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Fantasy Football 2013: Week 2 Start-Sit

Fantasy Football: Who to Start, Who to Sit in Week 2

September 12, 2013

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We’ve reached Week 2 in the NFL, which means it’s time once again for our start/sit fantasy recommendations for the upcoming games. We’ve taken Week 1 performances into account here, as well as favorable or unfavorable matchups for each player. Here’s a closer look at who should be on your fantasy radar as we head into the weekend.

Start ‘Em:

Fantasy Football 2013: Week 2 Start-Sit

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Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: The rookie Pryor showed his stuff in Week 1, posting 217 passing yards and 112 rush yards. His success has made him a popular waiver wire pickup this week and we can’t really disagree there. Pryor is heading into a choice matchup at home against the Jaguars this weekend, and Jacksonville looked downright ugly during their opener.

Julian Edelman, WR, New England Patriots: Another popular waiver wire pickup this week is Edelman, who put up 79 yards and two touchdowns against Buffalo in Week 1. He’ll be heading into a big divisional game against the Jets tonight, and with Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen and Rob Gronkowski (and maybe Zach Sudfeld) sidelined while nursing injuries, Edelman should be the main focus in a busy passing game.

David Wilson, RB, New York Giants: We admit--this is a risky play. Hear us out, though. Wilson is coming off a downright atrocious game against Dallas in Week 1, causing fantasy owners everywhere to toss him to the bench in frustration. Still, Wilson got a vote of confidence from the coaching staff this week in the form of a Brandon Jacobs addition--more specifically, someone who won’t challenge him for workhorse touches. If Wilson repents sufficiently and earns another start from the Giants staff, he’s worth a flex spot on your fantasy roster. Realistically he’s the only chance New York has to keep up with the Broncos in the running game. If he screws up again, you won’t be starting him anymore anyway, so you might as well roll the dice while he’s there.

Sit ‘Em:

Russell Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks: This one’s a matchup issue more than anything else. Sure, Wilson was solid in his 2013 debut against the Panthers, with a 25-for-33 line and 320 yards, but he only came up with one score. The 49ers will be a much stiffer task. We expect this one to be a defense-heavy game, and though Wilson has the advantage of the home crowd, we’d at least take a look at your backup QB’s opponent this week.

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore Ravens: Joe Haden doesn’t get as much credit as he deserves, and that’s probably because he’s stuck in Cleveland. He was able to shut down Mike Wallace in his Phins debut during Week 1, and he’ll be matched up against Smith this weekend. Though Smith logged some nice numbers in the opener, we’d think about sitting him for this one.

Roddy White, WR, Atlanta Falcons: There are red flags all over the place when it comes to White. He’s battling a nagging ankle injury that limited him to a pair of catches and 19 yards in the opener. He himself has said that he’s unable to cut at his potential ability, and served as a decoy against the Saints. The Rams defense is much improved this season, and probably won’t allow a hobbled White too many opportunities. We’d recommend shying away if you can.

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