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Joe Gallina September 14, 2018 11:55AM EDT

Burning Fantasy Football Questions and Answers for Week Two

RotoExperts Special for the Associated Press

Is it safe to start Packers QB Aaron Rodgers against the Vikings?

Rodgers’ greatness was on full display as he engineered an amazing comeback against the Bears this past Sunday night. After the game he promised he’d play in Week 2 but head coach Mike McCarthy described Rodgers’ situation as day to day. The Vikings gave up the third-fewest Fantasy Points Per Game (FPPG) to opposing QBs last season but the bottom line is that A-Rod is matchup proof. If he’s on the field you’re starting him. Monitor his situation closely as game time approaches and have a backup plan in place. Potential waiver wire QBs you might consider using should Rodgers sit this week include Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick (although he has a tough matchup against the Eagles) and rookie Sam Darnold.

Should you sell high on Steelers RB James Conner?

That depends on your team’s needs. If you’re weak at RB, ride the hot hand for as long as you can. Conner compiled 192 total yards and scored two TDs in Week One and is part of an offense designed to get the most out of its run game. DeAngelo Williams started 10 games for these same Steelers in 2015 and scored 11 TDs and recorded 40 receptions. On the other hand while we’re not sure if or when Le’Veon Bell will report to the Steelers, he is likely to report at some point this season. Once he does, Conner’s trade value plummets. We’ve witnessed Conner being traded for a standout type receiver like JuJu Smith-Schuster. Depending on your negotiating skills you might even be able to get better value than that. RBs are extremely valuable. Perhaps you can snag a Jarvis Landry or dare we say an Adam Thielen in a deal?

Can you start Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette this week?

Unfortunately you’re going to be following his progress very carefully this Sunday. He dealt with injuries last season and hopefully you’ve assembled a team with plenty of RB depth. Prepare as he will be inactive this Sunday. Fournette’s situation is especially concerning since his game starts at 4:25 p.m. ET. Even if he starts this week you might consider replacing Fournette in your lineup, provided you have viable options. RBs who’ve been dealing with lower body injuries leading up to a game are notorious for either under-performing or even worse; further injuring themselves.  The Jaguars’ T.J. Yeldon is obviously in play this week.

Which under-the-radar RB has the potential for a big week?

We don’t usually like recommending Patriots RBs due to head coach Bill Belichick’s inconsistent play calling, but James White has an opportunity to have a busy day against the Jaguars this Sunday. The Pats are simply running out of options at RB for Week Two. They lost Jeremy Hill for the season (ACL), Rex Burkhead is in the league’s concussion protocol, and Sony Michel has been limited in practices. White should see plenty of targets this week as the Jaguars’ pass rush will likely force QB Tom Brady to get rid of the ball quickly. White is especially valuable in Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring formats.

Should you start Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay this week?

Lindsay was one of the hottest names being picked up off  league waiver wires this week and has a nice matchup against the Raiders. Lindsay’s a dynamic runner who can also catch the ball and he’ll have a role in the Broncos offense all season; but he won’t be a bell cow back. He’ll likely cut into more of Royce Freeman’s playing time than some Fantasy players would like, but the good news is that his Week One performance (71 rushing yards, 4.73 yards per carry, TD reception) likely pushed Devontae Booker to the scrap heap for the near future. Lindsay is startable in PPR scoring formats, but expect RB2 or flex type production from him.

Which under-the-radar WR has the potential for a big week?

Andrew Luck threw the ball 53 times in Week One. T.Y. Hilton is clearly Luck’s top receiver, but Ryan Grant was targeted nine times and led the team with eight receptions for 59 yards. Luck’s throwing arm is obviously still not at 100 percent as he averaged just 6.02 yards per pass attempt. With the Colts being unable to run the ball consistently and Luck still working on regaining arm strength, look for them to continue to utilize a short passing offense. Grant will continue to be heavily targeted this week.

Is it safe to start Browns WR Josh Gordon going forward?

Gordon had a modest Week One performance, catching one ball for 17 yards on three targets. The good news is that the one catch was for a TD. Gordon was on the field for 78 percent of the Browns’ offensive snaps and he is expected to be on the field consistently this week. When he’s on the field he’s a force to be reckoned with. He faces a Saints defense that was torched by the Tampa Bay Bucs this week. Start him and keep him in your lineup going forward.

Is Deshaun Watson still an elite Fantasy QB?

We ask this question because in the highly competitive National Fantasy Football Championship (NFFC) leagues, Watson was being drafted ahead of Brady and Wilson and right behind Aaron Rodgers. Many Fantasy players expected big things from Watson against the Patriots in Week One. He threw for 301 yards in his first game against them last season, but apparently Bill Belichick watched last season’s game tape and devised a defensive scheme that held Watson to just 176 yards passing yards. Watson is super talented but Rodgers, Brady and Wilson are proven Fantasy Football commodities. If you invested in him, don’t push the panic button just yet. Don’t be the Fantasy player who dropped Watson for Bucs overachieving QB Ryan Fitzpatrick this week (true story). Be prepared for some inconsistency, but there should be more ups than downs.

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