Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fantasy Football Start'em, Sit'em: Week 2 Fantasy Wide Receivers

Ultimately, the decision of which player to start is largely determined by the composition of your roster (as well as your league's settings).

As an example, Martavis Bryant is listed below as a "start" for Week 2. And I'd feel comfortable going into Week 2 with him as one of my starting wide receivers.

That said, he may be a sit for your team.

In other words, if you owned both Julio Jones, Doug Baldwin and Bryant and start two receivers, you should start Jones and Baldwin -- and in turn, bench Bryant.

So, while you won't find absolute start-sit recommendations below (use my Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings for that instead), the goal here is to highlight some players that I like (and would feel comfortable starting) as well as some players that I dislike for this week (and would prefer to keep on my bench).

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Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Start'em

WR - Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals (at IND)

Only DeAndre Hopkins (16) had more targets than Fitzgerald (13) last week and the Cardinals will now be without both John Brown and stud running back David Johnson. The passing offense in general and Carson Palmer struggled as Fitzgerald finished the game with only six catches for 74 yards. Fortunately for Fitzgerald, he gets another favorable matchup in Week 2 against the Colts, who allowed the first-ever 300-yard game for Jared Goff last week. And given the team's injuries, Fitzgerald should easily get double-digit targets this week as well.

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WR - Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. PHI)

Hill had seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown plus two rush attempts for five yards in their Week 1 win over the Patriots. Given the injury to cornerback Ronald Darby, who will be out for a month or so, the Eagles defensive weakness is clearly the secondary. On a weekly basis, Hill will have the potential to touch the ball 10 or so times giving him a solid floor with plenty of upside.

WR - Martavis Bryant, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. MIN)

Coming off a full-year suspension, Bryant managed just two catches for 14 yards on six targets in the season opener against the Browns. A big play waiting to happen (especially at home), Bryant has scored 11 touchdowns in 12 games at Heinz Field and averaged 18.5 Y/A and 70.9 YPG at home. Drawing a less challenging matchup than Antonio Brown, Bryant has plenty of upside this week.

WR - Michael Crabtree, Oakland Raiders (vs. NYJ)

With the Jets coming to town, both Amari Cooper and Crabtree are in the WR1 mix. Technically, Crabtree is at WR13 in my rankings, but the duo and team have enormous touchdown upside as they are nearly two-TD favorites. Crabtree converted six-of-seven targets for 83 yards in Week 1 and was one of the most heavily targeted receivers in the red zone last season. Only four players had more targets than Crabtree (21) inside the 20-yard line.

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Week 2 Fantasy Football WR Sit'em

WR - Brandon Marshall, New York Giants (vs. DET)

It appears that Odell Beckham's status for Monday night is trending in the right direction after he sat Week 1. That could actually help Marshall, but the veteran wideout was nearly invisible in what seemed like an excellent opportunity against a bad Cowboys secondary as he finished with one catch for 10 yards. Ultimately, I think Marshall can be a viable WR3 this season, but I'd prefer to take a wait-and-see approach until he and Eli Manning build a stronger rapport.

WR - Sammy Watkins, Los Angeles Rams (vs. WAS)

Watkins got off to a good start in his debut with the Rams as he finished with five catches for 58 yards in Week 1. Second-year quarterback Jared Goff did target rookie Cooper Kupp (six) more than Watkins (five) and it's possible that Watkins draws some shadow coverage from Josh Norman. There are worse options in Week 2, but Watkins is outside of my top-25 fantasy wide receivers this week and more of a WR3/flex type.

WR - T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts (vs. ARI)

Regardless of who is under center for the Colts, we know that it won't be Andrew Luck. Making matters worse, Hilton should draw shadow coverage from Patrick Peterson. In other words, Hilton is a very risky start for fantasy owners this week.

WR - Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins (at LAC)

After being a late addition to the injury report, Landry (knee) is expected to play on Sunday but that doesn't mean he should be in your lineup(s). After Jay Ajayi emerged as the lead back last season, Landry's volume dropped considerably (5.25/63.42/0.25 on 7.17 targets per game). With Jay Cutler now under center for the injured Ryan Tannehill (ACL), I'd expect Landry's volume to fall even further as DeVante Parker becomes the team's most involved receiver.

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