Thomason: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em For Week 2

Josh Allen has a favorable matchup, but you should avoid Kirk Cousins.

Jack Thomason
September 12, 2019 - 10:38 am

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My goal with this article is to provide you with a player to start who may not be the most obvious of starts and to share a player to sit whom you normally wouldn't consider shying away from regardless of matchup. 

Let's get to it.

Quarterback

START – Josh Allen, Bills (vs. Giants) Allen recorded decent fantasy points in a game which he turned the ball over four times in the season opener. It’s the same old story with these quarterbacks who can run. They provide you a safe floor with a major ceiling if all goes right. Allen is consistently running the football and has found the end zone nine times in 13 games in his career. Up next are the Giants, who were torched by Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott to the tune of 405 passing yards and four touchdowns. Couple this with the fact the Bills’ implied team total in Vegas is higher than it normally is at 23 points, and Allen is a favorable play.

SIT – Kirk Cousins, Vikings (at Packers) The Vikings are clearly a run-first team. In earlier articles this summer, I discussed the major drop in passing attempts for Cousins under new offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski near the end of last season. He went from throwing 43 passes per game to just 27. In Week 1, Cousins threw the ball just 10 times. With both the Packers and the Vikings defenses looking great, I can see another slugfest similar to Green Bay's 10-3 win at Chicago in the NFL opener. Minnesota is a three-point road underdog with an implied team total of 21.5 points.

Running back

START – Matt Breida, 49ers (at Bengals) Breida became a popular sleeper this summer and was on the field plenty in Week 1, when he totaled 15 touches. Now he takes over as the lead back with Tevin Coleman out with a high ankle sprain. Breida will share the backfield with Raheem Mostert, but there will be enough touches to go around for fantasy production. The Benglas were thrashed by the Seahawks' ground attack in the opener, and Breida should get around 20 touches in this one. Look for a nice bounce back for the 49ers offense and Breida. 

SIT – Phillip Lindsay, Broncos (vs. Bears) It seemed folks were late to catch onto the preseason news that Lindsay and Royce Freeman were going to share the backfield more than they did last year. In Week 1, it was apparent that’s going to be the case. Freeman was more efficient with his 11 touches by totaling 61 yards, while Lindsay had 16 touches for 66 yards. Lindsay did out-snap Freeman (53/47), but it’s not going to matter on an offense that looked inept behind quarterback Joe Flacco. The Broncos are going to have a difficult time doing anything against the Bears' defense.

Receiver

START – DeSean Jackson, Eagles (at Falcons) This game has the look of a  shootout in Atlanta. At 51 points, the over/under is tied for the third-highest of the week. The Falcons are looking to get right offensively at home, and the Eagles popped after waking up in the second half of a win against the Redskins on Sunday. Jackson saw the field for 69 percent of the snaps in Week 1 and ran routes both on the outside and in the slot. That should continue moving forward. His blazing speed coupled with high efficiency targets makes for fantasy goodness, and Jackson is playing with arguably his best quarterback ever. I like him to stay hot.

SIT – Robby Anderson, Jets (vs. Browns) I’m going right back to the well here with whomever Browns cornerback Denzel Ward is shadowing. I mentioned ahead of Week 1 that Titans receiver Corey Davis would be in for a tough day, and he was held to zero catches by Ward. This week, it's Anderson who's going to be in trouble, much like he was when being covered by Bills quarterback Tre’Davious White last week. Jets quarterback Sam Darnold will continue to focus his targets on running back Le’Veon Bell and receiver Jamison Crowder as he looks to stay away from Ward. If Anderson is going to produce this week, it will be off a big play. I don't believe he sees volume, so he’s a boom-or-bust option. For that reason, I’m staying away.  

Tight end

START – Darren Waller, Raiders (vs. Chiefs) We heard the buzz all offseason about Raiders coach Jon Gruden loving Waller and how he had been flashing throughout camp. All the rumors were true. Waller was the only Raiders skill position player to be on the field for every offensive snap Monday, and he racked up seven receptions for 70 yards on eight targets. Now he'll face the Chiefs, a team that’s notoriously bad at stopping tight ends. Couple that with the fact the Raiders will be throwing a lot to keep pace, and that makes Waller a must-start.

SIT – Eric Ebron, Colts (at Titans) Anyone who's been recommending you fade Ebron this year has pointed to snaps played while fellow tight end Jack Doyle is healthy. Week 1 provided more proof to stay away. Ebron played just 40 percent of the snaps compared to Doyle’s 68 percent. Neither tight end saw many targets, and both recorded one reception. The Colts are focused on the strength of their running game and offensive line, which leads to neither tight end being fantasy relevant at the moment. 

Other starts: Matt Ryan (vs. Eagles), Devin Singletary (vs. Giants), Tyrell Williams (vs. Chiefs) and T.J. Hockenson (vs. Chargers).

Other sits: Aaron Rodgers (vs. Vikings), Adrian Peterson (vs. Cowboys), Cortland Sutton (vs. Bears) and Austin Hooper (vs. Eagles).

Jack Thomason is 670 The Score’s fantasy football expert. Follow him on Twitter @jthomason77 and feel free to ask fantasy questions.​