FANTASY PICKS

Who to sit, start in your fantasy lineup in Week 2

FANTASY PICKS

Week 1 of the NFL regular season had a few surprises - Cardinals over 49ers? David Johnson back? - and now we get to see if they'll stick.

Here's a look at some guys I like, and some guys I don't like, in this week's matchups.

Start 'em

QB Aaron Rodgers vs. Lions

This feels like a no-brainer. Rodgers looked like a new man in Week 1 against the Vikings' porous secondary, throwing for 364 yards and four touchdowns with a sky-high completion percentage. Now he gets the Lions' defense, a unit which allowed Mitch Trubisky - yes, that Mitch Trubisky! - to throw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in a comeback win. Rodgers and the Packers should roll on offense this weekend.

RB Jonathan Taylor vs. Vikings

With Marlon Mack out for the year, Taylor is RB1 in Indianapolis, which means his 15 Week 1 touches should turn into 20+ touches with ease. He established himself as a possible PPR breakout star with six catches against the Jaguars last Sunday. And the Vikings had a rough time against Aaron Jones last week, watching the running back pile up 4.1 yards per carry and a touchdown, plus four catches. I'd imagine Taylor keeps things going as the Colts try to ease Philip Rivers' workload following a 46-attempt debut.

WR CeeDee Lamb vs. Falcons

The Seahawks tore Atlanta's secondary apart in Week 1 to the tune of 322 passing yards and four touchdowns from Russell Wilson. Dak Prescott isn't Russ, but the Cowboys' passing game is loaded with talent, which means Dallas should thrive this week. Lamb caught five balls on six targets in his first career game, for 59 yards, and while Amari Cooper is clearly this offense's first option, Lamb should see plenty of favorable matchups on Sunday.

 

TE Dallas Goedert vs. Rams

Boy, did Goedert prove a lot of people (including myself) wrong about the way the Eagles' tight end situation would look this season. Goedert might already be the best tight end on the Eagles' roster, and with Zach Ertz dropping a key fourth down pass in Week 1 against Washington, and Goedert putting up mammoth numbers, you can bet he'll be Carson Wentz's No. 1 safety valve target again this week. Don't worry about the Rams keeping Blake Jarwin in check: Dallas's offense is wide receiver-dependent, while the Eagles' offense is tight end-dependent. Goedert should eat again.

Sit 'em

QB Gardner Minshew vs. Titans

Don't fall for it. Minshew had a surprisingly, almost impossibly efficient first week against the Colts, throwing for three touchdowns. But he also amassed just 173 yards, threw just 20 times, was sacked four times, and now faces a stout Titans defense that held a weapons-filled Denver offense in check in Week 1. Minshew has thrown for three touchdowns in just three of his 15 career games, and averages less than 230 yards per game for his career. Week 1 was an anomaly, not a sign of things to come.

RB Antonio Gibson vs. Cardinals

Washington's decision to cut Adrian Peterson had many wondering if Gibson would be the Football Team's leading option at running back this season, despite the potential committee approach. In Week 1, he wasn't exactly flooded with touches, and he basically disappeared in the red zone, with the team instead opting for Peyton Barber at RB. Gibson did flash potential when he was called on, but I need to see way more from the rookie before considering him a starting option.

WR DeSean Jackson vs. Rams

Jackson felt like a surefire start last week against Washington, a clear deep threat against a underwhelming team in Week 1. But he couldn't stay on the field, and if Jackson's past injury history is any indication, combined with his age, I really don't think you can rely on Jackson for anything consistent right now. The Eagles took deep shots in Week 1, but they're still a tight end-first pass game, and with Miles Sanders returning, that makes even fewer touches available for Jackson. This is a wait-and-see situation.

TE Noah Fant vs. Steelers

Fant had a great first week, even in a low-scoring game against the Titans, and will obviously be Drew Lock's first option at the TE position all year long. He could have a huge 2020. But! The Steelers have one of the best defenses in the league, including two excellent coverage options against tight ends in Minkah Fitzpatrick and Devin Bush. Pittsburgh's defense held Giants tight end Evan Engram, normally a sturdy fantasy option, to two catches and nine yards. Fant will take a step back in Week 2.

 

Sleeper

RB Benny Snell vs. Denver

Snell is enticing, but not a guarantee. James Conner is dealing with injury issues, and even if he's ready to play Sunday he won't be the Steelers' bellcow. Snell, on the other hand, had a great Week 1, averaging nearly six yards per carry. He's not a PPR threat - he saw just one target in the passing game against the Giants - but he should get plenty of ground touches. Snell still might be touchdown dependent, though, which makes me iffy about his season-long potential. I need to see more.

Season record

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Week 1: 1-5-2