Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start-Sit

Debating who to put in your lineups in Week 2? Here are recommendations for owners in the Fantasy Football: Week 2 Start-Sit.

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Running Backs


Chris Thompson, RB, Washington Redskins vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Chris Thompson had a team-high 10 targets, securing seven receptions for 68 yards in their Week 1 matchup against division-rival Philadelphia Eagles. 

Besides losing their Week 1 matchup, the Washington Redskins also lost running back Derrius Guice, who was placed on injured reserve after having to undergo surgery on a torn meniscus. The ageless Adrian Peterson will take over the early-down role with Thompson continuing his role as the passing-down back.  

The Redskins take on the Dallas Cowboys in Week 2 and could find themselves playing from behind, forcing them into more passing situations. The negative game script favors Thompson and should be an elite option in PPR formats. 

Rex Burkhead, RB, New England Patriots vs. Miami Dolphins

In what will be a colossal blowout against the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots will be milking the clock in the second half. In their Week 1 blowout win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rex Burkhead led the team in opportunities with eight carries and eight targets. 

Burkhead finished as the team’s leading rusher last week in the lopsided game. The game script in Week 2 is very similar, so I view Burkhead as a sneaky high-ceiling option for fantasy owners in Week 2.


Phillip Lindsay, RB, Denver Broncos vs. Chicago Bears

Phillip Lindsay saw a nearly even split carries with Royce Freeman last week against the Oakland Raiders, producing 43 rushing yards and catching four passes for 23 yards. 

Lindsay is in a troublesome matchup in Week 2 facing a brilliant Bears defense that held Aaron Jones to 13 carries for 39 rushing yards. Combining the time-share issue with Freeman along with a touch matchup, temper your expectations for Lindsay, who is better suited to be on your bench this week.  

Aaron Jones, RB, Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings

Jones heads into Week 2 with another difficult matchup. Jones had 13 carries for just 39 yards against Chicago, who ranked as the toughest defense to run against last season and will prove to be a brutal matchup for every running back. 

Jones will now have to face a Minnesota Vikings defense, who allowed just 19 rushing yards on eight carries to the Atlanta Falcons’ Devonta Freeman in Week 1. 

Jones will have fantasy success this season, so don’t give up on him just yet. Actually, he is a running back to target in a trade with frustrated fantasy football owners. In Week 2, however, the Vikings finished as a top-10 unit against running backs, so stashing Jones on your bench this week would be prudent for fantasy owners.