Hi, it’s Aaron Truesdale and I’m back and ready to give you the fantasy advice you need for the upcoming NFL season. Also, I answer any fantasy questions you may have every Thursday morning through Sunday on Facebook under various fantasy football groups. Be sure to follow me on Twitter.
Now, let me tell you a little bit about my start/sit column. Each week I will be giving my top 3 starts & my top 3 sits at each position. There will be a start & sit of the week at each position with projections. My column will not include the automatic starters. Automatic starters are guys you don’t bench unless they’re injured or on a bye week. I am going to give 2 examples of automatic starters at each position. QB: Josh Allen & Patrick Mahomes, RB: Christian McCaffery & Dalvin Cook, WR: Tyreke Hill & Stefon Diggs, TE: Travis Kelce & George Kittle, K: Justin Tucker & Harrison Butker. For defenses, Pittsburgh Steelers & Los Angeles Rams. Now, I’ve added a twist to my article that will mention a sleeper of the week at each position who did not make my top 3 starters list. Also, a player that is most likely on the waiver wire that you can stream if you’re in a jam at a position. Let’s get started with Week 2.
Tom Brady vs. ATL
Projection: 26/32 | 335 YDS | 4 TD
Brady is back again as my start of the week. Last week he didn’t disappoint and this week he will be even better with those weapons against a disastrous Falcons defense = another successful fantasy week for Mr. Brady.
Matthew Stafford vs. IND
Stafford didn’t disappoint last week. He looked like the MVP quarterback that everyone thought he was when he was on a bad Lions team. Now with the Rams, you finally get to see how good Stafford is. This week, Stafford will have another great fantasy football week against the Colts. He’s going to be hard to stop with the weapons he has in Los Angeles.
Baker Mayfield vs. HOU
Mayfield had decent fantasy football showing in week 1. Week 2 Mayfield will come out with a bang and will just decimate the Texan’s defense. Start him with confidence in all fantasy football formats.
Jalen Hurts vs. SF
Hurts came out in week 1 and made a huge statement. This week though the Eagle will fall back down to Earth against a tough 49ers defense. Also, I believe Hurts is a franchise quarterback and is a QB1 in fantasy football this season. Hurts is just going to have a bad week.
Projection: 18/29 | 228 YDS | 1 TD | 3 INT | 1 FL
Matt Ryan vs. TB
Ryan was missing Julio Jones and that without a doubt showed in week 1. So please don’t start Matty Ice this week or any other week until you see another weapon emerge besides Pitts and Ridley. He now faces a strong Buccaneers defense. Ryan as of right now is droppable in fantasy football leagues.
Derek Carr vs. PIT
An impressive performance by Carr against a tough Ravens defense. This week it doesn’t get any easier for Carr as he now faces a Steelers defense that held Josh Allen in check last week. The Steelers have a better pass rush than the Ravens do which could send Carr running for his life for most of the game. So I would stay away from Carr this week but he should be a decent fantasy quarterback option this season.
Mac Jones vs. NYJ
If you are looking for a matchup quarterback for week 2 I would go with Big Mac. Yes I know he is a rookie but he has a mouth-watering matchup against a bad Jets defense. So if you play matchups or just need a quarterback this week Big Mac is your guy.
Kareem Hunt vs. HOU
Projection: 8 CAR | 45 YD | 1 TD | 6 REC | 55 YDS | 1 TD
Hunt is always underestimated in fantasy football due to him and Chubb sharing the backfield but the funny things that nobody seems to notice are that they both put up great fantasy football numbers each week. This week Chubb and Hunt will dominate against that bad Texans defense. So in my opinion, both Chubb & Hunt should both be treated as running back ones in fantasy football this season. So start Hunt and don’t even hesitate.
Chris Carson vs. TEN
Carson is the bell cow of the Seahawks offense. Carson will be leaned on in this game due to the decent Titans pass rush. Expect at least a couple of touchdowns at least from Carson this week.
David Montgomery vs. CIN
Montgomery picked up where he left off last season. He had a great showing against a tough Rams defense. This week he gets a less than stellar Bengals defense. Montgomery is a must-start this week. Also, I believe he could be a top 5 fantasy running back.
Saquon Barkley vs. WAS
Projection: 13 CAR | 42 YDS | 4 REC | 21 YDS | 1 FL
Barkley had a less than impressive debut this season. This week won’t be any better against a stout Washington defense. As long as he is on a snap count he won’t be fantasy-relevant. My advice is to trade Barkley while he still has good value because I believe Barkley will be nothing more than an RB3 or RB4 this season.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire vs. BAL
The Chiefs are more a passing team and that already hurts Helaire in fantasy football. Until he is more involved in the passing game it will continue to hurt him. Now you throw in a great Ravens defense and that just spells disaster for Helaire in week 2.
Jonathan Taylor vs. LAR
Taylor had an excellent week 1 in fantasy football. This week though will be a whole different story for Taylor against that excellent Rams defense. Taylor is a sit this week if you have a reliable replacement for him.
A.J. Dillon vs. DET
If you are struggling at the RB this season and you need a good matchup I would suggest going with Dillon against that horrid Lions defense. I know Jones is in front of him but Dillon will see enough snaps to be a sleeper this week.
Diontae Johnson vs. LV
Projection: 12 REC | 130 YDS | 2 TD
Johnson is the clear-cut #1 receiver for Big Ben and that will continue throughout the whole season. He will have a big week this week against a suspect Raider defense. Johnson should be considered a fantasy football WR1 as long as he stays healthy. Start with confidence this season.
Antonio Brown vs. ATL
Brown is becoming Brady’s #1 receiver in Tampa Bay. He will quickly become a must-start fantasy football wide receiver. This week he is going against the Falcon’s trashy defense. Expect another huge day from Brown. He will be boomin.
Keenan Allen vs. DAL
Allen had a tough matchup last week against Washington. This week he is facing a slightly improved but is still terrible Cowboys defense. Allen will go off this week and show why he is a top fantasy receiver.
Corey Davis vs. NE
Projection: 5 REC | 28 YDS
Davis had a pretty decent debut for the Jets. This week he should be avoided because Belichek is known to shut down rookie quarterbacks. He will just that to Wilson which means bad fantasy football numbers this week for Davis.
Marvin Jones Jr. vs. DEN
Jones had a good debut with his new team as well. He also has a rookie quarterback in Lawrence which will face a Denver pass rush that is an absolute beast to deal with. Therefore Lawrence will not have much time to throw the ball and he will be running for his life in this game to get away from that pass rush. This means Jones’s fantasy football numbers will be nonexistent as well.
Kenny Golladay vs. WAS
Golladay didn’t have the debut he was looking for with his new team. This week he gets that stout Washington defense that plays with much physically and we all know how fragile Golladay can be so there is a chance he will get injured sometime in this game. If he doesn’t get injured he will still have a bad day due to that Washington being so tough. My advice avoid Golladay this season in fantasy football he is droppable in my book. Shepherd is the Giants wide receiver to own.
KJ Hamler vs. JAX
Jeudys injury opens the door for Hamler. So if you’re looking for a sneaky pickup Hamler is your guy because with Jeudys injury he could become a WR3 in fantasy football. Also, he has a great matchup this week against that horrid Jaguars defense.
Rob Gronkowski vs. ATL
Projection: 6 REC | 85 YDS | 2 TD
Once again Gronk is my tight end start of the week that shouldn’t be a surprise with the matchup against the horrible Falcons defense. Also, there is the Brady to Gronk connection that you can always count on as a fantasy football owner.
Noah Fant vs. JAX
Fant is in line for a few more targets with Jeudy getting injured. Fant will take full advantage of those targets. That will start in a big way this week against that terrible Jaguars defense.
Cole Kmet vs. CIN
Kmet seemed to be one of Dalton’s main targets against the Rams. He should see more and more targets as the season progresses. This week he gets a bad Bengals defense which should translate into a big fantasy football day for Kmet.
Dallas Goedert vs. SF
Projection: 6 REC | 32 YDS
Goedert had a big fantasy day last week. This week it won’t be so good against a rock-solid 49ers defense. Hurts will struggle against this defense and with those struggles will come a terrible fantasy football day for Goedert. I would steer clear from Goedert this week.
Mike Gesicki vs. BUF
Gesicki posted a big goose egg in week 1 for fantasy football owners. Which I am sure upset a lot of owners last week. Gesicki doesn’t seem to be a guy Tua looks for in the passing game. That will be no different this week. So drop him there are far better fantasy football tight ends on the waiver wire than Gesicki. Owning him this year will just make you sick.
Juwan Johnson vs. CAR
Johnson’s fantasy football day came out of nowhere. That many people saw that coming. This week though he will disappoint because the Carolina defense is decent. I’m also afraid that he is Winston’s flavor of the week. So I believe it is going to be hard to know which Saints receiver or tight end to own from week to week because Winston will have a new flavor every week. I don’t believe Johnson will be the flavor for this week. Advice the only people you should own in fantasy football that are on the Saints is Winston or Kamara. Everybody else is a coin flip on who is going to put up fantasy numbers from week to week.
Dawson Knox vs. MIA
If you need a sleeper this week at the tight end I would go with Knox he seems to be getting decent targets from Allen. So if you want a sneaky play for this week or just for matchup purposes at the tight end go with Knox you won’t be disappointed.
For Kickers and Defense. I’m only going to give a projection and an Explanation for the starts/sits of the week. The rest of the top 3 will just be listed with no explanation.
Tyler Bass vs. MIA
Projection: 3 XP | 3 FGS
Bass is in for a big day this week because the Bills will bounce back in a big way from last week’s loss to the Steelers. It all won’t be touchdowns for the Bills because Miami’s defense is good enough to force a few field goals which will help Bass fantasy football day.
Matt Prater vs. MIN
Matt Gay vs. IND
Greg Zuerlein vs. LAC
Projection: 6 XP | 2 MGS | 1 MXP
Zuerlein wasn’t too accurate last week and that will be the same story this week. Plus the Cowboys will be scoring lots of touchdowns. Which will keep his fantasy numbers down. Then you factor in the misses and it will be a gloomy day for Zuerlein’s fantasy football value.
Rodrigo Blankenship vs. LAR
Jason Sanders vs. BUF
Chris Boswell vs. LV
If you want to play matchups at kicker. I would go with Boswell he is one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL. Plus with this good matchup against the Raiders, he is in line for a good fantasy football day.
New England vs. New York Jets
Projection: 3 PTS | 230 YDS | 4 SKS | 3 INT | 1 FF | 1 FR | 1 TD
A rookie quarterback versus Bill Belichek defense isn’t even a fair matchup. The Jets offense is going to be in for a long day Sunday. The Patriot’s defense is drooling over this week’s matchup against a very young Jets offense. Patriots defense should be started without a second thought.
Buffalo vs. Miami
Cleveland vs. Houston
Indianapolis vs. Los Angeles Rams
Projection: 38 PTS | 450 YDS | 1 SK | 1 FF | 1 FR
The Colt’s defense is in for a long day against Matthew Stafford and the Rams. Stafford has too much in his arsenal for the Colts defense to handle. So just ignore the Colts’ defense this weekend because the Rams’ offense will light them up.
Miami vs. Buffalo
Baltimore vs. Kansas City
Arizona vs. Minnesota
Arizona’s defense looked amazing last week against the Titans. This week it will be more of the same versus the Vikings. If you are one of those owners that like to play matchups each week I would pick up the Cardinals defense. They could turn into one of those defenses that you start every week in fantasy football. As for now if you want a sleeper or a sneaky play in fantasy football this week the jump on the Arizona Cardinals defense.
I had a lot of fun writing this and I hope all of my week 2 start/sit advice helps everyone. I’ll be back next week with more fantasy start/sit advice.