Week 2 NFL fantasy football matchups

By Jesse Bonello

The Bengals and Texans opened up this week in a game that lacked offense. The Texans won 13-9 and the Bengals have yet to score a touchdown this season, but there’s no need to worry, this week won’t be short of good storylines.

 

Quarterbacks

Start:

Russell Wilson vs 49ers

Wilson threw just 158 yards in last week’s loss against the Packers, but he should bounce back this week when he faces San Fransisco. The 49ers allowed 30 touchdown passes last year, and opposing quarterbacks had an average rating of 96.9.

Derek Carr vs Jets

Derek Carr threw for over 250 yards, two touchdowns and had a QB rating of 114.3 last week against the Titans. He’ll likely add to those impressive numbers when he goes against a Jets defense that allowed the third-highest QB rating per game last year (98.5). Tyrod Taylor was able to muster up 18 fantasy points against the Jets last week.

Also, it’s important to note that Tampa Bay opens up their season against the Bears this week, which is exciting for Buccaneers fantasy owners. Jameis Winston is a must-start.

Sit:

Carson Wentz vs Chiefs

Carson Wentz had a nice outing last week against Washington, throwing for over 300 yards and two touchdowns, but this week he’ll have a tough test against the Chiefs defense. This is a defense that limited Brady’s production quite nicely in week one and could give Wentz a hard time, even without star safety Eric Berry. The Eagles offense was very one-dimensional against the Redskins, which makes this matchup even more favourable for the Chiefs.

Tyrod Taylor vs Panthers

Tyrod Taylor had a pretty good outing last throwing over 220 yards and two touchdowns, but it was against the Jets. The Panthers will definitely be a much tougher task for Taylor and the Bills. Carolina is coming in as a confident group after a dominant 23-3 win of the 49ers last week. The Panthers had the second most sacks, with 47, and intercepted quarterbacks 17 times last year.

Other quarterbacks that might struggle this week: DeShone Kizer vs Ravens, Dak Prescott vs Broncos and Blake Bortles vs Titans.

 

Running Backs

Start:

Marshawn Lynch vs Jets

Lynch looked like he never retired as he rushed for over 75 yards against the Titans in week one. The most important thing for fantasy owners is that he had almost 20 carries and should see even more against the Jets, who allowed almost 200 rushing yards against the Bills last week. Beast mode should feast on a weak rushing defense this week. Ty

Montgomery vs Falcons

Montgomery had just under 100 total yards and a touchdown against the Seahawks last week. The former wide receiver should have another solid outing against the Falcons, who really struggled to contain Chicago’s running backs last week. The Bears running backs combined for over 175 total yards against the Falcons, which is quite favourable for Montgomery.

Other running backs that could see high production this week are Todd Gurley vs Redskins and James White vs Saints.

Sit:

Adrian Peterson vs Patriots

Peterson was a total dud in his New Orleans debut with just six carries and 18 yards rushing. The Saints have three running backs that they’re trying to use, and it’s too risky to start Peterson in fantasy football until his role, and production, is more defined with his new team.

Paul Perkins vs Lions

Usually when someone has similar stats with Adrian Peterson it’s a really good thing, but last week was definitely not the case. Perkins rushed for 16 yards on seven carries against the Cowboys last week. This week, Perkins faces off against a Lions defense that allowed the second-fewest rushing touchdowns in the NFL last season. Perkins shouldn’t be in starting lineups until the Giants offense shows that they can productively move the football.

 

Wide Receivers

Start:

Tyreek Hill vs Eagles

Hill scorched the Patriots last week with seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown. He should continue to put up good numbers when he takes on an Eagles defense that allowed over 12 yards per reception last season. Hill averaged 19 yards per reception last week, including a 75 yard touchdown.

Brandin Cooks vs Saints

Cooks will face his former team in week 2 in a game where the Patriots offense will look for a bounce-back performance. The Saints allowed the sixth-most yards per reception last year, and they allowed the second-most receiving yards per game last year (287.1).

Another bounce-back performance to watch for is Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals offense. They’re coming off of a turnover-riddled loss to Detroit last week, but they have a favourable match up against the Colts this week. David Johnson’s injury should lead to more touches for Fitzgerald.

Sit:

Jordan Matthews vs Panthers

Matthews had 61 yards receiving on just two receptions against the Jets last week. His saving grace last week was a 47 yard reception that boosted his yardage, but Matthews and the Bills offense have a difficult task ahead of them when they take on the Panthers defense. Matthews should be on fantasy benches this week.

T.Y. Hilton vs Cardinals

Hilton had just 57 receiving yards and three receptions against the Rams last week, and he’s facing off against a tough Arizona secondary this week. Between his matchup with Patrick Peterson and having Jacoby Brissett as his starting quarterback, there’s lot’s of risk and little reward with Hilton this week.

Another tough match up is Dez Bryant vs the Broncos defense. The Giants held Bryant to just 43 yards and two receptions last week, and Bryant could see similar numbers against Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

 

Tight Ends

Start:

Austin Hooper vs Packers

Hooper only had two receptions last week against the Bears, but he made the absolutely most out of them, gaining 128 yards including an 88 yard touchdown. Hooper should get more targets this week against the Packers in a game that could easily turn into a barn-burner.

Jimmy Graham vs 49ers

Jimmy Graham, and the Seahawks offense, didn’t do much last week. Graham had three receptions and just eight yards recieving, but the Seahawks only had 158 yards passing. Expect Graham to have a much better outing in a more favourable match up against the 49ers.

Sit:

Jason Witten vs Broncos

Witten looked good in week one putting up 59 yards and a touchdown with seven receptions. This week, the Cowboys face off against a tough Broncos defense. The Broncos were the number one passing defense just a year ago, so it’s a risky matchup for Witten this week.

Jack Doyle vs Cardinals

Doyle had just 41 yards on two receptions against the Rams last week, and his production probably won’t improve this week. Jacoby Brissett gets his first start with the Colts against a solid Cardinals secondary, so don’t expect a huge rise in offensive productivity.

 

Defenses

Start:

Ravens D vs Browns

Baltimore’s defense looked impressive against the Bengals last week, intercepting Andy Dalton four times. They have a favourable match up this week against the Browns. This is a Ravens defense that allowed the ninth-fewest passing yards last season, and they’re matching up favourably against a rookie quarterback and a young receiving core.

Cardinals D vs Colts

The Cardinals are looking to rebound from a disappointing week one loss against the Lions. They match up against a struggling Colts offense, and they hope to ruin Jacoby Brissett’s debut. The Colts offense looked terrible last week, and the Cardinals allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards last season.

Raiders D vs Jets

Oakland did a good job of containing the Titans’ offense in week one. The Raiders held last seasons third-best rushing offense to less then 100 yards last week, and they’ll have a much easier match up this week when they take on the Jets. The Raiders defense should feast on the Jets offense.

Another defense that is a must-start is Seattle’s vs 49ers. San Fransisco was held to just three points last week, and it doesn’t look like it’ll get much better for them this week against the Seahawks. Seahawks defense shouldn’t have a problem against the 49ers.

Sit:

Patriots D vs Saints

The Patriots struggled against Kansas City’s passing game last week, and it’ll only get tougher this week. They take on the Saints, who had the number one total and passing offense last season. New Englands saving grace this week is that Tom Brady is facing last years worst passing defense. This game has shootout written all over it, which is why the Pats defense should be left on the bench.

Vikings D vs Steelers

Minnesota has a solid defense, and they proved that last week. This week, they go against a Steelers offense that is loaded with weapons. The Steelers might not necessarily dominate the Vikings, but they should score more than an average offense usually would against Minnesota.

 

Kickers

Start:

Phil Dawson vs Colts

The Cardinals shouldn’t have a problem winning battles for field position this week against a weak Colts team, which is favourable for Phil Dawson. The Colts allowed Greg Zuerlein to score 16 fantasy points last week.

Dan Bailey vs Denver

The Denver altitude is always an advantage for kickers, but it’s not like Bailey needs it. Bailey was 100 per cent from 20-40 yards out last season. The Cowboys might not get in to the end zone as much this week, but that just gives Bailey more field goal opportunities.

Sit:

Adam Vinatieri vs Cardinals

The Colts offensive struggles will probably continue, which isn’t good for Vinatieri. He won’t have many opportunities to score points, so it might be better to check the waiver wire.

Chandler Catanzaro vs Raiders

Similar to Vinatieri, Chandler Catanzaro probably won’t see many opportunities this week against the Raiders. It’s hard to picture the Jets scoring many points this week against Oakland after being held to just 12 points against Buffalo last week.

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