Time to Shine or Ride the Pine: Week 2 Start or Sit

Titans Corey Davis

It’s time for Week 2 Start or Sit where we help you find the names that belong in your fantasy football lineup this week! Who should you start?

Time to Shine or Ride the Pine

(Week 2)

Week 1 is in the books and man was it awesome! Some Guys like Emmanuel Sanders, out-performed my lofty expectations as he consistently gained large chunks of yards on the Legion of “Blah” and Dion Lewis took hold of the Titans backfield for new/old friend Mike Vrabel. Hopefully you completely ignored me on a pair of Skins, Jamison Crowder who didn’t do crap, and All-Day (Adrian Peterson) who was used like his nickname down in the desert. Alex Collins also made me look foolish by performing like the rest of the Ravens backfield and consistently ran into herds of Bills.

Here are the full results of my attempted fortune telling:

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Running backs who will shine

LeSean McCoy (LAC@BUF, 1pm est): I KNOW! He was terrible to say the least last week. He also had the unfortunate pleasure of playing with Nathan Peterman as his QB as well as opening vs one of football’s most stingy defenses. This week the Bills will start rookie Josh Allen who can stretch the field, and at least put the threat of pass on LA. Buffalo will want to keep the ball away from the Chargers and protect Allen from a catastrophic home debut. Shady will answer the question: “will the real slim SHADY please stand up” Sunday and put up respectable numbers vs a Chargers D hungry for sacks. Prediction: 17 car 63 yards, 6 rec 42 yards 1 TD: 19.5 pts

Dalvin Cook (Min@GB, 1pm est) He was on my sit list last week because of uncertainty surrounding his usage. He answered the question of health and his ability to be a 3 down back by being on the field for 80% of the snaps. Cook also hauled in 6/7 passes from Cap’n Kirk for all the receptions by running backs. This week he gets a Green Bay team who is susceptible to the ground game and with or without Rodgers on the field Minnesota will only increase Cook’s usage in this one.  Prediction: 20 car 88 yards 1 TD, 5 rec 43 yards: 21.6 pts

Royce Freeman (Oak@Den 4:25pm est) The Quack attack is open to sharing, but this game he’ll be flying lead. Royce Freeman and Philip Lindsay both had 15 carries last week for the same production but this week I expect the former Duck and super talented back to get things going early and be leant on for most of the ground yards. Although Freeman may not get many receptions, he is the preferred choice down near the goal line and should see a few opportunities to score vs the (Mack)less Raiders D. Prediction: 19 car 87 yards 2 TD (Yeah, I’m predicting 2 TDS) 1 rec 8 yards: 22 pts

Put a splinter in their backsides

Peyton Barber (Phi@TB, 1pm est): Peyton Barber will not perform like Tiki Manning against the defending Super Bowl champs. Philly, for all its issues on offense is still elite on D and will not allow any Fitz magic Sunday. Barber did not receive any targets out of the back field and will more than likely be on the sideline vs Philly while playing from behind most of the game. Prediction: 14 car 54 yards, 2 rec 14 yards: 7.8 pts

Jamaal Williams (Min@GB, 1pm est): It’s as simple as; 2018 PURPLE PEOPLE EATERS! If Aaron Rodgers plays you know they’re gonna ride or die on his arm. If he doesn’t play, the former golden domer Deshone Kizer, will need the luck of the Irish to survive this game. Prediction: 13 car 57 yards, 2 rec 22 yards: 8.9 pts

Rex Burkhead (NE@Jac, 4:25pm est): Sexy Rexy isn’t so flexy this week at Jacksonville. Burkhead recently sat out practice Wednesday do to a concussion and is currently listed as questionable. It is the Patriots however, so who the hell knows by Sunday. Anyways, minus a 68-yard touchdown run from Saquon Barkley, his opponent the Jags, held the G-men to 2.09y per carry. Rex will not be breaking free for any long tds Sunday and may not receive enough carries to even get going. As a matter of fact, the Patriots ran the ball only 19 times for 46 yards in last year’s AFC championship game while relying mostly on the short passing attack. Expect more of the same this week with Tommy lining up in the shotgun and utilizing James White as his preferred pass catching back.  Prediction: 9 car 34 yards 1 td, 1 rec 4 yards: 10.3 pts

Wide Receivers/TE in the spotlight Week 1

Corey Davis (Hou@Ten, 1pm est): Corey Davis received 34% of his teams targets last week even with Delaine Walker on the field. Now without Mariota’s favorite target Walker, the stand out college wide receiver is poised to show off his abilities. The Texans will be without, yet another DB on Sunday after Kevin Johnson was placed on IR with a concussion. Davis will be going up against the versatile yet small Honey Badger, or the veteran Jonathan Joseph. Neither matches up well against the 6’ 3” Davis. Although Tennessee does not pass often, when they do, expect most of the targets to head his way. Prediction: 7 rec 91 yards 1 TD: 18.6 pts

Zach Ertz (Phi@TB, 1pm est): It seemed everyone on the Eagles was suffering from a Super Bowl hang over in the home opener vs Atlanta. Zach Ertz wasn’t immune to the symptoms as he tied with Nelson Agholor for 10 targets but could only haul in half of those and even dropping at least 2 easy balls. Leading the team in yards per target and being the only real redzone threat, Zach is primed for a bounce back game vs a Bucs pass defense possibly without its top 2 corners. Prediction: 9 rec 86 yards 1 td: 19.1 pts

Tyler Lockett (Sea@Chi, MNF 8:15pm est): Lockett will now man the slot for Russ and the Seahawks while Doug Baldwin likely sits with 2 bum knees. The speedy wide out will have no issue getting open against the same team that allowed old man Randall Cobb to put up 8 rec for 67 yards before he exploded for a 75-yard td in the 4th. Wilson also likes to take his downfield shots and Lockett will be the primary target on these routes meaning a big game could be ahead. Prediction: 8 rec 84 yards 1 TD: 18.4 pts

Splinter Time

John Ross (Bal@Cin, TNF 8:20pm est): The hype train for John Ross was full steam ahead during the preseason. It is still probably chugging along, albeit a little slower after week 1. Even though Ross secured a touchdown last week, he was only targeted twice all day. Now going up against the Baltimore Ravens, in a rivalry which is traditionally very low scoring as well as physical, Ross will probably be on the sidelines while Cincy plays in 2 TE sets to protect Andy Dalton most of the game. Prediction: 3 rec 26 yards, 1 rush 9 yards: 5 pts

Larry Fitzgerald (Ari@LAR 4:05pm est): Larry Legend is my favorite current player, so this is difficult for me to pass along. Fitz is gonna show his age vs one of the most dominant defenses in football on Sunday as he faces the Hollywood Rams. They limited the Raiders receivers to only 5 catches on 40! Yes 40! pass attempts. With no other outside threat, a declining ability to create separation, and the possibility of being shadowed by either Marcus Peters or Aqib Talib, I expect Larry to be used more as a decoy than a primary target. Prediction: 6 rec 46 yards: 7.6 pts

Jared Cook (Oak@Den, 4:25pm est): You remember that guy who blew up one week, then everyone signed him off waivers only to be reminded he is really a bad player? Yeah, that was probably Jared Cook. Since 2011 (I didn’t want to research any further as I got disgusted by his #’s), Cook has only put up fantasy relevant stats in back to back games ONCE! That occurred during weeks 14 and 15 during the 2011 season. Cook has also not surpassed 54 receptions and no more than 5 tds in a single season since then. Long story short, expect a let-down this week from one of the biggest surprise performances during week 1. Prediction: 4 rec 32 yards:

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