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Week 2 Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Fantasy Football

Jason Schandl
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em for Week 2, including Cam Newton.
Fantasy football start 'em, sit 'em for Week 2, including Cam Newton. / Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Whether it was surprise volume, injuries, or breakout performances, Week 1 caused some pretty drastic changes in the fantasy football landscape.

It's easy enough to know who your must-start, matchup-proof players are, and just as easy to know which of your players can't be started at all. But it's going to be much trickier for most of your lineup decisions.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Week 2.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Quarterbacks

Start Cam Newton, New England Patriots (at SEA): It may have been in a soft matchup, but Cam Newton really turned back the clock in Week 1. His 155 passing yards didn't move the needle, but he added 75 rushing yards and 2 TDs on 15 carries. That kind of rushing volume gives his fantasy value a huge boost. He was also plenty efficient throwing (8.2 adjusted yards per attempt), he just wasn't asked to do it much (19 attempts). His upside remains high against the Seattle Seahawks, who gave up 450 yards to Matt Ryan in Week 1.

Sit Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs DEN): A 3-TD day from Ben Roethlisberger against the New York Giants was great for fantasy managers in Week 1, but he has a much tougher matchup against the Denver Broncos in Week 2. The Broncos held Ryan Tannehill to 6.7 adjusted yards per attempt in Week 1, and this game has a low 41.5-point over/under.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Running Backs

Start Ronald Jones, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs CAR): For all the drama surrounding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' running back committee this offseason, Ronald Jones got a big chance to establish himself as the RB1 in Week 1, and he made the most of it. Jones handled 20 opportunities (17 carries plus 3 targets), while Leonard Fournette was the only other RB to record any carries. Fournette tallied 5 yards on 5 rushes, while Jones turned his 17 rushes into 66 yards. As the lead back in an exciting Tampa offense, you can feel good about firing up Jones in your starting lineup this week.

Sit Mark Ingram, Baltimore Ravens (at HOU): It's far too early to completely quit on Mark Ingram, but fantasy managers are going to want to take a cautious, wait-and-see approach after Week 1. Ingram was out-snapped 23 to 21 by J.K. Dobbins , and Dobbins and Gus Edwards combined for more carries (11) than Ingram (10). It wasn't all garbage time in a blowout, either. Ingram had just 8 carries through the first three quarters, while Dobbins had 5 and Edwards had 1. If Ingram isn't getting lead back volume, his value will be incredibly limited even in an elite Baltimore Ravens offense.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Wide Receivers

Start Emmanuel Sanders, New Orleans Saints (at LV): There's going to be a ton of extra volume up for grabs in the New Orleans Saints offense with Michael Thomas (ankle) on the shelf. Emmanuel Sanders' 5 targets were tied with Thomas for the most among Saints WRs in Week 1, and even though Jared Cook and Alvin Kamara will continue to play a big role in the passing game, Sanders should get a nice uptick in volume in Week 2. That should be especially valuable against a Las Vegas Raiders defense that just gave up 270 yards and 1 TD through the air to Teddy Bridgewater and the Carolina Panthers in Week 1.

Sit Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals (at CLE): Joe Burrow had a solid start to his NFL career in Week 1, but that didn't necessarily have a positive impact on Tyler Boyd's fantasy value. Drafted like he was the clear No. 1 WR in Cincy this offseason, Boyd (5 targets) played second fiddle to A.J. Green (9 targets) in Week 1. Accounting for just 13.9 percent of Burrow's looks, Boyd's volume tied him with John Ross, C.J. Uzomah and Giovani Bernard. He still has some upside, but a target share that low is not a great sign.

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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. 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 his articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.