Fantasy Football Week 2: Sit 'Em
Cutler completed only 50 percent of his passes in Week 1 – 18 of 36 – when he faced off against his NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers. Heading into the final drive of the game, Cutler had amassed only 168 passing yards to go along with zero touchdowns and one interception. Cutler then connected with TE Martellus Bennett for a touchdown in the final minute of the losing effort, raising his final FPG to 14.1.
In Week 2, Cutler and the Chicago Bears face off against the Arizona Cardinals who limited QB Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. Cutler's top receiving option, WR Alshon Jeffery, figures to be shadowed by CB Patrick Peterson, leaving his other options needing to step up. That is a big if as WR Eddie Royal and Cutler failed to show any connection in Week 1, connecting on only 20% of their attempts. Cutler will be asked to manage the game and limit turnovers under head coach John Fox's game plan. This will limit Cutler's ceiling leaving him as a low-end QB2 in this matchup and as the season continues.
It was only a matter of time before the frail RB Andre Ellington got injured, but the Week 1 PCL injury he sustained has opened the door earlier than expected. Free agent signee RB Chris Johnson will be a waiver wire favorite as HC Bruce Arians endorsed him as the team's starting RB if Ellington were to miss the Week 2 matchup with the Chicago Bears, but that doesn't mean he should be put into your lineup immediately.
While Arians endorsed Johnson as the team's starter, rookie RB David Johnson will also be in the mix for touches. Arians wants the 2015 Draft selection to get some time under his belt before fully deploying the talented back. In Week 1, C. Johnson out-touched D. Johnson 10-to-1, showing validity to Arians' claim as to who will be leading the backfield in Ellington's absence. This is a situation to watch, but as for plugging a guy in that has regularly disappointed Fantasy owners in years past, I don't recommend it until the 29-year-old shows he is worthy of the starting spot.
It is very easy to fall for a Week 1 darling and start to second-guess yourself on whether you should sit your usual starter, that may have underperformed, for him. Fantasy owners fall for this year in and year out, but when the potential breakout performance involves a RB under HC Bill Belichick, owners are setting themselves up for a disappointing Fantasy week that should be avoided.
Lewis showed flashes of brilliance as he took over as the primary ball carrier in Week 1 for the Patriots, with RB Shane Vereen gone and RB LeGarrette Blount serving his one-game suspension. Blount is set to return in Week 2 and should be handed the starting RB reins in this offense (emphasis on should). With Belichick calling the shots, you never know what you're going to get in this backfield. Don't fall for this trap and look elsewhere for a RB to fill your lineup.
Many Fantasy owners will be attempting to fill the void that WR Dez Bryant left in their lineup any way they can. With WR Sammy Watkins being blanketed by CB Vontae Davis, Harvin took advantage by hauling in all five of his targets for 79 yards and a touchdown. While Harvin's Week 1 numbers may jump off of the page with 19.8 total Fantasy points, the veteran WR is not the answer in Week 2.
Harvin is the second WR and possibly the third receiving option on a Buffalo Bills' team that has a run-heavy game plan. HC Rex Ryan is guaranteed to have some surprises up his sleeve when he goes toe-to-toe with HC Bill Belichick, but Harvin could just as easily put up two points as he could twenty. Unless you are desperate, leave Harvin on your bench in Week 2.
Another regular season game in the books and another stat line that does not contain a TD to any Kansas City Chiefs WR. In fact, the last time a Chiefs' WR reeled in a touchdown reception was December 8, 2013. If you had to read that last sentence a couple of times, I was just as baffled as you because this is one of the oddest stats in NFL history.
Maclin and the Chiefs will host the Denver Broncos in an AFC West showdown in Week 2, a matchup that Chiefs' QB Alex Smith has averaged 233 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, and 18.5 total Fantasy points-per-game in the previous four meetings. Look for these average passing numbers and the odd statistic to continue, as CB Aqib Talib and CB Chris Harris Jr. are two of the best corners in the league and will look to ensure Maclin or any other Chiefs' WR remain out of the end zone.
Everyone on the field should be a beneficiary of a bounce-back performance by QB Andrew Luck in Week 2. Playing in only 48 percent of the team's snaps in Week 1, that excludes Fleener. While the absence of WR T.Y. Hilton and the aging legs of WR Andre Johnson will call for more of Indy's playmakers to step up, Fleener doesn't appear to be an option in the offense, as the young TE was out-snapped by TE Dwayne Allen 52-to-37 in last week's loss to the Buffalo Bills.
Fleener has produced in the past when given the opportunity, but with one target in a week when the Colts were forced to throw the ball 49-times, it is not promising for the TE's Fantasy outlook.
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