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Week 2 fantasy football matchups: Early games

Whether you're still celebrating a Week 1 victory, or licking your wounds from a fantasy beat down, it's time to turn your attention to Week 2. The Broncos and Chiefs have already squared off, with Emmanuel Sanders being the top performer (20.70 fantasy points). But there are still 15 games to go. Below (and in the tab above), we preview each and every game remaining on the Week 2 slate, highlighting the most relevant fantasy matchups player by player. Sit back, pull up your lineup, and get ready to dominate your opponent. You can also CLICK HERE to see the previews for the late and primetime games.

Houston Texans:

 **Ryan Mallett, QB** 

The Brian Hoyer era didn't last long in Houston. We're not even sure you can call something an era if it lasts for less than four hours. Hoyer was woefully ineffective in Week 1. He was pulled after leading Houston to points on two of his 11 drives. Ryan Mallett is a limited quarterback, as well, but came in and immediately played better. The defense was not playing him as tough as they would if the game were closer, but Mallett still posted a 110.4 passer rating. He could also quite clearly drive the ball with more effectiveness than Hoyer. All that being said, Mallett is not close the realm of a fantasy starter. He flopped in his chances last season, showing limited dynamic to his play and completing less than 55 percent of his passes. Mallett also draws the Panthers defense, who feasted on another quarterback in Week 1 who struggles with the mental side of the game in Blake Bortles. We'll avoid Mallett, but have hope he brings brighter days for the Texans offense.

 **Texans RBs** 

We're grouping these players all together because that is what the Texans did too. Jonathan Grimes led the team in snaps, Alfred Blue had the most carries and Chris Polk mixed in on third down. Against a strong defense, and with little clarity here, we'll completely avoid the Texans backfield in fantasy.

 **DeAndre Hopkins, WR** 

It's time to accept the reality that DeAndre Hopkins is not only one of the best young wideouts in the game, but a player you can never bench in fantasy. Despite a quarterback carousel going down in the course of one game, Hopkins still managed to catch two touchdowns, one from each passer. He saw 12 targets and caught nine of them. In Week 2, he'll face a secondary that shut down the Jaguars, and has an emerging lockdown corner in Josh Norman. The Panthers did not use Norman to shadow any players in Week 1, and he primarily plays left cornerback. DeAndre Hopkins moves around the formation, playing some split end, flanker and slot receiver. He'll get his chances to do battle against other members of the Panthers secondary.

 **Nate Washington, WR** 

The veteran wideout went over 100 yards in Week 1, and some are wondering whether he makes for an intriguing deep league add. The trouble is, he and Cecil Shorts played almost an even snap count. Washington and Shorts figure to alternate sporadic and random big weeks such as this. It is a situation to avoid.

Carolina Panthers:

 **Cam Newton, QB** 

The Panthers starter managed a meager 12.5 fantasy points in Week 1, and that was in a favorable matchup. It's time to accept these weeks are going to be a regular reality for Newton. He's easily removed from multiple game scripts; when the team is winning big he has a scary low passing volume and is historically a poor performer when his team needs him to play catch up. There is good news. Newton carried the ball 14 times on Sunday, one of the highest totals of his career. The Panthers realize they have a depleted offense, and need him to manufacture drive movement. That will lead to some big weeks, but good luck predicting if this is one of them.

The hope was the Panthers would run their offense through Jonathan Stewart, and they did; he had 18 carries and four receptions in Week 1. No one expected that he'd average a meager 3.1 yards per carry. This offense is so bad right now, defenses can just key in on Stewart. Expect Houston to take that strategy. We'll play Stewart this week, on the back of his tremendous volume, but he needs a good week to set our expecations back to the high note they came into the season on.

 **Panthers WRs** 

Ted Ginn and Philly Brown drop passes, Jerricho Cotchery is steadily uninspiring and Devin Funchess is not ready to contribute. This group combined for nine catches, 121 yards and one touchdown in Week 1. Don't even give playing anyone from this group a second thought.

 **Greg Olsen, TE** 

Fantasy owners were stunned and disappointed with Greg Olsen's one catch for 11 yards 2015 debut. He was said to be a target monster in the wake of the Kelvin Benjamin injury, but only saw three looks all day. However, bear in mind that he had a touchdown called back on a questionable offensive pass interference penalty. Better days are ahead for the Panthers tight end. Perhaps starting this week when he faces off against the same Texans who allowed over 100 yards and two touchdowns to Travis Kelce last week.


San Francisco 49ers:

The one thing that might make you think about using Kaepernick this week is the fact that no team allowed more fantasy points to an opposing quarterback last week than the Steelers. But that was against Tom Brady, who has this one guy named Rob Gronkowksi to throw to. Right. So unless you're one of those Danger Zone types, keep Kap on the pine.

**Carlos Hyde, RB** 

Did you watch the 49ers game last Monday night? Have you been living under a rock for the last week? If you need us to tell you to start Carlos Hyde, who was basically the entire San Francisco offense last week, well then ... start him!

**Vernon Davis, TE** 

Davis had more targets (six) than any other player on the 49ers in Week 1, but only managed three catches for 47 yards. We're not buying him as a starting fantasy tight end until we see more out of the San Francisco passing "attack."

**Torrey Smith, WR** 

Smith was a virtual ghost in Week 1 with just one catch for 11 yards on three targets. He's always a threat for a deep TD, but it's difficult to endorse any 49ers pass catcher for fantasy purposes after the team's wideouts saw just 11 combined targets in Week 1.

**Anquan Boldin, WR** 

Boldin saw five targets last week but collected just 36 yards. As is the case with Torrey Smith, we need to see more out of the 49ers passing game before we can feel comfortable starting any of their wide receivers. If you're in a pinch though, Boldin's potential volume makes him the guy to start over Smith. The leaky Pittsburgh pass defense could help him find success as well.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

The Steelers will be looking for their first win of the season when they face the 49ers on Sunday at Heinz Field. Big Ben threw for 351 yards, one touchdown and one pick last week, good enough for 18 fantasy points. With Antonio Brown able to make great catches all over the field, look for Roethlisberger to be a top-10 option at his position for the second straight week.

**Antonio Brown, WR** 

Brown is one of few must-start wideouts week in and week out in fantasy. His consistent production is unmatchable: He has a touchdown in three straight games dating back to last season and an NFL record 33 straight games with five or more catches and 50 or more receiving yards. Did we mention he's a must-start?

Williams impressed in the season opener, gashing the Patriots for 127 yards on 21 carries. Since it's hard to imagine that the veteran can collect another 100 yards against the 49ers surprisingly stingy defensive front, Williams should only be considered a starting fantasy back in 12-team or deeper leagues.

**Heath Miller, TE** 

Miller didn't get a touchdown last week but was an asset in PPR formats as he collected eight receptions for 84 yards against the Patriots. With Le'Veon Bell and Martavis Bryant still sidelined, it makes sense that the veteran tight end would be getting more looks. The same should be true in Week 2, so Miller has some high-end TE2 value against the 49ers.

**Markus Wheaton, WR** 

If you are considering starting Wheaton, we would hope you play in a 14-team league or deeper. He caught just three of his seven targets last week for 55 yards but did score a 2-point conversion. Still, there are better options out there for Week 2.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

 **Doug Martin, RB** 

Martin's unimpressive Week 1 outing (11 carries, 52 yards) was more a result of game flow rather than poor performance, since Tampa Bay was down by two touchdowns early in the first quarter. Hopefully the Buccaneers can stay in this game a little longer, giving Martin more opportunities. He should be considered a flex play in 10-team leagues with low-end RB2 value in 12 team leagues and deeper.

 **Mike Evans, WR** 

Evans didn't play in Week 1 due to a hamstring injury but reportedly returned to practice this week. If he's active on Sunday, he'll have WR1 value against a Saints secondary that is depleted by injuries.

 **Vincent Jackson, WR** 

Without Mike Evans on the field last week, Jackson was Tampa Bay's No. 1 WR and dominated targets with 11, yet he had just four catches for 51 yards in a game where his team was down from the get-go. If Evans returns, there's a chance that Jackson becomes an afterthought. The veteran is hard to trust as a fantasy option with rookie Jameis Winston under center.

The second-year tight end was Tampa Bay's saving grace last week as he collected 110 yards and two touchdowns against the Titans. Seferian-Jenkins is always a red-zone threat as his towering 6-foot-5 presence is an instant mismatch. But if Mike Evans plays, ASJ's value will be diminished.

 **Jameis Winston, QB** 

After a nightmare debut, Winston is far from fantasy relevant heading into Week 2. Look for quarterback production elsewhere.

New Orleans Saints:

 **Drew Brees, QB** 

You're going to notice a theme here ... and it's start your Saints in Week 2. In quite possibly the juiciest matchup of the week against a Tampa Bay defense that was shredded by rookie Marcus Mariota and co. in Week 1, Drew Brees has a chance for a monster game. He's also in the comforts of the Super Dome and looking for his first win of the year. He's our No. 1 ranked QB for the week, if that makes you feel any better.

 **Mark Ingram, RB** 

Mediocre running back Bishop Sankey scored two touchdowns against Tampa Bay last week. Ingram managed over 100 total yards against a much tougher Cardinals defense in Week 1. As our No. 10 ranked running back for the week, Ingram can be started in all leagues with confidence.

 **Brandin Cooks, WR** 

Don't let Week 1 shy you away from Cooks. He was smothered by cornerback Patrick Peterson the entire game, and still squeaked out 49 yards. Make sure he's in your lineups against Tampa Bay in Week 2, and look for him to make up for lost time.

 **Brandon Coleman, WR** 

A popular sleeper heading into the season, Coleman scored the Saints' sole touchdown last week. It's seeming like Coleman is really on his way to a significant role in the New Orleans offense while veteran Marques Colston may be getting phased out. Still, Coleman should only be considered in 12-team leagues or deeper as the Saints will likely lean on the run against the Buccaneers.

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Detroit Lions:

Despite his name value, Stafford has not been a great fantasy quarterback recently -- especially away from Ford Field. He's failed to cross 250 passing yards in four straight games, and has posted 300-plus passing yards just once in his last 11 road games. While Minnesota's defense looked rather swiss cheese-like on Monday Night Football, don't be fooled into buying in on Stafford. There are better options available.

  **Ameer Abdullah, RB** 

What a joy it is to watch this guy play football. Despite Joique Bell being listed as the starter on the depth chart, Abdullah out-touched, out-gained and out-snapped the veteran in Week 1. The Lions realize they have a special player here, and if you own him in fantasy you should too. Start Abdullah this week for sure.

  **Joique Bell, RB** 

It definitely seems like a matter of time now before Bell becomes all but phased out of this offense. They'll still give him touches because of veteran deference, but is that really the kind of player you want to start on your fantasy team? We didn't think so.

  **Calvin Johnson, WR** 

A mere two catches and 39 receiving yards wasn't what many envisioned when they drafted Johnson in the second round of their fantasy drafts. Sadly, that might not change this week. Megatron has been quiet on the road in his last eight games, averaging only 55.6 yards per game and scoring just two touchdowns. Now, that's slightly influenced by his injuries last year, but it is a bit disconcerting. Still, he has WR2 value and WR1 upside this week because, well, he's Calvin Johnson.

  **Golden Tate, WR** 

Tate led the team with eight targets in Week 1, and it was clear the team was trying to get him the ball in space. However, he was able to do little with those opportunities, amassing a meager 24 yards. Tate is a WR3 at best against Minnesota.

  **Eric Ebron, TE** 

The offseason puff pieces about Ebron's development weren't hearsay after all! Ebron hauled in four receptions for 53 yards with one touchdown in Week 1, and should have a solid matchup against the Vikings. He's far more athletic than what the Vikings have at linebacker right now, as it's unlikely the team will ask Anthony Barr to cover him. Ebron is a fringe TE1 this week.

Minnesota Vikings:

All right, that was a rough one for Teddy, but let's throw out the tape. All quarterbacks will have a poor game on the road here or there (anyone see Andrew Luck last week?). Now, he gets to suit up in front of his home crowd with (hopefully) a better game plan. Detroit's secondary was carved up last week by Philip Rivers and his quick-passing game, which the Vikings should be able to replicate. Bridgewater's around a top-15 option for this week. Adrian Peterson, RB

Week 1 was not the debut we were all expecting from Peterson. Was it rust? The game plan? Him feeling uncomfortable taking handoffs from the shotgun? Whatever it was, let's hope they have fixed it in Week 2. Danny Woodhead and Melvin Gordon were both productive against the Lions in Week 1, and Peterson should be able to find space against his division rival.

Wallace led the team in receptions (six), receiving yards (63), and tied for the team lead in targets (seven) in Week 1. The team seems more inclined to feed him targets than Charles Johnson (although both should be able to find success this season). However, if there's one Minnesota wideout you're taking a chance on in this game, make it Wallace.

  **Kyle Rudolph, TE** Rudolph tied Wallace for the team lead with seven targets, and turned those into five receptions for 53 yards. He's a nice safety blanket that Bridgewater looked for under pressure. He's not the most exciting tight end option out there, but if you're in a pinch the 
  Lions were just beat consistently by 
  Ladarius Green, so Rudolph might be able to find the end zone. 
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Arizona Cardinals:

   **Carson Palmer, QB** 

Palmer looked great last week in his first regular season game since tearing his ACL in Week 10 of 2014, throwing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns. He's thrown multiple touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games, and faces a Bears defense that was picked apart by Aaron Rodgers last week, and most weeks last season. Palmer is a great option this week.

   **Chris/David Johnson, RBs** 

With Andre Ellington sidelined, it'll be up to Johnson and Johnson to shoulder the backfield duties. While CJ2K will be the lead back (according to head coach Bruce Arians), he's aging and still looks to bounce things outside too often. Even though he'll get the volume, his ceiling is quite low. David Johnson offers a higher ceiling, but lower floor. He's a frisky flex play in PPR formats this week given his prowess as a pass-catcher and the plus matchup against the Bears defense. Just be aware that he could land you a goose egg in the scoring department just as easily as he could drop 15 points.

Many are ready to write off Fitzgerald, but in his last 16 games with Carson Palmer he's averaged over five catches, 67 yards per game, and a touchdown every other game. Fitzgerald will be able to find all of the holes in the Chicago secondary, and is a relatively safe play this weekend.

   **John Brown, WR** 

Brown caught four passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter last week, making his owners salivate over the big-game potential. However, that was his ending stat line as well, but it wasn't for a lack of trying. Palmer targeted Brown in the end zone again, and on several other passes (a few of which drew penalties). Brown looks like the team's top receiver and needs to be started in most formats against the Bears.

Chicago Bears:

   **Jay Cutler, QB** 

Cutler acquitted himself relatively well against the Packers given his historic ability to face plant when playing them, but now he has a tougher matchup against the Cardinals. Once again, it'd be better to look elsewhere than at Cutty for a start in Week 2.

   **Matt Forte, RB** 

Forte talked up the new Bears offense this offseason, and in Week 1 it was evident why -- he's the focal point. Forte saw 29 touches last week, and that shouldn't change too much in Week 2. He's the workhorse for this offense, and they're going to need him to do it all again if the Bears have any hope of eeking out a win. The matchup isn't as enticing as the Packers, but Forte is an RB1 regardless.

   **Alshon Jeffery, WR** 

Even though he's likely to draw the unenviable task of facing Patrick Peterson on the reg in this one, Jeffery should still be able to make some hay. Especially if he's a bit more healthy in his calf recovery. Lock him up as a WR2 this week, as the target volume should once again be there.

Speaking of target volume, if you own the Black Unicorn, you're starting him this weekend. Bennett is Mr. September, and the Cardinals have been bleeding points to the tight end position lately. Set Bennett and forget about him, until you're looking at all the points he scored you (we hope).

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New England Patriots:

    **Tom Brady, QB** 

The Patriots quarterback started the season off as the highest scoring quarterback in Week 1, posting four touchdowns against the Steelers. Tom Brady faces a different task playing the Bills in Buffalo this week. The Bills have laid waste to elite quarterbacks of late, including their latest victim in Andrew Luck. The quarterback many took in the first round posted a meager .36 fantasy points per pass attempt in Week 1. All that being said, Brady might be the exception. He's posted the best fantasy day (late last season) against the Bills out of Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and Luck among the foursome's last duels with the team. He's still one of the best blitz beaters in the NFL, throwing all four of his passing touchdowns against the blitz in Week 1. Brady won't hit the ceiling he did last week against this stellar unit, but he's still worth starting.

    **Dion Lewis, RB** 

After a two year absence from football, Dion Lewis burst onto the scene in his first career start last week. He handled 19 touches and broke a number of tackles on his way to a 120 total-yard day. Lewis is a better version of Shane Vereen, and the Patriots appear to know it. Some of the shine comes off Lewis with LeGarrette Blount in the fold, but he's still a reliable flex play in PPR leagues. This game should be competitive, and dumping passes off to Lewis is a big part of the reason Brady is so effective at combating the blitz. He's not ceding his role anytime soon.

After a one-game suspension, Bill Belichick favorite LeGarrette Blount returns to the Patriots. But to what does he return? Despite his limited size, the agile Lewis looked every bit as capable as Blount at running between the tackles. He's actually more effective at identifying and squeezing through holes. While Blount will likely be the goal-line back, and assume most of the early down work, we know Belichick can default to a "whatever's working" philosophy at any time. The team was fine without Blount in Week 1. There's no reason to outright panic on his fantasy stock, but we'll advise sitting him for his first week back.

    **Julian Edelman, WR** 

The Patriots didn't look any different in their first game of 2015 than any iteration of the last few years. That means plenty of short targets for Julian Edelman. He caught 11 of his 12 targets and maintains his PPR gold status. The Bills have strength in the secondary, and their slot corner Nickell Roby is a strong player. We're still starting Edelman every week in PPR leagues, however.

    **Danny Amendola, WR** 

With Brandon LaFell on the PUP, Danny Amendola finds his way back on the fantasy radar. Of course, that led to two catches in Week 1. Amendola could have a sneaky good week at some point, but it's hard to imagine that it comes against the Bills defense.

    **Rob Gronkowski, TE** 

What more is there to say about Rob Gronkowski? He scored three touchdowns in Week 1, and scores .86 touchdowns per game in his career. We don't have to tell you to start this beast without hesitation every week.

Buffalo Bills:

    **Tyrod Taylor, QB** 

We've been big fans of Tyrod Taylor since before the preseason. His .84 fantasy points per pass attempt didn't surprise us. His rushing advantage was evident against the Colts, but he also displayed poise and uncorked a deep touchdown to Percy Harvin. This guy can play, that much is evident, but we'd preach caution on making him your fantasy starter for a second week in a row. While he overwhelmed the Colts, Bill Belichick frequently makes minced meat out of quarterbacks early in their starting careers. Taylor could have another big game at any time due to his legs, but this isn't the week to try it.

    **LeSean McCoy, RB** 

The prize of the Bills offseason continues to nurse injuries, and was limited in practice on Thursday with a tight hamstring. The maladies and the touches are continuing to pile up for McCoy. The Bills employed an "all hands on deck" approach to their backfield in Week 1 to limit McCoy's exposure to further injury. Yet, that takes away from the best preseason case for him reaching an RB1 fantasy ceiling: rushing volume. He's simply not effective enough to reward your fantasy team if he's only getting 17 carries and averaging anything close to his 2.4 yards per carry from Week 1. We'd advise making a contingency plan if you're stuck with McCoy, and explore selling him.

    **Karlos Williams, RB** 

The rookie played a surprisingly big role in the Buffalo offense in Week 1, playing on 22 percent of the team's snaps. He averaged 9.7 yards per carry on his touches, including a rumbling 26-yard touchdown. The coaching staff likes the physical style of the large Williams. He needs to be owned across all fantasy leagues, and is a flex-level play if McCoy sits out.

    **Sammy Watkins, WR** 

The Bills are said to want to employ a week-by-week game plan in deploying their wide receivers. That means there will be more weeks like the three target goose-egg performance fantasy owners got out of Watkins in Week 1. The Patriots secondary can be had, but Malcolm Butler did as good a job as possible in defending Antonio Brown when the game was close. Even in a plus matchup, Watkins is too risky of a start. Even if he does blow up, try and get a more consistent asset in a trade based on his name value.

    **Percy Harvin, WR** 

We wouldn't advise chasing Percy Harvin's 15-point fantasy day from last week. Almost 75 percent of that total came on one long bomb. With this murky pass offense the Bills will roll out, Harvin is best left on the waiver wire. If you did acquire him, just take advantage of an owner who recognizes his name and flip him for a young player with upside.

    **Charles Clay, TE** 

The new Bills tight end had a solid debut, catching all four of his targets for 43 yards. Had he scored a touchdown, he'd have returned TE1 value to those who streamed him. This is a good week to roll him out again. He's the clear safety valve for Taylor, and the Patriots just gave up eight catches for 84 yards to Heath Miller in a similar role.

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San Diego Chargers:

     **Philip Rivers, QB** 

Rivers posted solid numbers last week against the Lions, but should get a stiffer test on the road against the Bengals. Then again, Cincinnati didn't see an offense as dynamic as the one they'll face this week. We wouldn't expect Rivers to have another 400-yard game this week, but with a plethora of weapons, he could put up respectable numbers.

     **Melvin Gordon, RB** 

Gordon is still trying to find his way around an NFL offense. As such, he's still going to share snaps with Danny Woodhead. The rookie running back definitely has a future in the NFL, but this might not be the week to rely on him.

     **Danny Woodhead, RB** 

Woodhead's greatest value is still in PPR leagues, but if he continues to get touches around the goal line -- as he did in Week 1 -- then he's worth a look in plenty of standard leagues as well.

     **Keenan Allen, WR** 

At times it felt like Allen was the only Chargers receiver on the field. That's what 17 targets will do. It's hard to imagine that happening again this week, but Rivers is certainly going to look in Allen's direction plenty in Week 2.

     **Steve Johnson, WR** 

Johnson is still criminally underrated in fantasy leagues (he's owned in just 18.1 percent of leagues). The Chargers still don't have a bona fide No. 1 wideout. Maybe this will be the week that people have realized the error of their ways. But probably not.

Cincinnati Bengals:

     **Andy Dalton, QB** 

Dalton had a nice start to his season, but that was against the Raiders. The Red Rifle could come back to Earth against a Chargers defense that harassed Matthew Stafford into a pretty mediocre day to begin the season. Approach with caution.

     **Jeremy Hill, RB** 

The Lions didn't throw the ball particularly well, but their running backs did have some success. That bodes well for Hill, who posted 18 fantsy points in fairly limited action last week. Hopefully he sees a bigger workload in Week 2.

     **A.J. Green, WR** 

Green didn't have a lot of production in the first week, but that was partially because the Bengals jumped out to a big lead and most of the throws were going toward Tyler Eifert. Oh, and Green dropped a touchdown. Look for Cincinnati to make a course correction this week.

     **Tyler Eifert, TE** 

The Bengals tight end might not post two touchdowns this week, but he's the second-best pass-catcher on the roster right now and should be treated as such in fantasy lineups.

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Tennessee Titans:

      **Marcus Mariota, QB** 

Mariota was great in his NFL debut ... but can he do it again? The Browns secondary figures to put up more of a fight than the Buccaneers did last week. There is one weapon that the rookie mostly left in his arsenal last week -- his running ability. We'll see if Mariota makes more plays with his legs this week. If you're a fantasy skeptic, you might want to see if he can do it again before trusting him in your lineup.

      **Bishop Sankey, RB** 

We saw a new and improved Bishop Sankey last week against the Buccaneers. Now he gets to go up against a Browns front that was gashed repeatedly by Chris Ivory last week. While Sankey isn't the same type of runner, there's reason to be optimistic that he can find success yet again. Still, it wouldn't be wise to play him as anything more than a flex.

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      **Kendall Wright, WR** 

Wright had a nice game in Week 1. But he also didn't have to face anyone like Joe Haden. The Titans lead receiver could find the going a little bit tougher this week, so it might be wise to temper your expectations heading into Sunday.

      **Titans D/ST** 

If you're streaming defenses, this might be one to consider. The Browns offense is a mess and the team is turning to Johnny Manziel as its starter this week. Not that it matters. With no real threats in the passing game and a muddled backfield, Cleveland's offense looks like what the doctor ordered for an opposing fantasy defense.

Cleveland Browns:

      **Johnny Manziel, QB** 

Sure, he threw a long touchdown pass to Travis Benjamin. He also turned the ball over three times. You'd need to be in a really bad way to consider starting Manziel this week. He's a bargain in daily fantasy, but in anything other than DEEP two-QB leagues Manziel should be left out of starting lineups.

      **Isaiah Crowell, RB** 

Crowell might be the only Browns player that has any real fantasy value this week. But it's also contingent upon the Browns staying in the game. Last week, Doug Martin looked like he was able to find some rushing room but was taken out of the game plan when the Buccaneers fell behind big. There's the possibility that the same could happen to Crowell this week.

      **Duke Johnson, RB** 

Johnson led all of the non-quarterback Browns in rushing yards last week. So that's something.

      **Browns WRs** 

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Atlanta Falcons:

       **Matt Ryan, QB** 

Despite a pair of interceptions, it was still a nice season opener for Matty Ice in the wide open Falcons offense. This week, he should find an equal amount of success against a Giants secondary that is still searching for answers. If Ryan can avoid the picks, he's in for a big day in what could be the week's highest-scoring contest.

       **Tevin Coleman, RB** 

It appears we've found the answer to the musical question "Who Will Be the Falcons Lead Running Back?." Coleman carried the ball 20 times -- twice as many chances as Devonta Freeman -- for 80 yards. It looks like Dan Quinn wants to showcase the rookie. That's good news against a defense that gave up more than 20 points to the Dallas Cowboys running backs.

       **Julio Jones, WR** 

Forget any of the reports of him dealing with a hamstring injury in practice. You're starting him. You know it. I know it. The American people know it.

       **Roddy White, WR** 

We might be down on the veteran this year, but he showed that he still has some gas left in the tank. He caught four passes for 84 yards against the Eagles in Week 1 and certainly has the ability to do something similar against Big Blue. If you're hurting for a flex, you could do worse than White.

New York Giants:

       **Eli Manning, QB** 

Eli didn't put up good numbers against the Cowboys last week, but the Falcons defense could be a little more forgiving. They did force a couple of turnovers against Sam Bradford, but also allowed the Eagles offense to find a rhythm. If Eli can find a similar tempo this week, there's good production to be found.

       **Shane Vereen, RB** 

The Falcons were gashed last week by the Eagles running game, but most of the damage was done by those running backs catching the football. Philly's backs rushed for 63 yards while posting 111 receiving yards. That's right up Shane Vereen's alley. Look for the Giants to get the pass-catching back involved early and often.

       **Odell Beckham Jr., WR** 

See what we wrote for Julio Jones? The same applies for Beckham. There's no scenario this week under which he's not starting for you.

       **Rashad Jennings, RB** 

Hopefully if Jennings gets any carries near the goal line this week, Eli Manning won't tell him not to score. It's obvious that his opportunities to carry the football won't be plentiful this season, but if he can post numbers similar to last week (11.20 fantasy points), he still has some flex appeal.

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St. Louis Rams:

        **Nick Foles, QB** 

No one expected the news Rams quarterback to 19 fantasy points in his debut against the Seahawks, but Nick Foles did just that. Despite this theoretically being a good matchup, it's hard to see Foles repeating that performance. Washington only allowed 11.7 fantasy points to a quarterback on a far superior offense last week, and the front seven looks vastly improved. The Rams also historically outperform expectations against division rivals. Fade Foles this week.

        **Rams RBs** 

Todd Gurley and Tre Mason returned to practice this week, and while the former still won't play Sunday, the latter has a good chance to. Mason is a two-down, game script dependent running back who, despite solid talent, figures to cede a little work to Benny Cunningham. Mason's production came in spurts last year, and he still needs to refine some bad running habits. Cunningham gave you 14 PPR points last week, but won't approach that if Mason eats into his volume. This whole backfield should be avoided against a defense that held Lamar Miller to just over four yards per carry.

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        **Tavon Austin, WR** 

Scoring two touchdowns put Austin back on the football world radar, but not the fantasy radar. His first score came on a rushing touchdown out of the backfield, and the second a punt return. Combined with his 17 rushing yards and -2 receiving yards (you read that right), he likely only scored eight points in fantasy leagues. He might be regaining value as a usable weapon in St. Louis' offense, but keep him far from your fantasy lineups.

        **Stedman Bailey, WR** 

Now famous for beating Richard Sherman over the top near the end of this game, Stedman Bailey is an interesting name to watch. The former West Virginia product is a silky smooth route runner who can get deep. Bailey's just never played with a quarterback who has both anticipation and arm strength to take advantage of his skills. Nick Foles probably still is not that player, but Bailey bears monitoring in this game against some lesser corners.

        **Brian Quick, WR** 

A surprise inactive in Week 1, the Rams are either playing it safe with Brian Quick's surgically repaired shoulder or he's fallen out of the pecking order. If he plays, monitor him. He played at a WR2 level in spurts last season.

        **Jared Cook, TE** 

The veteran tight end got off to a roaring start in Week 1, catching five passes for a steady 85 yards. He's an interesting option as a desperation play at tight end. Jordan Cameron ripped through the seams of this defense, even if the Dolphins couldn't fully take advantage of it. He's a good punt play at tight end in DFS.

Washington Redskins:

        **Kirk Cousins, QB** 

Despite his ascension to the starting lineup amid much praise from his team, nothing has changed with Kirk Cousins. He's still a turnover machine with tremendous volatility. He can move the offense, and get the ball to his receivers, but he's also just as likely to throw the ball to opposing defenders (he did so twice on Sunday). Against the best defensive line in the league, and playing behind an offensive line that cannot protect him, Kirk Cousins is walking into another turnover filled day.

        **Alfred Morris, RB** 

All that for this? Alfred Morris slashed and ran through the Dolphins much ballyhooed defensive line for 121 yards in Week 1, and carried the offense with 24 touches. It all amounted to 12 points. He's not a pass catcher, and his team does not get to, nor is he involved in, the red zone enough for him to be any sort of consistent scoring producer. It's brutal for such a steady player, but this game line on Sunday might be the best you can realistically expect from him.

        **Pierre Garcon, WR** 

The former 113-catch receiver is back on our radar now that DeSean Jackson is out for a few weeks. Garcon led the NFL in targets the year before Jackson showed up, and could be relied upon in a similar fashion once again. He saw eight targets on Sunday after Jackson went down. Playing against a defense that is still undisciplined in the secondary, Garcon makes for an interesting Week 2 sleeper.

        **Jordan Reed, TE** 

We never should have forgot about this player. Jordan Reed caught seven passes and scored one touchdown against the Dolphins in Week 1. He split out from the formation frequently and caught more than a few of his passes from the slot. We shouldn't be so surprised, as Reed historically performs better when Kirk Cousins plays. Reed averages seven receptions and 112 yards in games with Cousins, as opposed to four catches for 70 yards in games he does not. The way they play the game as individuals jives well with the other. The Rams historically defend the tight end well, but gave up a few big plays to Jimmy Graham. Either way, Reed will get peppered with targets in Jackson's absence.


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