After a brutal Sunday that saw multiple star players go down with season-ending injuries, there was definitely some shuffling within your leagues now is as good of a time as any to search for advice. I am here to provide that should you be willing to listen. Here are your Do’s and Dont’s of the week.
Do QB1 Philip Rivers
Rivers has not had a great start to his Colts career, you know, I know it, and anyone with eyes knows it. However, Rivers is playing an already putrid Jets defense that has lost some players to injury last week. Not to mention that multiple players publicly criticized Adam Gase and his practice style saying “The Jets don’t practice to win games.” This controversy does not bode well for a young team trying to gel and play well as a cohesive unit. Even without the problems, The Jets are just not a sound defensive team. For those reasons, look for Rivers to finally impress Colts fans with his first legitimately good game this weekend.
Do QB2 Ben Roethlisberger
There were many people out there, including myself, that thought Ben Roethlisberger had lost a step especially after major elbow surgery. But Big Ben has come out of the starting blocks with his hair on fire. If you watched him play, you wouldn’t think that he missed any time at all. It seems to me that he hasn’t lost any arm strength and accuracy never really has been an issue with him. He is matched up with a Houston Texans team that just got absolutely smashed by a far superior Baltimore Ravens squad. In this loss, the defense had more holes in it than a piece of swiss cheese, and with Ben developing more and more chemistry with his wideouts each week, look for the only remaining member of the killer Bs to have a huge day.
Don’t QB1 Cam Newton
Newton has been extremely impressive in his short time in New England. I would be the first one to admit it but I really think The Raiders are a legitimate team after what I saw on Monday. They held the Drew Brees led the offense to only 17 points. Ten of which we scored in the first half. Now I understand that Micheal Thomas was absent from said game but that offense is still talented enough to score more than 17 points. I think this team is really coming together and getting hot at the perfect time so don’t be surprised if Cam struggles.
Don’t QB2 Matthew Stafford
Matthew Stafford has fallen victim to The Lions’ overall organizational ineptitude over the last two weeks, and he’s seen his fantasy numbers take a dip as a result. With that said The Cardinals defense has improved exponentially from last year. They’ve held The San Francisco 49ers and The Washington Football Team to a combined 35 points. The Cardinals gave up 30 points in seven games last season so you can already see improvement. Stafford has been without star receiver Kenny Golladay all season and nobody else on that offense has really stepped up. Given the matchup and his lack of consistent playmakers, I’d stay away from Stafford.
Do RB1 Aaron Jones
Jones had an insane week last week putting up 48.6 PPR points. While I can’t see Jones putting up those kinds of numbers again, I can see another big day for The Packers star. The Saints rank 17th in the league in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs. So they’re middle of the pack but it’s no secret that The Packers don’t have consistent playmakers on the outside. Especially with star receiver Devante Adams possibly out with a hamstring injury look for Green Bay to ride the hot hand. I think Jones is a safe play this week.
Do RB2 Devonta Freeman
Now I’m going to take a bit of a risk on this one but I think Freeman might just be a good move this week. The 49ers defense was ravaged by injuries last week. Two defensive linemen for the 9ers went down with torn ACLs last week, and while it is unfortunate it exploits a weakness. The Giants should be able to run the ball with ease this week. While Freeman isn’t the safe play, he is the high-risk high reward play.
Don’t RB1 David Johnson
David Johnson finds himself on the don’t list, mainly due to his matchup and number of carries. The Texans face off this week with the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers and their ferocious defensive front. Johnson struggled last week against The Ravens, and I anticipate it will be a similar narrative come Sunday. Additionally, DJ is not the high volume Back that he used to be. The RB has totaled 11 carries in each of his first two games with Houston. A tough Matchup and lack of opportunity almost certainly hints at another slow day for David Johnson.
Don’t RB2 Ronald Jones
This Offseason, Bucs head coach Bruce Arians stated that Ronald Jones was “their guy”. Well, that comment obviously didn’t age well after the Bucs signed Leonard Fournette. In week one Jones carried the ball 17 times, but it was likely due to Fournette not knowing the full playbook quite yet. That translated into Jones touching the ball just seven times in week 2, while Fournette took 12 carries and turned them into 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It seems that the Leonard Fournette show has begun, leaving Ronald Jones in the obsolete basket for now. Jones should be benched in most leagues and considered as a low-end flex play in deep leagues.
Do WR1 Calvin Ridley
Ridley has been “The Guy” in Atlanta thus far. He’s totaled 240 yards and 4 TDs through 2 weeks; and injured Julio Jones makes his continued success a sure thing. Ridley has been the number one target for an Atlanta Offense that is notorious for its pass game. With Julio’s tweaked hamstring and the way he draws extra coverage, Ridley should see plenty of work against the Bears. Especially in the Redzone.
Do WR2 Allen Robinson
Now before you go wild with rage, hear me out. Allen Robinson has not played well by any means so far. He hasn’t even been worth a start. However, the Atlanta Falcons cannot stop anybody right now. Even though Mitchell Trubisky hasn’t played well, a surge in the run game week two, combined with Atlanta’s atrocious secondary should give Trubisky chances to hit Robinson for big gains. It all comes down to if he can identify and make the throws. I like Robinson for week 3.
Don’t WR1 Cooper Kupp
Although Kupp stepped up last week, I’d avoid playing him as anything more than a flex purely based on his matchup. The Buffalo Bills have been one of the best teams in the league so far on both sides of the ball. Due to the fact that Jared Goff likes to spread the ball around, it doesn’t seem likely Kupp will have such a good game. If you have players on the bench like Tyler Boyd, Keenan Allen, or even Darius Slayton, they may be worth starting over Kupp based on matchup.
Don’t WR2 Stefon Diggs
Diggs had a monster week 2 showing his growing chemistry with Josh Allen. However, this week he’ll be matched up with All-Pro Corner Jalen Ramsey. It will surely be a matchup to watch, but in fantasy terms, it’s a risky play. Allen might more easily find slot men, Cole Beasley and John Brown which could take away from Diggs numbers as we’ve seen in the past. Be cautious when playing Diggs this week.
Do TE Jonnu Smith
After his monster, 2 TD, week 2 performance, Smith looks to keep the consistency rolling. Smith has a highly favorable matchup vs. the Vikings, who have looked awful to start the 2020 season. Additionally, both AJ Brown and Corey Davis are dealing with nagging leg injuries. Smith is a good play at TE or even Flex in deep leagues.
Don’t TE Chris Herndon
Herndon is a good tight end, but the Jets haven’t been able to produce offense at all this season. A matchup against the Colts this weekend doesn’t benefit him in any way either as they picked Kirk Cousins off 3 times last week. He has also struggled to produce this year in any capacity. His average points per game is 5.1 Stay away from Herndon if you can.
Do FLEX Miles Sanders
After missing week one Sanders made his season debut this past weekend and had to impress many. On 20 carries Sanders racked up 95 yards and a touchdown. In PPR scoring he scored 21.1 total points. After getting their doors blown off by The Rams last week look for Philly to stick to the run. Sanders also has a great matchup against a Bengals team that will probably have two of their best defensive linemen down. Now I know that it is a small sample size but The Bengals rank 30th in the league in terms of rushing yards allowed per game. They also rank 28th in fantasy points allowed to opposing backs. Do with that as you will but I would play Sanders.
Don’t FLEX Emmanuel Sanders
There isn’t much to this other than performance. I expected Sanders to step up big time and fill the void that Micheal Thomas left. Instead, Sanders laid an egg. He put up a whole 2.8 PPR points. I expect more of the same out of him this week but who knows at this point.
Do D/ST Indianapolis Colts
The Colts are at home against The Jets and their offense that has struggled to keep their heads above water. Not to mention that Jamison Crowder is probably a no go for them. Look for Sam Darnold and company to continue to struggle to move the ball and scoring points.
Don’t D/ST Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys fans I don’t think you guys are going to go to the Super Bowl this year. After allowing 39 points to a Falcons offense with a hobbled Julio Jones I don’t think The Cowboys defense is a great play this week against a high-powered Seahawks offense.
Do K Harrison Butker
After drilling a game-winning field goal last week, Butker and The Cheifs are going to be locked into a shootout with Baltimore. The Cheifs are going to score a lot of points and that means he is going to do a lot of kicking play him if you can.
Don’t K Matt Prater
Like I said with Matthew Stafford, Arizona’s defense is so much better than it was last year and they are going to give Detriot fits on Sunday. They are not going to be able to move the ball with any kind of consistency. This is going to make it almost impossible for Prater to have a productive fantasy week. Sit him if you can.
As always my wonderful readers these are opinion-based. Best of luck this weekend.
Special Shoutout to Jordan Levine for helping me out this week.