowboys
Ryan went bananas a week ago and threw the ball 54 times for 450 yards and two touchdowns in a loss to the Seahawks. I will also keep him in your starting lineup this week as he faces a Cowboys defense that looked bad in his opening against the Rams and lost LB Leighton Vander Esch. DraftKings Sportsbook has this game with an over / under of 52, so it is expected to be a high scoring competition. Look for another nice state line from Ryan.
Aaron Rodgers vs. Lions
Rodgers put up a massive state line last week against the Vikings, proving he still has plenty of fantasy points left in his right arm, despite being hailed as a No. 2 quarterback in most leagues. I wanted to get him into your lineup against the Lions, who allowed 24.3 fantasy points for Mitchell Trubisky last week. If Rodgers goes out in the state sheets this week, I may not be allowed to include him in the starting section of this column again.
Jimmy Garoppolo of the Jets
Sorry, Jets fans, but your team may be the worst in the league. The defense offered no passing speed or resistance a week ago, allowing Josh Allen to put up nearly 29 fantasy points. This week, Garoppolo gets the benefit of Men in Green. He put up almost 20 fantasy points in a loss to the Cardinals and it was without some of his top wide receivers. So if you like streaming quarterbacks, Garoppolo is among the best fantasy opportunities.
- Tom Brady Vs. Panthers
- Ben Roethlisberger Vs. Broncos
- Ryan Tannehill vs. Jaguars
- Philip Rivers vs. Vikings (DraftKings: $ 5,900)
- Jimmy Garoppolo at the Jets: (DraftKings: $ 5,700)
- Mitchell Trubisky vs. Giants (DraftKings: $ 5,500)
Week 2 Sit ‘Em: Quarterbacks
Sit of the week
Carson Wentz vs. Rams: Wentz looked good in the first quarter against Washington last week, then it all went downhill as the football team overwhelmed his offensive line en route to eight sacks. Then there is a date with DL Aaron Donald and the Rams who held Dak Prescott to just a touchdown pass in their opener and will undoubtedly look super aggressive when it comes to putting pressure on Wentz. He is a difficult opportunity to rely on traditional leagues.
Put them on
Jared Goff at the Eagles
Goff, who was listed as his in them last week, did not throw himself after a single touchdown and had only 10.5 fantasy points in a win over the Cowboys. I would also keep him on the sidelines this week as Goff travels to Philadelphia to face an Eagles defense that has historically been tough on opposing signal callers in their home market. Only the Ravens gave up fewer fantasy points to the enemy’s quarterbacks at home (11.3 PPG) in 2019.
Matthew Stafford of the Packers
Stafford should have had a much better fantasy fate last week, but rookie D’Andre Swift dropped a touchdown that would have pushed the quarterback over 20 fantasy points. Stafford is still a tough sale this week when the Lions face Green Bay. The Packers allowed only 13.1 fantasy points per game. Games to visit quarterbacks a season ago. That includes Stafford, who had a zero-touchdown, 11.5-point stink at Lambeau Field in Week 6.
Daniel Jones at the Bears
Jones had a tough start to the season, throwing two interceptions in losses for the Steelers. While still finishing with a respectable 17.4 fantasy points, some of it came in garbage time. I wanted to look after Danny Dimes this week as the G-men travel to the windy city to meet the bears. In 2019, their defense allowed an average of only 13.9 fantasy points per game. Play for hostile quarterbacks. Unless you’re in a superflex league, Jones has to sit.
Teddy Bridgewater at the Buccaneers
Bridgewater scored solid 19.4 fantasy points in a loss to the Raiders last week, but 37 percent of his points came on a 75-yard touchdown to Robby Anderson. I would fade Teddy B this week as he faces tough road competition against a Buccaneers defense that kept Drew Brees up to 160 yards through the air a week ago. While Bridgewater has shot for love of trash like a 7.5-point underdog, I want to put him in traditional leagues.
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Several are sitting
- Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. bills
- Drew Lock on the Steelers
- Derek Carr Vs. Saints (MNF)
- Deshaun Watson Vs. Rams (DraftKings: $ 6,400)
- Matthew Stafford of the Packers (DraftKings: $ 6,200)
- Carson Wentz at Rams (DraftKings: $ 6,000)
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 on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram for the latest news and analytics!
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