Based on this week’s matchups and a player’s historical performance against their opponents, The SFFS’ crew projects which players to start on your roster or sit on your bench in Week 2.
Brandon Marshall, WR New York Giants:
Without Odell Beckham Jr. on the field in week 1 vs. the Dallas Cowboys, Marshall saw only four targets and finished the day with just one catch for 10 yards. Now Beckham is expected back, albeit in a limited capacity, this week against the Detroit Lions. On the surface this seems like it may open up the field for Marshall, but behind a porous o-line quarterback Eli Manning will have little time to look to anyone other than Beckham. The ceiling for Brandon this week is four to five short catches.
Carlos Hyde, RB San Francisco 49ers:
Hyde was the focal point of the 49ers offense in week 1 vs. Carolina with 77 total yards of offense, but will face a stingy Seahawks’ defense in Seattle that gave up just 84 rushing yards on 28 carries in Green Bay last week. In his four career games against the ‘Hawks (several missed due to injury), Hyde has totaled just 217 rushing yards. With an anemic passing game and having to deal with the 12th man, expect Hyde to be bottled up with around 50 total yards of offense.
Corey Coleman, WR Cleveland Browns:
Coleman led the Browns in receiving last week with 53 yards and one touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers, but will now go up against a Raven’s defense that shut down Andy Dalton and held A.J. Green to just 74 receiving yards in week 1. With Baltimore harassing rookie Deshone Kizer all day, expect a bust for Corey in week 2.
Terrance West RB, Baltimore Ravens:
In week 1 vs. the Cincinnati Bengals Terrance West had a big game, totaling 80 rushing yards on 19 carries with one touchdown, but now faces a tough test against an improved Cleveland Browns’ rush defense. Last week the Browns held Le’Veon Bell and James Conner to a 3.07 yard per attempt average on 14 carries. Some goal-line touches may happen for West, but don’t expect many yards this week.
Jameis Winston, QB Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
With an extra week to prepare due to Hurricane Irma, Winston now gets to matchup with a Chicago Bears defense that gave up 321 passing yards and a 70% completion rate to Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons in week 1. We’ll finally get to see the combination of DeSean Jackson and Mike Evans in action this week, so expect plenty of fireworks in Tampa.
Drew Brees, QB New Orleans Saints:
After struggling to score points last week vs. the Minnesota Vikings, Brees will look to rebound against a Patriots’ defense that allowed four td’s and 368 yards passing to Alex Smith. Bill Belichick will have surely addressed some of the issues that resulted in such a poor showing vs. Kansas City, but the game should still be a shootout.
Brandin Cooks, WR New England Patriots:
In his first game playing with quarterback Tom Brady, Cooks averaged over 29 yards a catch with 7 targets. Now he will be playing against his former team, the New Orleans Saints and will look for plenty of revenge against the club that traded him away. With Danny Amendola potentially out with a concussion, Cooks should see a plethora of targets vs. a defense that gave up 346 yards and three td’s to Sam Bradford and the Vikings in week 1.
Marshawn Lynch, RB Oakland Raiders:
Marshawn Lynch, who looked impressive in his Raiders debut last week with 76 yards on 18 carries, will get to face the lowly New York Jets this Sunday. Against the Buffalo Bills and LeSean McCoy in week 1, the Jets’ defense, playing without Sheldon Richardson who was traded away to the Seattle Seahawks, surrendered 190 rushing yards and 4.5 yards per carry, including eight runs that went longer than 10 yards. Playing behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, expect at least 15 carries for Lynch with a minimum of a couple of goal-line touches, making him worthy of a RB2 or Flex spot this week.