Each week we’ll break down one player that should start in your fantasy lineup and one that would be better left on the bench per position. There are players like Josh Allen & Cooper Kupp who are matchup proof and should be in your starting lineups every week barring a major circumstance. Through 2 weeks, we’ve been solidly correct on 12 of 16 predictions with a couple question marks that could be argued in our favor. This week, we’re hoping to capitalize on our solid start to the year.
QB Start of the Week: Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings
The Eagles defense was too much for Kirk Cousins as he threw 3 interceptions in the 24-7 loss to Philadelphia. Cousins and the rest of the Vikings offense should be ones to look out for as they are set to be in a shootout against the Detroit Lions. Detroit even let Carson Wentz look good last week and with better weapons surrounding him, Cousins is going to light up the scoreboard.
QB Sit of the Week: Tua Tagovailoa – Miami Dolphins
In a career best game for the 3rd year quarterback it was exactly what he needed to try to prove himself as the future of the franchise. Week 2 certainly gave a glimmer of hope into that, but the Dolphins were playing from behind and every play at that point had to be a pass play which going up against a banged up secondary was very favorable for Tua. The Bills shut out Tua and the Dolphins last year in Miami 31-0 and we don’t expect this one to look a whole lot different. The Bills have one of the top defenses in the league and will be the toughest the Dolphins face all season. With many seeking to put Tua in their lineup after the insane stat line he put up against Baltimore, we just can’t trust him or most other quarterbacks against the Super Bowl favorites.
RB Start of the Week: Davis Montgomery – Chicago Bears
The Houston Texans have allowed over 320 yards rushing over their first 2 games. Despite the Texans being competitive in both games from an overall final score standpoint, the Texans rush defense needs major improvement. The Bears also haven’t been able to do much through the air this season and we expect the same game flow leaning run to continue against a terrible rush defense. David Montgomery is the main benefactor and has a season best performance.
RB Sit of the Week: San Francisco 49ers Running Backs
The 49ers offense could use some relief as they have been pretty banged up this year. Elijah Mitchell & Tyrion Davis-Price are out for a significant time, Trey Lance went down for the season, and George Kittle has yet to make an appearance this year. Kittle is slated to come back this weekend and we know he’s a favorite target of veteran QB Jimmy Garoppolo who takes over the starting job again with Lance out. Deebo & Kittle are going to be heavily relied on in this game as Jimmy G seeks familiarity on his 1st week back as starter.
WR Start of the Week: Drake London – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons drafting a wide receiver over a quarterback with their 1st round pick has already been paying off as Drake London despite the injuries has looked like the real deal. London has seen 33% of the targets thrown his way. As Mariota gets more comfortable with London, we expect him to start looking at London for deeper opportunities which should heighten his fantasy value even more. London’s current longest catch on the season is for 31 yards and hopefully that’ll be surpassed on Sunday going against a subpar Seahawks defense who just lost top defensive back Jamal Adams for the season. London’s the early favorite for offensive rookie of the year.
WR Sit of the Week: DJ Moore – Carolina Panthers
Moore has seen his target share drop from over 28% in 2021 to just 22% through 2 weeks of 2022. This script looks awfully familiar to what we saw in Cleveland as Odell Beckham Jr. saw his target share drop significantly with Baker at the helm. If it wasn’t for a touchdown in week 2, Moore’s fantasy production would have been very underwhelming. Baker doesn’t look comfortable with this offense and with a matchup against division rival New Orleans who held the GOAT Tom Brady to less than 200 yards, how will things look for a worse QB like Baker? If Kamara ends up playing for New Orleans, it’ll be a ground & pound game duel between Kamara & CMC vs. anything noteworthy happening through the air.
TE Start of the Week: Tyler Higbee – Los Angeles Rams
Sitting 2nd in targets for the team only behind Cooper Kupp, Higbee still manages to lead all tight ends in the league with 20 targets through 2 weeks. Now the test is if Higbee can start reeling in more of those targets as he’s only managed 12 receptions for the year. Going against a Cardinals defense who just let Darren Waller & Derek Carr have a great game, the odds are certainly in favor of Stafford & Higbee in this one. Higbee is a top 10 tight end entering this week.
TE Sit of the Week: TJ Hockenson – Detroit Lions
Hockenson enters this game as a touchdown dependent starting option. With the Lions looking towards Amon-Ra St.Brown and D’Andre Swift more and more, Hockenson isn’t getting the same volume he’s had in the past. In what appears to be a high scoring matchup against the Vikings, all signs are pointing towards this being the bounce back week for Hockenson, but with increase in production from the rest of the offense, Goff is going to be looking the other way on Sunday.
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