Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Panthers vs Giants

Fantasy football picks for the Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants Week 2 matchup, including Robbie Anderson and Sterling Shepard.
Fantasy football picks for the Carolina Panthers vs. New York Giants Week 2 matchup, including Robbie Anderson and Sterling Shepard. / AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman

A pair of NFC teams meet head-to-head in Week 2 as the Carolina Panthers face the New York Giants. FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds have the Giants tabbed as 2.5-point home favorites in this meeting.

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

Robbie Anderson Fantasy

Start Robbie Anderson, WR, Carolina Panthers: While DJ Moore is viewed as the Panthers' No. 1 wide receiver, it was Robbie Anderson who stole the show in Week 1. The seventh-year veteran hauled in five passes for 102 yards and a touchdown, giving him 21.2 fantasy points in PPR leagues (WR10). Even though most of his production came on a 75-yard catch, Anderson seems to be Baker Mayfield's go-to target after finishing with a team-high eight targets (two more than Moore). He's someone who I'd classify as a WR3 with WR2 upside this week.

Sterling Shepard Fantasy

Start Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants: Sterling Shepard is another wideout who exceeded expectations over the weekend. The veteran pass-catcher's 15.1 points saw him land as the WR24 in PPR, as well as T-WR15 in standard leagues. While Shepard's four targets aren't exactly eye-popping, they were second to only Richie James (six) as far as Giants WRs go. The majority of Shepard's fantasy points came from a 65-yard touchdown, but the important thing to note is that his Achilles isn't bothering him anymore. Shepard's connection with Daniel Jones should improve even more as the year goes on, making him a solid FLEX option for the time being.

Baker Mayfield Fantasy

Sit Baker Mayfield, QB, Carolina Panthers: Even though Mayfield finished Week 1 as the QB13, he's made it hard to trust him. For starters, he didn't click with any of his weapons outside of Anderson, which immediately limits his potential. On top of that, he also threw an interception and fumbled the ball four times. Meanwhile, the Giants don't hesitate to go after signal-callers, as they recorded a sack and five quarterback hits last week. With the pressure likely on Mayfield from the get-go, I expect him to make his fair share of mistakes, making him someone to avoid until proven otherwise.

Kenny Golladay Fantasy

Sit Kenny Golladay, WR, New York Giants: Kenny Golladay didn't deliver in 2021 after signing a four-year, $72 million deal with the Giants. Unfortunately, those woes have continued into the 2022 fantasy season with a 4.2-point PPR performance against the Tennessee Titans in Week 1. Even though he was on the field for 46 offensive snaps (77%), Golladay saw just two passes thrown his way. After averaging 5.4 targets in 2021, Golladay can't be trusted in fantasy leagues right now. Unless he shows a better connection with Daniel Jones, he doesn't have much value in any fantasy formats.

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Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. 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.