I think it’s fair to say it was a mixed bag in my Week 1 must starts. Lamar Jackson completely balled out against the Dolphins and finished as the QB1 last week, and Michael Gallup made good on his pre-season hype, putting up 22.8 points against the Giants and finishing Week 1 as the WR15. Phillip Lindsay was also a solid start and got you 10.6 points against the Raiders thanks to four catches and he will be the primary pass catching back for the Broncos while Theo Riddick is out. My bonus start of Marvin Jones also put up a steady 10 points in the Lions’ tie with the Cardinals. However Brandin Cooks (5.9 points) and Matt Breida (3.7 points) were disappointments in Week 1.
Onto my must starts for Week 2.
QB Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills @ New York Giants - 23.2% Owned
Week 1 could have been better for Josh Allen, who was responsible for four turnovers in the Bills come from behind victory over the Jets. What did go well was that Allen completed nearly 65% of his passes for 254 yards (the most of his career to date), threw for one touchdown and ran in another as well as 38 rushing yards. That rushing floor is such a big upside, and against a Giants defense that gave up nearly 500 yards to the Cowboys, Allen will finish as a top-5 QB in Week 2.
RB Miles Sanders, Philadelphia Eagles @ Atlanta Falcons - 87.3% Owned
Sanders is one of those players that just passes the eyeball test and is in line for an expanded role in Week 2. The Falcons run defense was torn apart by the Vikings in Week 1 and facing the Eagles’ considerably better offensive line, Sanders can put his stamp on becoming the RB1 in what is a crowded Eagles backfield.
WR Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons vs Philadelphia Eagles
Case Keenum had his way with the Eagle’s secondary for the majority of the Week 1 matchup, and I like the Falcons to get healthy at home after their beat down in Minnesota last week. Julio Jones will get his points as always, but Ridley has a knack of finding the end zone and is a solid WR2 option for this week.
WR D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks @ Pittsburgh Steelers
It was a strong showing for the rookie in his NFL debut was four catches for 89 yards and against a Steelers secondary that was picked apart by Tom Brady and company, Metcalf could take his stock even higher. I’m all in on Metcalf pushing Tyler Lockett for to be the number 1 receiver in Seattle and I have him projecting a five catches for 100 yards and a touchdown stat line in Week 2.
RB David Montgomery, Chicago Bears @ Denver Broncos
Like with Miles Sanders, Montgomery passes the eye test as an NFL running back. The Bears abandoned the running game in the second half against the Packers in the opening game, but they will look to be more balanced and take the ball out of Mitchell Trubisky’s hands against a Broncos defense that allowed Josh Jacobs to put up 113 yard and two touchdowns in Week 1.
Bonus Start - RB Matt Breida, San Francisco 49ers @ Cincinnati Bengals
I’m going back to the well on this start. Breida disappointed against the Bucs in Week 1 but gets the start in Week 2 with Tevin Coleman out with a high ankle sprain. The Bengals held the Seahawks to just 72 rushing yards in Week 1, but Breida is in line to get 20+ touches this week and could be a PPR stud in the flex spot.
Which "must-start" will have the best fantasy performance?
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