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Week 2 Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Raiders vs Steelers

Larry Rupp
Fantasy football picks for the Raiders vs Steelers Week 2 matchup.
Fantasy football picks for the Raiders vs Steelers Week 2 matchup. / Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

Two teams looking to stay undefeated meet head-to-head in Week 2 as the Las Vegas Raiders travel to Heinz Field to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers. FanDuel Sportsbook has the Steelers slated as 5.5-point home favorites in a game that is sure to have fantasy football implications as well.

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

Darren Waller Fantasy

Start Darren Waller, TE, Las Vegas Raiders: Yes, Darren Waller faces a tough task in Week 2 going up against a Steelers defense that gave up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends last season. Fantasy managers shouldn't even think about benching him, though. Waller has proven that he is matchup-proof and saw an insane 19 targets in Week 1. He hauled in 10 passes for 105 yards and scored a touchdown as well. Waller remains quarterback Derek Carr's go-to option down near the end zone after leading all Raiders' receivers with 24 red zone targets in 2020. The 29-year-old TE should be started every single week.

Najee Harris Fantasy

Start Najee Harris, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Running back Najee Harris put together an underwhelming performance in his NFL debut after averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. However, he draws a great matchup in Week 2. The Raiders gave up 189 rushing yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1 and allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing RBs in 2020 (28.75 per game). Harris received 16 carries and also saw 3 targets in the passing game, which proves that he is going to get a heavy workload this season. Fantasy managers should not be afraid to slide him into a starting spot this week.

Josh Jacobs Fantasy

Sit Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders: Las Vegas couldn't get anything going on the ground in Week 1 (3.9 yards per carry) and the matchup in Week 2 doesn't get any easier for running back Josh Jacobs. The Steelers gave up the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs last season and posted the fifth-best rush defense DVOA rating in the NFL. Jacobs scored 2 touchdowns in Week 1, but missed some action during the second half due to a foot injury. More news regarding his status some be released in the coming days. For now, fantasy managers need to have a backup option ready to go.

Eric Ebron & Pat Freiermuth Fantasy

Sit Eric Ebron/Pat Friermuth, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers: This is a situation that simply comes down targets. Eric Ebron and Pat Freiermuth combined to catch 2 of 3 targets for 43 yards during a close Week 1 win over the Buffalo Bills. It is clear that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is relying on his strong wide receiver group to carry the load in the passing attack. It doesn't help that the Raiders gave up just 6 touchdowns to opposing tight ends in 2020, which tied for the 13th-lowest mark in the NFL. Fantasy managers should avoid starting any Pittsburgh TE for the time being.

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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.