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

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

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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

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

If You Must – WR Tyler Boyd


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

Trust – WR Brandin Cooks

If You Must – RB Mark Ingram, QB Tyrod Taylor

Bust – RB David Johnson, RB Phillip Lindsay

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

Bust – RB Sony Michel


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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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


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

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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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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Trust – TE Darren Waller

If You Must – QB Derek Carr, RB Kenyan Drake

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


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

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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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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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


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

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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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

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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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

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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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

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

If You Must – WR Julio Jones

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

If You Must – RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire


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

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
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Trust – RB D'Andre Swift, TE T.J. Hockenson

If You Must – RB Jamaal Williams

Bust - Lions WRs, QB Jared Goff


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!

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