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

Jason Schandl
Los Angeles Rams v Carolina Panthers
Los Angeles Rams v Carolina Panthers / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

For as many situations as we saw cleared up in Week 1 of the NFL season, we got just as many curveballs thrown at us, either through unexpected performances, volume or injuries.

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.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Quarterbacks

Start Cam Newton (CAR vs TB): Cam Newton flopped in Week 1, but he draws an incredible matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2. The Bucs allowed the most passing yards and the third-most fantasy points per game to QBs in 2018, and they opened 2019 by conceding 31 points to a San Francisco 49ers team that only scored that many points twice last season. Last year's QB8 in fantasy points per game, this should be a bounce-back spot for Newton.

Sit Kyler Murray (ARI at BAL): Kyler Murray impressed in his NFL debut, but that game was a shootout against the weak Detroit Lions' defense. The Baltimore Ravens are one of the best defenses in the NFL, and the Arizona Cardinals are 13-point underdogs on FanDuel Sportsbook this week.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Running Backs

Start LeSean McCoy (KC at OAK): LeSean McCoy saw limited snaps in his Kansas City Chiefs debut in Week 1. With another week of practice under his belt, we should see him more involved in Week 2, and his matchup also gets a lot better, going from the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1 to the Oakland Raiders in Week 2. The Chiefs can once again be expected to post one of the week's highest scores, and McCoy can be expected to be part of that after tallying 93 yards on 11 touches to start the year.

Sit David Montgomery (CHI at DEN): The Chicago Bears offense isn't likely to be held to only three points again, but they get another tough matchup in Week 2 against the Denver Broncos. David Montgomery was out-snapped 41 to 28 and out-touched 11 to seven by Mike Davis in Week 1. With a tough matchup and no lead-back role, Montgomery's Week 2 outlook is cloudy at best.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Wide Receivers

Start Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB vs MIN): The Green Bay Packers' matchup doesn't get a ton easier this week, but the Minnesota Vikings' defense isn't quite as scary as Chicago's. Their best corner, Xavier Rhodes, is likely to be focused on Davante Adams. That should channel plenty of volume to Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who was second on the Packers with six targets in Week 1.

Sit Marvin Jones (DET vs LAC): The Detroit Lions had no shortage of passing volume in their Week 1 tie, as Matt Stafford attempted 45 passes. That makes Jones' four targets a huge red flag, especially while three other Lions (Danny Amendola, Kenny Golladay and T.J. Hockenson) each saw at least nine. Jones gets a downgrade with his Week 2 matchup as well.

Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Week 2 Tight Ends

Start Darren Waller (OAK vs KC): Proving worthy of every bit of offseason hype he received, Darren Waller led the Raiders in both targets (eight) and receptions (seven) in Week 1, accounting for 31 percent of the targets in the offense. He gets a significantly easier matchup in Week 2, and he could quickly establish himself as an every-week starter at the position.

Sit Jared Cook (NO at LAR): Jared Cook thrived in Darren Waller's role last year, but he has a lot more competition for targets in the New Orleans Saints' offense. Week 1 saw him finished tied for fourth on the team with only three targets, accounting for just a seven percent market share. He still has touchdown upside in this high-powered offense, but unless his volume increases it could be hard to justify starting Cook in most matchups.

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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 their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.