Week 2 brings us another slate of games to help us make start/sit decisions for our fantasy football teams. It's best not to overreact to anything from last week, which is why I'm here to help you set your lineup.
Allow me to lay out the rules for this column again. I will not be suggesting to start any WR or RB who is a "consensus" RB1 or WR1 (i.e. typically a player in the top 12 for his position that week). Likewise, I will be not suggesting that you sit an RB or WR who is not typically in the top 30 at either position.
Any other rules you want me to follow, go ahead and send 'em my way (@MarkStrausberg). If enough of you want to be stricter, looser, or whatever you suggest, I will adjust my approach accordingly.
With the ground rules out of the way, let's get to the Week 2 start/sits!
START These RBs
Ty'Son Williams, Baltimore Ravens vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Williams looked good last week. He passed the eye test, but his box score credentials weren't too bad either. He played only 35 snaps but rushed for 65 yards including a TD. That TD run helped give him a nifty 7.2 yards per carry. A quarter of all of Williams' carries went for double-digit yards. He also three receptions for nearly 10 yards a catch.
The best way to beat the Chiefs is to limit the number of possessions that Patrick Mahomes has, and that means running the ball. I would expect Williams to have even more carries this week. In Week 2, expect to easily top the 94 combined yards he had last week.
Devin Singletary, Buffalo Bills vs. Miami Dolphins
First off, Zack Moss was a healthy scratch last week. My guess is Moss will play this week, but we can assume for the time being that Singletary is atop Buffalo's depth chart. And given that Miami gave up 125 yards on the ground last week, that bodes well for Singletary. In addition to catching three of five targets, Singletary ran for a solid 72 yards against a tough Pittsburgh front seven this past week.
Don't expect top-10 RB numbers, but I'm seeing Singletary ranked outside of the top 30 this week. Don't be surprised if he puts up top-20 numbers.
SIT These RBs
Damien Harris, New England Patriots at New York Jets
I have shares of Harris in over 40 percent of my leagues, so I hope I'm wrong about this one. This one comes under the simple and fairly well-known rule: Don't start an RB who plays for Bill Belichick after coughing up a game-losing fumble the week before. The volume just won't be there.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
Unlike Harris, there are tons of reasons to let CEH take a ride on your bench this week. First off, the loss of Marcus Peters to the Ravens' secondary was bigger than any loss on the offensive side. And if this game becomes a shootout, that definitely favors the Chiefs. Andy Reid is smart enough to know that, so I would expect Edwards-Helaire to be used sparingly. And if he averages the same 3.2 yards per carry that he did last year against the Ravens, he will be hard-pressed to top 50 yards. Furthermore, it's not like he got off to a rousing start last week, putting up 43 rushing yards. Better days will come for CEH this season, just don't count on it being this week.
START These WRs
Rondale Moore, Arizona Cardinals vs. Minnesota Vikings
We are going to start with a deep pick, Moore, who I can't believe is ranked this low. He's not going to put up WR1 numbers, maybe not even WR2 numbers. But I've seen him frequently outside the top 50 this week, meaning he's not even a WR4. I'll simply say he should easily be within the top 50 this week and I'd bank on him cracking the top 40.
Minnesota gave up slightly more than 33 fantasy points a game to the WR position last year, a little worse than the league average. In Week 1, they gave up nearly 47 to the Bengal WRs. And now the hottest QB from Week 1, Kyler Murray, and his motley crew of receivers host the Vikings. What do you think might happen? Well, for one, I do expect Moore to build on his four of five targets for 68 yards that he posted last week. The rookie should continue to get more comfortable with the Cardinals playbook, and one that is quite pass-heavy. Despite a huge lead and being in run-the-clock mode, Arizona still had 34 pass plays last week. Trust me, Rondale will be far "more" than less!
Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers vs. Dallas Cowboys
The Chargers, meanwhile, ran a whopping 49 pass plays last week. We could see a very similar number this week. Dallas got embarrassed in the season opener by the Buccaneers' aerial attack, giving up 75.44 fantasy points to WRs. And yes, that was the worst in the league.
So not only is it a prime matchup, but Williams is off to a hot start, hauling in eight passes last week for 82 yards and a touchdown. If he sees a dozen targets, I doubt the Cowboys can wrangle this 6-foot-4 220-pound receiver. Start him.
SIT These WRs
Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans
Lockett had a huge game last week, and I expect to see a few more big games from him this season. I do have him on a seasonal team or two, but he is a far better best ball option. For example, last year Lockett had two three-TD weeks and followed each of those up with weeks of less than 40 yards and no scores.
Lockett might be more consistent this year than last, but I'm expecting a big DK Metcalf game this week. Lockett might put up WR2 number if you are lucky, but if you are expecting WR1 numbers again this week, you're going to be sorely disappointed.
Robby Anderson, Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
The touchdown salvaged his day, but those expecting a huge day from Anderson against his former team were probably disappointed with Anderson's single catch for 57 yards. And that was against the Jets, who gave up the 10th-most fantasy points to WRs last year. Anderson will now be facing New Orleans, who gave up the ninth-fewest fantasy points to WRs last year.
And it looks like New Orleans will do it again having absolutely SHUT DOWN the Packers last week. They allowed just 186 passing yards and the fifth-fewest WR fantasy points. Like Tyler Lockett, Anderson can run hot and cold. I wouldn't expect Anderson to provide too much steam this week.
— Written by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.