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Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Broncos vs Jaguars

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Broncos vs Jaguars Week 2 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Broncos vs Jaguars Week 2 matchup. / Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Quarterback Trevor Lawrence will aim to earn his first win in the NFL when the Jacksonville Jaguars host the Denver Broncos in Week 2 NFL action. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Broncos slated as 6-point road favorites in a game that could get out of reach during the second half.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this AFC Week 2 clash.

Teddy Bridgewater Fantasy

Start Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Denver Broncos: There may not be a better time to stream quarterback Teddy Bridgewater than right now. He is coming off a game in which threw for 264 yards, 2 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and gets to face a terrible Jaguars defense. Jacksonville gave up the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks last season and got thrashed by Tyrod Taylor in Week 1 (291 passing yards). The Jaguars also posted the second-worst pass defense DVOA rating in 2020. Grabbing Bridgewater off the waiver wire this week and sliding him into a starting slot is not a bad idea.

James Robinson Fantasy

Start James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Jacksonville got down by multiple scores early on in Week 1 and it caused running back James Robinson to see just five carries on the day. Week 2 presents a great bounce-back opportunity for the second-year ball-carrier as Denver posted the eighth-worst rush defense DVOA rating in 2020. The spread in this game is 6 points, which means it is expected to stay within one possession. If that is the case, Head coach Urban Meyer should rely more heavily on a running back that posted over 1,400 yards from scrimmage last year. Robinson remains a viable FLEX play in Week 2 with the upside to finish as a RB2.

Melvin Gordon Fantasy

Sit Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos: The Jaguars offer an easy matchup for running back Melvin Gordon. However, it is clear that he is stuck splitting snaps with rookie Javonte Williams as the two ball-carriers each played in 50% of the offensive snaps in Week 1. Outside of a glorious 70-yard touchdown run, Gordon racked up just 31 rushing yards on 10 carries. He saw three less carries than Williams did and is at risk of losing his job completely. It would be smart for fantasy managers to use a wait-and-see approach regarding this backfield. Gordon isn't worth starting unless his workload increases.

Trevor Lawrence Fantasy

Sit Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars: Rookie Trevor Lawrence was all over the place in Week 1. He was able to rack up 332 passing yards and 3 touchdowns while playing from behind the entire game. On the other side, Lawrence also threw 3 interceptions and averaged just 6.5 yards per completion. It's notable to point out that Denver posted the 11th-best pass defense DVOA rating in 2020 and allowed an opponent completion percentage of just 59.5%. That doesn't scream for Lawrence to be started this week. He is merely a backup option until he finds himself in more favorable matchups.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.