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 CMC, Ezekiel Elliot and Saquon Barkley as they should be must-starts in your lineup every week.
Running Backs to Start:
David Montgomery – The Giants allowed backup running back Benny Snell JR. to run for over 100 yards in week 1. With the Montgomery-Cohen tandem, healthier and stronger than the Steelers running back duo, Montgomery should be in line for plenty of yardage against a weak Giants defense. With Trubisky not being reliable in the passing game, look for many of the first 2 downs to be handoffs for big gains from Montgomery.
Jonathan Taylor – With Marlon Mack out for what looks like the remainder of the season, Taylor will be thrown into the starting mix with Nyheim Hines. Hines had the better game week 1, but over time, we expect Taylor to be the primary workhorse for the Colts offense and receive most of the snaps. Taylor had a combined 89 yards against Jacksonville and now playing a Vikings defense who allowed Aaron Jones to have a monster running game, the rookie is set for a big week 2 performance.
Raheem Mostert – The 49ers running back played well in their loss to the Cardinals with over 150 Total Yards and a touchdown. With Kittle, Aiyuk, and Samuel all battling their own injuries, the 49ers passing threat will be limited for a few weeks. Expect the 49ers to rely on more running plays with Mostert receiving the bulk of the carries and Jerrick McKinnon coming off the bench is a trendy flex in deeper leagues.
Running Backs to Sit:
Antonio Gibson – The rookie was expected to be a big part of the offense after the Adrian Peterson move in the offseason sent him to the NFC rival Detroit Lions. However, that was not the case in their first game against the Eagles as he played a secondary role with Peyton Barber in the starting slot. During all of the Washington Football Team’s Redzone trips is where Gibson barely saw the field as this was dominated by Barber. Gibson needs to produce yardage before Washington will consider him as their x-factor in the Redzone which going against the Cardinals is something to hold off on relying on.
James Conner – Conner had a disappointing start to the season and was a bust for many fantasy owners. Conner battled an injury during week 1 which still puts him as questionable for week 2’s game anst the Broncos. Even with playing, Conner would be someone we’d keep on bench for this game as the Broncos shut down Derrick Henry in week 1. Derrick Henry!! Henry is an absolute tank and helped the Titans to the playoffs during their miraculous run last season, but the Broncos stopped Henry on 3 separate goal line rushes. With Conner not at his peak, the Broncos should have no problem stopping Conner and Snell JR. in week 2.
James White/Sony Michel – Whichever New England Patriots running back you’re looking at streaming for the week, against a tough Seattle Seahawks defense, we’d look into other options. Todd Gurley was only able to manage 56 rushing yards against Seattle in Week 1 on nearly 15 carries. Gurley’s sole touchdown saved his fantasy performance from being a complete bust, but with Newton being a running threat for the Patriots, they don’t need to rely on White or Michel for those goal line carries to put them on the board.