What’s goin’ on everyone, and welcome to Week 2 of the NFL season!

Hopefully you guys all won in every league last week in what was a true Sunday to remember. We had everything: crazy performances from guys like Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, an absolute shootout in New Orleans, and a tie between the Steelers and Browns. Let’s hope we get some awesome storylines in Week 2!

Let’s get to it!

*Note* – The Week 2 Consensus Rankings can be found here, and be sure to check out Rudy’s projections for this week here!

*Note* – Like last year, I won’t be including the “studs” in any of my “Start” columns. You should always start Aaron RodgersTodd Gurley, or Antonio Brown!

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em

Case Keenum (vs. OAK)

While Keenum looked iffy at times in Week 1 against the Seahawks, throwing 3 interceptions, he also had times of pure brilliance, throwing for 329 total yards and 3 TD’s. It was a good first week for the new QB in Denver.

This week should be a whole lot easier for Keenum, especially because he’ll be at home against a Raiders defense that didn’t look that great against the Rams on Monday. Sanders and Thomas have great individual matchups against this secondary, and Keenum

Patrick Mahomes/Ben Roethlisberger (PIT vs. KC)

With a Vegas O/U at 53.5, this game between Pittsburgh and Kansas City should be a slugfest, and I like both QB’s in this matchup.

I was really, really wrong about Mahomes in his matchup versus Los Angeles, and if he was able to play that well against last week, then he should be able to do very well against Pittsburgh. Not only are their LB’s not fully equipped to cover Travis Kelce, but Joe Haden is also banged up, which means Hill should be able to thrive as well. I really like Mahomes this week.

If we hear that Big Ben is fully healthy between now and Sunday, you’ve got to start him against this Kansas City defense that allowed Philip Rivers to throw all over them. Both AB and JuJu have great individual matchups, and they are at home, which is always a good sign for Roethlisberger. This should be a high-scoring matchup that he should thrive in.

Alex Smith (vs. IND)

For those of you that are streaming this week, Smith is a great option not only this week, but he also has some favorable matchups in the upcoming weeks as well. But on Sunday, he’ll face off against a Colts secondary that gave up 243 yards and 2 TD’s to the Bengals just a week ago.

Smith did quite well last week against Arizona, and should do even better this Sunday.

Sit ‘Em

Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. PHI)

Listen, I like Fitzmagic as much as the next guy, but I can see some major regression this week as he’ll face off against a very tough defense in Philadelphia. It’s a great sign for the Bucs that he was able to do so much damage against the Saints, but he’ll now face off against and Eagles D that has been one of the best units in the NFL over the past two seasons. I don’t think we should automatically plug him in this week based off of Week 1’s result.

Marcus Mariota (vs. HOU)

Not only is Mariota not fully 100%, but it’s a bad sign for this offense that they lost Delanie Walker for the season, and it should hurt Mariota’s fantasy stock for the season. This Houston defense doesn’t scare me, but I can’t start Mariota with full confidence this week.

Running Backs

Start ‘Em

Dion Lewis (vs. HOU)

Although he only played 35% of the snaps last week against Miami (although it was such a weird game due to the weather), he was productive both on the ground and through the air, which the latter being very important for us in fantasy for the rest of the season, as I have a lot of confidence in Lewis in PPR leagues ROS.

It’s a good matchup for Lewis, as the Texans gave up a lot of production to James White through the air last week, as the Pats back finished with 10 catches for 71 yards and 1 score. Lewis should find some success tomorrow.

Adrian Peterson/Chris Thompson  (vs. IND)

Boy, was I wrong about these two backs in Week 1. Well, I didn’t think AD or Thompson could produce in Week 1 on the road in Arizona, and they both did that, with Peterson specifically coming in strong with an incredible 28 touches.

Well it’s a great matchup for both Peterson and Thompson, as for Peterson, he’ll likely get another big workload, and the Colts gave up a whopping 5.2 yards/carry last week, and for Thompson, he’ll likely be a factor as well against a defensive unit that allowed 7 catches to the RB position last week as well. If you’ve got both of these backs, you should start them.

Tevin Coleman (vs. CAR)

Well, on Friday afternoon we learned that Devonta Freeman will miss this week’s matchup against Carolina, which immediately means that Coleman should be a lock in our lineups from sheer volume alone. But let’s look at some other things as well.

Even with Freeman banged up last Thursday, Coleman played 51% of the offensive snaps, which is always good to see. It’s also a good matchup as the Panthers allowed Zeke to rush for 4.6 yards/carry last week, so Coleman should be able to do some damage. He’ll get work on the ground and through the air, and should be a staple of most lineups if you’ve got him.

Sit ‘Em

Rex Burkhead/James White (@ JAC)

It’s a very nasty matchup against Jacksonville, who looked pretty damn good against Saquon Barkley last Sunday before he tore off a long TD run. I can’t give the vote of confidence to either of these backs on the road in Jacksonville, and would look elsewhere if I owned these two players.

Peyton Barber (vs. PHI)

I loved Barber’s usage in the first week against New Orleans, as even though it did turn into an absolute slugfest, he was still able to clock in over 70% of the snaps, and carried the ball almost 20 times. While I do understand if he needs to be in your lineup due to sheer volume, I can’t say with confidence that he needs to be in your lineup due to his incredibly tough matchup against an Eagles defense that absolutely stuffed Devonta Freeman last week.

Wide Receivers

Start ‘Em

JuJu Smith-Schuster (vs. KC)

I love me some JuJu this week against this banged-up KC secondary in what should be one of the highest-scoring games this week, according to Vegas.

Eric Berry is looking doubtful once again for this matchup, and that should be a good thing in the eyes of any fantasy owner that has a Steelers player on their roster. This secondary was absolutely torched for 49.7 fantasy points allowed to the Chargers receivers last week, and should be in another tough spot on the road in Pittsburgh.

Jarvis Landry (@ NO)

While I would like to see Landry finish higher than a 47% catch rate, I’ll take 15 targets any day of the week, and it just goes to show you that even when it’s raining sideways in Cleveland, Tyrod is doing his best to get the ball to Landry.

Well thankfully for us, he’ll play in a dome this week against a New Orleans secondary that got absolutely demolished by Ryan Fitzpatrick last week. You’ve got to start Juice every week, and this game should be a good one for the wideout.

Nelson Agholor (@ TB)

With 10 targets and 8 catches last week against Atlanta, it was a busy first game for Agholor. He’ll get a much better matchup this week against Tampa Bay, a secondary that was torn apart last week against the Saints, as they gave up 23 total catches for 268 yards and 2 TD’s to opposing wideouts. If you’ve got Agholor this week, I would advise to start him.

Sit ‘Em

Robert Woods (vs. ARI)

While I do like that he received 9 targets last week, he did only catch the ball 3 times, which isn’t that great. Mix in a matchup against shutdown corner Patrick Peterson, and I think that if you’ve got better options, you should roll with them.

Amari Cooper (@ DEN)

Cooper was absolutely horrible against the Rams last Monday, and I don’t think he’ll do that well this week against Denver, a team that he has struggled against in the past.

Chris Hogan (@ JAC)

While I do think that the Patriots will move around their wideouts to get the best possible matchups, it’s still a pretty bad matchup for all Pats wideouts, and if you’ve got better wideouts to go with, I would avoid this matchup for New England on the road.

Tight Ends

Start ‘Em

George Kittle (vs. DET)

After Week 1’s impressive performance, George Kittle is looking like he’s going to be a Top-10 TE in PPR formats for the rest of the season. Against the tough Vikings D, Kittle racked in 9 targets and a whopping 18 yards/catch, before some minor injury woes occured. However, if he keeps up that pace, he’ll definitely become a force to be reckoned with at the TE position this year in fantasy, and should be started almost every week.

Eric Ebron (@ WAS)

Despite just starting on 44% of the snaps, and coming in with only 5 targets thanks to his shared time with Jack Doyle, Ebron was still able to find the endzone against Cincinnati last week.

While starting Ebron comes with its risks, it’s a good matchup to plug him in as Washington usually struggles against Tight Ends.

Ricky Seals-Jones (@ LAR)

If you need a one-week streaming option, look no further than our man RSJ this week against Los Angeles. As we saw in the first week against Oakland, the Rams boast an incredible secondary that can stifle any and all opposing wideouts, but struggle against TE’s. In fact, the Rams allowed a huge game against Jared Cook on Monday, as he racked in 11 catches for 200 yards.

RSJ started close to 90% of the snaps last week for Arizona, and provides some nice upside if you need a one-week plug-n’-play.

Sit ‘Em

Kyle Rudolph (@ GB)

While I don’t think you should necessarily bench Rudolph, unless you have better options, it should be stated that I don’t feel too confident about Rudolph this week against the Packers. While he did play close to 90% of the snaps last week for the Vikings, he only received 2 targets, and it’s a tough matchup as the Packers D only gave up 5 fantasy points to Trey Burton last Sunday. If you’ve got better options, I would start them over Rudolph.

Cameron Brate/O.J. Howard (vs. PHI)

While the rest of the Bucs offense looked like it was in full-swing last week against the Saints, both of their Tight Ends struggled. Brate was catch-less on the day, and Howard caught 2 passes for 54 yards. Not ideal. And it’s not going to get any easier against this Eagles defense that should shut down this Bucs offense. You can’t start either this week.

Kickers and D/ST

Start ‘Em

Chris Boswell (vs. KC)

Like I spoke about earlier, this KC-PIT game should be one of the highest of the week, and Boswell should do quite well in this spot at home.

Los Angeles Rams (@ BUF)

Like I mentioned last week, it’s Buffalo. That’s all I need to say.

Sit ‘Em

Matt Prater (@ SF)

While I do like this spot, and won’t totally hate you for going with Prater, it is tough to trust him after two misses last week.

New York Jets (vs. MIA)

While it’s tempting to go with the Jets after a great showing on Monday Night, I do think that there are better options to be had, and I would like to see another good week from this defensive unit before giving them my vote of confidence.

Alright guys, that’s my time for today, so thank you so much for reading! Good luck to all of your teams this week, and I’ll be back on Wednesday for my Week 3 rankings! As always, if you have a question or comment, don’t hesitate to leave one below.

You Can Find Me on Twitter @razzball_zach

  1. Saints says:
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    Hay great stuff.
    Only one mistake you got confused by the LA teams the chargers are playing against the Bills this week :)

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Saints: Yep, that’s my bad. It’s the Chargers, not the Rams!! Thanks for the heads up!

  2. Paul Zone says:
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    I have to drop a player to add a DST for the week. 10 team PPR. Who would you drop out of:

    Baldwin
    Marshall
    Geronimo
    Crowder
    Breida
    Garcon

    I currently have Marshall in my Flex. Revenge game, haha. Who would play at Flex??

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Paul Zone: I would drop Geronimo

  3. Nick says:
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    Hey Zach, I have Thielan, A Robinson, Fitzgerald, JuJu, Stills, Crabtree & K Cole as my WRs in a 10-teamer (I start first 4 in WR/flex spot). Baldwin was dropped, is he worth a bench spot or does K Cole, etc. have more upside on my bench? I don’t really like that I have a ton of middling receivers but what are ya gonna do…

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nick: Although we don’t know how long it’ll be when Baldwin is back healthy, I’ll still take him ROS over Cole.

  4. Fizz says:
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    Ebron or Burton
    Drake or Coleman

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Fizz: Ebron and Coleman

  5. Fizz says:
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    C. Davis, R. Anderson or Kupp

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Fizz: Kupp

  6. Paul Zone says:
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    Would you drop any of these to add Barber? 12 team PPR.

    Marshall
    Garcon
    Yeldon (have Fournette)
    White
    Wentz

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Paul Zone: I would drop White for Barber

      • Paul Zone says:
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        @Zach: Dang. Afraid you were going to say that. I have White in my starting lineup right now

        Brees
        Connor
        White
        Allen
        Smith-Schuster
        Fkex – Marshall
        Doyle

        Bench
        Fournette
        Ingram
        Garcon
        Yeldon
        Wentz
        Mccoy
        J. Williams

        Who would u play rb and flex uf drop white and add barber?

        • Zach

          Zach says:
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          @Paul Zone: I would start Yeldon over White and then Barber over Marshall even with the tough matchup

  7. William Trill Cauley-Stein says:
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    Zach! What up?! I hope you are doing well. I am in a ten team .5 PPR league. We do have big play bonuses in my league. Can you help me figure out who to start? I would really appreciate it.

    QB- Malhomes OR Goff OR T. Taylor
    RB- Fournette?
    RB2- L. Miller?
    WR1- M. Thomas
    WR2- Diggs
    Flex-Yeldon? B. Cooks? S. Watkins? T. Coleman? L. Murray? J. Brown? James White?
    TE-Rudolph
    K- Carlson
    D- SF? OR NYJ? OR NO?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @William Trill Cauley-Stein: Hey Willie! I’d go with Mahomes and then Coleman at the flex, and then the Jets D over the others

  8. prey879 says:
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    Would you start Jamaal Williams @Vikings over White or burkhead in a ppr league?

    Also which two would you start Theilen, Diggs, and Landry in a ppr league? I went with the Vikings stack last week and it worked out but I don’t want to miss a big Landry game.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @prey879: Yes. I think you’ve got to go then with Landry and Diggs, especially because Josh Gordon won’t be playing.

  9. buster moon says:
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    PPP.. A. Cooper or C. Davis?

  10. Fizz says:
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    Fitz, Cupp, or Hogan
    Brady or Mahomes
    R. Freeman, Barber, K. Johnson

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Fizz: Fitzgerald, you can’t bench Brady, and Freeman.

  11. Fizz says:
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    Would you trade Drake for Royce Freeman?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Fizz: No, Drake will be better ROS

  12. Fizz says:
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    Need 1 WR and 1 Flex out of this pool:
    Cupp
    Drake
    C. Davis
    R. Anderson
    Godwin

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Fizz: Cupp and Drake

  13. Donaldson says:
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    Got two tough ones coach
    Dion lewis vs Lamar miller Rb spot ppr
    Jordan reed vs George Kittle??????

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Donaldson: DLew and Reed

  14. birrrdy! says:
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    I feel you on Landry against the saints. But I have to choose between him and Josh Gordon. I didn’t watch the saints game last week, but it seemed the TD deep threats (DJax, Evans) feasted. Worried I start Landry and get 11 catches for 78 yards and miss out on Josh Gordon for 3 TDS and 150 yards on 6 catches. Thoughts?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @birrrdy!: Well, the decision is made for you, as Gordon will likely be out this week due to a hamstring issue. Fire up Landry!

      • birrrdy! says:
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        @Zach: just saw that. THANKS!

  15. Nate says:
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    I was just offered Bell + Kupp for Dalvin Cook. I have Conner. .75 PPR league. I also have Melvin Gordon, Burkhead, Carson. Kupp would be bench depth.

    Take the deal and lock up the PIT RB/Gordon duo… or keep riding Gordon/Cook/Conner until Bell comes back, then have Gordon/Cook/Burkhead?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nate: I’d stay put. You’ve already got a damn good RB corps, no need to trade for Bell who probably won’t play until Week 10.

  16. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Zach,
    16 team std
    2 rb 2 wr 2 flex

    Rb: Conner Bell Drake Hines Edmonds
    Wr: Baldwin Jeffrey Stills Galloway Beasley Pettis RMatthews

    McCoy owner likes Stills but wants more than a one for one. Stills and Beasley for McCoy fair?

    Could use some money rb depth

    Other guy he is willing to move is Cohen

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @nightpandas: Hey man! I hear you about RB depth, but McCoy isn’t the solution in my opinion. I’d stay put, and Stills might be a good commodity ROS. I really don’t like McCoy.

  17. Jumponit says:
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    Thanks for the great post – which 3 would you start? Drake, Cook, Lewis, Morris

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Jumponit: Thanks man! Cook and Lewis.

  18. Paul Zone says:
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    Would you take Ertz & Schuster for Gronk?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Paul Zone: Yes. Pull the trigger on it.

  19. Paul says:
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    Need to start 2 of 3 in .5 PPR: Hogan, Robert Woods, Chris Godwin. Who would you go with? Also, Doyle or RSJ at TE this week?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Paul: Hogan and Woods, and Doyle.

  20. Nick says:
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    One other question, I have cooks in a flex right now but skeptical he will do much against Az secondary. Would you plug in Stills @ NYJ it Golladay @SF in place? Standard league.

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nick: Cooks should avoid Peterson, so I think he’s fine. I’d still roll with him

  21. Marcus over the top says:
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    [email protected], cohen vs sea, clement @tb? This week & ros, thx! Ppr

  22. Marcus Allen says:
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    Ekeler, cohen or clement? This week and ros, thx!! Ppr

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Marcus Allen: Cohen this week, and ROS

    • For An Armenianless Vacation Come to Akron says:
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      @Marcus Allen: ekeler unless you own ajayi

  23. William Sayde says:
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    Love your content! Half point PPR: Corey Davis with his QB disaster, Royce Freeman, or TJ Yeldon if no Fournette?

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @William Sayde: Thanks man! I’d still go with Davis. Especially with Walker’s injury, he’ll get peppered with targets

  24. Nightpandas says:
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    Std Deep league…worth dropping Edmonds for Ike or Gallup or Kelvin Benjamin…just got a bench stash

    • Zach

      Zach says:
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      @Nightpandas: No, I’d stay put

  25. Bob barker come on down says:
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    Happy Saturday on the eve of week 2 Sunday! Bombshell news just broke : Browns releasing Josh Gordon. Apparently it’s because he was late to practice if that’s the only issue the lateness that’s asinine! How fast do you see another nfl team signing him? I was thinking either Cowboys, Pats, or Washington. Would it be funny if Gordon gets signed by a new team faster than dez?

    Onto my team! .5 ppr league I’m looking to consolidate two of my players to upgrade at either WR or RB. I’d be looking to move either two of my bench guys or one bench & 1 starter.

    My starters: David Johnson, Melvin Gordon, TY Hilton, Amari Cooper, Emmanuel sanders, Royce Freeman (flex), Ricky seals jones (I stream at TE)

    My bench: kerryon Johnson, Jamaal Williams, brieda, ekeler (my Gordon cuff), kupp, Sterling Shepard, Geronimo Allison, Brandon Marshall.

    What type of players should I target in a 2 for 1 swap?

    — players I won’t even try because the league mate is huge fan of these players: burkhead, James White, Edelman, Hogan, he has them all he’s a huge pats fan.

    — another owner is another diehard pats fan so not trying to even attempt for his Dion Lewis, gronk , dorsett. He also has Sony Michel but I think given the right deal I think I could get him.

    ** the wire is kinda thin best available RBs: gio Bernard clears waivers Wednesday but I won’t be able to get him, Corey clement, CJ Anderson, devontae Booker

    Best available WRs: kelvin Benjamin, Dante pettis, Ryan grant, Tyler Boyd he clears waivers Wednesday, John brown clears waivers Wednesday, cole Beasley, Courtland Sutton, Gallup.

    Thanks man have a good weekend!

  26. JOHNNY DOUGHNUTS says:
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    PPR:

    TE: Jordan Reed or RSJ?

    RB: Melvin Gordon or Todd Gurley?

    DEFENSE: Rams or Philly

    Thank You! Doughnuts

  27. TT says:
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    Hi Zach,

    I should I start Wilson or Keenum at QB?
    For flex should I go for coleman or agholor for PPR?

  28. friar says:
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    I’m trying to decide whether or not to play T.J. Yeldon this week in my 12-team 0.5 ppr league. If Fournette is out, it seems like Yeldon could have a good day; if Fournette plays, Yeldon won’t do anything.

    In addition to Yeldon, I have Hyde and J. Williams (needless to say, RB is not my team’s strength) who both have early games, so I’ll need to make a decision on which two of these three to play before the Jags’ late kickoff.

    My question is two-fold:
    1) Based on the information currently available, which two RBs would you suggest I start?
    2) Other than a clear announcement by the Jags on Fournette’s injury status (unlikely before the early games), is there any information that might come out before kickoff that would change your recommendation of which two guys to start?

    Thanks!

  29. BR808 says:
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    I’m seriously thinking about starting Alex Smith over A-Rodj?? Am I overthinking it?

  30. Joey says:
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    Zach, 0.5 PPR: Do you like Sammy Watkins over Amari Cooper this week?

  31. Justin says:
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    In half PPR, would u trade away James white for Randall cobb?

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