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Fantasy Football: Week 2 Preview

With fantasy football in full swing our resident fantasy expert, Dennis M. Esser, fills you in on what to look for in each game.

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Every Sunday I will be providing a quick look around the NFL to let you know what I think of every matchup from a fantasy perspective.

St. Louis Rams vs. Atlanta Falcons

Must Start

Matt Ryan, Steven Jackson, Julio Jones (if healthy) Tony Gonzalez, Jared Cook

Flex Options

Chris Givens, Daryl Richardson

Deep League Flex Plays

Harry Douglas, Tavon Austin (Hoping this is the week they start to use him more)

Burns up Your Bench (Back Ups who will have nice days)

Sam Bradford

Stapled to the Bench

Roddy White (because of injury)

Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills

Must Start

Cam Newton, C. J. Spiller,

Probably Starts For Most Deep League Teams

Steve Smith, Greg Olsen

Flex Options

DeAngelo Williams, Stevie Johnson

Minnesota Vikings vs. Chicago Bears

Must Start

Adrian Peterson, Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall

Deep League Flex Options

Alshon Jeffrey, Greg Jennings, Jerome Simpson

Burns Up Your Bench

Jay Cutler, Martellus Bennett

Washington Redskins vs. Green Bay Packers

Must Start

Aaron Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, Robert Griffin III, Alfred Morris, Randall Cobb, Pierre Garcon

Flex Options

James Jones, Eddie Lacy, Jermichael Finley (Toe issue keeps him from must start)

Deep League Flex Options

Leonard Hankerson, Fred Davis

Miami Dolphins vs. Indianapolis Colts

Must Starts

Andrew Luck, Reggie Wayne

Flex Options

Ahmad Bradshaw,(Injury to Vick Ballard pushes Bradshaw up my flex board) Lamar Miller, Mike Wallace,

Brian Hartline, T.Y. Hilton

Deep League Flex Options

Brandon Gibson, Darius Heyward-Bay

Dallas Cowboys vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Must Start

Jamal Charles, Dez Bryant (as long as his foot cooperates), Jason Witten

Flex Options

DeMarco Murray, Dwayne Bowe, Miles Austin

Deep League Flex Options

Donnie Avery (16 Team Leagues)

Benched (where I have a capable backup)

Tony Romo (Worried about his ability to make throws with his bruised ribs)

San Diego Chargers vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Must Start

LeSean McCoy, Michael Vick, Desean Jackson

Deep league Starters or Flex Options

Brent Celek, Antonio Gates, Vincent Brown, Malcolm Floyd


Philip Rivers (Not liking the cross country early game for these West Coasters)

Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens

Must Start

Trent Richardson, Ray Rice (Cleveland is underrated against the run), Cameron Jordan

Flex Options

Torrey Smith (* I would keep him on the bench if you can with Joe Haden covering him, but he could always take one to the house.)

Deep League Flex Options

Marlon Brown (Sneaky start in deep leagues as he could benefit from the defense rolling towards Smith.)

Nice Value in Daily Fantasy Football

Brandon Weeden (he's cheap and the Baltimore secondary looked suspect last week)

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans

Must Start

Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Chris Johnson

Most Likely Starters or Flex Options

Owen Daniels, Ben Tate

Deep League Flex Options

DeAndre Hopkins, Kenny Britt

Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals

Must Start

Reggie Bush, Calvin Johnson, Matthew Stafford, Larry Fitzgerald (If Healthy! Questionable as of now)

Flex Options

Joique Bell, Andre Roberts, Michael Floyd (Bump Roberts and Floyd up if Fitzgerald is forced to miss the game.)

Rashard Mendenhall

New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccanneers

Must Start

Drew Brees, Doug Martin, Jimmy Graham, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston

Flex Options

Darren Sproles (almost always a must start in PPR), Mike Williams, Lance Moore

Deep League Flex Options

Pierre Thomas, Kenny Stills, Mark Ingram (desperation play in very deep leagues)

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Oakland Raiders

Must Start

? Janikowski

Flex Options

Maurice Jones-Drew, Darren McFadden, Cecil Shorts(Chad Henne is in for Gabbert,which is good for Shorts, but there aren't many other options in the passing game to keep Shorts from being doubled), Rod Streater

Deep League Starter

Terrelle Pryor (second most rushing yards last week!)

Denver Broncos vs. New York Giants

I covered the the Giants earlier this week and nothing much has changed for me as far as my projections go.

As for talking about the Broncos, it puts me in a tough spot because I really hope they all don't play well!

The only player I will talk about for the Broncos is Eric Decker who I think Peyton Manning will try to get involved early in the game. I expect him to have a bounce back game. Otherwise use someone else's start/sit advice.

San Francisco vs. Seattle Seahawks

Must Start

Colin Kaepernick (fast becoming one of the best players in the game), Vernon Davis, Marshawn Lynch

Flex Options

Anquan Boldin,(Brandon Browner being out helps Boldin's chances) Frank Gore, Golden Tate (only in deep leagues where I had an injury)


I am keeping Russell Wilson on the bench for this matchup because he had a tough time picking yardage against the 49ers last season. He did have a four TD game so if you're forced start him there is hope.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Must Start

A.J. Green

Flex Options

Antonio Brown

Deep League Flex Options

Emmanuel Sanders, BenJarvis Green-Ellis, Giovani Bernard, Tyler Eifert (in leagues that weigh Tight Ends heavily)

Burns Up Your Bench

Andy Dalton (I think Dalton has a nice game on Monday night, but he will only be started in 2QB leagues.)

I will try and check the message board for any start/sit questions, but if you don't get a response right away try and send me a Tweet on Twitter @Coachesser or a message through my Facebook page CoachEsser's Playbook. You can also go to for any start/sit comparisons powered by NumberFire.

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