There are two ways to feel after the first week of fantasy football. With what was a wild week one, there is either a massive ego boost to start the season undefeated, or that “0” sitting in the win column feeling like it’s staring back at you. Here are some starts/sits to keep the undefeated season rolling, or get back afloat to some .500 fantasy football.
QB Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. Lions): It was a rough one for Jimmy G to start the season as he suffered his first loss as a starter in Minnesota last week. He threw three picks and completed less than 50% of his passes. However, he faces a Lions defense at home that just got absolutely torched by the youngest starting QB in the league since 1950. Also, the Lions played Monday night, and are on a shorter week. Expect Jimmy to bounce back this week to being a top 10 fantasy QB.
RB Carlos Hyde (@ Saints): In what was a little bit of a surprise, Hyde carried the ball 22 times in the week 1 tie against Pittsburgh. With Duke Johnson and Nick Chubb looking to be getting minimal opportunities, Hyde should continue to have almost all of the carries. Despite not being burned on the ground that much, the Saints gave up 48 points to the Bucs last week. This game should be a shootout.
WR Nelson Agholor (@ Bucs): With Alshon Jeffery out another game, Agholor will be the #1 wideout yet again. Despite only 33 yards, Nelson collected 8 catches, and got involved in the running game for the Eagles. There just aren’t many options that Nick Foles can trust right now, and Nelson is one of them. He should continue to see some good volume this week, and is a solid WR2/3 until Jeffery returns.
TE Jack Doyle (@ Redskins): Andrew Luck is back, and he still loves his tight ends as he targeted them a total of 16 times last week. Doyle had a respectable game catching seven of his ten targets for 60 yards. Anticipate Doyle putting up similar if not better numbers this week, and is worth the start with the struggling position that is Tight Ends in fantasy.
QB Kirk Cousins (@ Packers): In what is going to be a tremendous division rivalry game, Cousins is coming off a decent performance going 20/36 for 244 yards and 2 touchdowns. The Packers at Lambeau are a different animal, and their defense came to play in the second half of their Sunday night comeback. Temper your expectations for Cousins this week.
RB Jamaal Williams (vs. Vikings): This Vikings defense is no joke. Last week, the 49ers carried 25 times for 90 yards and didn’t score a touchdown. After what was a tough week against a softer Bears defense, it’s tough to put Williams in the lineup this week.
WR Amari Cooper (@ Broncos): It was surprising to see Cooper barely involved in that big of a game for Oakland this past Monday night. Having him only be targeted three times in a game where Derek Carr threw the ball 40 times is a bad sign. That combined with a tough matchup in Denver makes him a tough start.
TE Tyler Eifert (vs. Ravens): It was great to see him healthy after being injured for a while, but Eifert had a pedestrian return with three catches. The Ravens defense typically covers the tight end well, so it isn’t a week to throw Eifert in the starting lineup.