It’s Week 2 and we are in the full swing of the 2020 NFL season. Hopefully your fantasy team(s) started off 1-0 and you’re well on your way to a championships in your league .
There are plenty of juicy Week 2 matchups to exploit in your favor — including a potential shootout between the Falcons and Cowboys — as well as some you should avoid — like the Broncos on the road against the Steelers.
Below are some good plays for the second week of the 2020 NFL season, as well as some other players you should consider avoiding.
If you need a streaming option or injury fill-in, check out Week 2 waiver wire pickups here.
Who to Start in Week 2
Matt Ryan (QB), Atlanta Falcons at Dallas Cowboys
Will Ryan be the new Jameis Winston for fantasy? Probably not quite there yet, but Ryan did attempt a whopping 54 passes in Sunday’s shootout against the Seahawks. He completed 37 passes for 450 yards, two touchdowns and one interception and finished seventh among quarterbacks. Ryan should post at least a mid-tier QB1 finish this week against the Cowboys in what has all the makings of another shootout. Dallas just lost a crucial piece to their defense in Leighton Vander Esch due to a collarbone injury, and this game has the highest projected point total at 52.5.
J.K. Dobbins (RB), Baltimore Ravens at Houston Texans
Dobbins tallied seven carries for 22 yards and two touchdowns in his Ravens debut. Mark Ingram saw more touches, but the rookie posted better numbers for fantasy and finished as RB15 for the week. He now faces off against the weak Texans run defense, which allowed fellow rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire to run all over them in Week 1. Both Dobbins and Ingram have RB2 upside this week.
Jonathan Taylor (RB), Indianapolis Colts vs. Minnesota Vikings
The offseason dispute of if or when Taylor would take over the Colts’ backfield was unfortunately decided on Sunday with Marlon Mack’s achilles injury. Mack is done for the season, and it should be interesting to see how Colts offensive coordinator Nick Sirianni deploys Taylor — who rushed nine times for 22 yards and caught all six targets for 67 yards — and popular Week 2 waiver add Nyheim Hines. The working assumption is that Taylor will see more early down work, with Hines utilized more as a change-of-pace option. The rookie is a top-12 play this week against the vulnerable Minnesota defense and behind one of the league’s top offensive lines.
Emmanuel Sanders (WR), New Orleans Saints at Las Vegas Raiders
Wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday’s win over the Buccaneers. It was initially reported that Thomas didn’t think he would miss time, but Tom Pelissero reported on Tuesday that the reigning Offensive Player of the Year is now expected to miss “several” weeks. This is a devastating blow to the pass-happy Saints, who will have to pivot to Sanders, Tre’Quan Smith and tight end Jared Cook while Thomas recovers. Sanders — who scored in his debut for New Orleans — is a solid, high-upside flex play in a favorable matchup against a Raiders defense that was exposed by a less-than fearsome Panthers passing attack.
Darius Slayton (WR), New York Giants at Chicago Bears
Slayton had a massive game in Monday night’s loss to the Steelers and finished as the fifth-best receiver in fantasy. He caught six of nine targets for 102 yards and two touchdowns. He appears ahead of receiver Sterling Shepard (6-6-47-0) and tight end Evan Engram (2-7-9-0). The second-year receiver’s chemistry with quarterback Daniel Jones should continue to develop this week against the Bears defense, which isn’t nearly as fearsome as it once was. Slayton should also fall in the high-upside flex range with Sanders.
Dallas Goedert (TE), Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams
In spite of the Eagles’ offensive line woes in Sunday’s surprising loss to the Washington Football Team, Goedert — not Zach Ertz — managed to finish as the top tight end in half PPR. He caught eight of nine targets for 101 yards and a touchdown and should see a healthy target share in light of the Eagles’ lean receiving corps. Even if all the receivers were healthy, the Eagles frequently deploy 12-personnel sets and can support two fantasy-relevant tight ends. He should be a mid-tier TE1 this week against the Rams secondary that is exploitable after Jalen Ramsey.
Who to Sit in Week 2
Jared Goff (QB), Los Angeles Rams at Philadelphia Eagles
Goff disappointed fantasy managers in a big way in Week 1 against the Cowboys. He completed 20 of 31 passes for 275 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception and finished as the 29th-best quarterback. The Eagles’ pass defense should be an above average unit this season, which isn’t good news for Goff this week. Avoid starting him in one-quarterback leagues.
Boston Scott (RB), Philadelphia Eagles vs. Los Angeles Rams
Scott was a Week 1 bust after being highly touted as a PPR lock in light of Miles Sanders’ injury. He finished with nine rushes for 35 yards and caught two passes on two targets for 19 yards. Sanders may return for Week 2’s home matchup agains the Rams which would efface Scott’s value for fantasy almost entirely, but even if Sanders misses more time, it’s difficult to trust Scott, especially behind the Eagles’ atrocious offensive line that allowed eight sacks against Washington in Week 1.
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D’Andre Swift (RB), Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers
Swift broke the hearts of Lions fans and fantasy managers on Sunday after dropping what would have been the game-winning touchdown. Before that, he received the lightest workload of any of the Detroit running backs including renaissance man, Adrian Peterson. He salvaged the day for fantasy with a goal-line carry for a touchdown and finished with three three rushes for eight yards and three catches on five targets. The Georgia product has been dealing a leg injury which could partially explain his utilization, but this backfield is crowded with Peterson and Kerryon Johnson. Sit Swift and any other Lions running back if you can.
Courtland Sutton (WR), Denver Broncos at Pittsburgh Steelers
Sutton was a game-time decision in the second “Monday Night Football” matchup of the evening, but ultimately did not play due to a shoulder injury. There’s a good chance he starts this week, but managers should try to find a backup plan against a lights-out Steelers outside secondary comprised of Joe Haden and Steven Nelson. Drew Lock actually looked solid in the team’s heartbreaking loss to the Titans, but the second-year quarterback could take a step back here in a very tough matchup. Avoid any of the Broncos not named Noah Fant and Melvin Gordon this week.
Jamison Crowder (WR), New York Jets vs. San Francisco 49ers
Crowder was actually the lone bright spot in the Jets’ dismal season opener on Sunday against the Bills. He caught seven of 13 targets for 115 yards and a touchdown and finished as the eighth-best receiver in fantasy. Much of that production was thanks to a nice 69-yard touchdown which could have easily been a fluke. He and quarterback Sam Darnold will face a formidable opponent in the 49ers, whose defense is still top-notch. Sit Crowder in this tough matchup if you have better options on your roster.
Mike Gesicki (TE), Miami Dolphins vs. Buffalo Bills
There was a lot of hype this offseason around Gesicki, who had all the makings of a third-year breakout. That was until offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was brought out of retirement to help this inert Dolphins offense. The bad news for Gesicki is Gailey doesn’t feature tight ends heavily. This, coupled with Ryan Fitzpatrick looking more tragic than magic, resulted in a lackluster stat line of three catches on five targets for 30 yards on Sunday. He has serious bust potential against the Bills, who are notoriously tough against the tight end position.