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Fantasy football start/sit advice, Week 2

We're back with a look at some sleeper and bust options to consider for Sunday and Monday's Week 2 NFL action.

Welcome back for Week 2 of the 2016 season. The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills provided entertaining fireworks on Thursday Night Football. After a poor Week 1, Tyrod Taylor had a huge Week 2, so if you had him in your lineup, congrats! Matt Forte had to grind out his yards, averaging 3.3 per carry, but three touchdowns more than made up for it. Meanwhile, LeSean McCoy continues to struggle, and Sammy Watkins' foot is a problem to be monitored.

On to our start/sit advice for the rest of Week 2!


QB Eli Manning vs. Saints
This should be a no-brainer. Manning threw three touchdown passes in Week 1, and now he goes against one of the perpetual worst defenses in the league. Derek Carr finished with more than 300 yards against New Orleans in Week 1. Given that Drew Brees and the Saints offense can still put up plenty of points, this one could be a shootout, which bodes well for Manning owners.

QB Joe Flacco at Browns
Road Flacco is not as fun as Home Flacco, but when you're playing this defense, you're going to have a good time. The Browns made Carson Wentz look like a veteran in Week 1, giving up 278 yards and two touchdowns to the Eagles new starter. As Rotoworld's Rich Hribar points out, Flacco has attempted at least 30 passes in 16 straight games. That's should instill some confidence in fantasy owners.

RB LeGarrette Blount vs. Dolphins
We've seen New England running backs go off one week and disappear the next, but the script looks promising for Blount again in Week 2. Check out this info from Fantasy Guru's Graham Barfield. When the Patriots are big favorites, Blount goes to work. Add in the fact that Jimmy Garoppolo is still getting his feet wet as the starter, Bill Belichick will surely want to feed Blount as a bit of a safety measure.

WR Michael Crabtree vs. Falcons
What a way to start the season. Crabtree hauled in the game-winning two-point conversion against the Saints last week, and he finished the day with seven catches for 87 yards. The Falcons secondary got torched in Week 1 by Jameis Winston. Desmond Trufant is the lone bright spot at left corner, and with the Raiders moving their receivers around, Crabtree will see plenty of action against lesser defensive backs.

WR Tajae Sharpe at Lions
The Titans aren't making anyone guess as to who's the No. 1 receiver on their roster. Sharpe played 64 snaps in Week 1. The next closest receiver in that category was Harry Douglas with 37. PPR owners can feel confident about his production after seeing him catch seven passes in his debut.

TE Jesse James vs. Bengals
Heath Miller finished 2015 with 60 receptions. A third (!) of them came against the Bengals. Seriously, look it up. Miller caught 10 passes in each of his two matchups with Cincinnati last year. James saw seven targets in Week 1, with two of those coming in the red zone. Time to eat.

TE Delanie Walker at Lions
Two Titans pass catchers might seem ambitious for one start list, but I have to throw some love Walker's way. He only caught three passes in Week 1, but now he's facing a Lions defense that gave up a touchdown to Dwayne Allen and two scores to someone named Jack Doyle last Sunday. Walkers target share was way below his 2015 average. Given a better matchup, he'll be much more involved in the Titans passing game.


QB Andy Dalton at Steelers
Since entering the league, Dalton has averaged nearly five fewer fantasy points against the Steelers than his NFL average against other teams. Last year in Pittsburgh he threw for 231 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Given the matchups in Week 2, Dalton is in the lower QB2 range for me.

QB Alex Smith at Texans
He posted career-highs to start 2016, so it's natural fantasy owners might want to ride that wave. But Houston is tough on opposing quarterbacks. Going back to Hribar's notebook (which is really a must-read every week), the Texans have allowed one top-12 quarterback over their last 10 games. Smith should fall back into the lower end of QB2 rankings for Week 2.

RB Ameer Abdullah vs. Titans
Tennessee stifled the Vikings run game last week, holding Adrian Peterson to 31 yards on 19 carries. The Titans front seven presents a tougher test for Abdullah, who managed to score in Week 1 but did it while Theo Riddick was getting checked out. Especially for PPR leagues, I'd lean towards Riddick for Week 2.

RB Carlos Hyde at Panthers
Sure, the two touchdowns in Week 1 were great. And the Panthers were shredded by C.J. Anderson. But Week 2 will be a different story. Carolina heads home coming off a tough loss the reigning champs (again). The Panthers allowed 178 passing yards to start the year, and their front seven still ranks toward the top of the league. It'll be a completely different game script for the 49ers after playing an embarrassing Rams team. Hyde is going to struggle.

WR Kamar Aiken at Browns
It might be one of the best matchups he'll see all season, but if you're still an Aiken truther, it's time to get help. Aiken played 53 percent of the snaps in Week 1 and caught two passes for 14 yards. The addition of Mike Wallace provides a home-run threat for Joe Flacco, and Breshad Perriman is slowly working his way in, as well. Aiken is an afterthought in this now crowded offense.

WR Tavon Austin vs. Seahawks
The Rams are going to have to throw a ton (again) this week, and it's likely to be a disaster (again). Austin caught four of his 12 targets for 13 yards in Week 1. I'm honestly not sure I've ever seen a worse line for a wide receiver. You should still hang on to Austin, but starting him at this point is asking for a loss.

TE Coby Fleener at Giants
Putting him on this list likely means a touchdown is on the horizon, but I'm not starting Fleener until I see results. He caught a single pass for 6 yards in his Saints debut. Meanwhile, Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead had huge games. We all remember the Josh Hill hype from 2015. I'm not ready to call it the same situation, but Fleener needs to get more involved in the offense before he's startable.

TE Zach Miller vs. Eagles
You can probably just copy and past the previous paragraph and swap out Saints for Bears players. Miller caught three passes for 14 yards in Week 1. The Eagles kept Gary Barnidge completely off the stat sheet to start the season (you can argue about the QB play in Cleveland, but still). Miller isn't too appealing until he proves he can show up.