10 Players Fantasy Football Owners Must Start in Week 2

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10 Players Fantasy Football Owners Must Start in Week 2

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With the weekend almost upon us and an entire slate of NFL games ready to be played, it is time to start finalizing those Fantasy Football rosters. Obviously, one game was already played Thursday night. However, there really was not any big fantasy players involved, unless you were one of those owners who were foolish enough to start Tom Brady. In that case, good luck in Week 2.

The slideshow is not a list of the players that I believe will finish in the top 10 in fantasy points this week. Instead, it is a list of 10 players I think owners should start because I believe they have the potential to have a big game. Some of them may finish with the most points, while others may drop in the standings. It is all a crap shoot anyways, but fantasy owners already knew that.

Players that had huge games last week, such as quarterback Peyton Manning, should be expected to put up big numbers in Week 2. In Manning’s case, he will be going up against little brother Eli Manning, which usually brings out the best in him. Meanwhile, there are some players that disappointed in the first week of the season, but should start this weekend because of certain matchups.

Hopefully, the slideshow will happy any owners that are struggling with some roster decisions, or reassure certain owners that their instincts are correct. Make sure to click through the slideshow to see 10 players fantasy football owners must start in Week 2.

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10. Terrelle Pryor

Pryor
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Terrelle Pryor is only owned in 23.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues, but that does not mean owners should stay away. Any owner who is brave enough to start Pryor in Week 2 will benefit greatly as they will have an advantage only a few owners can lay claim to. The quarterback put up 19 fantasy points on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 and will be facing the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Not to mention, Pryor put up the second most rushing yards (112) in the league in the first week of the season and the Jaguars are unfamiliar with the read-option offense.

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9. Wes Welker

Welker
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I believe Wes Welker will have a huge fantasy game this weekend. All eyes will be on Demaryius Thomas who destroyed the Baltimore Ravens’ defense in Week 1. It is true that Thomas recorded a whopping 28 fantasy points after he hauled in five receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns. For that reason, the New York Giants will never let him out of their sight, especially in the red zone. That will make way for Welker to come through for Manning.

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8. Michael Vick

Vick
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Michael Vick exploded in Week 1 to record an unexpected 25 fantasy points. With Chip Kelly’s high-flying offense, expect Vick to take his game to the next level against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers’ defense surrendered 329 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air in Week 1. It is going to be a field day for Vick.

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7. Brandon Marshall

Marshall
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The Minnesota Vikings could not stop the pass in Week 1. For that reason, expect one of the top fantasy wide receivers, Brandon Marshall, to have a big day. I am not saying the Chicago Bears will put up 357 passing yards on the Vikings, but I do believe Marshall will see a majority of the targets. I fully expect Marshall to haul in more than the eight receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown that he recorded last weekend.

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6. A.J. Green

Green
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A.J. Green had a huge Week 1 in which he gave owners a generous 28 fantasy points. The last time he faced the Pittsburgh Steelers he recorded 10 passes for 116 yards. Considering Pittsburgh’s secondary took a step backwards in the offseason, look for Green to go above and beyond in Week 2. If anything else, he should not do any worse than his performance last week.

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5. LeSean McCoy

McCoy
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy is the NFL leader in rushing yards (184) after his dominant Week 1 performance. McCoy will be used frequently this season, which means anyone that is lucky enough to own him should expect a great game every week. Look for McCoy to have his way with the Chargers after they gave up way too many yards in Week 1.

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4. Peyton Manning

Manning
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The way Manning dismantled a talented defense during the NFL season opener was quite the sight to see. It would be foolish to expect seven touchdowns every weekend, but owners can look forward to a performance from the veteran signal caller Sunday afternoon.

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3. Reggie Bush

Bush
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Reggie Bush showed that the Detroit Lions knew exactly what they were talking about when they convinced him to sign with the team. The Lions told Bush that he would excel in an offense that thrives on opening up the field, and they were not wrong. Bush was all over the place against the Vikings last weekend. To think that the Arizona Cardinals will be able to slow him down is a joke in itself.

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2. Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
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Marshawn Lynch’s last three games against the San Francisco 49ers have seen him run for 107, 103 and 111 yards. The 49ers have one of the best run defenses in the league which does not allow 100-yard rushers. The fact that Lynch has been able to do it in three consecutive contests is saying something. Fantasy owners would be wise to pay attention to the statistics.

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1. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers
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Aaron Rodgers had an average fantasy day that saw him record 24 points. After losing the season opener against San Francisco, expect Rodgers to come out firing in Week 2. There is just no way Rodgers will allow the Green Bay Packers to lose their home opener and fall to 0-2 on the season. Another three-touchdown performance is definitely feasible.

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10 Players Fantasy Football Owners Must Start in Week 2

nfl
Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

With the weekend almost upon us and an entire slate of NFL games ready to be played, it is time to start finalizing those Fantasy Football rosters. Obviously, one game was already played Thursday night. However, there really was not any big fantasy players involved, unless you were one of those owners who were foolish enough to start Tom Brady. In that case, good luck in Week 2.

The slideshow is not a list of the players that I believe will finish in the top 10 in fantasy points this week. Instead, it is a list of 10 players I think owners should start because I believe they have the potential to have a big game. Some of them may finish with the most points, while others may drop in the standings. It is all a crap shoot anyways, but fantasy owners already knew that.

Players that had huge games last week, such as quarterback Peyton Manning, should be expected to put up big numbers in Week 2. In Manning’s case, he will be going up against little brother Eli Manning, which usually brings out the best in him. Meanwhile, there are some players that disappointed in the first week of the season, but should start this weekend because of certain matchups.

Hopefully, the slideshow will happy any owners that are struggling with some roster decisions, or reassure certain owners that their instincts are correct. Make sure to click through the slideshow to see 10 players fantasy football owners must start in Week 2.

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10. Terrelle Pryor

Pryor
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Terrelle Pryor is only owned in 23.9 percent of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues, but that does not mean owners should stay away. Any owner who is brave enough to start Pryor in Week 2 will benefit greatly as they will have an advantage only a few owners can lay claim to. The quarterback put up 19 fantasy points on the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1 and will be facing the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Not to mention, Pryor put up the second most rushing yards (112) in the league in the first week of the season and the Jaguars are unfamiliar with the read-option offense.

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9. Wes Welker

Welker
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

I believe Wes Welker will have a huge fantasy game this weekend. All eyes will be on Demaryius Thomas who destroyed the Baltimore Ravens’ defense in Week 1. It is true that Thomas recorded a whopping 28 fantasy points after he hauled in five receptions for 161 yards and two touchdowns. For that reason, the New York Giants will never let him out of their sight, especially in the red zone. That will make way for Welker to come through for Manning.

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8. Michael Vick

Vick
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Vick exploded in Week 1 to record an unexpected 25 fantasy points. With Chip Kelly’s high-flying offense, expect Vick to take his game to the next level against the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers’ defense surrendered 329 passing yards and three touchdowns through the air in Week 1. It is going to be a field day for Vick.

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7. Brandon Marshall

Marshall
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Vikings could not stop the pass in Week 1. For that reason, expect one of the top fantasy wide receivers, Brandon Marshall, to have a big day. I am not saying the Chicago Bears will put up 357 passing yards on the Vikings, but I do believe Marshall will see a majority of the targets. I fully expect Marshall to haul in more than the eight receptions for 104 yards and one touchdown that he recorded last weekend.

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6. A.J. Green

Green
Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports

A.J. Green had a huge Week 1 in which he gave owners a generous 28 fantasy points. The last time he faced the Pittsburgh Steelers he recorded 10 passes for 116 yards. Considering Pittsburgh’s secondary took a step backwards in the offseason, look for Green to go above and beyond in Week 2. If anything else, he should not do any worse than his performance last week.

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5. LeSean McCoy

McCoy
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

LeSean McCoy is the NFL leader in rushing yards (184) after his dominant Week 1 performance. McCoy will be used frequently this season, which means anyone that is lucky enough to own him should expect a great game every week. Look for McCoy to have his way with the Chargers after they gave up way too many yards in Week 1.

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4. Peyton Manning

Manning
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The way Manning dismantled a talented defense during the NFL season opener was quite the sight to see. It would be foolish to expect seven touchdowns every weekend, but owners can look forward to a performance from the veteran signal caller Sunday afternoon.

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3. Reggie Bush

Bush
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Reggie Bush showed that the Detroit Lions knew exactly what they were talking about when they convinced him to sign with the team. The Lions told Bush that he would excel in an offense that thrives on opening up the field, and they were not wrong. Bush was all over the place against the Vikings last weekend. To think that the Arizona Cardinals will be able to slow him down is a joke in itself.

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2. Marshawn Lynch

Lynch
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Marshawn Lynch’s last three games against the San Francisco 49ers have seen him run for 107, 103 and 111 yards. The 49ers have one of the best run defenses in the league which does not allow 100-yard rushers. The fact that Lynch has been able to do it in three consecutive contests is saying something. Fantasy owners would be wise to pay attention to the statistics.

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1. Aaron Rodgers

Rodgers
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers had an average fantasy day that saw him record 24 points. After losing the season opener against San Francisco, expect Rodgers to come out firing in Week 2. There is just no way Rodgers will allow the Green Bay Packers to lose their home opener and fall to 0-2 on the season. Another three-touchdown performance is definitely feasible.


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