As usual, Week 1 brought us plenty of surprises in the fantasy football world. Injuries to highly drafted players like Raheem Mostert and Jerry Jeudy have made things especially tough on fantasy managers as we head into Week 2.
The Duel is here to help with the tough decisions, with Week 2 fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em advice.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Quarterbacks
Start Jalen Hurts, Philadelphia Eagles (vs SF): Jalen Hurts looks to be well on his way to making the jump from "good in fantasy football" to "good in football." He had the benefit of a soft matchup in Week 1, but he took full advantage by shredding the Atlanta Falcons for 264 yards and 3 touchdowns on 77% passing. And he showed his usual fantasy-friendly rushing with 57 yards on 8 carries. His play style has truly evolved, favoring short passes more in Week 1 than he ever did in 2020, and that positions him very well against the San Francisco 49ers. Jared Goff completed 38 passes in a failed comeback effort against the Niners in Week 1, and 16 of those went to a running back. Only 7 of his completions coming more than 10 yards downfield, and all 3 of his touchdowns were less than 6 yards downfield. Look for Hurts to continue doing serious damage underneath.
Sit Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs LV): While the Pittsburgh Steelers opened the year with an exciting upset victory, Ben Roethlisberger did not look great. He wasn't pushing the ball down field (5.9-yard average depth of target, compared to 6.9 last season), but still only completed 56% of his passes. The Las Vegas Raiders defense looked shocking competent in Week 1, generating a 20.5% pressure rate despite blitzing at the league's second-lowest rate, and Big Ben should not be relied on as a fantasy starter in Week 2.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Running Backs
Start Elijah Mitchell, San Francisco 49ers (@ PHI): Probably the most popular waiver wire target of the week, Elijah Mitchell can slot right into your starting lineup. With Raheem Mostert forced to make an early exit due to injury, Mitchell racked up 104 yards on 19 carries in Week 1. Mostert and RB3 Jamycal Hasty combined for just 3 carries. Kyle Shanahan isn't exactly known for leaning on a single workhorse RB, so expect that carry share to fall some moving forward, but the RB1 in a high-powered 49ers' offense is absolutely a worthwhile fantasy starter.
Sit James Robinson, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs DEN): The Jacksonville Jaguars don't look ready to live up to the Trevor Lawrence hype, dropping their Week 1 matchup against a Houston Texans team that could also be one of the worst in the league. The Jags' offense couldn't find any rhythm, and James Robinson racked up just 45 yards from scrimmage on 11 opportunities. He was out-carried 9 to 5 by Carlos Hyde, who tied Robinson for the team lead with 11 opportunities. Now factor in a matchup with a stout Denver Broncos' defense, and Robinson's fantasy outlook for the week is pretty brutal.
Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Wide Receivers
Start Courtland Sutton, WR, Denver Broncos (@ JAX): On the other side of that game, the Jaguars' secondary looks like it'll be a matchup to attack all season. If they can't stop Tyrod Taylor (291 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions), they probably won't be stopping many QBs. Courtland Sutton burned fantasy managers in Week 1, but with Jerry Jeudy sidelined, Sutton should be the star of this passing attack. He saw only 3 targets last week, but he did get on the field for 80% of the Broncos' snaps as he worked his way back from 2020's season-ending injury, and his workload should only expand as we move forward.
Kenny Golladay, New York Giants (@ WAS): Another wide receiver working his way back from injury this year, Kenny Golladay managed a pedestrian 64 yards on 4 receptions in Week 1. The real concern was his target number, with his 6 trailing Sterling Shepard (9) and Darius Slayton (7). He had a tough matchup last week, but that doesn't get any easier here against a Washington D that ranked No. 3 in FootballOutsiders' defensive DVOA metric in 2020.
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