After a wild opening week of the NFL season that saw multiple teams upset and many standout performances, fantasy managers are still looking for advice. With that said here’s what you should and shouldn’t do in week two.
Do QB1 Drew Brees
It is completely possible that Brees is a bench player for you in your league but you might want to consider giving him the nod this week. Brees and The Saints are slated for a Monday night Football matchup with The Las Vegas Raiders. While The Saints do have to travel across the country they get an extra day to rest and prepare. They are playing a Raiders team that has seen a lot of turnover in the secondary over the last few years. This is the same Raiders team that allowed 6 catches and 115 yards to Robby Anderson alone last week.
With star receiver Micheal Thomas status in doubt look for Alvin Kamara to have a bigger role in the passing game. Brees is a veteran who always finds a way to get a job done. Look for Brees to step up and put up big numbers in prime time.
Do QB2 Dak Prescott
After an uneventful opening night, Dak Prescott will look to bounce back against a Falcons defense that allowed 322 yards and four touchdowns in a blowout loss to Russell Wilson and The Seahawks. Now I know Dak Prescott isn’t on the same planet as Russell Wilson but it’s not a secret that this Atlanta defense is poor at its best. Prescott was the leagues passing yards leader in 2019 and is playing the 2020 season on the franchise tag. Look for Prescott to have a big game as Dallas looks to pick up their first win this weekend.
Do RB1 Adrian Peterson
Peterson began a campaign with his 4th team last weekend and he did not miss a beat. Peterson is at the point in his career where he won’t give you monster fantasy numbers each week but he will give you 12-20 points on a consistent basis. After a season debut in which he put up 14.4 fantasy points that had to impress The Lions brain trust, Look for him to have an even better game against a Packers defense that was gashed by Dalvin Cook and the Vikings. With each productive performance, Peterson will see an increase in carries. Look for that this Sunday as The Lions also look to pick up their first win.
Do RB2 Jonathan Taylor
With the Achilles injury to starter Marlon Mack rookie, Jonathan Taylor will see a dramatic increase in carries for the rest of the season. Taylor was quite impressive in camp and The Colts considered giving him the week one start. They eventually decided to go with Mack. The Colts obviously think highly of Taylor and you should as well. This is without mentioning that Taylor is going up against a defense that struggled mightily to stop the run on opening weekend. All be it an extremely small sample size the Vikings rank 29th in the league in terms of rushing yards allowed. Look for Taylor to break out with the increased workload.
Don’t RB1 Melvin Gordon
Coming off of a season that was less than ideal for a back that was once considered to be one of the best backs in the league, Gordon was looking to have a bounce game to open the season. Considering the matchup, against a stout Tennessee Titans defense he performed well putting up 16.6 points in PPR scoring. However, Gordon will surely regress playing against a Pittsburgh Steelers defense that allowed a whole six yards to Saquan Barkley. Gordon will struggle to create space and will hurt your fantasy lineup as a result. Sit him this week.
Don’t RB2 Cristian McCaffrey
Now I know what you’re thinking why would you ever sit one of the best backs in the league. Let me tell you why The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the best-run defense in the league last year and in week 16 of the season, McCaffery barley touched 9 points. Also, in the other game against Tampa McCaffery put up just over 19 points but that was carried by two receiving touchdowns. Other than that he rushed for just 69 total yards over those to games. Now let me say this I’m not saying to definitely sit him but you may want to give it some thought.
Something I failed to mention in my last Do’s and Dont’s is the people ou there who play daily fantasy such as Draftkings or Fanduel do your best to stay away from him this week. He carries a Draftkings salary of $10,000 which is a fifth of your budget. Fanduel wise he carries a $10,500 cap hit out of a total salary cap of $60,000 so that is 17.5 percent of your cap space. That is just too much money for a guy who has a legitimate chance to have a slow game.
Do WR1 Calvin Ridley
Do WR2 Anthony Miller
After a rough opening week for cornerback Corey Ballentine, Anthony Miller is poised for a big week this Sunday. With James Bradbury drawing number one receiver Allen Robinson, Miller will definitely have a better shot than Robinson to have a huge game against the depleted Giants secondary. Miller impressed last week catching the go-ahead touchdown to beat The Lions.
Don’t WR1 John Brown
After a slow start to the season, John Brown was on Buffalo’s injury report and listed as questionable. Brown did not play great in week one but had a decent day hauling in six catches for 70 yards and a touchdown. However, with Brown hobbled and Buffalo playing a Mami defense that allowed the least passing yards in week one I don’t love the matchup him. I’d stay away from him if you can.
Don’t WR2 DJ Chark
After a great opening weekend for a Titans defense that continued its dominance from the end of the year. They shut down everyone including stud rookie wideout Jerry Jeudy. Sure Jaxsonville got a big win over The Colts in week one but that was predicated on opportunistic defensive plays. With Jacksonville playing a much tougher defense this week I’d imagine that it would take some more offensive firepower to win. I don’t think The Jaguars have it and I don’t think Chark will provide mutch production.
Do TE Jordan Reed
With George Kittle probably on the shelf, Reed will take over the starting tight end role for San Fransisco this week. He has struggled with a concussion problem the last few years, missing the entire year last year with one, but he was a very productive weapon when healthy. The last time he was fully healthy Reed, racked up 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 TDS. Reed looks to be healthy for the first time in a long time. As we know Kyle Shannahan’s offense is very reliant on the tight end as history can prove. Look at the production of Austin Hooper and George Kittle under Shannahan. Look for Reed to have a big day against The Jets.
Don’t TE Evan Engram
After a rough week one for Engram that included multiple drops and just 2 catches and 9 yards. This is partially because of The Giant’s inability to move the ball. If the Giant’s offensive line doesn’t improve Daniel Jones is going struggle again and he probably won’t be looking Engram’s way much. I’d leave him on the bench if you have other options.
Do FLEX D.J. Moore
D.J. Moore had a slow start to the season as he tries to gel with his new quarterback but his matchup sets him up for success. Tampa Bay’s secondary was woeful last year and they continued there bad ways last week. The running game might not be there for Carolina so look for Moore to have a huge day against that leaky Tampa Bay secondary. This would be the first productive game as he looks to follow up on his first 1000 yard season in 2019.
Don’t FLEX D.K. Metcalf
Metcalf was Seattle’s number one target on the outside a week ago and Russell Wilson hit him a lot. With that said New England is famous for trying to take away your number one playmaker. With New England trying to start out 2-0 once again they will definitely double the former combine standout. I don’t expect much out of Metcalf after his nearly 20 point season debut. Look for Wilson and the Seahawks to explore other options this week. You should explore other options as well.
Do D/ST Pittsburgh Steelers
After a dominant showing against The New York Giants look for Pittsburgh to dominate once again against a Broncos offense that struggled to score last Monday. Look for T.J. Watt to step up and carry this defense to success as they look to start the season 2-0 for the first time since 2018.
Don’t D/ST New Orleans Saints
Coming off of a week in which second-year back Josh Jacobs rushed for three touchdowns in a win over The Panthers The Raiders offense seems to be legit this year which is why The Saints defense is probably not a smart play for you this week.
Do K Robbie Gould
Last week I said you shouldn’t start Zane Gonzalez because I thought Arizona would struggle to move the ball. Well, I’m saying start him for the opposite reason The 49ers are going to have a field day and move the ball all over The Jets this weekend.
Don’t K Michael Badgley
After a weak that the chargers looked like a team contending for a top 5 pick in the draft this year, barely squeaking out a win against a Bengals team that looked worse. They will struggle to keep pace with a Cheifs offense that has elite speed at all positions.
As always these are just opinions. I wish you all the best of luck this week.