Week 2 QB/RB Starts & Sits

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    Week 2 QB Starts

    START OF THE WEEK: Matthew Stafford (vs ATL) – It was an ugly 2nd Half for the Defending Champions, being outscored 21-0 by the Bills in the season opener on Thursday. The Rams will certainly benefit from the long week and the home matchup with a Falcons team that finished in the bottom third in 2021 by most defensive metrics. Stafford will look to get Allen Robinson and Cam Akers more involved after their disappearing acts in Week 1, and is in a great bounce-back spot.

    Jameis Winston (vs TB) – Winston is back on the start list after finishing as the QB7 with 22 points in Week 1. Despite being in his 3rd year with the Saints, I’m still promoting the revenge game narrative here, because you know Jameis has this one circled after spending his first 5 seasons in Tampa. Winston was on an absolute tear rallying against the Falcons late in their comeback win, going 13-14 for 212 yards and 2 TDs in the 4th Quarter. Dial him up again in the home opener.

    More Starts: Aaron Rodgers (vs CHI), Carson Wentz (@DET)

    Week 2 RB Starts

    START OF THE WEEK: AJ Dillon (vs CHI) – The Packers employed a fairly even split at RB with a slight advantage to Aaron Jones in Week 1, as the duo was also utilized on-field together. But Dillon out-touched Jones 15-8, which included twice the number of carries and the bulk of the goal line work. If Dillon wasn’t rejected on 4th and goal from the 1, he’d be an even bigger storyline heading into Week 2. I’m bullish on Dillon in front of the Lambeau faithful on Sunday night.

    Leonard Fournette (@NO) – Fournette’s 14 points last week was not indicative of his impact on the game, as he would have vaulted to a Top 5 RB finish if he found the endzone. Fournette was a force on the ground, rumbling for 127 yards, his highest single-game rushing total since 2019. Gameflow also played a big role in his lack of receiving targets, given that the Bucs lead the Cowboys the entire game, which should be a different story on Sunday in New Orleans.

    Kareem Hunt (vs NYJ) – Hunt reached the endzone on the ground and through the air in Week 1, and actually outsnapped Nick Chubb 45-43. The Browns gameplan might be the most run-heavy in the NFL, as they seek to grind out wins with a physical ground game and tough defense. Hunt is in a smash spot here against the Jets who were not competitive against the Ravens last week.

    More Starts: Josh Jacobs (vs ARI), Darrell Henderson Jr (vs ATL), Jeff Wilson Jr (vs SEA)

    Week 2 QB Sits

    SIT OF THE WEEK: Justin Fields (@GB) – Fresh off the Week 1 monsoon game in Chicago where the Bears pulled away from the Niners with a 2nd Half rally, Fields faces a Packers defense that was largely embarrassed against the Vikings a week ago. While you pretty much have to dismiss Fields’ last stat line as an outlier, I’m expecting struggles against a Green Bay team that looks to bounce back, after faceplanting in all phases of the game in Week 1.

    Tom Brady (@NO) – You should still roll with TB12 if you don’t have better options (talking to myself here), but his offensive line is missing some projected starters which has forced Brady to get the ball out even quicker than usual. The Bucs WR room is also riddled with soft-tissue injuries, as Chris Godwin is out, and Mike Evans, Julio Jones and Russell Gage are all questionable at the moment. Keep an eye on the Sunday inactives for a better sense of Brady’s upside this week.

    More Sits: Trey Lance (vs SEA), Baker Mayfield (@NYG)

    Week 2 RB Sits

    SIT OF THE WEEK: Ezekiel Elliott (vs CIN) – Zeke delivered a dud against the Bucs on SNF, and things don’t get much easier for him in Week 2 in Cincinnati with Cooper Rush at the helm. It’s hard to bench Elliott given the draft capital it took to acquire him, but it’s reasonable to be reluctant to start him. I’d favor some lower ranked options like James Robinson or Jeff Wilson Jr over Zeke, until we see what the Cowboys offense without Dak Prescott and Michael Gallup looks like.

    Rhamondre Stevenson (@PIT) – The Patriots and Panthers were the only teams to use just 2 personnel options on offense in Week 1, and the lack of creativity lead to a ton of scrutiny over the undistinguishable roles of Matt Patricia and Joe Judge. Stevenson seemed to provide a spark with each touch, especially as a receiver, but he played just 14 offensive snaps. I’d assume he’d be more involved in Week 2, but with the Patriots you never know.

    Cam Akers (vs ATL) – Akers delivered a frustrating bagel to fantasy owners in the season opener, and was on the field for just 12 snaps. Darrell Henderson was underwhelming with the bulk of touches, but this backfield split remains a major questionmark. Similar to Stevenson, I’d be inclined to wait-and-see here if you have any other viable options to plug-in.

    More Sits: Kenneth Gainwell (vs MIN), Breece Hall (@CLE), Dameon Pierce (@DEN)

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