Fantasy soccer sit-and-start recommendation ought to all the time be relative and league-dependent. Be aware that some gamers are focused for DFS. Good luck together with your Week 2 lineups!
Begin: Luke Musgrave, Tyler Allgeier
Musgrave led all Packers in routes run in Week 1, when he may’ve led all fantasy tight ends in scoring had Jordan Love not overthrown him downfield, or if he hadn’t fallen after a long catch right before the end zone. He nonetheless completed with the second-most YPRR amongst tight ends, and Christian Watson is predicted to overlook the sport with a hamstring harm (as will Aaron Jones). Jordan Love appeared nice, and the Packers get a Falcons protection that allowed the third-most fantasy factors to tight ends final season.
Allgeier goes to have some down fantasy weeks when game scripts don’t cooperate, however he will get one other favorable matchup Sunday with the Falcons residence favorites. Allgeier noticed 100% of Atlanta’s carries contained in the 5 in Week 1, and he will get a run-funnel Inexperienced Bay protection Sunday. The Falcons have simply the bottom move price over expectation (-12.5%) within the league, so anticipate one other run-heavy strategy.
Begin in DFS: Josh Jacobs ($27), James Cook dinner ($21)
Jacobs as soon as once more acted because the Raiders’ workhorse in Week 1, getting the second-most usage within the league. He’ll be relied on closely as soon as once more this week with Jakobi Meyers out with a concussion. Buffalo struggled in opposition to the run all through the preseason and allowed the second-most EPA/rush in Week 1. Sport script doubtless received’t be favorable, however Jacobs is about for one more heavy workload on a slate with few standouts at operating again.
Cook dinner didn’t have an enormous field rating in Week 1 however saw encouraging usage like he did in the preseason. The Jets’ protection is without doubt one of the greatest within the league, and nearly all of Cook dinner’s yardage came after contact. He had a wholesome route share and noticed six targets — a quantity Devin Singletary reached just five times across 37 games with Buffalo.
Cook dinner additionally led all operating backs in common depth of goal, so the one concern is goal-line work. The Payments are at residence coming off an especially disappointing loss and among the many greatest favorites on the board this week. The Raiders ceded the fifth-most fantasy factors to operating backs final season, so the setup is sweet for Cook dinner.
Dalton Kincaid can be worth starting this week.
Sit: Baltimore Working Backs
Begin: Tee Higgins
Justice Hill and Gus Edwards split work evenly last week after J.Ok. Dobbins went down. And Melvin Gordon joins them Sunday in opposition to a Bengals protection that ceded the seventh-fewest fantasy factors to operating backs final season. Hill took first-team snaps at apply and has the perfect likelihood to emerge from the group, but it surely’s most secure to anticipate a three-headed committee in a troublesome matchup this week.
Climate was a significant component throughout Higgins’ goose egg in Week 1. Joe Burrow had the worst game of his career coming off a calf harm that prevented him from working towards a lot of the preseason. Higgins’ utilization, nonetheless, was utterly nice, as he ran a route throughout each Burrow dropback with a 25% share. Burrow has a profession 8.4 YPA at residence (6.9 on the street), and the Ravens are a funnel protection lacking key members of the secondary that had the fourth-most move makes an attempt in opposition to them final season.
Begin: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Jared Goff
Smith-Njigba had a quiet debut however instantly led Seattle in targets per route run (ending with 5). It was a bizarre sport that noticed the Seahawks run solely 14 offensive performs and get only one first down (through penalty) within the second half after shedding a number of linemen. It was the fewest second-half yardage output since 2008. O-line stays a problem for Seattle, however this weekend’s matchup ought to function a a lot completely different sport script.
Seattle and Detroit are each fast-paced, and the matchup is indoors in opposition to a Lions crew that averaged essentially the most mixed factors (51.8) throughout their video games final season. Detroit yielded the third-most fantasy factors to extensive receivers final season, so JSN is a sneaky play in deeper leagues.
Goff averaged 275 passing yards and posted a 23:3 TD:INT ratio at residence final season. The Seahawks are nonetheless battling accidents within the secondary and have been simply torched by the Rams regardless of Cooper Kupp being out. The Lions have the fourth-highest implied crew complete this week.
Begin: Anthony Richardson, Nico Collins
Richardson was a top-five fantasy QB throughout his professional debut final week. The Colts referred to as 45 dropbacks, and the rookie additionally led all quarterbacks in designed runs. It’s a recipe for fantasy success whereas additionally taking part in indoors at a lightning pace on a crew with robust teaching and receivers however no running backs. AR generally is a top-five fantasy QB his rookie season.
Collins noticed the fifth-most targets, the third-most air yards and ranked top-10 in first-read target share in Week 1. He was certainly one of solely 5 receivers to submit a 50% air yards share and a 25% target share. The Texans encouragingly had a move price above expectation throughout C.J. Stroud’s first NFL begin (on the street), so there’s upside even in a lackluster offense. The Colts have a vulnerable secondary and run their offense at a super-fast tempo, so Collins is a top-30 WR this week.
Sit: Kansas Metropolis extensive receivers
Begin in DFS: Calvin Ridley ($28) & Trevor Lawrence ($34)
It’s totally doable one of many Chiefs’ WRs has a giant sport Sunday alongside a returning Travis Kelce. However good luck guessing which one, and the distribution figures to be unfold out as soon as once more. Skyy Moore’s utilization in Week 1 would possibly’ve been much more discouraging than Kadarius Toney’s efficiency. It’s a tough fantasy scenario proper now.
Ridley carried his preseason hype into a giant first half in Week 1, when he finished with elite target share numbers. He must be handled as a borderline top-five fantasy WR shifting ahead. This matchup has the best over/underneath (51.5 factors) of the week and must be focused in DFS. We are able to stack Ridley with Lawrence, who was throwing darts in Week 1. Kansas Metropolis will get Chris Jones again, however the Chiefs allowed the second-most fantasy factors to quarterbacks final season.
Sit: Khalil Herbert
Begin: Rachaad White
Herbert stays Chicago’s starter for now (92% of Roschon Johnson’s touches came in garbage time, however he did impress) and many able to taking part in higher than Week 1. However Tampa Bay is a troublesome matchup this week, and the Bears are street (slight) underdogs. There will probably be higher weeks to start out Herbert sooner or later. It’s price noting although, Johnson appears to have moved ahead of D’Onta Foreman on the depth chart, so it is a scenario price monitoring going ahead.
On one hand, White recorded negative 38 rush yards over expectation final week after ending final within the class as a rookie. However, he dominated the work, ending fifth in RB snap proportion (together with being certainly one of solely two backs to see 100% of his team’s red-zone snaps). White will get a extremely favorable matchup this week at residence as favorites in opposition to a depleted Chicago protection that was blasted for the second-most fantasy factors by operating backs final season (and ceded the third-most in Week 1).
Begin: Joshua Kelley, Treylon Burks
This can be a tough matchup in opposition to a Titans protection that’s yielded simply 62.1 dashing yards per sport since final season. However with Austin Ekeler out because of an ankle harm, Kelley must be a giant workload. The Chargers had by far the lowest neutral pass rate within the league underneath new OC Kellen Moore in Week 1. Los Angeles operating backs have been first by a mile in expected fantasy points.
Kelley obtained 5.7 YPC, scored and appeared good final week when the Chargers put up a historic EPA/rush efficiency. He’s 20-plus touches Sunday and might be a top-five fantasy again in future matchups ought to Ekeler miss further time.
Whereas this is likely to be a Derrick Henry sport, Burks must be added targets with DeAndre Hopkins expected to play even though he won’t be 100%. Chargers’ opponents tried the third-most passes final season, and LA allowed 466 yards by the air in Week 1.
Begin: Daniel Jones, Marquise Brown
Anticipate the whole Giants offense to bounce again after getting shutout in primetime in Week 1. Offensive line stays a problem, however Jones has put up massive fantasy numbers outdoors his division all through his profession. He will get a positive atmosphere in Arizona, and the Giants have one of many increased implied crew level totals. Jones rebounds this week with a top-12 QB end.
Brown’s upside is a flex play in an Arizona passing offense that obtained simply 4.4 YPA final week. However he must be more healthy this week and proceed to dominate targets amongst Cardinals WRs. Brown will get an especially favorable-looking matchup this week in opposition to a man-heavy Giants protection.
Begin in DFS: Christian McCaffrey ($40)
Begin: Tutu Atwell
McCaffrey had his longest run in Week 1 since becoming a member of San Francisco and completed with essentially the most dashing yards (and rush yards over anticipated) within the league regardless of going through the highest percentage of eight-man fronts. CMC additionally didn’t lose practically as many touches to Elijah Mitchell as he did at occasions final season, even staying within the sport when the rating was lopsided.
McCaffrey was additionally certainly one of solely two RBs who earned 100% of his team’s red-zone snaps. The 49ers have one of many highest implied crew totals this week in opposition to a shaky Rams protection that benefitted from Seattle’s offensive line accidents in Week 1. CMC stands out at operating again.
I had Puka Nacua ranked as a top-20 WR this week earlier than information of his indirect harm (though it seems he will suit up), so let’s shift to Atwell, who ought to see a bunch of targets with no Cooper Kupp (and a banged-up Nacua). The 49ers’ protection is superior, however them shutting down opponents’ operating video games (and scoring a whole lot of factors on offense) typically dictates a bunch of passing in opposition to them (second most makes an attempt final 12 months), which could be useful for fantasy. Sean McVay schemes receivers open, and Atwell simply led the league in pre-snap motion in Week 1. Matthew Stafford also looked terrific, so Atwell’s fantasy arrow is pointing up.
New York Jets @ Dallas Cowboys
Sit: Dalvin Cook dinner
Begin: Michael Gallup
Cook dinner will doubtless stay the chief within the Jets’ backfield for now, however he’s a sit this week in opposition to a dominant Dallas protection. He managed simply 2.5 YPC final week whereas Breece Corridor obtained a mere 12.7, and the offense is in actual bother with Zach Wilson changing Aaron Rodgers. The Jets are the largest underdogs on the board this week.
New York has a troublesome secondary, and sport script won’t name for passing, however Gallup is a flex choice for these in deeper leagues with Brandin Cooks expected to sit after struggling a sprained MCL. Gallup has appeared a lot more healthy this season, and Dak Prescott has a profession 8.0 YPA at residence. You could possibly do worse than the WR2 on a crew with one of many increased implied level totals this week.
Washington Commanders @ Denver Broncos
Sit: Terry McLaurin
Begin: Broncos D/ST
McLaurin is probably not 100% whereas nonetheless feeling the lingering results of turf toe, and he will get a troublesome matchup with Patrick Surtain probably shadowing him this week. McLaurin’s a nice flex play however think about options if obtainable.
Denver stays arguably the perfect home-field benefit, and the Broncos get a positive matchup on Sunday. The Commanders allowed six sacks and a defensive rating at residence to the Cardinals. Washington’s offensive line is likely to be the worst within the league, and Sam Howell additionally holds onto the football far too long. The Broncos DEF might be a high fantasy play this week at a backside DFS wage of $12.
Miami Dolphins @ New England Patriots
Sit: Raheem Mostert
Begin: Hunter Henry
Mostert seems to be good to go after getting a veteran relaxation day throughout apply this week, however he has a poor matchup Sunday night time. The Patriots have a robust protection that allowed the fifth-fewest fantasy factors to operating backs final season and held down the potent Eagles’ dashing assault final week. Mostert was given simply 12 alternatives (in a sport the Dolphins scored 36 factors) as Miami’s lead again in Week 1, so he’s a shaky fantasy begin Sunday night time.
Henry went undrafted in most fantasy leagues regardless of clearly being New England’s TE1 all through preseason. He was the No. 1 fantasy tight finish after Week 1 and will stay a giant a part of a Patriots offense that appears far improved with a brand new offensive coordinator. The Dolphins allowed the fourth-most fantasy factors to tight ends final season and the third-most in Week 1.
New Orleans Saints @ Carolina Panthers
Begin: Jamaal Williams
Sit: Hayden Hurst
Williams didn’t produce many fantasy factors in opposition to a stout Titans run protection final week however dominated New Orleans’ backfield (20 touches) as anticipated. Alvin Kamara stays out and Kendre Miller is questionable, plus Williams will get a a lot simpler matchup as favorites Monday night time.
Hurst is fantasy’s No. 3 tight finish after Week 1 and will stay a main choice for Bryce Younger shifting ahead. However he will get a troublesome matchup in opposition to a Saints protection that yielded the fewest fantasy factors to tight ends final season and was additionally the hardest opponent when schedule adjusted.
Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers
Sit: Deshaun Watson
Begin: Najee Harris
Watson saved his fantasy day with a TD run however otherwise struggled mightily again last week. He’s averaged 179.4 passing yards whereas getting an anemic 6.3 YPA since becoming a member of Cleveland. Watson will get a troublesome matchup in Pittsburgh on Monday night time in opposition to a Steelers D that was certainly one of two defenses to not permit a QB dashing rating final season.
Harris is coming off a quiet sport in opposition to a stout 49ers run protection however remained the clear lead back in Pittsburgh. He ought to get loads of touches Monday night time with Diontae Johnson out, George Pickens running wind sprints and Kenny Pickett coming off a shockingly bad start (after a flawless preseason). The Browns allowed the sixth-most fantasy factors to operating backs final season, so anticipate a bounce-back sport from Harris on Monday night time.