Fantasy Football Week 2: Top 5 Sit ‘Em Picks
By Genna Preston
Don’t go down in your fantasy football league, it’s only Week 2. Don’t add these players to your starting lineup.
There are some pretty good matchups in Week 2. The Minnesota Vikings go up against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Detroit Lions take on the New York Giants on Monday night, and the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers will get to play their first 2017 game.
I appreciate the fact that Week 1 is out of the way because now we have something to make comparisons to. But, it’s not all about their previous opponents. matchups are a huge consideration week after week.
This week, we have high valued fantasy football players facing tough competition, which leaves their outcomes unpredictable. Don’t risk starting a player who isn’t going to give you the most bang for your buck! Be sure to check out these five players who deserve a seat on this week’s bench.
Next: 5. This QB won't make the Week 2 roster
5. Marcus Mariota, QB Tennessee Titans
I am confident that Marcus Mariota won’t appear on the fantasy football sit ‘em list often. Mariota completed 25-of-41 passes for a little over 250 yards and no touchdown or interceptions.
He didn’t quite earn 20 points, but he did manage about 18. Not a terrible performance, but not the greatest either. It will get better for Mariota, but not this week.
The Tennessee Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. Based off of their last week’s performance, Mariota’s fate is unknown. Last week, they had one interception, three fumbles, and 10 sacks.
Mariota is projected to top 20 fantasy points, but I can’t imagine he’ll top last week’s points. The Jaguars held their opponents to only seven points. Play it safe, bench Mariota if you can
Next: 4. This Lions back won't be the king
4. Ameer Abdullah, RB Detroit Lions
It breaks my heart to put a Detroit Lions player on this list, but truth be told, Ameer Abdullah isn’t what you need in Week 2 as he prepares to take on the New York Giants. Abdullah did, however, have a nice role in Week 1.
He had 15 carries and three pass completions. However, only 30 rushing yards isn’t going to carry him through this fantasy football season. Abdullah barely earned five points.
Since 2015, the Giants have only allowed two players to hit 100-yard games; Ezekiel Elliott and Le’Veon Bell. Now, I am not saying I don’t believe he could out run the Giants, I am just not sure you should take the risk.
There are better matchups in the future for Abdullah, but this week you should play it safe. Leave Abdullah on the bench, until he has proven his fantasy football worth.
Next: 3. A tight end worth benching
3. Jack Doyle, TE Indianapolis Colts
I was hoping Jack Doyle would come out this season and prove all the non-believers wrong. Unfortunately, he is exactly who we all that he is, and with no Andrew Luck, it only gets worse.
Doyle completed 2-of-3 targets for 41 yards. He earned five points last week, and his fantasy football value decreased 13 percent since the beginning of the week.
Not to mention, this week the Indianapolis Colts take on the Arizona Cardinals. Last year, the Cardinals surrendered the least amount of fantasy points to the position. In Week 1, they held Eric Ebron to 9 yards.
If you drafted Doyle on a whim, stash him on the bench for as long as you can. Until Luck is back, Doyle has no real significance.
Next: 2. This receiver has dropped the ranks
2. T.Y. Hilton, WR Indianapolis Colts
Another Colts player makes the list. T.Y. Hilton is also being affected by a missing Luck. I am not the biggest Luck fan, but he is the foundation of the team.
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Last week, Hilton only completed 3-of-7 targets for almost 60 yards. He didn’t even earn five fantasy points. Another week without Luck equals another poor fantasy football performance.
In the last two years, he’s played 11 games without Luck at center. Among those games, he’s only scored one touchdown. A receiver who relies on one player that much will bring down your whole season.
Let’s hope for fantasy owners and the Colts that Luck has a quick recovery. Until then, Hilton is a week-by-week start, and Week 2 is a no go!
Next: 1. The No. 1 pick goes to a D/ST
1. Minnesota Vikings D/ST
The Minnesota Vikings have a solid defense. After a strong 2016 campaign, they came back to start the season off right. Everson Griffen had six tackles and a sack alone. I am just not confident in their Week 2 matchup.
The Vikings play the Pittsburgh Steelers, and what a game it will be. It’s the Steelers season home opener, which adds more doubtfulness. Have you ever seen the crowd at a Steelers game?
Also, their track record for home games is incredible. Last season, the Steelers averaged a little over 30 points per game when Ben Roethlisberger started at home. Martavis Bryant is making his debut after not being on that field in a year, and then there’s always Antonio Brown and Bell.
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I could go on, but why? The odds aren’t in favor of the Vikings defense keeping up with the Steelers offense. If they do, great, but why risk it when there are defenses available on waiver? Sit them in Week 2.