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: Mecole Hardman @ Oakland Raiders
With Tyreek Hill out 4-6 weeks, Mecole Hardman has become a must add in all fantasy football formats. Not only is he expected to have a larger role in Hill’s absence, but he’s facing an Oakland Raiders team that I’m still not sold on, despite an impressive performance on Monday night. I would flex Hardman with confidence, or I’d slide him in as my WR3 in leagues that start three wide receivers.
Start – Cody Latimer vs Buffalo Bills: While Sterling Shepard continues to make his way through the concussion protocol, Cody Latimer has increased in value. Latimer was the most targeted receiver for the Giants this past Sunday, but only caught 3 passes. If he can catch 2 or 3 more passes, he likely surpasses 100 yards and becomes a viable flex play.
Start – Marquise Brown vs Arizona Cardinals: The most exciting rookie wide receiver performance on Sunday came from Hollywood. Marquise Brown clowned the Dolphins defensive backs on two long touchdown grabs that highlighted his athleticism and cutting ability. He’s still working his way back from injury, so his snaps are still limited, but this matchup is just too good to ignore.
Start – Desean Jackson @ Atlanta Falcons: Now is not the time to slow up on the Desean Jackson hype train. The wide receiver smoked the Washington Redskins last week, and I think he will put up another monster game against the Atlanta Falcons. The reason is because Atlanta plays in a dome, and I love taking fast wide receivers in dome games.
Start – Michael Gallup @ Washington Redskins: Not only did Michael Gallup have a monster game, we saw the Washington Redskins defense give up huge games to both Alshon Jeffrey and Desean Jackson last week. I could easily see Michael Gallup and Amari Cooper putting it on this mediocre pass defense.
Start – Calvin Ridley vs Philadelphia Eagles: The saving grace of Atlanta’s offense last week, Calvin Ridley looks like a stud playing across from Julio Jones. Now that he has a home matchup against a leaky Eagles pass defense, I’m putting him in all of my lineups as my WR2.
Sit of the Week: Brandin Cooks vs New Orleans Saints
Usually, I’m all about revenge games. However, in this case, I’m pumping the brakes on Brandin Cooks. Cooks’ speedy ability gives him potential as a game-breaker, but his target share since Cooper Kupp’s return leaves fantasy football owners wanting. The matchup isn’t terrible, but I expect Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp to absorb most of the targets, so if Cooks can’t find the endzone, he probably busts for the second straight week.
Sit – Curtis Samuel vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers: I think Thursday matchups are gross in general, and I prefer to avoid them. In Curtis Samuel’s case, I question his efficacy in this offense if Cam Newton isn’t able to push the ball down the field. I don’t think Tampa’s defense is one to avoid, but I want to see more from Samuel before I slide him into my lineup.
Sit – Stefon Diggs @ Green Bay Packers: If you played Stefon Diggs last week, you got burned. Diggs was reportedly still nursing a minor hamstring injury, which explains why he only played 60% of the team’s snaps last week. Even if he sees a larger volume of targets, the Green Bay defense showed out last week and will be playing at Lambeau. I’m fading Diggs this week.
Sit – Jarvis Landry @ New York Jets: I have officially become concerned about Jarvis Landry’s value as a fantasy football asset. Landry was always a volume play, but since Baker Mayfield has taken over in Cleveland, Landry has rarely seen enough targets to make him worth starting. I thought Odell Beckham’s presence might open things up for Landry, but he has stagnated. Until I see something different, I’m leaving Landry on my bench.
Sit – Courtland Sutton vs Chicago Bears: I was very big on Courtland Sutton heading into the year, and I still am. He was the best receiver on the field for the Broncos against Oakland, using his size and athleticism to come down with 7 catches for over 100 yards. However, the Bears’ defense could make this a very long day for Joe Flacco, so I don’t know if Sutton will see the same volume share as last week. There are better streaming options out there.
Sit – Larry Fitzgerald @ Baltimore Ravens: In the battle against Father Time, no two players have fought harder than Frank Gore and Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald looked amazing on Sunday, stretching out for a long pass in vintage fashion and ultimately pulling in 8 catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. However, Baltimore’s defense is much better than the Lions, so I’m wary of Fitzgerald’s ability to repeat this same performance.