Looking back at my week one start and sit article (2014 NFL Fantasy Football: Week Start Sit), I made a few good calls, and a few bad calls. If you started Carson Palmer (25.06 points) or Mark Ingram (19.10 points), or benched Doug Martin (2.60 points), it paid off. Here is how I grade my picks from last week:
- Carson Palmer (25.06 points) – A
- Mark Ingram (19.10 points) – A-
- Stevan Ridley (4.80 points) – F
- Terrance Williams (15.00 points) – C-
- Doug Baldwin (4.40 points) – F
- Travis Kelce (7.90 points) – F
Start This Week
The players I suggest you try and get in your lineup this week are started in less than 50% of the leagues on MyFantasyLeague.com, but have favorable match-ups, filling in for injured starters or I believe are poised to have a break-out game.
Jake Locker, Tennessee vs. Dallas (35.7% started)
It took a few series for Locker to get comfortable but when he did he led the Titans on numerous successful scoring drives against the Kansas City Chiefs. He threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns and faces one of the worst defenses in the league this week.
Terrance West, Cleveland vs. New Orleans (32.5% started)
Like Starks, West will benefit due to the unfortunate injury occurred to the running back ahead of him in the depth chart. After Tate was injured, he rushed 16 times for 100 yards.
James Starks, Green Bay vs. New York Jets (10.8% started)
Eddie Lacy suffered a concussion and is not yet cleared for contact. If he cannot go this week, Starks should get the call and produce some decent fantasy numbers. Against the Seahawks, he had nine touches for 48 yards in limited action.
Riley Cooper, Philadelphia at Indianapolis (20.5% started)
Finished second on the team with seven targets, but was only able to turn four of those into receptions. If he can find the end zone at least once, he should payoff for fantasy owners.
Mike Evans, Tampa Bay vs. St. Louis (18.7% started)
Overshadowed by fellow rookie receivers Brandin Cooks and Kelvin Benjamin in week one. Evans ended the game tied for first in targets with Vincent Jackson, and had five receptions and 37 receiving yards.
Jared Cook, St. Louis at Tampa Bay (30.1% started)
Had a fairly pedestrian game against the Minnesota Vikings, four receptions and 56 receiving yards. Will face a Tampa Bay defense who gave up the second most points to a fantasy tight end in week one.
Sit This Week
When I say “sit this week,” I don’t necessarily mean you should bench these players in favor of inferior players. I only list these players here due to match ups, past performances, or in some cases injury concerns. I would still start these guys but don’t expect them to finish in the top of scoring for their positions.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit at Carolina (89.8% started)
Finished week one with the second most points by a quarterback. In week two, Stafford will face a much tougher defense and could struggle to match his week one totals.
Jamaal Charles, Kansas City at Denver (97.0% started)
For a running back who was often drafted number one overall in fantasy drafts, more was expected from him in week one. He struggled against the Tennessee Titans, with only 11 touches for 34 yards. He faces a much tougher defense in week two.
Jeremy Maclin, Philadelphia at Indianapolis (90.1% started)
Until a blown coverage in the fourth quarter that allowed Maclin to score, he was having a disappointing game. He finished the game with four receptions, 97 yards receiving and a touchdown. I am still worried about his surgically repaired knee.
Good luck to all the fantasy football players in week two!