2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start/Sit

by Dylan Clemons
2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start/Sit

Welcome Fantasy nerds! It is that time again to start setting your lineups for the week, and I'm here to help with the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start/Sit article.

In the 2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 start-sit article, I will be giving you a start and a sit at each position. I'll be here every week trying to help by giving you a few deeper guys to start, and a few guys who the consensus believes should be in your lineup that week, but whom I disagree with.

Last week was a wild week with Kickers missing go-ahead field goals, to Joe Burrow throwing four interceptions against the Pittsburgh Steelers. With that wild week, this article had a solid week going 2-2 for the starts and 4-0 for the sits.

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2022 Fantasy Football Week 2 Start/Sit

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Start

Matt Ryan, QB, Indianapolis Colts (ECR QB19)
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Matt Ryan was very solid in Week 1 against the Houston Texans. The volume was there, as he threw the ball 52 times completing 32 of them for 352 yards one touchdown, and one interception.

Ryan was one or two touchdowns away from having a huge week, but he finished with just over 16 fantasy points. Unfortunately for Ryan and the Colts, it didn't lead to a win. It led to a measly tie.

What we loved to see from Matt Ryan was the fact that he supported Michael Pittman for a WR1 week. Peppering Pittman with 13 targets and throwing him a touchdown. Ryan should be able to take advantage of Pittman's matchup once again this week.

The Matchup

Matt Ryan and the Colts are taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars for their second straight divisional game. The Jags are coming off a game in which Carson Wentz carved them up. Wentz scored 29 fantasy points and finished as a QB1 for the week. I can 100% see that happening for Ryan this week as well.

Chase Edmonds, RB, Miami Dolphins (ECR RB25)

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Chase Edmonds had a decent game in half-point PPR formats scoring 8.5 fantasy points. He wasn't very efficient getting 12 carries for 26 yards. However, he did catch all four of his targets for 40 yards, so the 16 touches in Week one is awesome to see.

Edmonds also led the backfield with 63% of the snaps played last Sunday. Raheem Mostert was behind him seeing 41% of the snaps. It definitely looks like it will be a committee like we thought it would be, but Edmonds got paid like a lead back in the off-season and is the lead back in this offense.

The Matchup

The Matchup for the Dolphins this week is not an easy one against a tough Baltimore Ravens defense. An intriguing stat I saw from Week 1 was that the Ravens gave up 19 targets to the Jets running backs last week. Edmonds could feast on check downs this week, and quite possibly find the end zone. I think you have to find a way to get Edmonds in your lineups this weekend.

Julio Jones, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, (ECR WR41)

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This was the part of the article where I whiffed last week going with Kadarius Toney. Hoping I don't make another mistake but I am going with Julio Jones this week. Julio gave us a flashback last week hooking up with tom Brady on a bomb. He finished last week's game with three catches on five targets for 69 yards and 10.1 half-point PPR fantasy points.

The Tampa Bay offense didn't seem to be in sync through that game. They only scored one touchdown and that was a fade to Mike Evans. Jones only played on about 50% of the team's snaps. That should increase this week however with Chris Godwin tweaking his hamstring last week, which is something to monitor heading into the weekend.

The Matchup

The matchup for the Bucs is not an easy one as they are taking on the Saints, who have made it tough on Tom Brady since he came over to the Buccaneers. I don't think that should affect Julio a whole lot since it will be Mike Evans getting the Marshawn Lattimore treatment. Start Julio with confidence this week as he should have a solid game.

Evan Engram, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars, (ECR TE20)

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You're probably reading Evan Engram's name in this article right now, and thinking man what is this guy thinking? But I liked what we saw from Engram to an extent. He caught all four of his targets for 28 yards and 4.8 fantasy points, that part really isn't ideal.

Engram, however, ran a route play 78% of the offensive snaps by the Jaguars according to Jared Smola, which is an encouraging number to see. With that route percentage, I think you can expect Engrams Week 1 10% target share to increase.

The Matchup

The matchup in this one is intriguing after what we saw by the Indianapolis Colts defense. The Colts allowed OJ Howard to catch two touchdowns in the middle of the field. The colts are known for running a Tampa-two zone defense. You attack that defense in the middle of the field, and I could see Engram doing that. I could see Engram finding the endzone this week en route to a TE1 week.

Sit

Tom Brady, QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (ECR QB9)

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You might think I am crazy for putting Tom Brady on this list after the year he had last year. But this off-season was full of turmoil. With Brady retiring and then unretiring, and with him mysteriously disappearing for two weeks during the preseason.

Then to top it all off, Brady comes out on Sunday night football of Week 1 and struggles to get anything going really. He finished that game 18 of 27 for 212 yards one touchdown and one interception for just over 11 fantasy points. His offensive line is what really gave him struggles as he got sacked twice, but was under pressure quite often in this one.

The Matchup

The matchup for Brady this week gives me concerns. While he has scored well in two games against the New Orleans Saints over their last four contests, he has also had two clunkers. In those two games, he failed to score over six fantasy points. Those are his two lowest point totals since he joined the Bucs.

Brady is a risky play this week, and if you want to go with a pocket passer, I think it is a good idea to give Matt Ryan a look over Brady.

James Robinson, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars (ECR RB33)

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James Robinson is such a feel-good story that came out of Week 1. The man tore his Achilles last season in week 16, and he is already playing football at a high level. In Week 1 against the Washington Commanders Robinson saw 11 carries and rushed for 66 yards and found the endzone for 19.4 fantasy points.

Robinson and Travis Etienne split the backfield almost 50/50 with Etienne with the slight edge.  Robinson had 12 touches and Etienne had eight. However, Trevor Lawrence missed Etienne on a wheel route that would have gone for six. Etienne also dropped a sure touchdown as well.

Robinson won't get any of the passing-down work, so he will be very touchdown dependent.

The Matchup

It is going to be a tough matchup this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts gave up the fifth-fewest points to running backs last season. They only gave up just over 11 fantasy points to the position last week against Houston. Robinson will have a tough go of it, and will only return value if he finds the end zone.

Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens (ECR WR26)

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Rashod Bateman was saved in Week 1 by a long touchdown reception from Lamar Jackson in the second half. He caught two of his five targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. Bateman played on only 66% of the snaps according to fantasydata.com, which led the Ravens wide receiving corps.

I just don't think the volume will ever be there for Bateman to be a consistent fantasy viable starter in this run-heavy offense. He is the number one receiver in that room, but they just funnel so many targets to the tight end position, which makes Bateman pretty touchdown dependent, like he was last week.

The Matchup

The Matchup in this one isn't great for Bateman either. The Miami Dolphins secondary is the strength of this defense in my opinion. Bateman should also see a lot of Xavien Howard, who only allowed two receptions for 18 yards in his coverage last week according to playerprofiler.com. If you can find a way to get Bateman on your bench this weekend, I would.

Dawson Knox, TE, Buffalo Bills (ECR TE8)

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Dawson Knox had a great season for the Bill last year catching nine touchdowns. This season it will be tough for Dawson Knox to return that same production. With Gabriel Davis coming into his own and looking like a red zone threat, I am not sure there is room for Knox to be any more than a streaming option.

I can't say I will ever have confidence in starting Knox this season, even with him being a part of a great offense. Even with Knox's nine touchdowns, he did it with incredible efficiency. Knox only caught 49 balls on 71 targets last season. Then last week all my fears about Knox came true, only seeing two targets. That is all I needed to see to be out.

The Matchup

Knox and the Buffalo Bills are taking on the Tennessee Titans this week. Last season the Titans gave up the fifth-fewest points to the tight end position. Also only gave up three touchdowns to tight ends last season, three all year. I am out on Knox this week and moving forward. I would start Cole Kmet and David Njoku over Knox this week.


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2 comments

Colleen September 17, 2022 - 9:21 pm

hi I am really struggling with which 2 of these 3 I should put in my lineup for week 2, ppr : Drake London , Michael Carter or Travis Etienne ,

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Joe Bond September 17, 2022 - 10:45 pm

I’d lean Drake London and Carter. Until we see the workload from Etienne he can’t be in the lineup over guys like that.

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