Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em, what should you do with the borderline starters, maybe your flex position, or your 12 team leagues where the WR2 is always a gamble. We’ll run through a few players that you should start if you are thinking of picking them up, or if you already have them. And we’ll be looking at who should be on your bench this week. We’ll avoid the obvious start players like, Hill, McCaffrey etc.
Start ‘Em – Mike Williams – LA Chargers – WR
Targeted the same amount as Keenan Allen on Sunday vs Washington Football Team (WFT), with 12 targets, 8 of those becoming receptions. Mike Williams is a great fantasy option this week, playing against a Cowboys defence that gave up 379 yards in the air week 1. While Keenan Allen will be getting all the attention off the defence, Williams will be picking up catches and hopefully a touchdown or two. Williams had 82 receiving yards and a touchdown to his name vs WFT, with 10.3 yards per reception, which is a great effort. If you’ve got him, start him. If he’s on waivers, pick him up, then start him.
Start ‘Em – Rob Gronkowski – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – TE
Well this for me was surprise of the week, has the fantasy Gronk of old returned? Caught 8 of 9 targets for 90 yards and 2 touchdowns, 29 points for fantasy managers who decided to start him. Gronk for the majority of last season was a blocking TE and was an awful player for fantasy. Considering Gronk had more targets than every Buccs receiver except for Godwin, and only one less reception than him as well, Gronk is now in my eyes a very viable TE for your teams. Even in 8 man leagues, Gronk has now shown that he has starting potential and they have a great match up this week. He will be lined up against a Falcons defence that got dismantled by the Eagles last week. Goedert, the Eagles TE, had 10.5 yards per reception and a touchdown vs Falcons and I can see Gronk surpassing that easily.
Start ‘Em – Ja’Marr Chase – Cincinnati Bengals – WR
His first game in the NFL went exactly how he would’ve hoped. After the rumour that he found the NFL ball harder to catch than the College ball, many were sceptical about how good Chase could be after a season out before playing in the NFL. 5 receptions, 101 yards and a touchdown was definitely more than what the majority of people think he’d manage. Next up he’s got the Bears who gave up 321 yards and 3 touchdowns vs the Rams. Burrows looked great Sunday and I can easily see Chase eclipsing his week 1 stats and get 25 points for your fantasy teams.
Sit ‘Em – Deebo Samuel – San Francisco 49ers – WR
After having an absolutely monster week 1, scoring 30.90 fantasy points by racking up 189 yards and a touchdown off 9 receptions is very impressive. Unfortunately for Samuel, I can’t see his week 1 heroics carrying over to week 2 vs the Eagles. The Eagles defence looked solid against what is a below average Falcons team, but you can only play what is put in front of you. As well as facing a tougher defence in week 2, as it currently stands, Brandon Aiyuk is fit and will feature, taking away probably half if not more of the targets away from Deebo. He may be a good option to look to trade away after he’s peaked in week 1.
Sit ‘Em – Jalen Hurts – Philadelphia Eagles – QB
Great first game of the season vs the Falcons for Jalen Hurts, who has a lot of bad press questioning if he’s good enough to lead a franchise. He was 27-for-35, 264 yards and 3 touchdowns, with a passer rating of 126.4. Hurts definitely shut up the critics in great fashion, but I can’t see him doing that vs the 49ers. The 49ers had a bit of a stinker vs the Lions but I feel like they got too comfortable after being 41-17 up with 8 minutes left. Kyle Shanahan will not be happy with how the defence just let Goff and the Lions feast at the end of the game. I really like Hurts as a fantasy option this year, but he’s going to be sitting on my bench for week 2.
Sit ‘Em – Saquon Barkley – New York Giants – RB
Saquon Barkley is a weird one. Easily a top 5 RB when he’s fit, but at the moment he looks off the pace. 10 rush attempts for 26 yards vs the Broncos is shocking. It’s evident that Barkley still isn’t back to full fitness, but he could explode in any game he’s in. The reason why it’s not worth gambling on him this week is simple, they’re playing WFT. Austin Ekeler and the rest of the Chargers running backs only managed 90 yards all game against a stacked Washington defence. The correct decision this week is simply to bench Saquon, and if by some miracle he scores more than 15, then you are very unlucky.