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2017 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start-Sit

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Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season is in the books! And what a crazy week it was. The injury bug hit as notable players including; Danny Woodhead, David Johnson, and Allen Robinson are hurt. Typical studs were not studs including: Le’Veon Bell, and Tom Brady (further demonstrating why the late-round quarterback is a preferred strategy). Rookies stood out as Leonard Fournette, Cooper Kupp, Tarik Cohen, and Kareem Hunt all had big days, to name a few. And the Rams…uhm… well the Rams looked, shall I say decent?

Its only week 1 though, so unless you lost a player to a serious injury, it’s not time to freak out…yet. What week 1 does bring is more difficult decisions. “Player X looked really good should I replace Player Y with Player X in my lineup”, etc.. Well the answer to those tough questions may be contained in this article. Without further ado, here is the 2017 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start-Sit preview.

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*Stats from last year will be looked at due to only a one week sample size for 2017.

2017 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start-Sit

Starts

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers

Wilson is coming off of a bad week against a Packers’ defense that was supposed to be exploitable. Wilson only managed to throw for 158 yards and zero touchdowns, while adding a lost fumble. The good news is Wilson ran for 40 yards on two attempts, meaning he is healthy, part of what limited his Fantasy success last year. The Seahawks’ offensive line looked terrible against the Packers. Wilson appeared to be pressured on every play and was sacked three times. The running game, which is Seattle’s method of setting up the passing attack, was also horrendous only managing 50 rushing yards.

With a week to work on fixing the offensive line and running game woes, and a matchup against the 31st worst rushing defense based on DVOA, the rushing attack should be better at setting up the pass. Expect Wilson to have a bounce back week in the home opener against the 49ers, who are 28th in DVOA against the pass, and allowed Wilson to throw for 300 yards twice, a season ago.

Start of the Week Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons

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Montgomery just put up 93 total yards, a touchdown, and 14 standard Fantasy points, on 23 touches against the third best rushing defense based on DVOA, the Seattle Seahawks. Now Montgomery gets a matchup against the Falcons, a team that has the 28th DVOA against the rush, allowing the 29th most Fantasy points to opposing running backs last year.

The Falcons just allowed Jordan Howard to rush for 52 yards and a touchdown. They also allowed Tarik Cohen to rush for 66 yards on only five carries. What’s more enticing for Montgomery owners is his role in the passing game as a former receiver, and the Falcons’ vulnerability to pass catching running backs. In week 1, Tarik Cohen added another 47 yards through the air. Expect Montgomery to be heavily involved again this week, and to be more effective against a less dominant, Falcons’ defense.

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Oakland Raiders vs New York Jets

Lynch was impressive in his first game back from retirement. He ran for 76 yards on 18 carries. Lynch also added another 16 yards on one reception. He managed this against the Tennessee Titans’ 10th best rushing defense based on DVOA, a team that allowed the second fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs last year.

Now Lynch gets the Jets, a defense allowing the 19th most fantasy points to opposing running backs last year. The Jets just surrendered 190 total rushing yards to the Bills, and without defensive tackle, Sheldon Richardson, whom the Jets traded away to the Seahawks, the Jets rush defense looks to be penetrable. With an outstanding offensive line and positive game flow, expect Lynch to have a big game this week.

Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots vs New Orleans Saints

The Patriots lost in a stunner last Thursday night against the Chiefs. Tom Brady didn’t look great and threw for zero touchdowns. On the bright side, Brandin Cooks did appear to be that, Moss like, deep threat receiver the Patriots were hoping for him to be. Cooks posted 88 yards on three receptions.

Now the Patriots are up against Cooks’ former team, the New Orleans Saints, who are 30th against the pass based on DVOA. Expect Tom Brady to come out angry… think last year after his suspension. Expect Cooks to want to show out against his former team. This makes Cooks an intriguing must start in week 2.

Antonio Gates, TE, Los Angeles Chargers vs Miami Dolphins

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Antonio Gates is looking to break the tight end touchdown record and now gets a Miami defense that allowed the 25th most Fantasy points to opposing tight ends last year. The Chargers offense is explosive. Now after a week to work out any kinks, they play the Dolphins who had their week 1 game cancelled.

Look for Gates to exploit a match-up against a team playing their first game of the season.

Honorable Mention: Philip Rivers vs MIA, Terrance West vs CLE, Allen Hurns vs TEN, Evan Engram vs DET

Sits

Dak Prescott, QB, Dallas Cowboys vs Denver Broncos

Dak looked solid in his week 1 opener against the Giants, posting 268 yards and a touchdown. Now, unfortunately for Fantasy owners, he plays the Denver Broncos and their “No Fly Zone” defense. The Broncos allow the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks and have the number one pass defense based on DVOA.

Expect the Cowboys to lean more on the run, and make sure Prescott is on your bench in week 2.

Sit of the week: Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks

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The 49ers look to likely be playing from behind a lot this year. This will limit Hyde’s opportunity. He only had nine carries in the 49ers’ loss to the Panthers. Now the 49ers go up against an elite Seattle rushing defense. This is a defense that held Ty Montgomery to 2.8 yards per carry last week. Hyde will need to get the ball more to put up solid numbers. But it doesn’t appear that this week will be that week. Even if Hyde gets more carries, he will likely be bottled up as the 49ers go up against a tough Seahawks’ defense.

Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts vs Arizona Cardinals

Frank Gore only managed 52 total yards against the Rams in week 1. The Colts look awful without Andrew Luck, and will continue to be in negative game scripts for as long as Luck sits out. The Colts also seem to be managing Gore’s workload, as he only had ten carries, while Marlon Mack received ten carries as well, including some goal-line work that translated into a touchdown.

Now the Colts get a matchup against a top-10 rush defense allowing the least amount of Fantasy points to opposing running backs, in the Cardinals. Ameer Abdullah was just held to 30 yards on 15 carries, at two yards per carry. Expect nothing more from Gore as his disastrous Colts go up against a solid defense in week 2.

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys vs Denver Broncos

Bryant is now making my sit list on back to back weeks. The tough schedule really seems to be hampering Fantasy owners’ ability to play Bryant. Sad part is, they likely drafted him in the first two rounds. After posting only 40 yards against the Giants on Sunday Night Football, Bryant gets an even tougher match-up this week against the Broncos. The Broncos are the number one ranked pass defense.

As mentioned above, expect Dak Prescott to struggle. This will limit Dez’s value, as the Cowboys try to lean heavily on the run. All in order to avoid being shut down by the “No Fly Zone”.

Jack Doyle, TE, Indianapolis Colts vs Arizona Cardinals

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The Cardinals are top-6 in DVOA against opposing teams’ tight ends, and have the number three ranked pass defense. This is a defense that just limited Eric Ebron… Yes everyone’s tight end “breakout” of the year, to two receptions for nine yards.

The Colts and Scott Tolzien are terrible and with a week to game plan against Tolzien’s go to target, Arizona should have no problem shutting Doyle down. Feel comfortable sitting Doyle on your bench this week.

Honorable Mention: Matthew Stafford vs NYG, CJ Anderson vs DAL, Martavis Bryant vs MIN, Coby Fleener vs NE


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About Alex Hamrick

Alex is an avid fantasy football enthusiast and writer for Fantasy Six Pack. With a background in quantitative methods and analysis, Alex enjoys using statistics and data analytics to develop detailed fantasy football analysis. You can follow him on Twitter and Instagram @AlexBHamrick

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