Fantasy Football ’18 Week 2 Feasters/Starvers

Jan 13, 2018; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles running back Jay Ajayi (36) runs the ball against Atlanta Falcons middle linebacker Deion Jones (45) during the first quarter in the NFC Divisional playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Feaster/Stavers is Snack Time Fantasy’s unique weekly sit/start article. For each fantasy position, we list our feaster and starver of the week, or must-starts and must-sits, as well as five other players you should consider adding/dropping from your starting lineup this weekend. Let me know what you think of my picks on Twitter at @Snack_TimeFS, where you can also ask your fantasy questions for personal advice. Enjoy!

Quarterbacks

Feaster of the Week: Alex Smith, Redskins
One of the biggest wild cards at the quarterback position before Week 1, Smith scored a respectable 19.6 fantasy points last week against a loaded Cardinals secondary. In an offense that still boasts a talented depth at the receiver position (Jamison Crowder, Paul Richardson, Josh Doctson, Jordan Reed), Smith is a Top 5 play for this weekend when the Redskins take on the Colts. He’s also only owned in 68% of all Yahoo! leagues in case you’re looking to stream quarterbacks.

# START Team Week 1 Matchup
1 Patrick Mahomes Chiefs Steelers
2 Philip Rivers Chargers Bills
3 Deshaun Watson Texans Titans
4 Ben Roethlisberger Steelers Chiefs
5 Tyrod Taylor Browns Saints

Starver of the Week: Derek Carr, Raiders
Gruden’s return to Oakland caused many to think that the Raiders’ woes on offense would be fixed. That didn’t appear to be the case on Monday night, as Carr threw zero touchdowns against three picks, one of which was taken back the other way by Marcus Peter for a pick-six. He faces a tough Broncos secondary in Chris Harris and Bradley Roby this weekend, which doesn’t bode well for Carr’s top target Amari Cooper, especially since Cooper was held to one catch for nine yards versus the Rams. Sit Carr and find someone else to start on Sunday.

# SIT Team Week 1 Matchup
1 Matt Ryan Falcons Panthers
2 Dak Prescott Cowboys Giants
3 Blake Bortles Jaguars Patriots
4 Andy Dalton Bengals Ravens
5 Ryan Fitzpatrick Buccaneers Eagles
Running Backs

Feaster of the Week: James Conner, Steelers
Filling in for Le’Veon Bell, Conner had the type of Week 1 fantasy owners wanted from him: 195 total yards and two touchdowns, good enough for a whopping 34.2 PPR points. He has another juicy matchup versus the Chiefs this weekend, who gave up a combined 51.2 points to Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler during Week 1. Conner needs to be in every fantasy roster’s starting lineup.

# START Team Week 1 Matchup
1 Chris Thompson Redskins Colts
2 Jay Ajayi Eagles Buccaneers
3 Jordan Howard Bears Seahawks
4 Christian McCaffrey Panthers Falcons
5 Carlos Hyde Browns Saints

Starver of the Week: Derrick Henry, Titans
It was clear last week versus the Dolphins that Henry is not the bellcow we all envisioned before the season. Henry was severely out-snapped by his teammate Dion Lewis and rushed 10 times for a measly 26 yards. The bruising back faces a tough front on Sunday in the Texans, with J.J. Watt leading the charge. All of this points towards another unproductive Week 2 from Henry.

# SIT Team Week 1 Matchup
1 Jamaal Williams Packers Vikings
2 Chris Carson Seahawks Bears
3 Kenyan Drake Dolphins Jets
4 Marshawn Lynch Raiders Broncos
5 Kerryon Johnson Lions 49ers
Wide Receivers

Feaster of the Week: Golden Tate, Lions
Despite Matthew Stafford’s five interception opener versus the Jets on Monday night, Tate still manged to post a nice stat line: 7 receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown. That’s 20.9 PPR point. That makes owners happy. Tate faces a 49ers secondary that allowed Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs to accumulate 30.3 PPR points last week. Expect similar results from the Detroit Lions primary pass catchers on Sunday.

# START Team Week 1 Matchup
1 Josh Gordon Browns Saints
2 Nelson Agholor Eagles Buccaneers
3 Emmanuel Sanders Broncos Raiders
4 Allen Robinson Bears Seahawks
5 Kenny Stills Dolphins Jets

Starver of the Week: Chris Hogan, Patriots
Hogan was expected to be a solid fantasy play versus the Texans on Sunday, but he didn’t live up to expectations. He definitely isn’t going to have a chance for redemption during Week 2, as the Patriots travel to take on the Jaguars at home. Jacksonville proved they had enough in the tank to shut down a the Giants’ aerial attack filled with starpower (Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard, and Evan Engram). Hogan will face a lot of Jalen Ramsey and A.J. Bouye on Sunday, a living nightmare for fantasy owners.

# SIT Team Week 1 Matchup
1 Amari Cooper Raiders Broncos
2 Randall Cobb Packers Vikings
3 Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals Rams
4 Kelvin Benjamin Bills Chargers
5 Devin Funchess Panthers Falcons
Tight Ends

Feaster of the Week: Jordan Reed, Redskins
Jordan Reed, a feaster for me last week, is again on the start-em list for this weekend’s matchup versus the Colts. When Reed is on the field with a full health bar, he’s one of the top tight ends in the game. He has great chemistry with Alex Smith, who isn’t afraid to look his way in the end zone. Plug in Reed as a surefire TE1 for the rest of the season barring injury.

# START Team Week 1 Matchup
1 George Kittle 49ers Lions
2 Jared Cook Raiders Broncos
3 Evan Engram Giants Cowboys

Starver of the Week: Antonio Gates, Chargers
Gates saw only three targets on Sunday and was held to just 16 yards against the Chiefs, who don’t exactly have the best pass defense. Until Rivers and Gates get their magic back, I don’t see Gates being anything more than a touchdown dependent, bye week fill-in for your starter. Don’t fire him up against the Bills.

# SIT Team Week 1 Matchup
1 Will Dissly Seahawks Bears
2 Charles Clay Bills Chargers
3 Tyler Eifert Bengals Ravens

Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues.

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