Fantasy Football Week 2: Starts and Sits
Who to target in your week two fantasy lineup.
Week one of the 2020 NFL season is in the books! How did you do last week? Did you start Josh Allen as I advised or did you miss out on his 28 fantasy points? Don’t fear my friend, it’s only one week and we have many more to go. Let’s dive into week two and explore more choices to avoid the black-hole that is starting 0-2.
Josh Allen – You knew this one was coming and it’s completely warranted but not just in deeper leagues. Buffalo is a good team to start the 2020 season and they get another favorable matchup with a Miami Dolphins defense that just let Cam Newton run for 75 yards and two rushing touchdowns in week one. Allen posted 57 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown himself last week and his ability to escape the pocket makes him an absolute start again in week two. Until the Bills face a defense that scares their opponent more than a toddler in a pet store banging on the fish tanks, start Josh Allen and rack up the fantasy points.
Carson Wentz – Last week, Carson Wentz threw for 270 yards and two touchdowns against an abysmal Washington team. However, his two interceptions and one fumble negated an awful lot of those fantasy points. The Eagles also let Washington storm back and steal that win away from them in the blink of an eye. I can see this week two game against the Rams as a bounce-back game for the Eagles. Los Angeles let Dallas gain over 350 yards on offense and if the Eagles can use a balanced attack with a solid run game, Wentz could be in line for a big day.
Mitchell Trubisky – I know this seems like an obvious choice, but it must be said. For anyone who is really desperate at quarterback and is looking at Mitchell Trubisky, please look the other way. The majority of his 242 yards passing came in the fourth quarter when Matt Patricia decided to stop playing zone coverage, which gifted the comeback to the Bears.
Trubisky was dreadful in the first three quarters and even though he ended the night with three touchdowns and an average of 24 fantasy points, he’s not worth playing this week.
Running Back Starts
Jonathan Taylor – Now that Marlon Mack is done for the rest of the year, it’s time for Jonathan Taylor to step up. He is still splitting reps with Nyheim Hines, who had a monster week one (sadly he was on my bench last week), but the timeshare could prove beneficial for both players. The Colts face a Minnesota defense that gave up over 500 yards of total offense last week to the Packers, so both players could be primed for a big day.
Kareem Hunt – It was not a fluke last week, Kareem Hunt really rushed for 72 yards against the Ravens opposed to Nick Chubb rushing for 60. Is this a clear swap of starting roles? No. However, it’s definitely intriguing to think maybe Chubb was rattled a little especially after losing a fumble. If I had my handcuff originate in the Browns’ backfield, then I’d bench Chubb for Hunt and ride the uncertainty wave until it buckles.
Running Back Sits
Joe Mixon – 69 rushing yards and only one catch for two yards was pretty pitiful for anyone who started Joe Mixon in week one. I can’t trust him against the Browns defense, especially on a short week. I have a feeling that this Thursday Night Football battle of Ohio will be the Joe Burrow prime-time showcase for the country to awe over. Mixon is easily replaceable this week and should be avoided until he proves otherwise. We might be a week late on realizing he’s flipped the switch once it happens, but unless you’re truly needy at the position, bench Mixon.
David Johnson – David Johnson had a better week one showing against the reigning Super Bowl champs than most people expected. I don’t expect a similar outing against the Ravens this week. Houston’s offense has been shaken so badly with the loss of DeAndre Hopkins and their defense is facing yet another tough test in the Baltimore offense. I foresee them starting this game slow and playing from behind rather quickly. They won’t have a big need to run the ball when they’re down by two touchdowns in the first quarter.
Wide Receiver Starts
Henry Ruggs III – The Raiders have a tough matchup against the Saints this week. There’s no doubt the majority of the Saints’ focus will be on stopping Josh Jacobs at all costs. This opens up other possibilities for the Raiders. Henry Ruggs III is clearly the Raiders’ biggest vertical threat and he missed a touchdown last week by only one yard. Look for Derek Carr to attempt more deep throws to the rookie speedster this week as they’ll need the air-attack to fire on all cylinders.
Terry McLaurin – Although Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. is still working out the bugs of the professional level of football, Terry McLaurin is a trustworthy receiver in deeper leagues. He brought in five catches for 61 yards against Eagles’ cornerback Darius Slay last week.
The Cardinals’ secondary coverage is much less effective than that of the Eagles, so we’re likely to see more of what McLaurin can do like the above touchdown from 2019.
Wide Receiver Sits
Courtland Sutton – While Courtland Sutton didn’t suit up for week one due to a shoulder injury, it should be noted that he is returning to practice this week. The Broncos have a very difficult task in facing the Pittsburgh Steelers’ incredible defense this week. The Steel-Curtain resurgent could very easily be the best defense in the league and even if Sutton plays this week, it will be in a monitored-rep form. He still has a questionable Drew Lock trying to navigate through the NFL.
Julian Edelman – 2020 is a very weird year indeed as I never thought I would ever bench Julian Edelman with such conviction. The Patriots of old are gone and this is Cam Newton’s team now. They are clearly going to funnel their offense through Newton’s skillset. Currently, that doesn’t involve a heavy dose of Julian Edelman. He may have had ten fantasy points last week, but that comes to a screeching halt when they face the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
The Battle for Ohio kicks off week two of NFL action on Thursday Night Football, so get those lineups in check before 7:20 PM central time! Good luck and don’t forget to follow Fantasy Hour On Tap on Twitter for more fantasy football discussion.