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  • The IDP Guys’ NFL Week 2 Start/Sit List: Offense

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    Find success in Week 2 with these start/sit decisions for the Offensive side of the ball!


    Week 1 of the NFL was wild! It’s never a dull moment in the NFL and week 1 was no exception. There were surprise inactive players announced, head-scratching dud performances (looking at you Brandon Aiyuk!), and two games that went into overtime! Enter the week 2 start/sit article!

    After digesting all the results from week 1 we move on to week 2. For this season-long start/sit series we will continue to use the “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” system; below is a reminder of what that means for your lineup setting needs.

    The “Trust, If You Must, and Bust” System:

    Trust” = Strong start, a player who should be started in all formats!

    If You Must” = Weak start, a player who is good enough to be a starter, but faces a tough matchup or holds an unclear opportunity in a good offense. Some caution should be used while the risk is recognized, as this is often league format dependent.

    If you play in a shallow league, I would lean towards benching this player if you have a decent replacement option. In a deep league, I would lean towards starting, since the options may be more scarce. Either way, expectations should be managed.

    Bust” = Keep on your bench, at least for now. These players should be avoided since stronger options at the relative position should be considered first. These are players who fit into one of the following categories:

    1. A player in a tough matchup or currently holds ambiguous weekly opportunities in the offense.
    2. A strong bench stash for season-long purposes but currently in a “wait and see” period. Wait and see if their role expands for starter caliber consideration. For example, this type of player may be a strong backup RB behind a stud in an elite offense or could be in line for a big workload if the starter misses time.
    3. Currently lacking a clear offensive opportunity in either a projected good or bad offense
    4. Is too volatile on a week-to-week basis. There is no need to play boom or bust type players if you can help it.

     

    Weekly Start/Sit Decision Reminders

    Be sure to always be mindful of weekly injury reports and gameday inactive announcements as this could pivot a weak starter into a strong starter!

    Week 1 brought some stunning inactives including; RBs Trey Sermon and Zack Moss who were both healthy scratches. Another inactive from the later afternoon set of games was WR Odell Beckham Jr; be sure to always have a backup plan for mid afternoon, Sunday and Monday night game players who hold the Questionable tag throughout the week!

    Finally, be sure to always leave the FLEX spot(s) free of Thursday night players!

     

    The Week 2 Slate:

    Thursday Night Football

    New York Giant at Washington Football Team
    Giants

    If You Must – QB Daniel Jones, RB Saquon Barkley, WR Kenny Golladay, WR Sterling Shepard

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    Football Team

    Trust – RB Antonio Gibson, WR Terry McLaurin, TE Logan Thomas

    If You Must – QB Taylor Heinicke

     

    Sunday Early Afternoon Slate

    San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles
    49ers

    Trust – TE George Kittle, WR Deebo Samuel

    If You Must – RB Elijah Mitchell, QB Jimmy Garoppolo

    Bust – WR Brandon Aiyuk, RB Trey Sermon

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    Eagles

    Trust – QB Jalen Hurts, RB Miles Sanders, WR DeVonta Smith, TE Dallas Goedert

    If You Must – WR Jalen Reagor

    Bust – TE Zach Ertz

     

    Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears
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    Bengals

    Trust – QB Joe Burrow, RB Joe Mixon, WR Tee Higgins, WR Ja’Marr Chase

    If You Must – WR Tyler Boyd

    Bears

    Trust – RB David Montgomery, WR Allen Robinson

    If You Must – WR Darnell Mooney, TE Cole Kmet

    Bust – QB Andy Dalton

    Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns
    Texans

    Trust – WR Brandin Cooks

    If You Must – RB Mark Ingram, QB Tyrod Taylor

    Bust – RB David Johnson, RB Phillip Lindsay

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    Browns

    Trust – RB Nick Chubb, RB Kareem Hunt, WR Jarvis Landry

    If You Must – QB Baker Mayfield, TE Austin Hooper

     

    Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts
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    Rams

    Trust – QB Matthew Stafford, WR Cooper Kupp, WR Robert Woods, RB Darrell Henderson, TE Tyler Higbee

    Bust – RB Sony Michel

    Colts

    Trust – RB Jonathan Taylor

    If You Must – QB Carson Wentz, WR Michael Pittman, RB Nyheim Hines

    Bust – WR Parris Campbell, WR Zach Pascal

     

    Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins
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    Bills

    Trust – QB Josh Allen, WR Stefon Diggs

    If You Must – RB Devin Singletary, WR Cole Beasley, WR Gabriel Davis, WR Emmanuel Sanders

    Bust – TE Dawson Knox, RB Zack Moss

    Dolphins

    If You Must – QB Tua Tagovailoa, RB Myles Gaskin, WR Jaylen Waddle, WR DeVante Parker, TE Mike Gesicki

    New England Patriots at New York Jets
    Patriots

    Trust – RB Damien Harris

    If You Must – QB Mac Jones, RB James White, WR Jakobi Meyers, TE Jonnu Smith

    Bust – TE Hunter Henry, WR Nelson Agholor

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    Jets

    Trust – WR Corey Davis

    Bust – QB Zach Wilson, RB Michael Carter, RB Tevin Coleman, RB Ty Johnson, WR Elijah Moore

     

    Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers
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    Raiders

    Trust – TE Darren Waller

    If You Must – QB Derek Carr, RB Kenyan Drake

    Bust – WR Bryan Edwards, WR Henry Ruggs, WR Hunter Renfrow

    Steelers

    Trust – QB Ben Roethlisberger, RB Najee Harris, WR Diontae Johnson, WR Chase Claypool, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster

    Bust – TE Eric Ebron, TE Pat Freiermuth

     

    New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
    Saints

    Trust – RB Alvin Kamara

    If You Must – QB Jameis Winston

    Bust – TE Juwan Johnson, WR Marquez Callaway, RB Tony Jones, WR Deonte Harris, TE Adam Trautman

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    Panthers

    Trust – RB Christian McCaffrey, WR D.J. Moore, WR Robby Anderson

    If You Must – QB Sam Darnold

    Bust – WR Terrace Marshall

    Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars
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    Broncos

    Trust – RB Melvin Gordon, WR Courtland Sutton, TE Noah Fant

    If You Must – QB Teddy Bridgewater, RB Javonte Williams

    Bust – WR KJ Hamler, WR Tim Patrick

    Jaguars

    Trust – RB James Robinson

    If You Must – QB Trevor Lawrence, WR DJ Chark, WR Laviska Shenault, WR Marvin Jones

     

    Sunday Mid Afternoon Slate

     

    Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals
    Vikings

    Trust – QB Kirk Cousins, RB Dalvin Cook, WR Justin Jefferson, WR Adam Thielen

    If You Must – WR K.J. Osborn, TE Tyler Conklin

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    Cardinals

    Trust – QB Kyler Murray, WR DeAndre Hopkins, RB Chase Edmonds

    If You Must – RB James Conner, WR Christian Kirk, WR Rondale Moore

     

    Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Falcons

    Trust – WR Calvin Ridley, TE Kyle Pitts

    If You Must – QB Matt Ryan, RB Mike Davis, TE Hayden Hurst

    Bust – WR Russell Gage, RB Cordarrelle Patterson

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    Buccaneers

    Trust – QB Tom Brady, WR Mike Evans, WR Chris Godwin, WR Antonio Brown

    If You Must – TE Rob Gronkowski

    Bust – RB Ronald Jones, RB Leonard Fournette

     

    Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers
    Cowboys

    Trust – QB Dak Prescott, RB Ezekiel Elliott, WR Amari Cooper, WR CeeDee Lamb

    If You Must – RB Tony Pollard, WR Cedrick Wilson

    Bust – TE Blake Jarwin, TE Dalton Schultz

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    Chargers

    Trust – QB Justin Herbert, RB Austin Ekeler, WR Keenan Allen, WR Mike Williams

    If You Must – TE Jared Cook

    Bust – RB Justin Jackson, RB Larry Rountree

    Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks
    Titans

    Trust – QB Ryan Tannehill, RB Derrick Henry, WR A.J. Brown

    If You Must – WR Julio Jones

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    Seahawks

    Trust – QB Russell Wilson, WR D.K. Metcalf, WR Tyler Lockett, RB Chris Carson

    If You Must – TE Gerald Everett

     

    Sunday Night Football

    Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens
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    Chiefs

    Trust – QB Patrick Mahomes, WR Tyreek Hill, TE Travis Kelce

    If You Must – RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire

    Ravens

    Trust – QB Lamar Jackson, RB Ty’Son Williams, TE Mark Andrews

    If You Must – WR Marquise Brown, WR Sammy Watkins

    Bust – RB Latavius Murray

     

    Monday Night Football

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    Lions

    Trust – RB D’Andre Swift, TE T.J. Hockenson

    If You Must – RB Jamaal Williams

    Bust – Lions WRs, QB Jared Goff

    Packers

    Trust – QB Aaron Rodgers, WR Davante Adams, RB Aaron Jones, TE Robert Tonyan

    If You Must – RB AJ Dillon

    Bust – WRs not named Davante Adams

     

    Good luck and enjoy the games!


    Thank you for reading! You can find more of my work on my IDP Guys Author Page. Feel free to reach out anytime on Twitter at @FantasyLadder for any fantasy football-related advice, questions, or discussion so you can climb the ladder of fantasy football success with me.

     

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