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NFL Fantasy Football Week 2: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em And FanDuel Picks

This is Mike's weekly spot to pick some over and underachievers in fantasy football plus some picks for your weekly FanDuel game.

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Welcome to the second week of NFL football and my start or sit column.

I've done this for a few years, but I will continue with the FanDuel picks at the bottom. For normal leagues, I'll pick some players outside the top 10 and 15 who I think will play well as well as some higher rated players who I see underachieving using the ESPN rankings.

Last week, I went 6-4 in underachievers and overachievers, and not bad but much room for improvement in FanDuel. Let's get to it.


  • New England Patriots QB Tom Brady: New Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan always gives Tom Brady trouble. Use another option if possible.
  • Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning: Until he shows something different, I cannot see starting him unless you're in a really deep league.
  • Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford: He struggles on the road and especially against good teams.
  • Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles: You probably have to start him, but don't expect much going against a top three defense.
  • Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson: He looks like he is going to play but is banged up, on the road and looked slow last week compared to Ronnie Hillman.
  • Indianapolis Colts RB Frank Gore: He looked old last week, and playing the Jets defense will not help this week.
  • San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen: He is coming off a huge week but facing a tougher defense on the road. I would not expect half of last week's performance.
  • Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper: Right now, no one is sure who is playing QB for Oakland, and the Baltimore defense is one that will not make anyone look good.
  • New York Jets WR Brandon Marshall: He will probably be covered by Indianapolis Colts CB Vontae Davis who shuts everyone down.
  • San Diego Chargers TE Ladarius Green: The Cincinnati Bengals are stout defending the tight end. Find better options.


  • Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer: He is a top 5 fantasy QB when healthy. Ride the train.
  • New York Giants QB Eli Manning: He is back home with a plus match-up versus the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford: He had a slow start followed by a great 2nd half. I think he exposes the Dallas Cowboys' secondary.
  • Detroit Lions RB Ameer Abdullah: He looks to be real deal and should be an every week start.
  • Atlanta Falcons RB Tevin Coleman: He looked like a comfortable NFL running back last week and got more than 20 touches. The Giants struggle on everything on defense.
  • St. Louis Rams RB Tre Mason: He is healthy and ready to go. Last year, he was a top 20 RB over the second half of the season.
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews: He is an every week starter, no questions asked.
  • Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams: I expect at least 10 targets against a very shaky Eagles pass defense.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown: This is the start of his breakout year as he is becoming an every week starter.
  • Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen: He was invisible last week, and I have no doubts QB Cam Newton gets him very involved this week.

Here are my FanDuel picks for the week where I will give some higher and lower salaries I like at each position:




  • Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, $8,800: I expect an huge day that's worth the price.
  • Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins, $8,2000: I see double digit targets and a touchdown.
  • New Orleans Saints WR Brandin Cooks, $7,400: As you can see, I love all Saints this week.
  • Philadelphia Eagles WR Jordan Matthews, $7,000: Just love him and the match-up this week
  • San Francisco 49ers WR Anquan Boldin, $6,400: I see many more targets in a plus match-up.
  • Arizona Cardinals WR John Brown, $6,200: Carson Palmer's favorite deep receiver.
  • Green Bay Packers WR James Jones, $5,400: My favorite cheap play at receiver.


  • Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten, $6,000: He should be the top target of QB Tony Romo.
  • Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz, $5,200: A cheap gamble that could pay off big.

Thank you for reading and have a great week, feel free to ask any questions here or on Twitter.