Fantasy Fix: Our Favorite Fantasy Matchups for Week 2 of the NFL Season
Well folks, it’s officially Week 2 of the season and I’d say about half of you are already eliminated from postseason contention. Never fear, as daily fantasy leagues like Fanduel and Draft Kings can help you deal with the crippling doubt you’re now facing with Todd Gurley as your RB1. Follow my advice (and ignore Cobi’s) and you’ll find yourself with an easy championship… or a couple of shekels from a daily competition.
Whatever the case, games will be won, Patriots fans will be annoying, Colts’ defenders will be injured, and my dad still won’t look me in the eyes after I told him to start Sammy Watkins over Brandin Cooks last week. So, without further delay, here are The Deep End Miami’s favorite fantasy starts for Week 2 of the NFL season.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford looks at home in Jim Bob Cooter’s offense, even without his recently retired 6’5” safety blanket. Though the Colts’ defense may currently be the worst unit in the league, the Titans’ defense isn’t much better. I fully expect Stafford to take the Tennessee Titans’ lunch money.
Eli Manning, New York Giants:
The last time the Giants and Saints played was legitimately a game of Madden. Manning went off for 350 yards and six touchdowns, while Brees threw for 505 yards and seven touchdowns. The two worst defenses in the league were virtually nonexistent and the Saints pulled out a 52-49 victory at home. I still expect Manning to torch the abysmal Saints’ D, but I can’t say the same for Brees. The Giants’ revamped defensive line will make things a lot tougher for Brees this time around. I still expect a shootout, but Manning will reign supreme in the battle of the quarterbacks.
C.J. Anderson, Denver Broncos
While some “experts” don’t believe in Anderson as a talent, I’ve seen enough to know that he’s the real deal. He’s going up against a Colts’ defense that has literally 8 defensive starters listed on the injury report, including their best run stoppers in Henry Anderson and Kendall Langford. C.J. Anderson will have every opportunity to put up significant fantasy points this week.
LeGarrette Blount, New England Patriots
Blount had a very solid Week 1 performance against the Cardinals, racking up 70 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots were going back and forth with the Cardinals all game, but I expect the Pats to lead from start to finish against the Dolphins. This means more carries and more red zone opportunities for Blount. Even if he doesn’t have a monster game yardage-wise, I still fully expect him to find the end zone at least once.
Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
Emmanuel Sanders didn’t light it up in the stat sheets last week (5 receptions for 49 yards), but new QB Trevor Siemian looked his way early and often. The Colts are missing Pro-Bowler Vontae Davis and number two cornerback Patrick Robinson is currently in the league’s concussion protocol. Considering Antonio Cromartie is the next man up, well, let’s just say Emmanuel Sanders is going to be open a lot this Sunday.
Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions
Jones had a solid performance in his first week as a Lion, posting four catches for 85 yards. Stafford seems to love throwing the ball in his direction, targeting him a team-high ten times. This bodes very well for his value this season in a very pass-happy offense. Stefon Diggs torched the Titans’ D last week to a tune of seven catches for 103 yards, so if Jones sees 7-10 targets this week, he’ll easily be a WR2.
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland Browns
Gary Barnidge put up a monster stat line of 0 catches for 0 yards last week with Robert Griffin III as his quarterback. While nobody wanted to see RG3 go down to injury, I would be remiss to omit the fact that Barnidge benefits from a fantasy perspective. The Browns’ backup-now-starter Josh McCown had an incredible rapport with Barnidge last season. In the 8 games that they played together, Barnidge tallied 580 yards and six TDs, or about 11.75 fantasy points per game. Their connection allowed Barnidge to be a top 5 tight end in fantasy football last season, and I think it’s likely that their connection sparks again this week against the Baltimore Ravens.
The Seattle defense has been one of the top three defenses in football for the past five or so years. Choosing to start them is like picking Aaron Rodgers or Julio Jones because they’re all must start options every week, but this week is a little different. The Seahawks play the Rams, who couldn’t muster a single point against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 1. If they couldn’t even kick a field goal against the Niners, how are they supposed to score against the Seahawks? I could easily see the Seahawks D scoring 20+ points this week in all formats, so even in daily fantasy, it’s 100% worth the extra money.