Start ‘Em, Sit ‘Em Week 2: Making the Call on Fantasy Football Fringe Starters

Let the lineup tinkering begin.

Week 1 had a lot of great fantasy performers, but it also had a lot of duds. That makes setting a good lineup each week difficult, because the reality is that everything is out of the fantasy owners’ control once the games kick off.

While it’s important to not overreact to one bad game, it’s just as important to not punish a player and demote him to your bench. Study the matchups, say a prayer and, most importantly, let the dice roll on your gut feeling to start or sit a player heading into Week 2. 

     

Quarterbacks

Start ‘Em: Blake Bortles, QB, Jacksonville Jaguars

The Jaguars, believe it or not, could be a fantasy gold mine this season, and that all starts with the play of second-year quarterback Blake Bortles. 

Perfect.That’s really the best way to describe this @BBortles5 TD pass.👌 #GBvsJAX https://t.co/kt85qOYMNA

— NFL (@NFL) September 11, 2016

The Jaguars fell to the Green Bay Packers 27-23 in Week 1, but Bortles had himself a day, passing for 320 yards and a touchdown with one interception. He only scored 16 points in Yahoo fantasy leagues, but he had 39 passing attempts on the game, showing the type of volume every fantasy owner dreams about their quarterback having. 

Bortles should be in your starting lineup heading into Week 2 against the San Diego Chargers, who blew a 24-3 lead in a 33-27 overtime loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 1. Chiefs QB Alex Smith—who isn’t the type of fantasy option to rack up points—scored 29.02 points on the day. 

Can you imagine what Bortles and the Jaguars offense could do against San Diego? 

         

Sit ‘Em: Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks

It’s not just about his sore ankle, nor is it about a tough Los Angeles Rams defense. Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks offense just didn’t look good in Week 1.

It must be hard to believe that the Rams have a solid defense after they were blown out of the water in a 28-0 loss on Monday to the San Francisco 49ers, but this defense is still a legitimate threat to harass an offense. 

Wilson’s health is something to worry about, however, as he was injured against the Miami Dolphins in a 12-10 win at home on Sunday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport (via the NFL’s Twitter account): 

Russell Wilson sustains ankle injury, status in question for Week 2: https://t.co/aC0KMpr5Fx (via @RapSheet) …

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