By Skyler Carlin
Week 2 of the NFL regular season is about to begin so who are must starts and who could possibly be duds?
Week 1 has passed and I hope everyone started their fantasy seasons on the right foot with a big fat W. The first week of the season is a nice week to see who is going to be heavily involved in their offense or who will be rarely utilized in their respective offenses. Week 1 was full of surprises like Alex Smith and Sam Bradford being top 5 fantasy QBs in Week 1. Again, all of my decisions are made purely based off PPR (Points Per Reception) so don’t @ me. Let’s get into who to start in Week 2.
QBs to start in Week 2:
Jameis Winston (vs. Bears): Jameis Winston has yet to play this season because of their Week 1 game being postponed. Winston seems poised for a huge season with the additions of Desean Jackson and O.J. Howard alongside Mike Evans. Winston also faces an unproven defense in the Bears so that’s another reason he could be in for a big week.
Derek Carr (vs. Jets): Derek Carr picked up right where he left off last season before suffering his leg injury. Carr finished with 18.7 points in Week 1 against the Titans which was 8th best for QBs. Carr has a multitude of weapons in Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, and Marshawn Lynch running the ball. This week he faces an abysmal Jets defense that allowed 18.8 points to Tyrod Taylor.
Under the Radar QBs:
Sam Bradford (vs. Steelers): I was right on when I said to give Sam Bradford a look in deeper leagues or 2 QB leagues because he ended up as the 3rd highest scoring QB in fantasy in Week 1 (only behind Alex Smith and Matthew Stafford.)Bradford did play against a very weak defense in the Saints but he still looked great. This week he faces the Steelers who allowed 18.6 points to rookie Deshone Kizer last week.
Jared Goff (vs. Redskins): Jared Goff is only an option in deeper leagues or 2 QB leagues. I still want to see a couple more weeks like Week 1 from Goff to trust him. Goff looked very impressive in his debut under Sean McVay’s tutelage. He ended Week 1 with 16.4 points which was right behind Aaron Rodgers. He faces a so-so defense in the Redskins in Week 2 so he might be worth a start.
QBs to sit in Week 2:
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Vikings): Ben Roethlisberger is a guy I’m avoiding this week. It’s more so because of the poor matchup he has week2. Big Ben had just 15.7 points in Week 1 against the Browns. This week he squares off against an elite Vikings defense that gave up only 15.6 points to an elite quarterback like Drew Brees Monday Night. I’d proceed with caution with Big Ben.
Dak Prescott (vs. Broncos): Dak Prescott looked comfortable just like last year in Week 1 against the Giants. Prescott had 17.1 points against a strong New York defense. I’d do my best to find a better option this week though. Prescott goes up against the stingy Broncos defense, in Denver.