2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start-Sit

by Dennis Sosic
2020 Fantasy Football Week Start-Sit

Welcome Fantasy friends and foes to my weekly start-sit advice in the 2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start-Sit.

How did Week 1 treat you, Fantasy managers? It was great to have football back, and what a crazy Week 1 it turned out to be. We saw the return of Cam Newton to Fantasy relevance. Yes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire is for real. And apparently Josh Jacobs is going to have a tremendous season.

Unfortunately, we also saw injuries to players that carry immense Fantasy impact. Malcolm Mack, Le'Veon Bell, DeVante Parker, Blake Jarwin, Chris Godwin, and George Kittle all suffered severe injuries.

My Week 1 Start-Sit took a hit and needed to rebound this week. My start recommendations did not go so well. Tyrod Taylor was a dud in a good matchup. Jonathan Taylor played well but didn't explode onto the Fantasy scene as expected. DeSean Jackson was a complete dud. Blake Jarwin tore his ACL and is out for the season. However, Kyler Murray proved that he should never be benched and looks to have improved significantly from his rookie season.

Let's kick off Week 2 in style with my start-sit recommendations. Good luck to you (unless you are playing me).

2020 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start-Sit

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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Aaron Rodgers showed that the Green Bay Packers need to pump the brakes on getting first-round pick Jordan Love ready to take over under center for the Packers. Rodgers finished Week 1 with 32-of-44 (72.7 percent) for 364 pass yards (8.3 yards per attempt) and four touchdowns against the division rival Minnesota Vikings.

The Vikings had no answer for Rodgers, who looks to be back in MVP form and not washed up. In Week 2, Rodgers and the Packers take on the Detroit Lions, who gave up three passing touchdowns to Mitchell Trubisky in Week 1.

Rodgers will look to continue his revenge tour against a Lions defense that has injury issues in their secondary. Get Rodgers and all of his offensive weapons in your Fantasy lineups in Week 2.

Stream Away: Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars; Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts. 

Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers

One of the most discussed players in Fantasy circles heading into this season was Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Ronald Jones. After an awful rookie season, Jones finished as the RB26 last season with 1,033 scrimmage yards and six touchdowns.

An offseason filled with speculation, including the drafting of third-rounder Ke'Shawn Vaughn, left Fantasy managers wondering if and when they should take another shot on Jones. Add in the signings of veteran running backs LeSean McCoy and Leonard Fournette, and it logically displays the lack of trust that the team has in Jones as their featured back.

However, Jones showed he is still the primary running back in Tampa and went out and carried the ball 17 times for 66 yards in the Week 1 34-23 loss to the New Orleans Saints. The presence of the other backs should increase the pressure on Jones to produce, but for now, head coach Bruce Arians still refers to Jones as "our guy."

Fournette and Vaughn may grow into more prominent roles as they learn the Bucs' playbook. Still, until then, Jones will need to seize his current opportunity and take advantage of a nice matchup in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers. Josh Jacobs destroyed the Panthers for 139 scrimmage yards and three touchdowns in the 2020 opener.

Jones exhibited flashes that he can carry the load and might have to with star wide receiver Chris Godwin's status in doubt. Godwin was placed in the concussion protocol. Utilize Jones as a low-end RB2 or FLEX play in this juicy matchup.

Other RB to Consider: Nyheim Hines, Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings; Benny Snell, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Denver Broncos.

Marquise Brown, WR, Baltimore Ravens vs. Houston Texans

Marquise Brown lived up to his preseason hype by catching five of his six targets for 101 receiving yards during the Baltimore Ravens 38-6 drubbing of the Cleveland Browns in Week 1. Hollywood had a 100-yard first half, and with the game out of hand, only received one second-half target.

Brown has massive upside as we set our eyes upon his Week 2 matchup against the Houston Texas, who gave up three passing touchdowns in their Week 1 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Texans defense allowed 34 points per game to wide receivers last season, and the dreadful play continues in 2020.

Brown's continued emergence in the Ravens offense should provide plenty of Fantasy potential in this Week 2 matchup. Look for big plays against this weak defense, and Brown will capitalize on a big Fantasy week.

Other WR to Consider: CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys vs. Atlanta Falcons; Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers vs. Detroit Lions

Logan Thomas, TE, Washington Football Team vs. Arizona Cardinals

Just when you think 2020 couldn't be any crazier. What if I told you that a former quarterback prospect led the Washington Football team with eight targets in Week 1? The former Hokie quarterback and current tight end Logan Thomas hauled in four catches for 37 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Washington Football Team does not possess many offensive weapons outside of wide receiver Terry McLaurin. Consequently, Thomas commanded a whopping 25 percent target share in this offense in Week 1. Logan Thomas should be a PPR asset this season and has a fantastic matchup in Week 2.

His Week 2 opponent, the Arizona Cardinals, has been atrocious against opposing tight ends in recent seasons. The Cardinals gave up the most yards and touchdowns to opposing tight ends last season, and their struggles will continue this week with Thomas. He is one of the top tight end streamers this week.

Other TE to consider: T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers; O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Carolina Panthers. 


Carson Wentz, QB, Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams

A makeshift offensive line for the Philadelphia Eagles made it a long Week 1 for Carson Wentz against the Washington Football team. The offensive line allowed eight total sacks, the most allowed by an Eagles line in over ten seasons. Wentz completed just 24 of 42 passes and added two interceptions and a lost fumble in the 27-17 loss to their division rival in Week 1.

The protection is an obvious concern as they welcome Aaron Donald and the Los Angeles Rams this Sunday. I don't expect a bounceback against a Rams defense that held the Dallas Cowboys to three points on six drives in the second half.

Miles Sanders and Lane Johnson are expected to return this week, which will ease some of the pain. Still, Wentz is someone I can't trust in my starting lineup until I see the completed Eagles offense together, specifically a healthy and efficient offensive line.

Other QB to sit: Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens; Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints vs. Las Vegas Raiders. 

Melvin Gordon, RB, Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

A turf toe injury to Phillip Lindsay that could sideline him for several weeks has opened the door for a workhorse role for Melvin Gordon in the Week 2 clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gordon was splitting backfield reps with Lindsay but was still able to produce 86 scrimmage yards and a touchdown in the season opener against the Tennessee Titans. Fantasy managers should now expect Gordon to be the bell-cow back until Lindsay can return from the tricky turf toe injury.

However, Gordon has a difficult matchup this week against a stout Steelers defense who just held Saquon Barkley to six rushing yards on 15 carries. It will be challenging to have faith in Gordon to have any success this week, and that risk is enough for me to have Gordon on my bench in Week 2.

Other RB to sit: David Johnson, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens; Jordan Howard vs. Buffalo Bills 

Preston Williams, WR, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills

Preston Williams became the number one target for Ryan Fitzpatrick after DeVante Parker left the game because of a hamstring injury in their season opener's 21-11 loss. That sounds like great news except that he was matched up against one of the best cornerbacks in the league in Stephon Gilmore.

Williams caught two of team-leading seven targets for 41 yards.

Parker is likely out again this week, which should increase targets for Williams. However, Williams has another difficult cornerback matchup again in elite corner Tre'Dravious White. Williams is still recovering from a torn ACL last season and will be stymied again in Week 2.

Other WR to sit: Terry McClaurin, Washington Redskins vs. Arizona Cardinals; Will Fuller, Houston Texans vs. Baltimore Ravens.

Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Noah Fant stepped up with wide receiver Courtland Sutton out in the Denver Broncos opening loss to the Tennessee Titans. Fant caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown.

The Broncos offense will have have to face the tough Pittsburgh Steelers defense in Week 2. The Steelers shut down Evan Engram in Week 1 by allowing him only two catches for nine yards.

Fant is a shaky start this week, but he is a tight end that Fantasy managers should still attempt to obtain. He's a breakout option at the tight end position this season.

Other TE to sit: Mike Gesicki, Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills; Greg Olsen, Carolina Panthers vs. New England Patriots.

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