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Week 2: Kenny Britt is Back, Start Him? - 26 comments

By R.J. White

Hopefully you’re running into Week 2 with a 1-0 record, four strong running backs, a slew of breakout receivers, an elite QB, a heavily-targeted tight end and a great defensive and kicking matchup. If so, we can’t do much to help you; you’re ready to steamroll your league. For everyone else, we’re back with Week 2’s Start/Sit Cafe Rankings. Kenny Britt has served his one-game suspension, and now you want to know if you should insert him immediately into your lineup (yes). Where does Robert Griffin III sit after a breakthrough Week 1 performance against the Saints? How about Stevan Ridley? Let’s find out now.

RankQuarterbacksTeamOppAverage
1Drew BreesNOat CAR2.3
2Tom BradyNEvs. ARI2.3
3Aaron RodgersGBvs. CHI2.5
4Cam NewtonCARvs. NO4.5
5Matt RyanATLvs. DEN5.3
6Robert Griffin IIIWASat STL6.8
7Matthew StaffordDETat SF7.3
8Peyton ManningDENat ATL8.0
9Tony RomoDALat SEA8.8
10Jay CutlerCHIat GB9.0
11Eli ManningNYGvs. TB10.5
12Philip RiversSDvs. TEN12.0
13Michael VickPHIvs. BAL12.0
14Matt SchaubHOUat JAC16.3
15Josh FreemanTBat NYG16.5
16Ben RoethlisbergerPITvs. NYJ16.8
17Joe FlaccoBALat PHI17.0
18Andrew LuckINDvs. MIN17.0
19Alex SmithSFvs. DET20.3
20Carson PalmerOAKat MIA21.5
21Andy DaltonCINat CLE21.8
22Russell WilsonSEAvs. DAL22.5
23Christian PonderMINat IND22.8
24Matt CasselKCat BUF23.0
25Mark SanchezNYJat PIT24.0
26Jake LockerTENat SD24.5
27Ryan FitzpatrickBUFvs. KC25.8
28Sam BradfordSTLvs. WAS26.5
29Blaine GabbertJACvs. HOU29.0
30Ryan TannehillMIAvs. OAK30.5
31Kevin KolbARIat NE30.8
32Tim TebowNYJat PIT31.0
33Brandon WeedenCLEvs. CIN32.8

Start: Robert Griffin III, Redskins. The Redskins had the perfect gameplan for Griffin’s first game, mixing in elements from the Baylor offense and keeping the Saints defense on their heels all day. It’s not likely to be as easy for RG3 every week, but I don’t think the Rams have what it takes to slow him down, and I’d feel confident rolling with him as a QB1 this week.

Sit: Mark Sanchez, Jets. The Sanchize was excellent in Week 1, tossing 266 yards and three TDs. However, we’re not buying in yet. Let’s see how he does against a good Steelers defense without a lead. Tim Tebow isn’t going away any time soon (in fact, we have him over trainwreck Brandon Weeden this week), and it’s going to be hard for Sanchez to score multiple TDs consistently.

RankRunning BacksTeamOppAverage
1Arian FosterHOUat JAC1.8
2Darren McFaddenOAKat MIA2.5
3Ray RiceBALat PHI3.3
4LeSean McCoyPHIvs. BAL4.0
5Adrian PetersonMINat IND4.3
6C.J. SpillerBUFvs. KC6.5
7DeMarco MurrayDALat SEA7.3
8Matt ForteCHIat GB8.0
9Jamaal CharlesKCat BUF12.0
10Maurice Jones-DrewJACvs. HOU12.3
11Marshawn LynchSEAvs. DAL12.3
12Steven JacksonSTLvs. WAS13.5
13Doug MartinTBat NYG13.8
14Ahmad BradshawNYGvs. TB15.8
15Frank GoreSFvs. DET16.5
16BenJarvus Green-EllisCINat CLE17.5
17Stevan RidleyNEvs. ARI18.0
18Reggie BushMIAvs. OAK18.0
19Chris JohnsonTENat SD18.5
20Darren SprolesNOat CAR19.3
21Alfred MorrisWASat STL20.5
22Michael TurnerATLvs. DEN22.5
23Trent RichardsonCLEvs. CIN22.8
24Kevin SmithDETat SF24.3
25Donald BrownINDvs. MIN25.0
26Shonn GreeneNYJat PIT25.5
27Willis McGaheeDENat ATL26.0
28Peyton HillisKCat BUF28.3
29Michael BushCHIat GB30.3
30Ben TateHOUat JAC31.0
31Cedric BensonGBvs. CHI31.5
32Dexter McClusterKCat BUF32.5
33Jacquizz RodgersATLvs. DEN33.8
34DeAngelo WilliamsCARvs. NO35.8
35Mark IngramNOat CAR35.8
36Jonathan DwyerPITvs. NYJ36.0
37Beanie WellsARIat NE36.5
38Ronnie BrownSDvs. TEN36.8
39Pierre ThomasNOat CAR39.8
40Roy HeluWASat STL40.0
41Kendall HunterSFvs. DET41.5
42Toby GerhartMINat IND44.0
43Isaac RedmanPITvs. NYJ44.3
44Jonathan StewartCARvs. NO44.3
45LeGarrette BlountTBat NYG44.8
46David WilsonNYGvs. TB45.0
47Ryan WilliamsARIat NE45.3
48Mike GoodsonOAKat MIA46.5
49Daniel ThomasMIAvs. OAK47.0
50Curtis BrinkleySDvs. TEN47.3
51Robert TurbinSEAvs. DAL50.0
52Rashad JenningsJACvs. HOU50.3
53Evan RoysterWASat STL51.8
54Shane VereenNEvs. ARI52.5
55Brandon JacobsSFvs. DET53.3

Start: Stevan Ridley, Patriots. Ridley was phenomenal in Week 1, and now he gets to face a Cardinals defense that likely has no prayer keeping close to the Patriots in the second half. That’s a recipe for 20-plus carries this week and a quality fantasy performance. I’m actually surprised he isn’t higher — I ranked him in my top 10 this week.

Sit: Jonathan Dwyer, Steelers. Dwyer was easily the most impressive Steelers back on Sunday night, fighting for yards while Isaac Redman fell down on first contact. However, he doesn’t have the best matchup in Week 2 (C.J. Spiller notwithstanding) and he missed practice with a foot injury. He could get 15 carries, he could be inactive. It’s probably best passing on him this week unless he practices fully later in the week and your other options aren’t great.

RankWide ReceiversTeamOppAverage
1Calvin JohnsonDETat SF2.0
2Brandon MarshallCHIat GB2.3
3Andre JohnsonHOUat JAC4.0
4Julio JonesATLvs. DEN4.5
5Larry FitzgeraldARIat NE5.0
6A.J. GreenCINat CLE5.3
7Roddy WhiteATLvs. DEN7.0
8Hakeem NicksNYGvs. TB8.0
9Percy HarvinMINat IND9.0
10Victor CruzNYGvs. TB12.8
11Dez BryantDALat SEA12.8
12Jordy NelsonGBvs. CHI13.0
13Demaryius ThomasDENat ATL13.0
14Marques ColstonNOat CAR15.0
15Steve SmithCARvs. NO15.5
16Reggie WayneINDvs. MIN17.0
17Miles AustinDALat SEA18.0
18Vincent JacksonTBat NYG19.8
19Dwayne BoweKCat BUF20.3
20Antonio BrownPITvs. NYJ20.8
21Wes WelkerNEvs. ARI21.3
22Steve JohnsonBUFvs. KC22.0
23Torrey SmithBALat PHI23.8
24Eric DeckerDENat ATL26.3
25Kenny BrittTENat SD27.0
26Mike WallacePITvs. NYJ27.0
27Justin BlackmonJACvs. HOU27.3
28Randall CobbGBvs. CHI29.0
29Brandon LloydNEvs. ARI30.3
30Greg JenningsGBvs. CHI30.3
31Pierre GarconWASat STL31.0
32Malcom FloydSDvs. TEN31.3
33Jeremy MaclinPHIvs. BAL32.0
34Darrius Heyward-BeyOAKat MIA34.0
35DeSean JacksonPHIvs. BAL34.3
36Lance MooreNOat CAR35.8
37Michael CrabtreeSFvs. DET36.3
38Sidney RiceSEAvs. DAL39.0
39Anquan BoldinBALat PHI39.8
40James JonesGBvs. CHI44.3
41Robert MeachemSDvs. TEN44.3
42Titus YoungDETat SF45.3
43Danny AmendolaSTLvs. WAS46.5
44Stephen HillNYJat PIT46.5
45Santonio HolmesNYJat PIT46.5
46Greg LittleCLEvs. CIN47.5
47Mike WilliamsTBat NYG47.8
48Nate WashingtonTENat SD48.5
49Kevin OgletreeDALat SEA49.8
50Dexter McClusterKCat BUF50.5
51Brandon LaFellCARvs. NO50.5
52Davone BessMIAvs. OAK50.5
53Santana MossWASat STL53.0
54Denarius MooreOAKat MIA54.3
55Alshon JeffreyCHIat GB55.3
56Andrew HawkinsCINat CLE56.0
57Emmanuel SandersPITvs. NYJ58.3
58Brandon GibsonSTLvs. WAS59.3
59Brandon StokleyDENat ATL60.0
60Doug BaldwinSEAvs. DAL60.0
61Randy MossSFvs. DET60.8
62Laurent RobinsonJACvs. HOU61.0
63Kendall WrightTENat SD61.0
64Donnie AveryINDvs. MIN61.5
65Nate BurlesonDETat SF62.5
66Domenik HixonNYGvs. TB67.3
67Donald JonesBUFvs. KC67.5
68Early DoucetARIat NE68.8
69Austin CollieINDvs. MIN69.3
70Earl BennettCHIat GB70.5
71Golden TateSEAvs. DAL71.5
72Harry DouglasATLvs. DEN72.0
73Braylon EdwardsSEAvs. DAL73.5
74Devery HendersonNOat CAR74.0
75Jeremy KerleyNYJat PIT74.3
76Brian HartlineMIAvs. OAK76.5
77Steve SmithSTLvs. WAS77.8
78Jon BaldwinKCat BUF78.3
79Eddie RoyalSDvs. TEN78.8
80Steve BreastonKCat BUF80.0
81Julian EdelmanNEvs. ARI80.3
82Jason AvantPHIvs. BAL80.5
83Brian QuickSTLvs. WAS80.8
84Damian WilliamsTENat SD81.0
85Preston ParkerTBat NYG81.3

Start: Randall Cobb, Packers. The Packers look to employ Cobb in a Percy Harvin-type role, lining him up in the backfield in the absence of a quality third-down back. He caught all nine of his targets last week and should have a similar performance this week, especially if Greg Jennings can’t go. The window to buy low on Cobb is quickly closing.

Sit: Kevin Ogletree, Cowboys. He was the top-ranked receiver at the close of Week 1, catching nine passes for 114 yards and two TDs. So how does he rank as a sit just one week later? Ogletree managed to play in less than half of the Cowboys’ offensive snaps, and that percentage figures to scale back even further with Jason Witten healthier in Week 2. It may be smart to explore immediately flipping Ogletree before this week’s game if you plucked him off the wire.

RankTight EndsTeamOppAverage
1Jimmy GrahamNOat CAR1.3
2Rob GronkowskiNEvs. ARI1.8
3Aaron HernandezNEvs. ARI3.0
4Jermichael FinleyGBvs. CHI5.0
5Vernon DavisSFvs. DET5.5
6Brandon PettigrewDETat SF6.0
7Antonio GatesSDvs. TEN6.0
8Fred DavisWASat STL8.5
9Kyle RudolphMINat IND10.3
10Tony GonzalezATLvs. DEN10.5
11Jared CookTENat SD11.8
12Jason WittenDALat SEA12.5
13Jacob TammeDENat ATL13.8
14Greg OlsenCARvs. NO14.3
15Owen DanielsHOUat JAC14.8
16Colby FleenerINDvs. MIN16.5
17Jermaine GreshamCINat CLE17.3
18Marcedes LewisJACvs. HOU19.5
19Dustin KellerNYJat PIT19.5
20Brent CelekPHIvs. BAL20.0
21Martellus BennettNYGvs. TB22.0
22Heath MillerPITvs. NYJ22.5
23Dennis PittaBALat PHI25.0
24Scott ChandlerBUFvs. KC25.0
25Tony MoeakiKCat BUF26.5
26Lance KendricksSTLvs. WAS26.8
27Joel DreessenDENat ATL27.3
28Dwayne AllenINDvs. MIN28.5
29Brandon MyersOAKat MIA30.5
30Zach MillerSEAvs. DAL31.0
31Kevin BossKCat BUF31.0
32Ed DicksonBALat PHI31.5
33Tony SchefflerDETat SF32.5
34Kellen DavisCHIat GB33.3
35Jordan CameronCLEvs. CIN33.8

Start: Jared Cook, Titans. Cook looks primed for a breakout this season, and in Week 1 he stayed on the field for virtually every offensive snap. Kenny Britt returns this week from suspension, and that may actually help Cook as defenses account for Britt’s deep-ball potential. He should continue to flirt with TE1 status all year.

Sit: Dennis Pitta, Ravens. Pitta brought it in Week 1, catching five passes for 73 yards and a TD. However, he was completely shut out in the first half, making it seem like he’s going to be a streaky fantasy performer. He’ll cede targets at tight end to Ed Dickson, and the Ravens have plenty other weapons to target in the passing game before getting to either tight end.

RankTeam DefenseTeamOppAverage
1TexansHOUat JAC1.8
2PatriotsNEvs. ARI3.5
349ersSFvs. DET3.5
4GiantsNYGvs. TB4.5
5RavensBALat PHI5.8
6SteelersPITvs. NYJ6.0
7LionsDETat SF9.8
8BengalsCINat CLE10.5
9CowboysDALat SEA10.5
10EaglesPHIvs. BAL10.8
11BearsCHIat GB11.3
12BillsBUFvs. KC11.5
13SeahawksSEAvs. DAL11.5
14JetsNYJat PIT12.0
15RaidersOAKat MIA12.3
16PackersGBvs. CHI12.8
17VikingsMINat IND17.5
18BuccaneersTBat NYG18.5
19ChiefsKCat BUF19.8
20ChargersSDvs. TEN20.0
21RedskinsWASat STL21.5
22FalconsATLvs. DEN21.8
23TitansTENat SD24.0
24DolphinsMIAvs. OAK24.5
25JaguarsJACvs. HOU26.3
26ColtsINDvs. MIN26.5
27BrownsCLEvs. CIN26.8
28BroncosDENat ATL27.5
29SaintsNOat CAR27.5
30PanthersCARvs. NO28.3
31RamsSTLvs. WAS29.0
32CardinalsARIat NE31.0

Start: Cincinnati Bengals. After watching the Browns flounder in Week 1, with Brandon Weeden throwing four picks while completing only 12 passes, I have to go with the Bengals as the waiver wire defense of the week. They should have no problem going into Cleveland and coming out with an excellent performance against the rookie QB.

Sit: Green Bay Packers. The Packers turned in a four-sack performance in Week 1 while adding a return TD, but they also surrendered 30 points to the 49ers at home. They face another quality offense in Week 2, and the Bears have many more weapons to stretch the Pack than San Francisco did. Stay away if you can.

RankKickersTeamOppAverage
1David AkersSFvs. DET1.0
2Sebastian JanikowskiOAKat MIA2.0
3Robbie GouldCHIat GB4.5
4Garrett HartleyNOat CAR4.8
5Nate KaedingSDvs. TEN4.8
6Stephen GostkowskiNEvs. ARI7.0
7Jason HansonDETat SF7.0
8Mason CrosbyGBvs. CHI7.3
9Dan BaileyDALat SEA7.5
10Alex HeneryPHIvs. BAL10.5
11Matt BryantATLvs. DEN10.8
12Mike NugentCINat CLE13.3
13Dan CarpenterMIAvs. OAK13.5
14Steven HauschkaSEAvs. DAL14.8
15Matt PraterDENat ATL16.8
16Rob BironasTENat SD18.0
17Justin MedlockCARvs. NO18.0
18Shayne GrahamHOUat JAC18.8
19Nick FolkNYJat PIT19.3
20Lawrence TynesNYGvs. TB19.5
21Billy CundiffWASat STL20.0
22Shaun SuishamPITvs. NYJ21.3
23Justin TuckerBALat PHI23.5
24Greg ZuerleinSTLvs. WAS23.8
25Blair WalshMINat IND24.0
26Jay FeelyARIat NE24.0
27Connor BarthTBat NYG26.5
28Rian LindellBUFvs. KC27.8
29Josh ScobeeJACvs. HOU28.0
30Ryan SuccopKCat BUF28.5
31Adam VinatieriINDvs. MIN30.0
32Phil DawsonCLEvs. CIN32.0

Start: Nate Kaeding, Chargers. He’s back and kicking for a team with a pretty poor offense. Despite the Raiders routinely setting the Chargers up with fantastic field position on Monday night, all the team could manager were a glut of FGs. That bodes well for the healthy Kaeding this year.

Sit: Blair Walsh, Vikings. After a mediocre final college season in 2011, Walsh looked hands-off heading into our fantasy year. Then he went out and kicked four FGs in the first week. I’m not quite sold on him as of yet, and the Vikings should be able to manage more TDs and less FGs against the Colts this week. Keep an eye on him, but hold off on giving Walsh a Week 2 start.

 
R.J. White is the head editor at the Cafe and contributes to CBSSports.com's MLB Rumors blog. He has previously written for FanHouse, Razzball and FanDuel. Catch up with him in the forums under the name daullaz. Follow him on Twitter; don't follow him in real life.
 
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26 Responses to “Week 2: Kenny Britt is Back, Start Him?”

  1. cmlpf27 says:

    Question:

    Start as WR3 Randall Cobb, James Jones, Jeremy Maclin, or Torrey Smith?

    I have Brandon Marshall and Hakeem Nicks as Wr1 and Wr2, and I feel pretty solid on these two.

    What you think?

    Thanks for any help.

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  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    I’d have to go with one of the Packers, and I’d personally lean toward Cobb.

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  3. Bryanhoop says:

    RGIII or Vick?

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  4. rookie0308 says:

    Cutler or Peyton?

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  5. Thanks for the article R.J. always appreciated !

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  6. TitsMcGahee says:

    Sorry but Blair Walsh is the truth. Start him in all formats.

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  7. playing 3 RBs this week… Ridley, and Jamaal are locks. Can’t decide on third… Morris, CJ, or Trent

    thoughts??

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  8. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Bryanhoop: I like RG3 there.

    @rookie0308: I’d have to say Peyton. Falcons losing Grimes is huge, and he’s always dangerous in a nationally-televised game.

    @SouthernPinky: I’m leaning Morris over CJ1K, and I don’t quite trust T-Rich yet.

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  9. ryryonline says:

    Got Larry Fitzgerald, Victor Cruz, Rob Gronkowski all starting and then Randall Cobb,. Gotta play 2 WR and 1 WR/TE. Should I put in Cobb? If so, who should I bench? (Got Reggie Bush in the Flex position).

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  10. User avatar daullaz says:

    @ryryonline: I really like Cobb but I don’t think you can bench any of those guys for him.

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  11. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Thanks for this weekly article, R.J. I use it every week.

    Anyway, I was hoping to hear a little more about why to start Britt this week (given the title). Do you think the Titans will pull a JAX or MIN? In other words, say their star is gonna play only a handful of snaps and then keep him in for the whole game?

    I’ve got to decide between Britt, D. Jackson, and S. Johnson and am leading towards Johnson. Thoughts?

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  12. User avatar daullaz says:

    @joejlitz: I’d go with Johnson as well. Britt may still see limited snaps but work his way to something like a 4-50-1 line.

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  13. TitsMcGahee says:

    Rudolph or Cook?

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  14. User avatar daullaz says:

    @TitsMcGahee: I have Cook slightly ahead, but both are good plays.

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  15. tito91 says:

    I can only play two of these 3 receivers..Larry fitzgerald Michael Crabtree and Vincent Jackson. I’m leaning toward crabtree and jackson just cause fitzgerald doesn’t have a good qb situation in AZ and jackson should be able to exploit the giants week secondary. Who to start?

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  16. User avatar daullaz says:

    I’d have to go Fitz and Jackson.

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  17. BigSig55 says:

    RG3 vs Rams or Romo vs Seahawks?

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  18. Soul2Go says:

    Starting Arian Foster, Percy Harvin, and Marquis Colston… who should I start as flex, Pierre Garcon or Trent Richardson?

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  19. BigSig55 says:

    @Soul2Go: Garcon is listed as a game time decision so I would go with Richardson

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  20. enfuego757 says:

    Pick 2 to start — McCoy vs Ravens, J.Charles vs Buffalo, or MJD vs Texans.

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  21. User avatar daullaz says:

    @BigSig55: I give the edge to RG3.

    @Soul2Go: Richardson, as Garcon isn’t expected to play.

    @enfuego757: McCoy is an every-week start, no matter the opponent. Of the other two, I have Charles slightly ahead.

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  22. ObeYsXeGianT says:

    Schaub or Freeman?

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  23. Jubileo says:

    Vick or Schaub?

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  24. User avatar daullaz says:

    @ObeYsXeGianT: I like Freeman there, though the majority are taking Schaub this week.

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  25. User avatar daullaz says:

    @Jubileo: Gonna say Vick.

    By the way, I was the second-most accurate Pro ranking QBs last week: http://www.fantasypros.com/nfl/accuracy/?sort=QB

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  26. martymar63b says:

    FLEX, ogletree or b edwards?

    ReplyReply

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