Week 1 was a ton of fun, but we are now finally in the full swing of Fantasy Football! Waivers have come and gone and now it’s time to set your lineups. Don’t look past the importance of this, as one decision could cost you a week. How do I know? Well, in Week 1 in a home league of mine, I sat Matt Stafford for Carson Palmer and that lone decision is the reason I am 0-1 and not 1-0. Sorry, for those who listened to me on that call!
- I know it was against the Saints, but the Vikings really impressed me this week. We knew the talent of Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen, but I do not think we thought Sam Bradford would be aggressive if given time. Again, it is against the Saints, but if the Vikings’ revamped O-line can hold up, Diggs can be a WR1 and Thielen a reliable WR3 with upside.
- Ty Montgomery is going to eat this week. You do not need me to tell you he is worth using, but I think he is clearly a RB1, with upside. First of all, he played 74 of 82 snaps in Week 1 and only really left the field when he got a little shaken up. But the Falcons allowed a league-high 109 receptions to RBs last year, were lit up by James White in the Super Bowl, and were just exploited by Tarik Cohen. The workload and matchup give him Top 5 upside at the position.
- If you had the decision I discussed above last week, the chances are you have it again in Week 2. Carson Palmer has a great matchup against the Colts, while Matt Stafford has a tough matchup on Monday Night Football against the Giants. Depending who you ask, you will likely get a number of votes for each. However, after what I saw from each last week I have to go with Stafford, but it is close, I must admit.
- The tight end position has a lot of options. Raise your hand if you saw that coming into the season? One I like this week is Martellus Bennett. Last week, Bennett was targeted six times, good for three catches for 43 yards. However, this week he gets the Falcons, who allowed the sixth most Fantasy Points Per Game (FPPG) to opposing tight ends, as well as allowing the 10th most FPPG after Week 1.
- Sticking with the tight end position, Charles Clay is not only a TE1 this week, but he is a Top-10 option for me. Clay was targeted nine times in Week 1, catching four balls for 53 yards and a score (a potential second TD went through his hands and led to an interception). After the game, QB Tyrod Taylor acknowledged that targeting him heavily was not only part of the game plan, but was something he has to do going forward. That bodes well for Clay since the Panthers allowed the third most FPPG to opposing tight ends last season.
- Cooper Kupp was a popular breakout pick and he showed why in Week 1, hauling in four of his six targets for 76 yards and a touchdown. Against Washington, I expect to see a lot of Josh Norman on Sammy Watkins. Not only that, but it is Kupp, not Watkins that seems to have the connection with Jared Goff. Start Kupp as a WR3 this week, but he could quickly climb up rankings.