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Why You Must Start DeSean Jackson and Other WR/TE Start/Sit Fantasy Advice For Week 2


Some surprises, both the good and bad kind, in Week 1 in terms of fantasy performances by wide receivers and tight ends. Before we look ahead to Week 2, let’s see how my Week 1 advice fared.

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Good Calls...

Start Donte Moncrief (12.4 fantasy points) – The Colts' offense is going to score A LOT of points this year.

Sit Jarvis Landry (5.9 FP) – Landry was in a tough spot going up against the Seahawks in Week 1, he’ll rebound this week.

Start Dwayne Allen (13.3 FP) – Once again Allen scored a touchdown in the season opener.

Bad Calls...

Start Golden Tate (4.3 FP) – In a game where Matthew Stafford threw for more than 300 yards, Tate managed only 41.

Start Coby Fleener (0.6 FP) – In a shootout with the Raiders, somehow Fleener managed only one catch for six yards.

I also warned you against starting Jeremy Maclin, who happened to catch five balls for 63 yards with one touchdown, which was good for 12.2 fantasy points.

Positional Rankings: QB I RB I WR I TE I DST I K I Flex

Wide Receivers


Travis Benjamin, SD (vs. JAC)

Keenan Allen‘s torn ACL has paved the way for Benjamin to get even more playing time. Benjamin will now start opposite of Dontrelle Inman on the outside, and should see an uptick in targets from this point on. Benjamin, who put up 966 yards receiving and five touchdowns a season ago with mediocre quarterback play in Cleveland, now has Philp Rivers throwing to him. That combination has the potential to be very enticing for fantasy owners. The Chargers will host the Jaguars in Week 2, a defense that finished 29th against the pass last season. All signs point towards giving Benjamin a start in Week 2.

Related: 5 Wide Recevier Replacements for Fantasy Owners With Keenan Allen on Team

Jordan Matthews, PHI (at CHI, Mon.)

Matthews had quite the start to the season, catching seven of 14 targets for 114 yards and one touchdown, good for 17.4 fantasy points. This week Matthews has a solid matchup ahead against the Bears. Last week, Chicago surrendered almost 30 fantasy points to Houston's WRs, including two touchdowns. Combined that with Matthews’ early rapport with Carson Wentz, and he is now on the WR2/3 radar for Week 2.

DeSean Jackson, WAS (vs. DAL)

Jackson was Kirk Cousins' main passing option in Week 1 against the Steelers, where he caught six of 10 targets for 102 yards. He’s always going to be the team’s top deep threat and that should be on full display this week as Jackson gets to play what seems to be his favorite opponent, the Dallas Cowboys. He's put up no fewer than 12 fantasy points in each of his last three games against them. That includes one game with 136 yards and two others where he scored a touchdown. When you also consider the question marks on the current Dallas defense, Jackson becomes a nice option.


Sterling Shepard, NYG (vs. NO)

As a 4.5-point home favorite in a game with a huge over/under of 53, the G-Men boast one of the highest projected team totals of Week 2 at 28.75. In Week 1, Shepard and Victor Cruz were each targeted four times, each caught a touchdown and were each on the field for the majority of the game (Shepard 53 of 56 offensive snaps, Cruz 50 of 56), as the Giants mostly used 3-WR sets. While that makes it difficult to know who to trust, Shepard looked great in his NFL debut, and even with Cruz involved, there should be enough opportunity and success against the Saints' cobbled together secondary for Shepard to make some big plays.