Fantasy Football is upon us! With week 1 of the NFL season and fantasy season in the books, we were able to get a glimpse at returning top-tier talent, surprises and promising youngsters looking to make a mark. With week 2 fast approaching, we’ll break down players by position, who you should start and who you should sit. We intentionally will leave out top players like Mahomes and Lamar Jackson as they should be starting every week in your lineup.
Quarterbacks to Start:
Dak Prescott – Prescott had a subpar week 1 performance, but don’t let that stop from you for looking at Prescott as your go to option for week 2. Prescott finished 18th in fantasy points for quarterbacks in week 1, but the Falcons defense is notorious for giving up big games for fantasy quarterbacks. With the Cowboys and Falcons both having high-powered talent on their offensive regimes, this game will be a shootout which is perfect if you have Prescott or Ryan as your quarterback. Prescott gets the edge in this over Ryan for fantasy as the Cowboys should have a stronger pass defense compared to the Seahawks this season. Prescott is set up perfectly for a bounce back game this sunday.
Kyler Murray – Kyler Murray looked good in his season debut against a tough 49ers defense. The 49ers were upset by the surging Arizona Cardinals led by Rookie of the Year Winner Kyler Murray. With Deandre Hopkins joining the Cardinals in an offseason trade, we did not know how the tandem would work together, but the 2 put doubters to rest with Deandre Hopkins catching 10 passes for 151 yards in week 1. Facing an easier defense in Washington in week 2, expect Kyler Murray looking to Deandre Hopkins on many occasions throughout the game. Washington barely made it past Philadelphia in Week 1 and with a quarterback quicker on the feet than Wentz, Murray can easily put up a huge rushing game.
Josh Allen – With new receiver Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen has his first star receiver in his career as a quarterback in the NFL. Stefon Diggs dealing with injuries looked like his old self again with Josh Allen under center. Josh Allen started off strong in week 1 completing over 70% of his passes for over 300 yards and 3 combined touchdowns. Allen did manage 2 fumbles and if he can work on controlling the ball more, he should have no problem putting up similar numbers against a Dolphins team in the middle of a long rebuild.
Quarterbacks to Sit:
Carson Wentz – In a surprising loss to the Washington Football Team, Went had a disastrous performance with the 32nd ranked QBR of a mere 14.2. This came with 2 interceptions thrown and less than 300 yards thrown by Wentz. The start of the game looked encouraging but things went downhill quickly for the Philadelphia offense who were playing without starting running back Miles Sanders. Without a run game to rely on, Wentz looked awful and things don’t look promising with the Rams looming ahead. The Rams just shut down the Cowboys and with the Eagles having a weaker offense, they shouldn’t have a problem controlling the Eagles as well.
Ben Roethlisberger – The 38 year old is continuing to prove doubters wrong by throwing 3 touchdowns in his week 1 outing against the New York Giants. Despite getting the ball in the endzone, Big Ben had a tougher time finding open receivers downfield by passing for only 229 yards. Big Ben doesn’t have the juice and receiving corps that he had pre-injury. Roethlisberger will face a tougher Broncos defense who just came off a loss to the Titans. The Broncos also did not allow many yards to Tannehill who’s a younger and better version of Roethlisberger. Eric Ebron should see more targets from Big Ben in week 2 against a team who is more tight-end friendly to play against. We noted Ebron as a bargain free agent signing for the Steelers who should bounce back from a lackluster week 1.
Jimmy Garoppolo – Despite playing the Jets in Week 2, Jimmy G still does not hold QB1 fantasy value. Jimmy G is a reliant quarterback for the 49ers, but for your fantasy team he does not produce the same value. Jimmy G will lead the 49ers to a win this weekend, but with a lack of a deep passing threat and running mobility, the 49ers quarterback should stay on the bench in your fantasy lineup.