The Fantasy Footballers’ Week 2 Starts

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While there may be some mounting evidence via the podcast that suggests Jason Moore may fall slightly short of being a linguistic savant, after Week 1 there’s no denying his talent for identifying quality “Starts of the Week.” In Week 1, he blew away Mike and Andy with an impressive selection of players that combined for a total of 66.7 points (using .5PPR and 6 pt. per passing TD). Mike and Andy battled for second, with Mike finishing slightly ahead with 43.7 points and Andy settling for third with 42.1 points. Of course you can catch this segment on the podcast or jump right to it on YouTube.

Andy’s Starts

QB Russell Wilson vs. San Francisco
Week 1 might have gotten you a little worried, but take comfort in the home matchup that Wilson has in Week 2. There’s no reason to be worried in him whatsoever, start him with confidence and don’t overthink it or try and be cute with a waiver wire add, if you drafted him to be your starter just keep him in your lineup.

RB Ty Montgomery at Atlanta
Get him in your lineup! Ty Montgomery should have an absolute monster week against the Falcons. The RB carry totals were there for him last week as had the most touches in his NFL career. He looked the part of a lead back and is moving up the board as an elite RB option in fantasy. Start him with a smile! ?

WR Doug Baldwin vs. San Francisco
Stack it up with Wilson and Baldwin this week. Baldwin was basically non-existent last week in Green Bay but it all gets right this week. The Seahawks have their home-opener this week and Baldwin is in line for a big Week 2 performance.

TE Zach Miller @ Tampa Bay
Miller was second in targets for Chicago last week, and with Kevin White out for the rest of the year, Zach Miller may lead the Bears in targets this season. He is a very safe play providing a higher floor than most TEs around his TE ranking.

Jason’s Starts

QB Jameis Winston vs. Chicago
Jameis Winston had an extra week to prepare for his first game, and has the weapons surrounding him to put up plenty of points. He may not be a top 5 QB option, but is certainly a start-able, quality option this week against the Bears.

RB Marshawn Lynch vs. New York Jets
Marshawn Lynch is Jason’s #5 ranked RB this week. He looked good last week, and while it wasn’t a huge fantasy day he looked like the Marshawn Lynch of prior years. The Raiders are at home as 14-point favorites over the Jets, Lynch could find the end zone a couple times this week, with 1 TD a virtual guarantee. He is a must start this week (no narrative about this being his first game at home in Oakland needed).

WR Jeremy Maclin vs. Cleveland
Baltimore is at home this week and much has been made about QB Joe Flacco’s home-road splits, where he plays much better at home. There likely won’t be a ton of volume, but you will get production out of Maclin this week. He should be Flacco’s top receiving option, making Maclin the WR to give the nod to in any tough start/sit scenarios.

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TE Zach Ertz @ Kansas City
Ertz was great in Week 1 and emerged as the clear #1 target for Carson Wentz. Kansas City held Ro Gronkowski in check last week but lost Eric Berry to injury, opening the middle of the field for Ertz to produce solid fantasy results again in Week 2.

Mike’s Starts

QB Derek Carr vs. New York Jets
No need to overthink this one. Send in the Carr! A matchup against the Jets means he’s going to put up points. It’s easy to have confidence in David Carr this week. Expect at least two TDs on his way to a top 12 QB fantasy performance.

RB James White @ New Orleans
James White has a great matchup in what should be a high-scoring game against the Saints. Last week, White had a 14% target share, equal to Chris Hogan, so expect him to be heavily targeted. He also had 33% of the RB carries, higher than expected, and looks to be a featured back along with Mike Gillislee moving forward, so it’s easy to start him confidently this week.

WR Kelvin Benjamin vs. Buffalo
Benjamin has a nice matchup this week and has a big size advantage on E.J. Gaines, who is projected to defend him this week. He is not a separation guy in terms of route running but instead excels at contested catches by out-bodying defenders, and Gaines surrenders six inches and 50 pounds to the physical Benjamin. Expect a bounce-back game from Benjamin.

TE Coby Fleener vs. New England
Fleener is at home and Willie Snead remains out, and Fleener is coming off a solid Week 1 performance. It has historically taken TE’s time to adapt to the Saints offensive system, so ride it out with Fleener just in case he makes the leap in year two of the system.

Jason Moore’s Ironclad, Locked-and-Loaded, 100% Guaranteed, Boom-Boom Kicker of the Week

Stephen Gostkowski @ New Orleans
Playing indoors with the potential for plenty of scoring opportunities makes Gostkowski the pick this week.

(Week 1 Kicker review- Matt Bryant finished as a top 5 K. Jason was on fire last week!)

 

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