Matthew Stafford @ARI
Stafford bounced back from his poor Week 1 showing with a nice box score for Week 2 against the Falcons DST. Next up is a nice matchup against a poor Cardinals defense that has allowed good fantasy performances from both Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr. Start Stafford with confidence this week.
Kirk Cousins v DET
Cousins didn’t perform well against the Eagles, but both him and the Vikings offense should be able to take a step forward against the Lions. The Lions have allowed alot of QBs to move the ball on them so far this season, so this is a get right for the Vikings.
Joe Burrow @NYJ
Lets put it out there- the start to season isn’t what the Bengals will have hoped for at the start of the season. Week 1, he struggled with turnovers. In Week 2, it was a struggle to get much moving on offense. The good news is that he now faces a Jets defense that has struggled to bring pressure to QBs.
Russell Wilson v SF
The Wilson addition isn’t quite going to plan. He hasn’t used his legs at all (practically) and has struggled to complete passes to his new receivers. A matchup against the 49ers defense isn’t really the one to get back on track, even if it is at home.
Tua Tagovailoa v BUF
There is no denying that Tua had a huge game last week, and there are going to be owners who have moved over to him from Trey Lance. But, this isn’t the game. The Bills defense is mean and has forced multiple turnovers. Sure, Tua could get through this ok but I wouldn’t risk it unless I had to.
David Montgomery v HOU
Montgomery put the poor weather behind him from Week 1 against the Packers, as he went for 122 yards on the ground. The Bears offense is massively skewed to the run, and the Texans defense has continued their struggles against the run this season. Montgomery is, at the moment, the only Bear that you can start.
James Robinson @LAC
Robinson has just stepped back into the workhorse role in the offense after suffering a torn Achilles last season. The Jaguars offense isn’t the best in the league, but the Chargers defense has struggled to stop RB production this season, but an improvement on their league worst defense last season. You can start Robinson as an RB2 with confidence.
Rhamondre Stevenson @PIT
Right. There is a saying about being fooled a number of times, and it definitely applies to me and Stevenson. But, the signs are there that he is going to be involved in the offense. In Week 2 he was on the field for more snaps than Damien Harris. At some point that has to translate to fantasy points.
Chase Edmonds v BUF
Edmonds came into the season with alot of hype around him. But, during the entertaining game with the Ravens, he struggled to get out on the field. Instead, he split with Raheem Mostert. In a likely tough game against the Bills, and a timeshare, Edmonds is only worth playing in deep leagues.
Rashaad Penny v ATL
The Seattle backfield has become the tangled mess that I predicted to start the season, it just happened earlier than expected. In Week 2 all three of Penny, Travis Homer and Kenneth Walker played a role. If you have a better option, I’d play it. You might strike lucky if Penny falls into the endzone, but you can’t rely on it.
Garrett Wilson v CIN
It’s a crazy thing to think that Wilson has started the season so well, considering it’s Joe Flacco throwing him the ball. The Bengals offense (surely) have to score points in this one. Which should mean plenty of opportunities for Wilson. With his involvement in the redzone too, he almost a must-start.
Curtis Samuel v PHI
Samuel is showing why the Panthers drafted him originally. He is being used as a gadget player in the offense, as a player close to the line ready to break a tackle and make gains downfield. Samuel currently leads the team in targets and receptions, and should continue to be a matchup nightmare.
Tyler Lockett v ATL
This Seattle offense is not the best in the league with their new starting QB. The thing is, for WRs at least, this matchup is great. The Falcons were sliced by the Saints in Week 1 before getting torched by the Rams. Lockett leads the team in all receiving stats- with the exception of TDs. That is set to change in this matchup
Darnell Mooney v HOU
As mentioned with the start of David Montgomery, the only Bears offensive player you can start right now is the RB. Sure, Week 1 can be put to one side as the weather had a huge impact. But, in Week 2, he only had two targets. That just isn’t going to work.
Adam Thielen v DET
Thielen isn’t getting the TDs that he used to in the offense. That has really hit his fantasy value, especially with his target share. He currently has half of the targets of lead receiver Justin Jefferson, and only one more than TE Irv Smith. Thielen isn’t the force that he used to be, if you have a better option- use it.
Gerald Everett v JAX
Everett is really establishing himself as a solid receiver in the Chargers offense. Infact, this past week he led the team in targets. Yes, that was when the team were without Keenan Allen, but he is questionable for his week too, with his hamstring injury. He is becoming a must-start TE, especially with the positional landscape.
Evan Engram @LAC
Engram was a player that I was intrigued by during the offseason. The offense in Jacksonville doesn’t have any top tier talent, and Engram has performed well historically with opportunity. The game script is likely to mean plenty of pass attempts, and Engram has established himself in the offense ahead of Marvin Jones and Travis Etienne as pass catchers.
Cole Kmet v HOU
I’ll say it again. You can’t start any Chicago Bear that isn’t David Montgomery at the moment. The offense has hardly any targets in it, with the team running the ball on nearly 60% of their offensive attempts. This breakout season isn’t coming for the forseeable future.
Albert Okwuegbunam v SF
Another TE that had hype during the offseason was Albert O. This offense isn’t gelling at the moment. A tough matchup against the 49ers is not going to be the game to get the TE back on track. There are plenty of better options this week.
Dallas Cowboys @NYG
The Cowboys defense has again found a way to put pressure on the QB. The Giants offensive line hasn’t made the step forward that would have been hoped for. Fantasy football doesn’t always need to be hard.
Houston Texans @CHI
I couldn’t really choose between a few defenses, so I thought I’d go for a left-field option. Especially in DFS I think the Texans are a decent option. The Bears offense isn’t good and is slow paced. That combination should mean that the Texans offense can be effective in this matchup.
Indianapolis Colts v KC
At the draft, I was all about trying to get the Colts DST. A late bye week, talented roster, and what should have been an easy opening schedule. Then you had a decision against the Chiefs. But, that hasn’t been the case. The Colts have struggled to start the seaosn, and now face a Chiefs defense that has been smashing DSTs this season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers v GB
Tampa can be played if you can’t find a better streaming option, it’s more a pump-the-breaks. Last week they destroyed the Saints, as Jameis Winston returned to his early version, turning the ball over several times. This week, he is coming up against Aaron Rodgers. The Packers offense isn’t firing, but Rodgers is able to protect the ball and limit turnovers.
Ryan Succop v GB
Succop has been a great kicker in real-life for years. He just hasn’t had the opportunity to kick FGs. This season though, the offense has struggled a little to start the season. Against a tough Packers defense, Succop could see plenty of opportunities at FGs again.
Wil Lutz @CAR
Lutz is set to go up against the Panthers, who allowed the Giants to get downfield plenty of times before they stalled their drives. That led to a fantastic performance for Graham Gano last week. Then there were the week 1 heroics of Cade York. The Panthers defense seem like a perfect combination for kickers.
Brandon McManus v SF
The Denver offense isn’t quite there at the moment. The receivers and QB aren’t linking up, and that’s leading to a lot of stalled drives. Now, they are about to go up against one of the best defenses in the league. Even at home, where the air is thin, McManus is a sit.