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 Julio Jones and Deandre Hopkins as they should be must-starts in your lineup every week.
Wide Receivers to Start:
Marvin Jones JR. – With Golladay out for another week, the Lions passing offense will need to step up to the plate if they want to avoid starting the season 0-2. Stafford is a top-tier quarterback without a steady set of receivers throughout his entire career, but things finally look like they’re turning the corner for Stafford as management has been seeking talent to surround Stafford. One such threat who is someone steady for Stafford is Marvin Jones Jr.. With Stafford not having his WR1 for another week, Jones Jr. should have a big day for fantasy owners.
Emmanuel Sanders – Michael Thomas is one of the top 3 receivers in the NFL and is surprisingly out in week 2 as he is dealing with injuries. The Saints offense is one that can adapt to any situation and Brees has proven that time and time again. Throughout his Hall of Fame Career, Drew Brees has worked with many wide receivers who have become fantasy stars from Marques Colston to Brandin Cooks to Michael Thomas to now Emmanuel Sanders who should be a good WR2 with Michael Thomas and borderline WR1 without Thomas playing. This is what we expect from Sanders going up against the Raiders on Monday Night Football as Brees will look for Sanders with the deep ball.
T.Y. Hilton – Hilton has been one of the sole rocks of the Indianapolis Colts offense over the years. He’s been one of the better receivers in the NFL over the course of the last several seasons. The Colts have gone through several quarterback changes during this time period which has restricted Hilton from truly exploding into being a consistent Pro-Bowl level talent. With Rivers under helm, the Colts relied more on the rushing game in Week 1 than fantasy owners of Hilton would have liked to see. With Mack out, the Colts will need to rely on Hines and rookie Taylor for their rushing game which they will succeed in their larger roles, but the Colts will look to Hilton and their receiving corps to step up to the plate in week 2 as they look for a bounce back win.
Wide Receivers to Sit:
Sammy Watkins – For Fantasy Owners, who were lucky enough to start Sammy Watkins in week 1, it paid off big for them as Watkins was a scoring machine. Watkins had a very similar scoring trend last season for fantasy owners as he was often boom or bust and not being someone you could steadily rely on for your team. With the talent on the Kansas City Offense and playing the Chargers defense, expect other offensive weapons for the Chiefs to be the driving force this week.
Cooper Kupp – Kupp and Woods make up the Rams receiving duo of top 20 receivers in the league with Woods being the better of the two. Woods coming off a four-year, $65 million extension for the Rams is looking to prove himself and why he is worth the lucrative contract. Woods will do just that against the Eagles as he should have a strong performance. Woods thrives in PPR leagues and Kupp will be missing out on a lot of targets this week as Woods will be putting on his A-Game and the Eagles holding the Washington Football team to less than 200 Total Yards receiving will limit the production that Kupp normally would have.
Courtland Sutton – The 3rd year receiver is looking to start his 2020 NFL Season on a good note and capitalize on his continuous improvement year over year. Sutton missed his first game of the season as he is nursing a sprain in his right shoulder. If Sutton suits up for the Broncos, he still will not be at his full capacity and will be facing a tough Steelers defense. Sutton should be rostered on your team but stashed until he’s healthier and facing an easier matchup.