Fantasy Football roster decisions? Let’s get right into CPGM fantasy football start/sit for Week 2.
Fantasy Football Start/Sit – Week 2
Start – Eli Manning vs Saints
With Eli Manning’s full arsenal of weaponry healthy and at his disposal, it does not bode well for the Saints who allowed 486 yards and 35 points to the Oakland Raiders last week. Let’s just be honest it doesn’t matter that Manning now has Victor Cruz healthy and a rookie of the year candidate WR Sterling Shepard at his disposal to go along with Odell Beckham, he could have the CPGM staff out there and he will still be a fantasy start against the porous Saints secondary. Speaking of the Saints secondary they could be worse this week as their best cornerback Delvin Breaux is out for at least 6 weeks after breaking his fibula. Did I mention the Giants dropped 49 points on the Saints last year in which Manning threw for 350 yards and 6 touchdowns? I will be shocked if Manning is not a Top 5 fantasy quarterback this week with a strong possibility to end up as the number 1 guy. I guess this is a “Captain Obvious” pick but it needs to be stressed that if you are an owner of both Aaron Rodgers and Manning you might want to sit Rodgers.
- Derek Carr vs Falcons
- Kirk Cousins vs Cowboys
- Matthew Stafford vs Titans
Sit – Andrew Luck vs Broncos
Fresh off his 385 yard 4 touchdown performance against the Detroit Lions, Andrew Luck takes on the Denver Broncos who bottled up last year’s MVP Cam Newton for the second consecutive time. This might not be a popular ‘sit’ if you don’t have a quality backup but if you have a Manning or David Carr at your disposal then I suggest you sit Luck. He dismantled the Lions defense by spreading the ball all over the field to different receivers effortlessly but that Broncos defense is nothing to be played with. Demarcus Ware, Von Miller and company will take advantage of a weak Colts offensive line while Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and company lock down T.Y. Hilton, Phillip Dorsett and Donte Moncrief. I am an owner of the afermentioned Hilton and Moncrief and will be contemplating sitting them both. Luck will be just fine all season long but this might be the one week I consider sitting him.
Start – Latavius Murray vs Falcons
What’s better than facing a leaky Falcons defense who has trouble tackling opponents? Playing against them with arguably the best offensive line in football. Latavius Murray gets to run behind that line who is led by free agent acquisition Kelechi Osemele and the big, reliable Donald Penn. Check out last week game against the Saints particularly Jalen Richard’s long touchdown run and you will find out why the Raiders spent big money on Osemele. Murray will put up RB1 numbers on Sunday and should be constantly in the Falcons secondary picking up huge chunks of yards.
- Ezekiel Elliot vs Redskins
- CJ Anderson vs Colts
- Rashad Jennings vs Saints
- T.J. Yeldon vs Chargers
Sit – Eddie Lacy vs Vikings
Yes, I know Eddie Lacy is a lot trimmer this season and yes, I know Lacy’s stock has gone up with a healthy Jordy Nelson on the outside, which lightens up boxes. However, I still don’t believe Lacy is agile enough to produce big games against a tough defense like the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings defensive front is physical and should control the line of scrimmage in this contest forcing Lacy to create his own yardage. I don’t believe Lacy is there yet as he will be a touchdown dependent back this week which is risky for your fantasy team. Last week these same Vikings shut down Demarco Murray and Derrick Henry in Tennessee’s exotic smash mouth attack with one of the most underrated defensive players in the NFL Linval Joseph consistently disrupting plays. If Lacy balls out I will apologize to you all and start putting some respect on his name, but I honestly don’t see that happening.
Start – Michael Floyd vs Buccaneers
The Cardinals had a surprising loss to the Brady-less New England Patriots last week in which Carson Palmer and the passing offense didn’t look like their normal self. Bill Belichick and the Patriots secondary eliminated the patented Cardinals deep passing attack led by Michael Floyd and John Brown. Lucky for the Cardinals they won’t face the Pats but instead will look to bounce back against a Buccaneers defense that is prone to giving up big plays. Although the Bucs got a win last week versus the Falcons and shut down their running game, they still had holes in their secondary that Matt Ryan took advantage of. Look for Floyd to be targeted deep early and often against either Brent Grimes or Alterraun Verner which presents a mismatch that the Cardinals will take full advantage of. I believe 100 yards and 2 touchdowns is a strong possibility for Floyd as the Cardinals look to get that nasty taste out of their mouths.
- Tajae Sharpe vs Lions
- Sterling Shepard vs Saints
- DeSean Jackson vs Cowboys
Sit – Donte Moncrief vs Broncos
My favorite sleeper pick/breakout candidate will be on my bench this week as Donte Moncrief matches up against the deadly duo of Chris Harris and Aqib Talib. Not only will it be difficult to separate from those elite corners but I believe Andrew Luck will be running for his life as the Colts offensive line will get exposed in this matchup (see above on Andrew Luck). The only scenario I see Moncrief bringing back WR2/WR3 numbers this week will either be a touchdown or the Colts being blown out which could give him some empty fantasy stats during garbage time. I am not gambling and will look to replace Moncrief with another receiver on my bench.
Start – Gary Barnidge vs Ravens
The fantasy gods have given Gary Barnidge and his fantasy owners life after starting quarterback Robert Griffin is now out for an extended period of time. Sounds weird that a starting quarterback gets hurt but it boosts the fantasy outlook of his weapon, but this is a fact. Enter Josh McCown who developed an incredible rapport with the “Junkyard Barnidge” last season and revitalized the tight end’s career. In the eight games in which McCown was under center, Barnidge averaged more fantasy points than Rob Gronkowski. Barnidge was targeted on nearly a quarter of his routes and gained 14.5 yards per catch with McCown playing. He gets a familiar foe this week in the Baltimore Ravens which he caught 15 passes for 230 yards in their two contests last season. Expect Barnidge to be a TE1 this week as he gets to play with his boy McCown who likes to target his receivers in the short to intermediate game rather than Griffin who likes to target his receivers deep down the field.
- Delanie Walker vs Lions
- Dennis Pitta vs Browns
Sit – Coby Fleener vs Giants
Is it time to give up on Coby Fleener on your fantasy team? I wouldn’t go that far as Fleener possess a skillset that Drew Brees and the Saints offense can definitely utilize in the middle of the field. However, I will keep him on my bench until he can show some value as he has not yet acclimated to Sean Payton’s offense since joining the team in the offseason. The big money free agent signed a head scratching deal one season after the Saints traded Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks because he would have cost too much money. If the preseason and last week’s game is any indication on Fleener’s fantasy value then you know he still isn’t up to par with his knowledge of the offense and it will be awhile before he displays fantasy relevance. Even in a sweet fantasy matchup against a Giants defense who allows tight ends to roam free in their secondary, I still can’t start the former Colt who was outplayed by Dwayne Allen and Jack Doyle (Colts backup TE) in week 1.
Defense to stream
Baltimore Ravens vs Browns
The Ravens defense got Sizzle back and it looks circa 2001 in Baltimore? Don’t look now but the Ravens defense might be up to something, this will continue against the Browns who is on quarterback number 2.