By: Fan Sports Lists Team
Week 2 brings us the first week with a full complement of teams playing. Unfortunately we are down some good players after week 1. If one of the major injuries or an early lack of production from key players has you debating who to play, check out these 10 players to play or pass on.
4 Players to start this week:
1. Alshon Jeffery – WR – PHI @ KC: Although Jeffery did not have an overwhelming week 1, don’t give up on him. In week 1 Jeffery was blanketed by Washington CB Josh Norman, who is worthy of avoiding if possible. Jeffery should have an easier time against a Chiefs D that is now without S Eric Berry.
2. Kareem Hunt RB vs. PHI: With over 200 total yards against the Pats in week 1, there is no reason to believe the rookie won’t keep racking up the yards. For those who took the plunge and drafted him early. Congrats! Keep him in your lineup!
3. Philip Rivers – QB – LAC vs. Mia: A Rivers Runs Through It is back to his old tricks. He had a solid week 1 against a good D and now heads home for a better matchup. Expect a good to great start from Rivers as a great QB play this week.
4. Javorius Allen – RB – Bal vs. Cle: Allen got the bulk of the touches last week and he has a great matchup this week. He is a great option to pick up and insert in your lineup this week.
Honorable mention: Devante Parker – WR – Mia, Bal – D.
3 Players to bench or cut now:
1. Eli Manning – QB – NYG vs. DET: Eli did not look good against Dallas on Sunday. Also, it didn’t help he was without Odell Beckham Jr. Although it sounds like Beckham is likely to play this week, Eli needs to show improvement. Another reason to avoid Eli, Detroit’s D looked pretty solid in their opener.
2. Any and all Ari RBs vs. Ind: Yeah, the matchup seems juicy but there is not much talent left here after David Johnson’s injury and roles are unknown. None of the guys on the active roster seems like a goalline back or every down solution. Andre Ellington has shown some flashes but doesn’t seem to even have the mediocre burst he used to. Speaking of not having burst anymore, Chris Johnson is no longer the fastest man in the league. Or close to it. Lastly, Kerwynn Williams has done nothing to inspire confidence. On top of all that, the Cardinal passing game looks old and stagnant and the O-line is shoddy. If you lost DJ, it probably makes sense to grab 1 or 2 of these guys but look for other options in the near term.
3. Eddie Lacy – RB – Sea vs. SF: Fat Eddie looked bad, lost carries and has even more competition this week in the Seahawks backfield with the return of Thomas Rawls. He is worth a hold in deeper leagues but feel free to cut bait if there are other quality options available.
Honorable mention: NE – D, Wendell Smallwood – RB – Phi.
4 Players to grab and stash:
1. Theo Riddick – RB – DET @ NYG: Riddick was his usually productive self in the Lions pass game week 1 and will look to continue against the Giants this week. Riddick is unlikely to receive more rush attempts but will get looks in the pass game. Riddick is a solid RB option especially in PPR formats.
2. Allen Hurns – WR – JAX vs. TEN: With the season ending injury to Allen Robinson it will be next man up for the Jags. If you are in need of some WR help Hurns could have sneaky value.
3. Chris Carson – RB – Sea vs. SF: If Carson is still available in your league, try to make room to add him to your roster. He is probably the most complete back on the team being big, explosive and skilled. I think it is just a matter of time until he takes over.
4. Sam Bradford – QB – Min @ Pit: Bradford doesn’t look like a great start against the Steelers but he is a perfect guy to grab then watch for a week or 2. His arm talent looks very good and the Vikes have just enough weapons for Bradford to emerge as a great option in a QB platoon or 2 QB league.
Honorable mention: Alex Smith – QB – KC, Alvin Kamara – RB – NO.