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What does Week 2 of the regular season have in store? We highlight the players to get in your fantasy football lineups and the players to bench for your matchup this week, with some Week 2 start/sit advice.

One week down, and fantasy owners are already prepared to hit the panic button. Overreactions are a part of fantasy football. There's no better time to prey on the worry around your league. Target trades for players who underperformed in Week 1 (e.g. Brandin Cooks) but have a promising outlook for the year.

Our start/sit advice last week fared well, with Chris Ivory, John Brown and Jason Witten all finding the end zone. Sammy Watkins caught zero passes after making the sit list. Let's see how we can help you out for Week 2.


Carson Palmer, QB
Palmer is coming off a three-touchdown performance against the Saints. He played lights-out through six games in 2014, and it doesn't look like he's slowing down now. According to Pro Football Focus (PFF), only five teams finished with a worse pass rush grade than the Bears in Week 1. The Cardinals did a good job of protecting Palmer to start the year, and with another promising matchup, he's a great start again.

Jameis Winston, QB
If Mike Evans doesn't play, I would take a moment to rethink starting Winston. But Evans has been a limited participant in practice this week, and his hamstring is "100 percent healthy." Winston faces a bad secondary and a Saints defense that doesn't generate much pass rush. Winston is a good candidate for streaming owners. He should also be a player with low ownership in GPPs.

Bishop Sankey, RB
As Rotoworld's Rich Hribar points out, Sankey averaged 4.7 yards after contact per attempt in Week 1. Sankey tied Kendall Wright for a team-high four targets. Obviously the Buccaneers made it an easy afternoon for the Titans, as Marcus Mariota only attempted 16 passes. Sankey looks like he'll be more involved in the passing game going forward, and watching Chris Ivory rack up points against the Browns last week (remember he was one of the recommended starts), Sankey's potential has me betting on him.

Ameer Abdullah, RB
I loaded up on Abdullah shares in the offseason, and it didn't take long to pay off. The rookie finished with 94 total yards and a touchdown on 11 touches in his debut. He led the Lions backfield in snaps and made a case for more involvement going forward. This week Abdullah faces a Vikings defense that literally had no answer for Carlos Hyde on Monday night.

Pierre Garcon, WR
Last season DeSean Jackson missed one game. It was Week 14 against the Rams. Garcon finished that game with nine receptions for 95 yards on 11 targets. Well, here we are again. Jackson is out for several weeks, leaving Garcon to reap the benefits in the passing game. Vegas projects a low-scoring matchup here, but if you're in a PPR league, take a look at Garcon. He's also a lower-priced option for DFS cash games.

Brandon Coleman, WR
There are only three games with a higher over/under than the Saints-Bucs matchup for Week 2. After seeing both defenses struggle (putting it lightly) against the pass last weekend, you should be targeting wide receivers on both sides. Coleman played more snaps than Marques Colston in Week 1, catching four of his seven targets for 41 yards and a touchdown. Per PFF, his average depth of target (aDOT) was 14.3, ranking him No. 19 among wide receivers for Week 1. Coleman is seeing meaningful intermediate targets, and those should translate to another successful week against a terrible defense.

Tyler Eifert, TE
Eifert saw the second-highest number of targets among all tight ends in Week 1. He was a breakout candidate going into 2015, and I'm not selling high on him. The Chargers gave up four receptions and a touchdown in blown coverage to Eric Ebron to start the year. San Diego will likely focus their attention on A.J. Green like they did facing Calvin Johnson. Eifert should be Andy Dalton's go-to guy in a game where the over/under is currently at 47.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE
Somehow Darren Fells went off with 82 yards and a touchdown against the Saints last week. ASJ stole the show in Tampa's opener, catching five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. The Bucs are lining ASJ up in the slot, and their willingness to move him around makes me believe he can continue to provide TE1 production every week. Again, I'm targeting a high-scoring game here.


Marcus Mariota, QB
I loved what I saw out of Mariota in his NFL debut. This isn't an indictment by any means. But a rookie quarterback making his first start on the road in a game with the third-lowest over/under concerns me. Cleveland was a top-10 defenses in terms of fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks in 2014. They'll struggle against the run, but I would look at starting players like Philip Rivers and Eli Manning over Mariota for Week 2.

Jonathan Stewart, RB
The Texans held Jamaal Charles to 57 yards on 16 carries in Week 1. Stewart put up similar stats, rushing for 56 yards on 18 carries against the Jaguars. Most of his yardage came on a 22-yard run to start the game. Another stat from Hribar, 12 of Stewart's 18 carries in Week 1 went for two or fewer yards. You guys watched the Texans on Hard Knocks. Their defense isn't about to open up a huge game for Stewart.

Alfred Morris, RB
If you think back to Week 14 last year, you'll find Morris' worst games as a pro. He rushed for six yards on eight carries. St. Louis vs. Washington has the second-lowest over/under for Week 2. The Rams kept Marshawn Lynch in check to open their season. Alf can kill your lineup if he doesn't find the end zone. I'm not taking the chance on him this week.

Amari Cooper, WR
There will be bright days ahead for Cooper, you know, once we get past Week 2. In another projected lower-scoring game, Cooper faces Jimmy Smith and a Ravens defense that held Peyton Manning to 175 yards in Denver. Cooper's Week 1 letdown was in large part due to Matt McGloin playing under center. Derek Carr's return should help, but I'd wait on Cooper if you have other options.

Markus Wheaton, WR
After you get outplayed by Darrius Heyward-Bey, it's probably time to abandon ship. Wheaton played only two fewer snaps that Antonio Brown, but he finished Week 1 with three receptions. Ben Roethlisberger averages more than seven fantasy points fewer with Martavis Bryant out of the picture. The Niners locked down the Vikings passing game in Week 1, and I'm not banking on Wheaton to turn it around here.

Jordan Cameron, TE
If there's one thing the Jaguars are good at, it's stopping opposing tight ends. Greg Olsen was completely out of the picture in Week 1. After a rocky start in 2014, the Jaguars have allowed just three touchdowns to tight ends and a game-high of 62 yards since Week 4 of last season. Cameron is a promising weapon for the Dolphins, but I'm sitting him for Week 2.

Larry Donnell, TE
The Falcons allowed just four touchdowns to tight ends in 2014. Last week they held Zach Ertz to three receptions. Donnell saw four targets in his 2015 opener, and while there will be touchdown spikes to come, he's too inconsistent to warrant starting in 12-team leagues.