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Week 2: Start/Sit

Remember to play your studs... unless that stud has you completely panicked after week one.

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Marcus Mariota, TENN at DET:

If the Titans plan to keep pace with the Lions, Mariota will have to air it out.  Last week, against the Lions, Andrew Luck posted 385 yards and 4 touchdowns, resulting in the highest fantasy score of the week.  While Mariota doesn't quite have Luck's weapons or offensive coaching philosophy; he did throw 41 passes last week while the Titans were playing from behind.

Matthew Stafford, DET vs TENN

Blake Bortles, JAC at SD

Matt Ryan, ATL at OAK

Sit em down:

Kirk Cousins, WSH vs DAL:

The Steeler's defense kept Cousin's passing scheme in front of them last week resulting in zero passing touchdowns allowed and two interceptions.  The pressure is building on Cousins and the Washington offense at home.  This week, against a division rival, I see a close and ugly game without the potential of points.

Philip Rivers, SD vs JAC

Alex Smith, KC at HOU

Carson Wentz, PHI at CHI



Danny Woodhead, SD vs JAC

Leading the Chargers in rushing attempts (16) is plenty of reason to start Woodhead against Jacksonville.  Add in the uptick in receiving opportunity without Keenan Allen, Philip River's trust, three more targets than Antonio Gates and a Jacksonville team that will score; Woodhead is one of the top fantasy backs this week

Ryan Matthews, PHI at CHI

DeAngelo Williams, PITT vs CINN

Jonathan Stewart, CAR vs SF

Devonta Freeman, ATL at OAK

Sit em down:

Todd Gurley, LA vs SEA

I acknowledge Gurley has a higher ceiling than anyone on the sit list, along with the fantasy commandment: start your studs.  However, if I have any type of running back depth I am happy leaving Gurley on the bench for one week early in the season.  Avoid the risk that the Ram's offense currently offers versus a Seahawk's defense with every intention of loading the box.

Matt Jones, WSH vs DAL

Frank Gore, IND at DEN

Carlos Hyde, SF at CAR

Melvin Gordon, SD vs JAC



Tajae Sharpe, TENN at DET:

Sharpe is the clear number one on this team and it's not close.  11 targets in week one and on the field for a majority of the Titans snaps is good news in a game Vegas sees at 47.5 points (6th highest of the week).  The Titans look to have the ability to throw against a Lion's secondary that struggled against the Colts.  Sharpe should not only be owned in all leagues, but in your starting lineup this week.

Emmanuel Sanders, DEN vs IND

Michael Crabtree, OAK vs ATL

Willie Snead, NO at NYG

Sterling Shephard, NYG vs NO

DeSean Jackson, WSH vs DAL

Doug Baldwin, SEA at LA

Marvin Jones, DET vs TENN

Michael Floyd, AZ vs TB

Sit Em:

Demaryius Thomas, DEN vs IND:

Sanders as a starter, Thomas as a sit?  But aren't they both in a favorable matchup against the Colt's defense?  Sanders should take advantage of a larger share of targets while Demaryius Thomas tests out and possibly rests his hip.  Thomas has been limited at practice all week and Sander's new contract suggests he is an important part of their offense.  Since this is a late afternoon game fantasy owners should have other options lined up.

Randall Cobb, GB at MN

Jeremy Maclin, KC at HOU

Mohamed Sanu, ATL at OAK

Tyler Lockett, SEA at LA

Eli Rogers, PIT vs CIN

Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, Dontrell Inman; SD vs JAC

Stefon Diggs, MN vs GB

Victor Cruz, NYG vs NO



Jason Witten, DAL at WSH

Eric Ebron, DET vs TENN

Virgil Green, DEN vs IND

Delanie Walker, TENN at DET

Jessie James, PITT vs CIN

Sit em down:

Coby Fleener, NO at NYG

Julius Thomas, JAC at SD

Martellus Bennett, NE vs MIA

Jack Doyle, IND at DEN

Kyle Rudolph, MINN vs GB


Deep Starters:

Philadelphia Eagles vs Chicago Bears

Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns

Sit em down:

Both in the Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers game

Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers