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Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Falcons vs Buccaneers

Isaiah De Los Santos
Fantasy football picks for the Falcons vs Buccaneers Week 2 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Falcons vs Buccaneers Week 2 matchup. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Two NFC South rivals meet in Week 2 as the Atlanta Falcons travel to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Bucs as massive 11.5-point favorites, signaling what could be a long day for the Falcons' defense.

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

Kyle Pitts Fantasy

Start Kyle Pitts, TE, Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts' Week 1 performance left fantasy managers feeling burned. The hyped-up 2021 rookie was TE23 in PPR scoring last week, which isn't what most need from him after investing a high draft pick in the Florida product. Still, the volume Pitts saw in Week 1 was extremely encouraging. He racked up 8 targets, tying him with Calvin Ridley for the most on the team. He now draws a Buccaneers defense that gave up the third-most PPR points in Week 1 (143.42) and has injuries in the secondary. Pitts' involved role isn't going away in this offense, so managers shouldn't start to sweat yet.

Antonio Brown Fantasy

Start Antonio Brown, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Antonio Brown started his comeback season with authority in Week 1. He went off for 5 receptions, 121 yards and 1 TD, totaling 23.7 PPR points -- good for WR11 to begin the year. He showcased his big-play ability on a 47-yard touchdown catch, and it's clear the 33-year-old has a ton left in the tank. Brown also encouragingly saw 7 targets against the Dallas Cowboys, the third most on the team and even ahead of Mike Evans (6). Brown's connection with Tom Brady was on full display to end last season, and it's picked up without a hitch to start 2021. Brown should have no problems torching a Falcons defense that currently ranks sixth-worst in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA metric.

Mike Davis Fantasy

Sit Mike Davis, RB, Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons' offense line struggles were a huge part of their Week 1 loss, and it could be an issue that impacts Mike Davis' season-long production. The 28-year-old managed just 49 rushing yards on 15 attempts, and things won't get any easier in Week 2. Tampa Bay was ranked No. 1 in run defense DVOA last season, and the return of their core makes that unit a nightmare again in 2021. The Bucs held the Cowboys to 60 total rushing yards, including just 33 yards for Ezekiel Elliott in Week 1. If Zeke couldn't break through, don't expect Davis to in this one.

Ronald Jones Fantasy

Sit Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones once again found himself in Bruce Arians' doghouse after an early fumble against the Cowboys. He only saw 4 attempts in that game, as Arians parked him on the bench for the rest of the contest. It speaks volumes that Jones didn't touch the field after his mishap, but fellow running back Leonard Fournette remained in the game after a pass went off of his hands and resulted in an interception. The competition from Fournette plus Giovanni Bernard already limits his weekly fantasy upside, and the short leash he has is just another reason to sit him in Week 2.

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Isaiah De Los Santos is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Isaiah De Los Santos also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username zayyy05328. 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.