Fantasy Sit/Start – RB Edition – Week 2
Week 1 has come and gone for the 2019 NFL regular season. As we continue the regular season, let’s take a look at the best starts and sits heading into Week 2 of your fantasy football matchups.
Start of the Week: Austin Ekeler @ Detroit Lions
Melvin who? That’s the question everyone was asking after Austin Ekeler went off during the Chargers’ overtime win against the Colts on Sunday. This week, Ekeler will have another favorable matchup against a beatable Detroit Lions defense. Furthermore, he could actually see increased usage in the short passing game due to the recent rash of injuries on the Chargers offense. Until Melvin Gordon returns, Austin Ekeler is an RB1, especially in PPR leagues.
Start – Chris Thompson vs Dallas Cowboys: With Derrius Guice sidelined, Chris Thompson becomes a valuable addition in PPR leagues. Dallas has a pretty good front seven, and I don’t think Adrian Peterson will be effective. This means the team is likely to turn to Thompson, and unless he’s knocked out with an injury, he’s a solid RB2.
Start – Nick Chubb @ New York Jets: The entire Cleveland Browns offense struggled against the Tennessee Titans. However, the Titans have an underrated defense that is much better than the New York Jets, especially if CJ Mosley cannot play. Chubb should rebound nicely and I expect him to finish as an RB1 this week.
Start – Sony Michel @ Miami Dolphins: “Beli-tricks” were in full force on Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers, as Rex Burkhead ate significantly into Sony Michel’s role. Michel didn’t help by looking well below average, running for a meager 11 yards on 14 carries. The only reason to start Michel this week is how bad the Miami Dolphins defense are.
Start – Devin Singletary @ New York Giants: Even though Sean McDermott has come out and declared Frank Gore will remain the starter, I would still start Devin Singletary over Gore. Singletary looked excellent in limited work, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see his role expand on Sunday.
Start – Malcolm Brown vs New Orleans Saints: While I don’t believe Malcolm Brown suddenly has weekly value, I definitely think he can fall into the endzone again in a high scoring matchup against the New Orleans Saints. If Brown doesn’t find pay-dirt, it likely sinks your lineup, so I prefer him as a desperation RB2 or as a flex play.
Sit of the Week: Aaron Jones vs Minnesota Vikings
The Purple People Eaters chewed up and spit out the Falcons ground game this past Sunday. Aaron Jones struggled against the mighty Bears’ defense, and the Vikings aren’t far behind in terms of quality of play. I expect Aaron Jones to once again find rough sledding against a great defensive team, and as such, I’m sitting him in any format of fantasy football league.
Sit – David Johnson @ Baltimore Ravens: Odds are you cannot sit David Johnson. However, you should definitely be tempering your expectations. This is similar to when I had Joe Mixon on my sit list last week, and I expect the results to be similar. DJ might be safe to play as a low end RB2 in PPR leagues, but in standard scoring fantasy football leagues, I’m not starting him if I can help it.
Sit – Marlon Mack @ Tennessee Titans: Again, you’re not sitting Marlon Mack in most leagues, especially since he just went off for 174 yards and was the league leader in rushing yards for week one. However, you need to temper expectations, as we saw what happened to Nick Chubb against the Titans defense. You’re probably playing Marlon Mack, but you may not like it.
Sit – David Montgomery @ Denver Broncos: This one hurts me. I drafted David Montgomery in nearly all of my leagues, and he’s clearly the most talented running back on the roster. However, until I see some more volume from Montgomery, he’ll be riding my pine.
Sit – Kenyan Drake vs New England Patriots: Kenyan Drake was the key to one of the most unlikely victories of the past 10 years in the regular season, but unfortunately, that magic has faded. Not only is Drake ceding touches to running mate Kalen Ballage, the Miami Dolphins offense is just, well, bad. I hate the Drake.
Sit – Devonta Freeman vs Philadelphia Eagles: Devonta Freeman struggled against the Minnesota Vikings, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him struggle against the Eagles as well. The Eagles pass defense is basically a sieve, but the defensive line still has depth even with the Malik Jackson injury, and their run defense plays much better than the rest of the team. Sit Freeman if you can.