Week two was a rough week for many fantasy owners, it seemed every time you looked there was another player going down with an injury. Likewise it was a rough week for my players I recommended starting last week (2014 NFL Fantasy Football Week 2 Start and Sit). I’ll give myself credit for one good call on the start side with Terrance West (pictured above), he scored 17.00 points and was the 13th ranked running back in my fantasy league. I did a better job on my sit recommendations, Matthew Stafford only scored 16.44 points and Jamaal Charles only scored 3.20 points before he injured his ankle.
Week Two Start Grades
Week Two Sit Grades
Matthew Stafford (16.44) – A
Jamaal Charles (3.20) – A+
Jeremy Maclin (14.50) – C-
(Consider) Starting This Week
The players I suggest you consider starting this week are started in less than 50 percent of the leagues on MyFantasyLeague.com, but have favorable match-ups, are filling in for injured starters, or I believe are poised to have a break-out game. I would never sit my studs, but if you are looking to fill a spot, these are players I would consider.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore at Cleveland (20.44% started)
Flacco is averaging 255 yards per game this season, and has thrown three touchdowns to only one interception. He is facing a Cleveland defense that has given up 301 passing yards per game this season. Flacco is dealing with a cold, but has played in and started every game since 2008, so look for him to be under center on Sunday.
Jonathan Stewart, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh (24.08% started)
Stewart had 16 touches, 59 total yards, and a touchdown in the Panthers victory last week. Running mate DeAngelo Williams sustained a thigh injury and is questionable to play Sunday against Pittsburgh. The Steelers are one of the worst teams against the run this season, allowing an average of 170 rushing yards per game.
Bobby Rainey, Tampa Bay at Atlanta (44.18% started)
Rainey did an exceptional job filling in for injured running back Doug Martin in week two. Martin is expected to play in week three, but to what extent, who knows. If Martin is ruled out or is limited in touches then Rainey will look to build on his 174 total yard performance in week two. Keep an eye on the injury situation of Martin if you want plan on starting Rainey.
Torrey Smith, Baltimore at Cleveland (35.80% started)
Smith has been overshadowed by new teammate Steve Smith Sr. so far this season. Through two games, he has been targeted only 10 times, with four catches, and 60 yards receiving. Flacco has said that Torrey Smith can catch 100 passes this year, if so he will need to start getting him the ball, and that happens this week.
Justin Hunter, Tennessee at Cincinnati (15.94% started)
Hunter has been targeted 14 times in two games and has only managed to pull in five receptions. He was impressive in pre-season and it was believed by many he was in line for a big season. The Titans are facing a Bengals defense that is near the bottom of the league in passing yards per game.
Dwayne Allen, Indianapolis at Jacksonville (37.34% started)
Allen was invisible in the Monday Night football game against the Philadelphia Eagles. He was only targeted once and had no receptions. Allen has the talent to be a top 10 tight end, let’s hope Andrew Luck can get him some targets against Jacksonville.
(Consider) Sitting This Week
When I say consider sitting this week, I don’t mean you should bench these players in favor of inferior players. I only list these players here due to match-ups, past performances, or injury questions. In most cases I would still start these guys but don’t expect them to finish near the top of scoring for their positions.
Nick Foles, Philadelphia vs. Washington (81.30% started)
Foles has averaged 326.5 passing yards so far this season, but faces a Washington defense that is only yielding 164.5 passing yards per game. He has been impressive so far, leading his team back from deficits, for wins in the first two weeks but I think his luck runs out this week.
Frank Gore, San Francisco at Arizona (69.16% started)
Despite his age, Gore is 31 years old, he still is impressive. He is on pace for a fourth straight 1,000 yard rushing season, but faces an Arizona defense that is ranked number three against the run. This could be a long, unproductive fantasy Sunday for Gore.
Antonio Gates, San Diego at Buffalo (81.87% started)
Gates is coming off his second, three touchdown performance of his career. Look for the Bills to play a little tougher against Gates in week three then the Seahawks did. He comes back down to earth and fails to crack the top 12 for tight ends.
Good luck to all the fantasy football players in week three!