Oh me, oh my, let’s talk Fantasy Football! What a week one! Did you start Gardner Minchew? Don’t lie to me. According to ESPN, he’s only rostered in 14 percent of leagues. A lot of shocks happened in week one, and I’m here for it. I even know of a guy who drafted Baker Mayfield number one overall.
This week on Start em or Sit em, we’re going to go position by position and figure out who is going to help you win that championship or who won’t.
Buffalo Bills Fantasy
First, let’s talk Buffalo Bills football. Josh Allen looked improved and is a must-start fantasy football QB every week, especially against the Dolphins for week two. Allen has been the number one Fantasy QB when facing the Dolphins twice in his career and never lower than 7th. Week one was everything you could have hoped for (aside from two fumbles). Allen still managed to post 27 points, which should be his average point total throughout the season.
Zack Moss, is he everything you dreamed he was? No, Moss didn’t get the ground game going, but that’s not all his fault. The Jets have an extremely stout front seven. We all knew they would throw more than they would run. Moss still looked good in his debut, even notching a touchdown catch from Allen. Moss put up 11 points, which is on the low end but understandable given his opponent. Week two, though, is a different story. The Dolphins are currently the 32nd ranked team against the run. New England gashed Miami with QB designed runs, which is what Buffalo will do, but I expect Moss to get a good deal of looks as well. Look for Moss to post around 15 points in Miami.
Devin Singletary seems to be a forgotten back in Buffalo, but I would be keeping an eye out on him when it comes to the screen. He only earned 10 points in week one without a touchdown. I expect this to change as the season progresses, especially in the passing game. Miami is a game to start him. There are going to be plenty of touches to split between him and Moss. Look for Singletary to earn around the same amount of points (12-15) in week two.
Watching Stefon Diggs was enough to make a grown man cry. He made tough catches and got hit even harder while making those tough catches. It was awesome, but it was missing something: we all wanted to see him in the end zone. This week, he had 16 points which is below average for what you want. I’m not mad at it, but you crave more. Watch for Diggs to continue to get comfortable with game reps and build that chemistry with Allen. Diggs is going to get a touchdown this week. That’s right, he’s going to get you 24 points; just book it now.
John Brown is a must-start. Look, I get it. I’ve talked about how many points Moss is going to get and Singletary and Diggs. Brown is different. He seems to have a strong bond with Allen because of their history already together. Allen looked for Brown in a couple of different situations. Brown got you 19 points off six receptions, 70 yards, and one touchdown. These numbers should stay steady throughout the year, but who’s going to be mad at a WR 1 getting you 20 plus points? Start John Brown.
That takes care of Buffalo, but as we all know you have to mix it up when it comes to Fantasy, or you’re probably not going to win.
Ok, I get it. Davis has one big game out of four years, and now he’s a start in Fantasy? Davis might be on the verge of a break out year. Think about it for one second. Everyone’s number one CB will be shadowing AJ Brown, daring him to continue being a great player, which will leave Davis to continue to hit those intermediate passes off play-action. Davis put up 17 points against the Denver Broncos. He scored those points without finding the endzone. Another reason to start Davis is the suspect pass defense that is in Jacksonville. With CJ Henderson likely to shadow AJ Brown, Davis should have his way over the middle. Look for Davis to continue his performance in Fantasy Football.
Ronald Jones II
Wow! Was it not just amazing to see Tom Brady lose? It was don’t care who you are. It was bliss. Unfortunately, Brady will be getting back on track in week two. See, the Panthers gave up 139 yards and three touchdowns to Josh Jacobs. Jones saw over 50 percent of the snaps in week one. In week two, Jones will still be seeing close to 50 percent. Brady will lead Tampa to its first victory, and it’ll be on the shoulders of Ronald Jones II. Look for Jones to get over 100 yards and two touchdowns.
Bold move, right? Engram only had two points in his week one showdown with the Steelers. However, Engram was targeted early and often and only second to Barkley. Engram will get on track and for week two. He’s not facing a top-five defense. I like Engram to get around 17 points this week, catching 7 passes for 80 plus yards and a touchdown. Daniel Jones is comfortable with Engram, and in week two, he’ll finally unlock his potential.
I struggled last week to put Evans here and ultimately decided not to put him on the list. This week, there is no mercy. Evans needs to be benched. Evans is not healthy right now, and a hamstring issue is a tricky thing to get fixed. It requires rest, or you can aggravate it. Sit Evans, and know he’s not healthy right now. Plus, we all know Brady is going to keep the ball on the ground and run Ronald Jones II. This isn’t to say he won’t eventually catch on during the season, but I don’t see it happening early in the season.
Don’t let Melvin Gordon’s touchdown or one long run of 25 yards get you super hyped up to run and start him. Gordon looked just okay in his debut. In fact, Phillip Lindsay looked to be the better back before he injured his foot. I wouldn’t hate Gordon all that much in week two, but he’s going up against the Steelers who held Saquon Barkley to six yards on 15 attempts. Barkley is an otherworldly talent. Gordon is not Barkley; sit Gordon in week two.
Don’t trust Dallas. Sure, I like Goedert. I think he will eventually be an amazing TE. His numbers in week one were outstanding: eight receptions, 101 yards, and one touchdown. There’s nothing better than a backup TE getting you 24 points. The issue is, it won’t be sustainable. Now teams will be scheming for him and Ertz. Goedert is going up against the LA Rams in week two, and this is more about Aaron Donald taking the Eagles already injured offensive line and destroying them. I see Goedert being pulled in to help block more than trying to stretch the ball downfield. Don’t take the chance. Keep Goedert on the bench for week two.
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