So how did I do with my WR and TE start/sit fantasy advice in Week 2? Let's recap.
Start Demaryius Thomas (11.6 fantasy points) - A lot of people were worried about him because he was a first round pick and Peyton Manning didn’t look very good in week 1. He bounced back huge and will be more of factor in the red zone soon.
Start Donte Moncrief (18.2 FP) - He caught 7-of-8 targets for 112 yards and one touchdown on a night when Andrew Luck really struggled.
Start Pierre Garcon (8.3 FP) - He had been written off to start the season, but with the hamstring injury to DeSean Jackson, Garcon had six catches for 23 yards and a touchdown.
Sit Andre Johnson (2.7 FP) - He was expected to be the Andre Johnson of old playing with Andrew Luck, so far this season he looks as if he should have retired.
Start Tyler Eifert (10.9 FP) - Eifert scored another touchdown as seems to be Andy Dalton’s favorite target.
Sit Austin Seferian-Jenkins (2.9 FP) - After a huge Week 1, ASJ came crashing back down to earth, and that was with Mike Evans not even catching a ball. To make matters worse, the Bucs' tight end is now out at least a month because of a shoulder injury.
Sit Zach Ertz (1.7 FP) - Ertz continues to get targets, but he isn’t cashing in on his opportunities.
Sit Amari Cooper (16.9 FP) - Had a huge game as Derek Carr and the entire Raiders offense came to life against a usually tough Ravens D.
Sit Brandon Marshall (16.1 FP) - He was going up against one of the best cover corners in the league in the Colts' Vontae Davis. But Davis got a concussion and Marshall shined.
Start Dwayne Allen (0 FP) - He got hurt in the first half of the Monday nighter and did not return. When he was in the game he didn’t do anything.
Overall, it was a pretty good week for me in predicting which WR and TE to start and sit. Hopefully I can keep it up this week.
START THESE WRs...
Allen Robinson, JAC (at NE)
Many fantasy owners were very concerned after Week 1 when Robinson caught one pass for only 27 yards. Now those fantasy owners can take a sigh of relief because he showed what he’s capable of last week, going off for 155 receiving yards and two touchdowns. This week he goes up against the Patriots, in a game where Jacksonville figures to be playing catch up for most of the time. This means plenty of opportunities to Robinson to rack up points against a very weak Patriots secondary that has allowed an average of 31.55 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season.
Steve Smith, BAL (vs. CIN)
Smith was on a mission last week and it showed on the stat sheet. He finished with 150 receiving yards and 15 fantasy points. Next up for Smith and the Ravens is a date with the Bengals, a defense that has allowed two or more touchdown catches in five of their last six games. Smith has also put up 115-plus yards in three of his five career games against the Bengals.
Brandon Marshall, NYJ (vs. PHI)
This is probably the last time that Marshall will be in the "start" section. Not because he’s going to be bad for the rest of the season, but because he will be an easy must start moving forward. Ryan Fitzpatrick has looked very good as the Jets quarterback and he and Marshall have quickly established great chemistry. This week Marshall will be matched up against the Eagles and high-priced free agent acquisition Byron Maxwell, who can’t cover anyone. Look for another 100-yard receiving day and throw in a touchdown too for good measure.
MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...
Travis Benjamin, CLE (vs. OAK)
Everyone and their grandma wrote off Benjamin’s Week 1 performance of 14 fantasy points as nothing more than a fluke. After all, no one had heard of him before and he plays for the Browns. Then last week he goes bananas for a 29-point outburst against Tennessee. In shallow leagues or leagues that start only two wide receivers, you probably shouldn’t start Benjamin, but if you are in 14-team or larger league or those that start three wide receivers, Benjamin is definitely worth a look. His performances so far can no longer go ignored.
SIT THESE WRs...
Brandin Cooks, NO (vs. CAR)
Everyone was so high on Cooks heading in to the season (myself included), that it’s hard not to keep sticking with him just hoping that what we saw in the preseason where he and Drew Brees looked unstoppable, will appear in the regular season. But Cooks is off to such a slow start that there’s no doubt he’s dragging down your fantasy team. This week things don’t look to get much better for Cooks has his matchup against the Panthers isn’t so favorable and, most importantly, he may be catching passes from Luke McCown instead of Brees, who is questionable because of a bruised rotator cuff. Maybe McCown is just what the doctor ordered for Cooks, but it’s best to take the wait-and-see approach here.
Golden Tate, DET (vs. DEN)
Tate had such an amazing 2014 and that was all thanks to most of his production coming with Calvin Johnson either out or playing injured. So far to start the 2015 season, Megatron is back to 100 percent health, which hasn’t been good for Tate. In two games Tate has 10.4 total fantasy points and zero touchdowns. Matthew Stafford has also been under intense pressure almost every time he drops back to pass, which means he either chucks in Megatron’s way or dumps it off to Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick. This week’s matchup against a tough Broncos pass defense won’t help Tate get off the snide either.
Amari Cooper, OAK (vs. CLE)
Cooper is coming off his best game as a pro, scoring 16.9 fantasy points thanks to seven receptions, 109 receiving yards and a touchdown. So why is he back on my sit list this week? Because of one name – Joe Haden, one of the best cover corners in the NFL. It’s true that Haden didn’t have a great start to the season, as he let Brandon Marshall have a great game in Week 1, but last week he completely shut down Kendall Wright (2 catches for 17 yards). Also, with the game Michael Crabtree had last week (nine catches for 111 yards and one touchdown), Derek Carr might be looking elsewhere and not test the waters against the Pro Bowl cornerback.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...
Calvin Johnson, DET (vs. DEN)
Of course you’re not going to sit Megatron, but you might want to consider it if you have another viable option. Why? Well, first off Matthew Stafford is likely to play, but he will be playing injured and facing the Broncos' vaunted pass rush, there is no guarantee that he finishes the game. Secondly, it doesn’t help that the Lions are playing the NFL's No. 1-ranked pass defense either. So should you sit Megatron? Thankfully, I don’t have him on any of my fantasy teams, so I don’t have to make that decision.
START THESE TIGHT ENDS...
Martellus Bennett, CHI (at SEA)
Conventional wisdom would be to sit Bennett this week as he plays against the Seahawks, in Seattle. However, Bennett is one of the most consistent fantasy scoring tight ends out there and if you sat him, you’d be hard pressed to find a suitable replacement. Jimmy Clausen might be under center for the Bears, but they are still going to need to throw the ball to have any chance of winning and Alshon Jeffery isn’t 100 percent yet, so Clausen will need a security blanket. Oh and it’s also interesting that so far this season the Seahawks have surrendered an average of more than 14 fantasy points per game to tight ends.
Jordan Reed, WAS (vs. NYG, Thurs.)
With DeSean Jackson still out with his hamstring injury, Jordan Reed will continue to be Kirk Cousins’ favorite target. For the second straight week, Reed tallied at least six receptions in a game. Look for that streak to continue as the Redskins host the Giants Thursday night. The Giants have allowed three touchdowns this season to the opposing teams TEs. Reed should be good for 70-plus yards and a score.
Heath Miller, PIT (vs. STL)
Even though no one has noticed, Miller has put together a solid start to the 2015 campaign, posting 99 yards, one touchdown and a two-point conversion in his first two contests. Pittsburgh will still look to air it out against the Rams, who despite being an “elite” defense, have struggled to start the season. The Rams have allowed both Jimmy Graham and Jordan Reed to have excellent stat lines against them, and with Le’Veon Bell back this week, there might be even more open space for Miller to operate in.
SIT THESE TIGHT ENDS...
Delaine Walker, TEN (vs. IND)
Yes it’s true that last week Walker’s backup Anthony Fasano had a great fantasy day, scoring 14.4 fantasy points, but even if Walker suits up for Week 3, he should remain on your bench in fantasy football. The Colts might be 0-2, and look totally anemic, but opposing TEs aren’t the ones benefiting. This season, Indianapolis has allowed four total receptions to opposing tight ends. None of them were for touchdowns.
Zach Ertz, PHI (vs. NYJ)
Until Ertz actually does something, he will be a constant sit, and you should avoid the temptation to start him just because at some point he might break out. Ertz has all the talent in the world to easily be a top-10 fantasy tight end, but it just hasn’t translated in the stat column yet. Last week against the Cowboys, he was the most targeted of all the Eagles' receiving threats, but managed only 17 yards. This week Ertz matches up against the Jets' superior defensive backfield, so leave him on your bench.
Jordan Cameron, MIA (vs. BUF)
Cameron has had a good start to his Dolphins career, catching seven passes for 135 yards in his first two games. He finds himself on the sit list because he hurt his groin last week against the Jaguars. That’s a serious red flag as Cameron isn’t the most durable tight end out there. Even if he plays he won’t be effective. You’re better off starting someone who is 100 percent healthy.
MIGHT BE WORTH THE RISK...
Coby Fleener, IND (vs. TEN)
This is quite the gamble as Fleener hasn’t done anything so far this year, but with Dwayne Allen’s deteriorating ankle, and the short week coming off a Monday night game, this could result in more balls coming Fleener’s way. It also doesn’t hurt that Fleener’s college roommate Andrew Luck is going to do everything possible this week to silence the critics. It’s true that T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief will be Luck’s focus, but I just have feeling that Fleener will get into the end zone this week.
YOU’VE BEEN WARNED...
Jason Witten, DAL (vs. ATL)
Who knows what’s going to happen in Dallas with Brandon Weeden at quarterback. He could rely heavily on Witten, peppering him with intermediate passes and using him as his security blanket. That would be great for Witten owners. Or, what’s more likely, is that the Cowboys decide to run the ball 30-plus times this week against the Falcons so that they can control the game and minimize the mistakes that Weeden could make that could cost them the game. That would mean Witten would be asked to block more, which isn’t going to help him score fantasy points. The durable TE also is dealing with some injury issues of his own, so that's something worth monitoring too.
— Written by Michael Horvath, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Horvath is a Canadian who also happens to be a fantasy football (not to be confused with CFL) and fitness nut. Follow him on Twitter @realmikehorvath.