The Phinest Starts and Sits Week 2
Week 2 is about to kick off and there’s nothing worse than figuring out who to put in your lineups. But fret not! That’s why you follow the Fantasy’s Phinest! We’ll suggest who you should be plugging into your lineups to get that Week 2 victory. Be sure to stick around each week for our “Phinest Starts and Sits” too.
And FYI, I’ll try and stay away from obvious selections like Derrick Henry, Cooper Kupp, and Patrick Mahomes and give you as many in-depth selections so you can have options should you want to make a different move. Week 2 is here so let’s get started!
Start of the week: Matthew Stafford vs. ATL
After being embarrassed in Week 1 by the Buffalo Bills, the Rams and Matthew Stafford should be looking for some good old-fashioned get back and the Falcons’ defense should be an optimal opportunity for it. In Week 1 against the Saints, the Falcons allowed 21.66 fantasy points to Jameis Winston, allowing him to average nearly eight yards per attempt (7.9 y/a) through the air. Winston finished with 269 passing yards and two touchdowns.
Stafford should be looking to get back on track after a disastrous 240 yards, touchdown while throwing three interceptions. Stafford finished as the QB30 for Week 1 so fantasy managers should be looking for a bounce-back game from Stafford this week too.
Carson Wentz vs. DET: Wentz finished as the QB3 in Week 1 after pulling off a come-from-behind win against the Jacksonville Jaguars by throwing four touchdowns and 313 yards through the air. Wentz still managed to throw two interceptions but those will come at times with Wentz throwing the ball a ton. However, in Week 2 Wentz gets another solid matchup taking on a Lions defense that surrendered the fourth-most fantasy points to the quarterback position after facing off against Eagles QB Jalen Hurts in Week 1.
Russell Wilson vs. HOU: Russell Wilson was a bit underwhelming in his debut as the Denver Broncos’ new quarterback but that shouldn’t stop you from playing him this week. In Week 2, Wilson and the Broncos get a Houston Texans defense that gave up 352 passing yards to Matt Ryan and the Colts. Wilson presents a much more dangerous passing attack armed with Jerry Jeudy, Courtland Sutton, and the rest of the Broncos’ offensive weapons. Wilson finished as a top 15 quarterback last week and averaged 8.1 y/a in his first week versus the Seahawks defense. He should be raring to go with the head coach hopefully understanding that if you want to win games, you let the highly-paid and talented quarterback do his thing.
Stream of the Week: Kirk Cousins vs. Monday Night Foo… I mean PHI: By now we all know the stigma that Kirk Cousins is allergic to playing under the bright lights of prime time but this matchup is just good enough to make fantasy managers looking for a streaming option to pass up. The Philadelphia Eagles defense in Week 1 allowed Jared Goff to nearly look like a competent quarterback. Goff would throw for 215 yards and two touchdowns as well as an interception totaling 15 fantasy points on the day. Cousins comes into the game with better weapons than Goff and a better offense that should be able to give the Eagles trouble.
Tua Tagoviloa vs. BAL: Tua managed to finish as a top 20 quarterback in Week 1 against the New England Patriots but gets a far tougher opponent in the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2. The Ravens did give up over 300 yards passing in Week 1 but surrendered just one passing touchdown that week. The Ravens D also packed in three sacks and an interception in Week 1 too. Tua may have new weapons to play with but the Ravens present a big obstacle for the Dolphins’ passing attack especially if Marcus Peters (knee) is able to play.
Cooper Rush vs. CIN: Now I shouldn’t have to tell you to stay away from this one. Rush is no more than a bus driver for the Cowboys offense while Dak Prescott recovers from his hand surgery. In the meantime, Rush shouldn’t be anywhere near your fantasy lineups. Yes, he has won a game in relief last season against the Minnesota Vikings but his fantasy performance was a desperation play at best. And this comes from someone who had to start him last minute because Prescott was announced late that he wouldn’t be playing. Rush can stay right on waivers where he belongs.
Mac Jones vs. PIT: Jones was only able to generate 8.5 fantasy points against the Miami Dolphins’ defense last week and now faces a tougher opponent in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Even with the loss of T.J. Watt (torn pec), the Steelers still are a formidable defense. They all but bullied Joe Burrow in Week 1, picking him off four times while sacking him seven times. Mac Jones can have several seats this week.
Start of the Week: D’Andre Swift vs. WAS: Swift went completely mental against the Philadelphia Eagle in Week 1. He averaged a crazy 9.6 y/a, rushing for 144 yards, and finished third among running back in rushing yards. Swift gets a juicy matchup in Week 2 going up against the Washington Commanders.
Kareem Hunt vs. NYJ: Hunt made the most of his touches in Week 1, turning 14 total touches into 70 total yards and two touchdowns versus the Carolina Panthers. Hunt should continue to see work behind starter Nick Chubb on the ground and in passing situations with quarterback Jacoby Brissett not able to stretch the field with his arm. Hunt gets an untested Jets defense that faced off against the Ravens’ immediate pickup in Kenyan Drake and underwhelming running back Mike Davis.
Antonio Gibson vs. DET: Gibson has the Commanders backfield to himself for now and with it, Gibson turned in a top 15 finish among fantasy running backs last week. On top of that was the surprising amount of targets Gibson received out of the backfield, out-targeting fellow Commanders’ running back J.D. McKissic 8-3. Meanwhile, Detriot had issues against the run when they faced the Philadelphia Eagles, surrendering 5.5 y/a during the game.
Aaron Jones vs. CHI: While there may be some concern as to the splits between Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon, Jones may still be more likely to see added work as a pass catcher while Dillon gets more work as a rusher. Dillon only saw one more target than Jones did in Week 1 versus the Minnesota Vikings (6-5). Jones should bounce back with Allen Lazard back in the lineup and get a Bears defense that will look to try and slow down Aaron Rodgers and the Packers from getting back on track without the aid of mother nature to help them.
Flex of the Week: Nyhiem Hines vs. JAX: The Colts and Matt Ryan will be without top wide receiver Michael Pittman and rookie wide receiver Alec Pierce this week as both are dealing with injuries. Pittman picked up a quad injury in practice and Pierce was already dealing with a concussion and trying to work his way back in practice before the weekend. With those two missing in action, look for Ryan to throw the ball elsewhere and Hines could be a beneficiary of fewer people in front of him. Hines saw a 12.2% target share in Week 1 vs. JAX. The Jags gave up the fourth-most passing yards to Carson Wentz last week.
Damien Harris vs. PIT: The Patriots are in unfamiliar territory this year as their identity seems to missing. Harris only saw nine carries vs. MIA in Week 1 with the Patriots opting to split work between Harris, Rhamondre Stevenson, and Ty Montgomery. Montgomery was recently put on IR and will miss at least four more games but it’s unclear as to whether or not the Pats will split work between both Harris and Stevenson going forward or will include rookie running back Pierre Strong. Until they figure it out, Harris can sit. The Pats get a Steelers defense that allowed 3.9 y/a to the Bengals in Week 1 with Joe Mixon putting up 82 yards (on 27 attempts/3 y/a).
Ezekiel Elliott vs. CIN: This one hurts but there are going to be some games where you might have to sit your workhorses and this might be one of them. With Dak Prescott on the mend, recovering from hand surgery is likely to miss at minimum four more weeks. With no reliable passing game to help out and facing a Bengals defense that gave up just 75 rushing yards (sixth-fewest) when they faced the Steelers.
Chase Edmonds vs. BAL: Edmonds received 12 carries for just 25 yards in Week 1. With a tougher Ravens defense on the incoming, Edmonds may need to rest on your benches this week. Plus, Edmonds will still be splitting carries with Raheem Mostert (5 for 16 in Week 1) making Edmonds’s value already capped.
Start of the Week: Jerry Jeudy vs. HOU: Jeudy was great in his first outing under Russell Wilson, catching a deep ball for 67 yards and a touchdown. Now Jeudy will get a solid matchup against a Texans defense that allowed 47 fantasy points to opposing wide receivers coming out of Week 1. Jeudy should be locked in your linups as a high-end WR2 this week.
Allen Robinson vs. ATL: Robinson has a chance to bounce back this week against the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons gave up the second-most fantasy points to opposing wide recevers in Week 1 with Michael Thomas (22.7 FP) and Jarvis Landry (18.4 FP) finishing inside the top 20. The Rams want to get back on track and playing against the Falcons in @Week 2 looks to be the recipe for success.
Gabriel Davis vs. TEN: Davis had a solid performance and Week 1 posting 18.8 fantasy points against the Rams in Week 1 and will look to build on that against the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. He has reportedly been added to the injury report late Saturday so obviously, you’ll want to keep your eye on his status this weekend. If he goes, he should be a solid WR2 for fantasy managers this week.
Jaylen Waddle vs. BAL:
Flex of the Week: Amon Ra St. Brown vs. WAS: St. Brown led the Lions receivers in targets last week and gets a juicy matchup against the Washington Commanders that allowed the tenth-most fantasy points coming out of Week 1. St. Brown saw 12 targets and looks to be one of Jared Goff’s favorite targets. Brown should be in your lineups this week.
Kenny Golladay vs. CAR: Golladay should be away from fantasy lineups until he can prove that he can even be involved in the Giants’ passing attack. Golladay received just two targets last week. You would think a receiver being paid the money that he’s getting paid would see a lot more work that than. Golladay can’t be trusted until he shows more on the field.
Tyler Lockett vs. 49ers: Lockett is known for his ability to stretch the field with his speed but under Geno Smith, we may not see that too often. Geno Smith attempted (and completed) just one deep pass over 20 yards in Week 1. Without Smith sending the ball downfield, Lockett’s skill-set may not be used very often. Look for a better option if you can. The 49ers (or the monsoon) held Justin Fields to under 150 passing yards.
Drake London vs. LAR:
Evan Engram vs. IND: Evan Engram has a chance to do some damage this week and cement himself as part of a potential budding pass attack. Engram saw just four passes for 28 yards in Week 1 but gets a Colts defense that gave up the third-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. O.J. Howard was basically fresh off the street and scored two touchdowns. The opportunity for Engram is there.
Darren Waller vs. AZ: Some fantasy managers may be concerned about the over-feeding of Davante Adams last week in terms of targets but don’t let that scare you. Waller is still a big part of what the Raiders want to do as an offense. Waller only saw six targets compared to the 17 targets Adams saw. Expect the targets to still come Waller’s way as they take on the Cardinals. The Cardinals gave up 20.7 fantasy points and let Travis Kelce eat.
O.J. Howard vs. DEN: We talked a bit about O.J. Howard and while his effort was commendable, Howard was lifted heavily by his two touchdowns. Seeing just two targets in the game, Howard can be left off fantasy lineups at least until he shows more involvement in the Texans offense.
Austin Hooper vs. BUF: Hooper may have been getting some buzz during the offseason about his connection to Tannehill but it didn’t show up on the stat-sheet in Week 1. Getting just a target for two yards, Hooper is another hopeful tight end you can leave on the waiver wire instead of your fantasy lineup.