Who should I start and who should I sit? Fantasy football roster advice to help answer your toughest lineup decisions each week.
Week 2 Start ’em, Sit ’Em
Derek Carr, QB/OAK vs. NYJ: Carr is red hot on fire since about midway through last season and he’ll likely pick apart a terrible Jets defense this week.
Jameis Winston, QB/TB vs. CHI: The Bucs have had about a week and a half to prepare for the Bears ever since they found out their Week 1 game would be postponed. Given that time, Winston ought to have success this week.
Marshawn Lynch, RB/OAK vs. NYJ: Lynch had a decent outing in his first game back to football, but things could really open up for him with the woeful Jets making a cross-country trip.
Lamar Miller, RB/HOU at CIN: Thursday games -- Week 1 notwithstanding -- are generally duds and are about ball control offense. Rookie Deshaun Watson is expected to start so Miller could be his safety valve.
Larry Fitzgerald, WR/ARI at IND: The Colts look like they’re heading for the first-overall pick if Andrew Luck doesn’t hurry back to the lineup. That extends to the defensive side of the ball, too, where Fitz should find plenty of holes.
Cooper Kupp, WR/LAR vs. WAS: Sammy Watkins could very well draw Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, meaning Kupp might be the preferred target again this week.
Cameron Brate, TE/TB vs. CHI: The Bears were picked apart by Falcons TE Austin Hooper in Week 1 -- although broken coverage was part of the issue. Still, Brate could see plenty of work over the middle.
Coby Fleener, TE/NO vs. NE: The Saints and Patriots looks like it could be a big shootout and Fleener could benefit from that.
Marcus Mariota, QB/TEN at JAX: The Jaguars have quietly been building a fairly solid defense the past few years with all those high draft picks and they looked pretty solid in Game 1. Mariota and the Titans might resort to more a ground game.
Sam Bradford, QB/MIN at PIT: Count me among those who question whether Bradford’s Week 1 performance was a mirage. Against a tougher Steelers defense, I think he comes back down to earth.
Paul Perkins, RB/NYG vs. DET: Perkins remains on my “hands off” list until he shows he can shoulder an NFL load. I think the Giants will find better success through the air than on the ground this week.
Jacquizz Rodgers, RB/TB vs. CHI: Rodgers, who once played for the Bears, is a hot waiver pickup who is being “borrowed” for the first month of the season, but the Bears actually have a pretty stout run defense, holding the Falcons’ explosive run game to just 2.8 yards per carry.
A.J. Green, WR/CIN vs. HOU: It’s difficult to think about benching a player of Green’s caliber, but Andy Dalton looked awful last week and the Texans are too good a defense not to rebound from their Week 1 outing.
Alshon Jeffery, WR/PHI at KC: Similar to Green, you might not have much better on your roster than Jeffery, but the Chiefs are a formidable defense and it could be rough sledding for Jeffery.
Jesse James, TE/PIT vs. MIN: James lit up the score sheet in Week 1 and became the hot waiver wire pickup, but the Vikings should give him a tougher battle this week.
O.J. Howard, TE/TB vs. CHI: The rookie has a favorable matchup against the Bears, but his role is very cloudy at the moment. Cameron Brate will likely get the pass routes while Howard’s early role could be relegated to blocking.