Who Are You Starting & Sitting (Week 2)

Besides the obvious starters in your lineups, these are just a few more starts-sits for Sunday Week 2;


Buck Allen (start) The Ravens are without Danny Woodhead for a while and running back Buck Allen is expected to take on the 3rd down passing role. Allen is a capable pass catcher and has value in PPR formats, primarily as a low-end flex option.


Cameron Brate (start) The Bucs tight end could be the forgotten man in the Bears secondary with both hands full covering Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson. Brate finished the 2016 season with 57 receptions and 8 touchdowns. He could be good for a couple of grabs on Sunday, including a couple of red-zone looks.


Jesse James (sit) The Steelers will play host to the visiting Vikings on Sunday and tight end Jesse James may not find things as easy a go as in week 1. James managed to find the end zone twice last week, but could slim pickens against a stout Vikings defense that  allowed 14th fewest points to opposing tight ends in 2016.


Ted Ginn Jr (start) The Saints and Patriots could be locked in a barn burner. Ginn is nothing more than a favorable flex option this week, but I like his matchup. He was targeted 5 times last week, so he should get a few deep looks and pay off.


Travis Kelce (start) The Chiefs were creative in week 1 getting the ball into Kelce’s hands. They’ll likely make another concerted effort, even more so in the passing game and Kelce should reap the rewards.


Leonard Fournette (start) The Jaguars won’t have an easy time on Sunday, but Fournette should get enough carries to carve out a decent day for fantasy owners. The big back out of LSU should be a solid RB2.


JJ Nelson (start) The Cardinals will be without John Brown and David Johnson, so Palmer may have to lean even more on the passing game in this one. Nelson saw some steady work in week 1 and could see an uptick this week. He’s more like a low-to-mid WR3, but has upside potential. He’s a sneaky play on Sunday.


Devin Funchess (sit) The Panthers passing game looked anemic last Sunday with the receivers only seeing a total of 9 targets. Any of the three (Kelvin Benjamin, Russell Shepard, and Funchess) are a tough start right now until Cam is 100 percent healthy.


Marshawn Lynch (sit) Beast Mode looked pretty good in week as the Raiders managed his work load, limiting him to 19 touches. He’ll get a similar number this week, but could work his way to triple digits with a score.


Hunter Henry (sit) Last week the Charger tight end saw zero looks against the No Fly Zone Broncos secondary. He could get some work tomorrow against the Dolphins in the Chargers home opener, but with so many weapons in the passing game, there are better options available.


Eddie Lacy (sit) Last week Lacy looked terrible rushing for 3 yards on 5 carries. With Thomas Rawls entering the equation this week, Lacy belongs on your bench until further notice.


Rob Kelly (sit) The Redskins offense was out of sync last week and Kelley and the running game stalled with a total of 64 yards on 17 carries. Kelley had just 30 yards rushing last Sunday and this week he may find fewer holes; sit him.


Jason Witten (sit) The old man Witten was solid in week 1 on Sunday night against the Giants, but this week he get the Broncos No Fly Zone; just 3.70 fantasy points allowed to Chargers tight ends. I’m sitting Witten if I can afford and looking for a better matchup.


Martellus Bennett (start) The Packers and Falcons meet Sunday night in what could be an offensive spectacle. Bennett was targeted 6 times in week one and could see even more this week in a game that figures to see a lot of plays. I like Bennett’s chances to score in this one.


Golden Tate (start) The Lions wide receiver is healthy and though the Giants secondary played well last week, start Tate on Monday night. Tate was heavily targeted in week 1 and should see a heavy dose this week once again. In PPR formats he’s a must.

That’s My Take.

~David Ortega


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