Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start & Sit Recap

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As the safety valve for Matt Ryan, maybe Gonzo's not done yet

As the safety valve for Matt Ryan, maybe Gonzo's not done yet

Here's a recap of how Athlon Sports Week 2 Start or Sit suggestions worked out.

After Ray Rice made me look like a fool in Week 1, scoring 28.9 points as the Unexpected Sit of the Week, Chris Johnson relished the role in Week 2. Going up against Rice and the Baltimore Ravens, CJ had just 65 total yards and three catches — good for eight fantasy points. He gets the Broncos this week, so the number might improve, but the Steelers beckon in Week 4, and he should find himself right back on your fantasy bench.

For the Sneaky Start of the Week, St. Louis slot receiver Greg Salas, the rookie filling in for the injured Danny Amendola, had a number of opportunities from the slot position, like I figured he would. However, he was not able to find much running room with those opportunities. Salas got eight targets, caught four of them for 27 yards, the longest being 17 yards. He also fumbled a punt in the first quarter.

This is how I work out fantasy football scoring in my mind: I want to average 16 points from my QBs, RBs, WRs and Flex and average 10 points from my TEs, Ks and DSTs. It rarely works that way, but if you could get the skill spots to average 16 and the other three to average 10, that's 132 points in a 1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 1 FLX, 1 TE, 1 K, 1 DST setup; it's a score that should win you most weeks.

So if a player scored at least 16 or 10, I consider it a good start; if he scored less than that, it's a good sit.

Week 2 Accuracy
(according to the 16 & 10 average theory)
Starts called correctly:
10 of 19
Sits called correctly: 14 of 19
Total correct: 24 of 38 (63 percent)
Season Total: 43 of 76 (57 percent)

Sneaky Start of the Week
Greg Salas, WR, STL at New York Giants — 4 catches, 27 yards, 29 return yards, 1 lost fumble on a punt return (5.4 fantasy points)

Unexpected Sit of the Week
Chris Johnson, RB, TEN vs. Baltimore — 53 yards, 3 catches, 12 yards receiving (8.0)

Quarterbacks
START

Eli Manning (NYG) vs. St. Louis — 200 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT (16.8)
Rex Grossman (WAS) vs. Arizona — 291 yards, 2 TDs, 2 INTs (19.14)
Matthew Stafford (DET) vs. Kansas City — 284 yards, 4 TDs, 1 INT (33.86)

SIT
Cam Newton (CAR) vs. Green Bay — 432 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs, 53 yards rushing, 1 TD (28.58)
Matt Ryan (ATL) vs. Philadelphia — 195 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs (28.4)
Colt McCoy (CLE) at Indianapolis — 211 yards, 1 TD, 10 yards rushing (15.44)

Running Backs
START

LeGarrette Blount (TB) at Minnesota — 71 yards, 2 TDs (19.1)
Peyton Hillis (CLE) at Indianapolis — 94 yards, 2 TDs, 4 catches, 23 yards receiving (24.7)
James Starks (GB) at Carolina — 85 yards, 3 catches, 30 yards receiving (13.0)

SIT
Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC) at New York Jets — 88 yards, 3 catches, 19 yards receiving (12.2)
DeAngelo Williams (CAR) vs. Green Bay — 13 yards, 4 catches, 23 yards receiving (5.6)
Fred Jackson (BUF) vs. Oakland — 117 yards, 2 TDs, 2 catches 23 yards receiving (27.0)

Wide Receivers
START

Mario Manningham (NYG) vs. St. Louis — 3 catches 56 yards (7.1)
Jacoby Jones (HOU) at Miami — 3 catches, 48 yards, 36 return yards (7.2)
Emmanuel Sanders (PIT) vs. Seattle — 2 catches, 44 yards, 15 yards passing (6.2)

SIT
Mike Thomas (JAC) at New York Jets — 3 catches, 29 yards (5.4)
Steve Smith (CAR) vs. Green Bay — 6 catches, 156 yards (20.6)
Austin Collie (IND) vs. Cleveland — 3 catches, 24 yards (3.9)

Tight Ends
START

Owen Daniels (HOU) at Miami — 3 catches, 25 yards, 1 TD (10.0)
Tony Gonzalez (ATL) vs. Philadelphia — 7 catches, 83 yards, 2 TDs (24.8)
Jermaine Gresham (CIN) at Denver — 2 catches, 8 yards (1.8)

SIT
Jared Cook (TEN) vs. Baltimore — 2 catches, 37 yards (4.7)
Zach Miller (SEA) at Pittsburgh — 3 catches, 28 yards (4.3)
Anthony Fasano (MIA) vs. Houston — 0 catches (0.0)

Kickers
START

David Akers (SF) vs. Dallas —1 FG (50-plus), 3 PATs (8.0)
Josh Brown (STL) at New York Giants — 3 FGs, 1 PAT (10.0)
Billy Cundiff (BAL) at Tennessee — 2 FGs (1 40-plus), 1 PAT (8.0)

SIT
Rob Bironas (TEN) vs. Baltimore — 4 FGs (1 40-plus), 2 PATs (15.0)
Dan Carpenter (MIA) vs. Houston — 2 FGs (1 40-plus), 1 PAT (8.0)
Josh Scobee (JAC) at New York Jets — 1 FG of 50-plus (5.0)

Defense/Special Teams
START

Detroit Lions vs. Kansas City — 22 fantasy points (Ranked 1st)
Houston Texans at Miami — 14 fantasy points (Ranked tied for 6th)
Washington Redskins vs. Arizona — 8 fantasy points (Ranked 12th)

SIT
Chicago Bears at New Orleans — 3 fantasy points (Ranked 24th)
San Diego Chargers at New England — 0 fantasy points (Ranked 32nd)
San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas — 6 fantasy points (Ranked 17th)

Athlon Sports Default Scoring System
Offense
All touchdowns are 6 points

1 point for 25 yards passing

1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving

Receptions are .5 points

Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points.
1 point for 40 return yards

Defense/Special Teams Scoring
0 points allowed = 12 points
1-6 points allowed = 10 points
7-13 points allowed = 8 pts
14-20 points allowed = 6 points
21-27 points allowed = 2 pts
28+ points allowed = 0 points
Safeties = 2 points
Fumbles recovered = 2 points
Interceptions = 2 points
Sacks = 1 point
Defensive/Special Teams TDs = 6 points

Kicker Scoring
PATs = 1 point
39 yards and under = 3 points
40-49 yards = 4 points
50-59 yards = 5 points
60+ yards = 6 points

— Corby A. Yarbrough @AthlonCorby on Twitter

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