Welcome back fantasy friends and foes to the weekly Fantasy Football Start and Sit recommendations. There was plenty of crazy fantasy action in Week 1 where fantasy owners witnessed breakout performances from my correct start recommendations of Matthew Stafford, Austin Ekeler, Dede Westbrook, and Darren Waller.
Check out who fantasy owners should start and avoid in Week 2 as I dive into this week’s matchups.
Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders vs. Kansas City Chiefs
Raiders QB Derek Carr was Pro Football Focus' highest-graded passer in Week 1 https://t.co/jaB434ExBE
— Raiders Wire (@TheRaidersWire) September 12, 2019
Derek Carr completed 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown on Monday Night’s victory over the Denver Broncos. The passing game showcases two weapons in wide receiver Tyrell Williams and the emerging tight end Darren Waller.
Carr will need every possible weapon for his Week 2 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Raiders will be forced to keep up with the explosive Chiefs offense so look for Carr to throw a ton in a potential shootout.
The Chiefs defense allowed the second-most passing yards per game last season, and permitted rookie Gardner Minshew to throw for 275 yards and two touchdowns after he came in for relief of the injured Nick Foles.
Carr has a history of playing well against the Chiefs at home, averaging 351 passing yards and three touchdowns over the past two seasons. Look for Carr to take advantage of this matchup and be one of the top quarterbacks in Week 2.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals vs. San Francisco 49ers
— Bengals4life (@Bengals4life4) September 12, 2019
Andy Dalton was outstanding in Week 1, posting a career-high 418 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.
Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor was very aggressive in Week 1 and embarrassed the Seahawks defense. Joe Mixon suffered an injury in this matchup, leaving the Bengals offense to promote the passing offense. John Ross exploded for seven catches for 158 yards and two touchdowns, making him one of the top fantasy pickups for Week 2.
The San Francisco 49ers defense played well in their Week 1 matchup against Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. However, their success was the result of Winston’s struggles more than the efficiency of their defense.
Dalton is a sneaky quarterback option against a Niners team that is playing its second consecutive road game. Look for Dalton and the Bengals to light up the scoreboard in this matchup.
Matthew Stafford, QB, Detroit Lions vs. Los Angeles Chargers
Matthew Stafford was a great start selection in Week 1. He produced 385 passing yards and three touchdowns against the Arizona Cardinals, who were missing their top two corners. Stafford produced despite his offensive line allowing three sacks which showcases how poor the Cardinals defense performed.
Look for Stafford to be scrambling this week against a Los Angeles Chargers defense, who produced two sacks in their Week 1 matchup against the elite Indianapolis Colts offensive line. The Detroit Lions’ offensive line will have a difficult time holding off the Chargers pass rush, leaving Stafford to struggle this week and a quarterback to avoid this week.
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears vs. Denver Broncos
Mitch Trubisky’s ‘Field Vison’ is INSANE! ? pic.twitter.com/TudmwiH7gY
— Tattoo Baker (@QB1TATT00) September 6, 2019
Mitch Trubisky looked awful in his Week 1 matchup against the Green Bay Packers. He missed a ton of throws and looked lost at times.
In Week 2, Trubisky will travel to Mile High Stadium and take on the Denver Broncos against an above-average Broncos secondary. Last week, Trubisky had eyes for the resurgent Allen Robinson, who caught seven passed for 102 yards. However, Robinson will see a lot of cornerback Chris Harris in the matchup, so Trubisky will need to look at other options. Unfortunately, he seems to focus on only one target, so I see Trubisky struggling as the Chicago Bears turn to their running game in this Week 2 matchup.
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