2017 NFL Week 2 Start 'em Sit 'em

Starters, Sitters, Streamers and Sleepers for your NFL Week 2 lineup
RUNNING BACKS
 
START:
 
Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville has had one of the worst run games in the league.  That's why they drafted a 6'4", 230lb rushing monster to change all that.  The Titans' defense have been subpar against the run, and they'll have more than they can handle trying to take down Fournette. 
Lamar Miller, RB, Houston Texans
The Texans take on the Bengals on the road this week.  Rather than risk turnovers by throwing the ball, they could go old school by running the ball against a soft Bengals front, dominating time of possession, and dominating on defense.  With Vontaze Burfict sidelined due to suspension, Miller should get some nice lanes running to the strong side.  He should have a good week this week.
 
Jonathan Stewart, RB, Carolina Panthers
If the Bills have one weekness, it's their run defense.  They won't be able to rotate fresh pass rushers and run stuffers because they simply lack depth.  Although McCaffery is the multi-dimensional threat, Stewart is the guy who pounds the rock and wears down the defense.  If the Panthers choose to let Cam rest his shoulder, Stewart may even find the endzone this week.  The Panthers' backfield and offensive line are far better than the Jets'.  There should be enough work to go around for both backs, if they choose to keep running the ball to keep the Bills' defense on the field and wear them down.
 
Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
A young, pass-catching back named Tarik Cohen gashed the Falcons' zone by catching 8 passes for 47 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut.  Montgomery, a more experienced back in a system he's familiar with, deserves at least flex consideration this week for the very same reason, especially in ppr leagues.
 
STREAMER:
 
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos
Anderson seemed to struggle at times last year, but he should have a good week against one of the softest defensive fronts this week.  The Broncos could keep the ball on the ground and hand it off to their talented backfield, rather than let streaky Siemian throw it.  It will also help them keep the Dallas offense off the field.     
 
SIT:
 
Eddie Lacy, RB, Seattle Seahawks
Lacy dropped a goose egg last game.  For now, it might be best to keep Lacy on the bench until his role is more defined.  The Seahawks didn't fall that far behind until later in the game, but it was still Carson who got most of the touches.  Better to bench Lacy and not waste a roster spot.  Even if Lacy was drafted as a "stud," he sure hasn't played like one recently.  At the very least, bench Lacy until the backfield situation sorts itself out.
 
Joe Mixon, RB, Cincinnati Bengals
The only thing clear about the Bengals' backfield is that it's a timeshare.  With no clear lead runner in the backfield, it might be smart to bench Mixon until this situation works itself out.  With injuries to the Texans defense (Watt limited, Cushing concussion) and a struggling Bengals offensive line, starting Mixon is a risky proposition.  
 
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans backfield situation has been muddied by the addition of Adrian Peterson, and the emergence of rookie Alvin Kamara.  Kamara was on the field for 50% of the Saints' offensive snaps and is the preferred pass-catching back.  This could play into Kamara's favor, not Ingram's, if the Saints fall behind against a potentially explosive Patriots offense, and need to move the ball upfield in a hurry.  This would eat away at Ingram's offensive snaps, sending him to the bench.
 
Frank Gore, RB, Indianapolis Colts
As predicted, Gore was a bust last week.  He's been promoted from "Bust Alert," but should still be benched until Andrew Luck returns.  The Colts offensive still struggles at best, and the Colts team will be who they are.  The Colts' ground game will continue to struggle.
 
BUST ALERT:
 
Robert Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins
Kelley struggled last week, running the ball 10 times for only 30 yards.  With Chris Thompson handling receiving work and Aaron Donald back on the Rams' defensive line, there's a legitimate concern that Kelley could get shut out this week.  
WIDE RECEIVERS
START:
Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots
Cooks will use his speed to make the Saints regret letting him go.  He has an expanded role in the offense due to Edelman's absence, and he'll likely be used to take the top off of the Saints' suspect secondary.  Cooks should have a pretty good week, to say the least.  
 
Doug Baldwin, WR, Seattle Seahawks
San Francisco is still a mystery.  They still need to establish an identity for themselves and figure out what they do best under new head coach Kyle Shanahan.  With that said, go ahead and put Doug Baldwin in your lineup.  The Seahawks' veteran offensive unit should have a pretty good day against a 49ers secondary that hasn't figured things out yet.  
 
Jordy Nelson, WR, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers proved why he's an elite quarterback last week, connecting with Jordy Nelson 7 times for 79 yards and a touchdown against an elite Seahawks secondary.  The Falcons run a similar zone defense.  Rodgers should be able to buy enough time for Nelson to find a gap in the defense and connect with his favorite target. 
 
SIT:
T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
As long as Luck is out, Hilton will stay on this list, especially against a tough Cardinals secondary.  Yes, he's talented.  Yes, he's fast.  Unfortunately he can't use his talent or speed to score fantasy points without the ball in his hands.  Hilton could become a start if and only if Luck is miraculously able to start.
 
Jordan Matthews, WR, Buffalo Bills
Matthews had a decent start to his season,  all things considered.  However, Tyrod Talor faces a formidable Panthers defensive front this week, which could hinder Matthews' performance.  It might be smart to leave Matthews on the bench this week.
 
Jamison Crowder, WR, Washington Redskins
Crowder struggled to get open against an overwhelming Philly defense.  With pass catchers Garcon and Jackson gone, Crowder will need to show that he can get open without other weapons drawing coverage.  He could see a slump in fantasy numbers this year, especially this week when the Redskins take on an overwhelming Rams defense.  Crowder also muffed a punt last week, which counts a fumble in most leagues.  Bench him.
 
BUST ALERT:
 
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals' offensive line is not the same unit it was in 2016, so chances are they won't give much time for Dalton to throw the ball.  This means Green probably won't have time to get open or get downfield.  Leave him on the bench this week.
 
TIGHT ENDS
 
START:
 
Cameron Brate, TE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Austin Hooper smoked the Bears for 128 yards and a touchdown on 2 catches.  Granted, 88 of those yards came on busted coverage, but Hooper broke a few tackles on the way to paydirt so he did have to work for it.  Brate could see similar production against a suspect Bears secondary.
 
Jared Cook, TE, Oakland Raiders
Cook caught 5 passes for 56 yards against a Titans team that allowed the 6th fewest fantasy points.  He could have a higher floor  this week against a woeful Jets defense.  Put him in the lineup, especially in 2 tight end leagues.
 
SIT:
 
Charles Clay, TE, Buffalo Bills
Clay caught 4 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown in their season opener against the Jets, but he may see a slump in numbers this week against a good Panthers defense.  Moreover, a healthier Jordan Matthews may eat into Clay's targets.  Clay's proper place this week is on the bench, not in anyone's lineups.
 
Coby Fleener, TE, New Orleans Saints
Fleener had 5 catches for 54 yards and a score against a pretty tough Vikings defense.  Unfortunately, he takes on a Patriots defense this week that caused the Chiefs to struggle  to get Kelce the ball.  He struggled with the Saints' offensive scheme last year, and could continue to struggle.  Start him if he's the only option.  He should be benched until he puts together some consistent performances.
 
QUARTERBACKS
 
START:
 
Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Falcons
Start Palmer this week against a secondary that gave up a touchdown and 306 yards through the air to yards to the Rams' mediocre passing game.  Even though the Cardinals are without their top runner David Johnson, wideouts John Brown and J.J. Nelson are speed guys, and Palmer could look to have his last hoorah with league legend Larry Fitzgerald.  The Cardinals cannot rely on their ground game, so Palmer and the receiving corps will need to win this game.
 
Phillip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
The Dolphins will need to respect Melvin Gordon and the ground game, which means the Chargers will win or lose by Rivers' arm.  Look for Rivers to throw it all over the field to a bevvy of targets against a suspect secondary that has looked lost at times.  
 
STREAMERS:
 
Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
In his last 4 matchups against the division foe Tennessee Titans, Bortles has thrown for 10 touchdowns, 1 pick, over 1200 yards, and averaged a QB rating of over 100.  Hurns and Marqise Lee are all healthy.  Bortles should try to take advantage of a matchup that's been historically favorable for him.  The only thing capping his performance is a potential offensive shift to running the ball first.  This, along with the loss of Allen Robinson, will cap his fantasy upside.
 
SLEEPERS:
Jay Cutler, QB, Miami Dolphins
Yes, Jay Cutler will be Jay Cutler, but he could have a throwback performance this week.  Parker and Landry could be the second coming of Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal.  Julius Thomas caught 24 total touchdowns in Denver from 2013-'14 under then-OC Adam Gase.  Finally, the Chargers' secondary can be thrown on.  He's a high-risk, high-reward player who's definitely worth a start in 2QB leagues, and should be watched in all leagues.
SIT:
 
Kirk Cousins; QB, Washington Redskins
The Rams and their prolific pass rush come to town and could make it difficult for Cousins and company to throw the ball.  If the Redskins do choose to attack through the air, it could mean a lot of short passes and dumpoffs.  Start Cousins if you must, but he's a mid-range QB2 at most this week.  
 
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals offensive line have taken hits and just don't look like the unit from last year. Even without Watt or Cushing, the Texans defense could see plenty of the Bengals backfield, and the Red Rifle might spend more time on the ground than on his feet.  After a horrible 4 interception performance, leave him on the bench this week.
 
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Bufallo Bills
Tyrod had a pretty good performance last week against the Jets, completing 16 of 28 pass attempts for 224 yards, 2 scores, and a pick.  He added another 8 rushes for 38 yards on the ground.  The thing is that was against the Jets.  The Bills travel to Carolina this week to take on a far better 
 
Marcus Mariota, QB, Tennessee Titans
Mariota posted a nice line last week, tossing for 256 yards.  His only touchdown came on one of his 3 rushing attempts.  This is concerning because Mariota will be facing a good Jaguars led by Probowl pass rusher Calais Campbell and includes talented players like Khalil Mack and Jalen Ramsey.  The Titans line will need to keep the pocket clean, and Mariota will need to feel the pocket collapsing.  

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS:

START: 
Los Angeles Rams
If the Rams weren't dominant enough already, they get Aaron Donald back this week.  Fletcher Cox and company were chasing Cousins around the pocket and the backfield all day last week and the Eagles' defense scored 23 fantasy points.  The Redskins are better than the Colts, but the Rams' defense is also better than the Eagles'.  
 
Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens forced Andy Dalton into 4 picks last week and blanked the Bengals.  This week, they take on the Browns and rookie  quarterback DeShone Kizer.  CJ Mosley and a dominant Ravens defense could end up working over a young Browns offense.  
 
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs had their bye in week 1 due to hurricane Irma.  This means their defense is untested, and will need to live up to the hype.  This underrated unit will take on a Bears team that's hurt offensively and defensively.  Start this unit.  Buyer beware: they'll need to figure out how to stop Howard and the ground game, and a very shifty Tarik Cohen.
 
SIT:
 
Atlanta Falcons
The Bears almost won last week's game as it came down to final series.  This week, Atlanta takes on the Packers at home.  Crowd noise could be a factor.  One thing that is always a factor is Aarom Rodgers' ability to find and connect with the open man.  Although Atlanta plays a similar zone defense, the Packers wideouts are savvy enough to find openings in the pocket.  Sit the Falcons' defense if you can.
 
Pittsburgh Steelers
Unlike the Browns, the Vikings have an underrated, but still established passing attack with three capable veterans in Diggs, Thielen, and Rudolph.  Their running back, rookie Dalvin Cook, is a far better back than Isaiah Crowell as well.  Yes, the Steelers' Joe Haden will lead their defensive backs and they have a formidable front.  However, the Steelers could be in for a bit of a shock.

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