Week one was pretty unpredictable. Sure, some studs paid off. But for every Aaron Rodgers there was an Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning. For every Matt Forte there was an Adrian Peterson or a C.J. Anderson. For every Julio Jones there was a Calvin Johnson or Odell Beckham Jr. And for every Rob Gronkowski there was a Greg Olsen or Josh Hill.
Fantasy football is a cruel game at times, and the harsh reality is that you largely have to roll with the top dogs you drafted. Of course, if a guy is banged up or has a brutal matchup, you should always at least consider an alternative option if you have the depth that supports it. There are plenty of situations this week where the matchups look brutal and some big names may be better off being faded.
You probably can’t sit guys like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski or Brandon Marshall. But you might want to think about it for some guys this week. With that, start preparing for week two of fantasy football action with my week 2 player rankings.
Matchups to exploit: Falcons, Giants, Eagles, Bears
Atlanta and New York allowed 300+ yard passers last week, while the Bears and Eagles still got burned through the air multiple times. Chicago and Philly also had some issues with the run game, while all three of these teams gave up at least 24 points in week one.
Matchups to avoid: Bills, Jets, Ravens, Cardinals
All four of these teams allowed 19 points or less in week one. Baltimore is the easiest team defense to play this week as they’re facing the Raiders, while you’re not using many Oakland players these days, anyways. Latavius Murray will have nowhere to run and after doing nothing in his pro debut, it’s pretty tough to trust Amari Cooper here. Arizona, Buffalo and New York do face strong offenses in Chicago, New England and Indianapolis, but all looked so good last week it’s going to be really tough to go against them with any confidence.
Sneaky sleepers: Johnny Manziel, Lance Dunbar, Brandon Coleman, Richard Rodgers
We got a pretty good glimpse of the upside and downside with Johnny Manziel last week. He might not beat the Titans (he might not even start), but if he’s out there has has the ability to get 1-2 touchdowns, around 200 passing yards and 50+ rushing yards. He had a really nice run and a really nice pass brought back due to penalty last week and obviously struggled with three turnovers. The Titans aren’t quite the Jets, though, so I’d take a crack a this upside in daily fantasy football leagues if he gets the nod.
Dunbar didn’t carry the ball once last week but made a nice impact with 8 receptions. Dez Bryant is out (broken foot) so he’s going to be active again. Coleman was very solid last week despite a tough matchup and now he faces the Buccaneers. I’m feeling a big game for him. Rodgers is a little more dicey than these other guys, but he’s a starter and at home, while the Seahawks have struggled against tight ends in the past. With them trying to contain Eddie Lacy and stop Davante Adams, James Jones and of course Randall Cobb, I can see Rodgers sneaking in a score.
Stud locks: Drew Brees, Marshawn Lynch, Julio Jones, Jimmy Graham
Brees was pretty good last week (300+ yards and a score) despite a really rough road game. He’s back at home against the Bucs, so yeah. Lynch was just OK last week but he was on the road against a nasty Rams front seven. He’s forgiven as he crushed a Packers defense that flat out cannot stop the run. Jones was a beast on MNF last week and the Giants don’t have anyone that can stop him. Green Bay can quiet tight ends down at times but Graham is an elite presence. He’ll at least score this week, and maybe multiple times.