Welcome to the Week 2 starts and sits. I hope you all did well last week, but if bad luck befell you, we’re here to help you up off the ground. There are some good sleepers this week and I’ve tried to bring a few to the surface. However, if you need more information on players not listed, you can always hit Rotobahn and check out my full Lineup Rankings, which will be updated over the weekend as always.
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Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Falcons
Dalton has a home matchup vs. a porous defense. This is when you use him if you have a need. He’s a better option than some guys who are typically QB1 caliber, like Robert Griffin and Jay Cutler.
Jake Locker, Titans vs. Cowboys
On paper, this is definitely the week to play Locker. He’s got the Dallas defense and he’s at home. After he stood up to KC on the road, you have to like his chances here. His weapons are all healthy and ready to go.
Brian Hoyer, Browns vs. Saints
You probably don’t need him, but he looked good last week in the second half and this is a better matchup at home. Hoyer’s a solid player and his knee looks healthy enough at this point. He can help you if you’re in a jam.
Alex Smith, Chiefs at Broncos
I just don’t trust his line, and though Dwayne Bowe returns, he’ll be shadowed by Aqib Talib all day. I’m staying away from Smith until the Chiefs get their offense sorted out.
Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Seahawks
He’s got injured receivers and he’s facing an imposing defense. He’s playable if you need him, because he’s a fine player. However, if you have another option like Andy Dalton or Jake Locker, this is the week to consider using them.
Frank Gore, 49ers vs. Bears
Gore actually looked great last week though he lost an easy score to rookie Carlos Hyde. That could be a pattern, but Gore still is an RB2 when he’s at home in a plus matchup, and that’s what we have this week.
Terrance West and Isaiah Crowell, Browns vs. Saints
I’ve been tooting West’s horn for months, and now you can use him as an RB2 with some upside at home vs. a shaky Saints run defense. West will lose some carries to fellow rookie Crowell, whom we like just as much from a talent perspective. This team will not miss Ben Tate at all, and we’ll have a logjam when he returns in 2-4 weeks. For now, start the Browns backs. West is an RB2 while Crowell is a flex in 12-team leagues and above. If you aren’t yet familiar with these two rookies, you should check out their scouting reports. You can see West’s here, and Crowell’s here. These are backs you need to know about.
Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson, Jets at Packers
After what we saw from Green Bay in Week 1, you have to like the Jets’ chances of running the ball this week, and that’s what they want to do with Aaron Rodgers running the Green Bay offense. Look for a heavy dose of Chris Ivory early on and Chris Johnson once the Jets have fallen behind, which they almost assuredly will. Both Jets backs will make strong flex plays in larger leagues.
Shonn Greene, Titans vs. Cowboys
He’s on some waiver wires right now, and he could have multiple scores this week if things break well for him. If you are hurting for a running back, Greene can help you, especially in standard scoring. Dallas is ripe for the taking.
Joique Bell, Lions at Panthers
You never know, and Bell’s a good back, but this matchup is a long way from good. Rushing scores are very hard to get against the Panthers, as are rushing yards in general. Bell is playable, but this is a week to consider other options.
Brandin Cooks, Saints at Browns
I’ve had a few questions on him this week, so I’m including him. Cooks is a very tough matchup for teams are already burdened with the complexities of matching up with Jimmy Graham. The Saints have freaks at both ends of the size/speed spectrum. Cooks is going to get his. He’s already a weekly WR3 with plenty of upside to do more.
Eric Decker, Jets at Packers
I expect the Jets to be in chase mode against Green Bay, so Decker’s targets will be there and WR3 production is expected. He’s a viable play in all formats big and small. His young quarterback was actually decent last week, which is heartening.
Justin Hunter, Titans vs. Cowboys
He was a little bit of a letdown last week, though he did make some plays. I expect more in Week 2 against one of the league’s weakest defenses. The Cowboys don’t have the manpower to handle Hunter, who is an athletic freak. He should give you WR3 production in all formats and he has big-game potential.
DeAndre Hopkins, Texans at Raiders
He came through for us last week via the big play and the Raiders are an even better matchup than Washington was in Week 1. Keep Hopkins active in 12-team leagues and he can help you in all formats if you need him.
Jarrett Boykin, Packers vs. Jets
Boykin is going to see a lot of the Jets’ weaker corners. Even if Dee Milliner does play, he’ll be draped all over Jordy Nelson. Boykin is a strong flex option or WR3 in deeper formats. Don’t overreact to his down Week 1. Seattle is in the Packers‘ rearview mirror for now.
Victor Cruz, Giants vs. Cardinals
He’s looked mediocre to bad for a while now. I trust him as a WR3 on most weeks in standard scoring, but he could get Patrick Peterson all day long, and Peterson is a better athlete than Victor. Manning might avoid him much of the game. If you have other options, this is the week to consider them.
Malcom Floyd, Chargers vs. Seahawks
Based on how each team normally lines up, Floyd should get a heavy dose of Richard Sherman. That’s bad. Don’t chase Floyd’s Week 1 production. The numbers scream “sit” in Week 2.
Dwayne Allen, Colts vs. Eagles
I’m a big fan of Allen and I think Andrew Luck is becoming more and more aware that his tight end is a must-use option. If you need a tight end this week, you could do a lot worse than Allen. I think he scores again.
Jermaine Gresham, Bengals vs. Saints
With both Tyler Eifert and Marvin Jones out, the Bengals will need Gresham, particularly in the red zone, where he’s an excellent big-bodied target. He can help you in 12-team leagues if you need an option.
Larry Donnell, Giants vs. Cardinals
He looked very composed and ready to contribute in Week 1, and the Giants will need him this week as the Cardinals corners will be all over the Giants‘ outside weapons. If you need a flier in a deep format, you could do worse.
Antonio Gates, Chargers vs. Seahawks
He was limping visibly last week and he’s been missing practice this week. Now consider how awful the matchup is and this looks like a week to consider other options if you can.