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Fantasy Football Week 2 Start ‘Em & Sit ‘Em: Matthew Stafford due for major bounceback against Falcons

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It’s okay to panic a bit after the first week one of your stars is struggling. We share your disappointment when guys like Austin Eckeler, Aaron Jones, Mark Andrews, Kyle Pitts, Mike Williams and DJ Moore had bad games. But you can’t overreact.

Now, there are some situations where you should be concerned. The Cowboys, namely Ezekiel Elliott and CD Lamb, may have problems with Dak Prescott (thumb). David Montgomery, Cam Akers, Dameon Pierce and Travis Etienne are not looking very good right now. And the Patriots may not have a player they can trust.

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But let’s see what happens in the second week. Everything can change. And you may regret your initial overreaction.

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Flash back to last year in Week 1 with Aaron Rodgers when the Saints thrashed the Packers 38-3. Rodgers was terrible in that game with 133 passing yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He scored one fantasy point.

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Do you remember what happened next? He played six games in a row, scoring at least 23 Fantasy Points en route to his second consecutive MVP award. As Rogers would say, Fantasy managers need to RELAX.

We know you want to win every fantasy match. And so are we. But one game doesn’t have to be your sample size, and we’ll see what happens in week 2 if those concerns become a trend. I hope the stars you’re counting on this season will do great.

Matthew Stafford was another player who had a disappointing first week in the Rams’ 31–10 loss to the Bills. He struggled with 29 of 41 passes for 240 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. Questions were raised about his elbow, the Rams’ post-Super Bowl hangover, and whether Stafford had already been cleaned up.

I expect Stafford to recover with a monster in week 2 against the Falcons, so he’s our start of the week. He had time to correct some of his mistakes in week 1 since that game was on Thursday night and hopefully he will be on the same wavelength as Allen Robinson, who is also a candidate for reinstatement in this game.

The Falcons just let Jameis Winston pass for 269 yards and two touchdowns in the first week, with 213 yards and both coming in the fourth quarter. That defensive frustration should carry over to this week away and Stafford should be ready to go from the start.

Given Stafford’s difficulties in Week 1, let’s remember that the Bills may have the best defense in the NFL. The Falcons don’t have that level of talent. Sean McVeigh has also never played two games under .500 in his career, so the Rams should win this game with Stafford in the lead. He could be one of the top five Fantasy quarterbacks in Week 2.

  • Another week 2: sleepers | Starts, Sittings, Sleepers and Busts | PPR cheat sheet | Memo without PPR | Rejection of wires | QB Preview | RB Preview | W.R. Preview | T.E. Preview | Trade values

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Browns (vs. NYJ)

The Browns got four sacks and an interception in Week 1 against the Panthers, and that defense should be able to play against Joe Flacco and the Jets at home. The Jets scored nine points in Week 1 against the Ravens while allowing three sacks and two turnovers.

  • Bengals (in DAL)
  • Packers (versus CHI)
  • Patriots (in PIT)

Vikings (on PHI)

The Vikings’ defense performed well against the Packers in the first week. Minnesota scored just seven points on four sacks and two turnovers, but the Philadelphia offense should be the stronger opponent this week. The Eagles allowed one sack without a loss in their first week in Detroit, scoring 32 points.

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