Fantasy Football Start ’em/Sit ’em Week Two

Start ‘em

 

Mike Gillislee

Week one confirmed that the Patriots plan to use Gillislee as a short yardage power back. In last week’s outing against the Chiefs, he racked up three TDs and 45 yards on 15 carries. He should be even more productive this coming week playing the Saints – the lowest ranked defense in the league. Not only is the game likely to be a shootout but the Saints have allowed at least one running back to earn double digit fantasy points in each of the last five game. Gillislee has high upside especially in non-PPR leagues.

Nelson Agholor

Through training camp, Agholor was one of Wentz’s favorite targets and this continued week one with Agholor’s biggest career day and the best performance out of all Eagles receivers. Though he is going against a tougher defense in the Chiefs, it is likely that he will face a good amount of snaps against Terrance Mitchell, the Chiefs 3rd corner, with Marcus Peters shadowing Alshon Jeffery. Coming out of college, Mitchell ran a 4.53 40 while Agholor ran a 4.40. Agholor has big play ability and is likely to get upwards of 8 targets giving him high upside in PPR leagues. And since he is owned in only about 20% of ESPN leagues, chances are he’s still available as a late addition.

 

Sit ‘em

 

Kirk Cousins

Much like last week, Cousins is likely to be on the ground a lot against the Rams. Last week the Rams defence looked solid and that was without their best defensive lineman, Aaron Donald. Last week Cousins did not perform well against pressure and with the Rams secondary headed by Trumaine Johnson expect at least a few picks. Cousins is a risky start on the road against the Rams headed by his former coordinator, Sean McVay.

Ameer Abdullah

Despite seeing week one that he will likely have an increased workload in the coming season, Abdullah is likely to have a more than disappointing game this week against the Giants. The Giants defense has only allowed two running backs, Le’Veon Bell and Ezekiel Elliott, to carry the ball for over 100 yards in the last 18 games. Abdullah is far from on the level of Bell or Elliot and with Theo Riddick taking most of, if not all, the receiving responsibilities Abdullah doesn’t even make sense in PPR leagues.