Start or Sit These IDP Players on Monday Night to Win Week 2 Fantasy
I think the old adage of “Do not overreact to Week 1” may need to get extended to Week 2 now that we are having a 17 game NFL season. With teams having starters play even less than before in the preseason we are seeing a lot of weird games even this week. With some games blowing up in scoring that we did not expect to see on both sides (Minnesota vs Arizona) and some lower scoring games that most expected (Dallas vs LA Chargers and Philadelphia vs San Francisco).
There is a lot we have yet to learn this season and that is even more true on the IDP side where we have had bunches of injuries and more rotations than expected.
With that said let’s get into who we think will help take you home to that fantasy football win on Monday Night Football!
1. Defensive Linemen
Entire Defensive Line – Detroit Lions – Sit
This feels like a bit of a cop out, and it is, but with the Lions switching to more of a base 3-4, I do not want anything to do with the 3 in the 3-4, as they are in a heavy rotation. Now if you still have leauges where Trey Flowers and Romeo Okwara are listed as defensive lineman, I am fine starting them. They will play standing up and with a hand in the dirt, but going off how the team classifies them, I am going over them in the linebackers
Kenny Clark – Green Bay Packers – Start
Kenny Clark is the only defensive linemen, as classified by their teams, that I want to start. He can play all across the line for the Packers, and had a nice game for DT/IL player, with 3 solos and 2 assits in Week 1. With the Lions expected to run a lot he will have plenty of chances to match that, and even get on the board with a TFL or two. If the Packers offense gets going he will have a chance to get to Goff too.
Jamie Collins Sr – Detroit Lions – Sit
Collins did not look great this preseason and that continued into Week 1 where he only played 67% of the snaps. He ended with 3 solos and 2 assists which is not what you want in a starting linebacker. Jamie is more of a veteran prescene on this team than a reliable fantasy option.
Alex Anzalone – Detroit Lions – Start
Anzalone played 100% of the snaps and while he did not show well on the stat sheet, he is the signal caller and the Lions best coverage linebacker (of their starters). He will be busy this week and with the Packers offensive line struggling I do not think he will have the same issue in getting on the stat sheet that he had last week.
Krys Barnes & De’Vondre Campbell – Green Bay Packers – Start
Campbell played 93% of snaps last week with Barnes getting 78%. Barnes had the better week for fantasy (7 solos and 1 assist to Campbell’s 5 solos and 1 assist) but both did alright. I expect Detroit to continue to try and run the ball, which makes both viable starters.
Trey Flowers & Romeo Okwara – Detroit Lions – Start
Given the Packers’ issues blocking last week I think both are fine as Edge or defensive ends. I do not like either as outside linebackers as neither gets you a lot of tackles. Both have shown the ability to get to the QB and rack up TFLs in prior years and I think one or both will this week.
Rashaan Gary & Preston Smith – Green Bay Packers – Sit
Now it may just be a Week 1 thing, but neither did much last week; Preston had 4 solos and 1 assist, and Gary had 2 QB hits but no IDP scoring stats for most leagues; but played about a 63% snap share. Za’Darius is out this week so Rashaan should start, and the 49ers did get pressure on the Lions last week, I just do not feel that either is to the level of Za’Darius and think the Lions offensive line is better than most believe.
4. Defensive Backs
Adrian Amos – Green Bay Packers – Sit
Yes he had a great Week 1 with 7 solos and 2 assists on 100% of the snaps, but I think that this game will lead to Darnell Savage playing better and Amos having less of an impact. Amos genreally plays more deep with Savage closer to the line and Jared Goff does not throw the long ball well (comparatively to other NFL QBs). I think Week 1 will end up being the exception instead of the rule for Amos this year.
Tracy Walker III – Detroit Lions – Start
Walker picked up where he left off before getting injured last year with 6 solos, 1 assist and 1 sack in Week 1. Walker plays all over the field like he has been shot out of a cannon and I expect he will be busy again this week. A poor linebacking group in front of him helps his fantasy value and he is a weekly start play.
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