A massive part of succeeding in fantasy football is playing the match-ups and setting the right lineup. Obviously there are some players, like Antonio Brown and LeSean McCoy, that should never be left on your bench no matter their opponent, but for most this is not the case. Below are my picks for who you should start and who you should sit this week.
Alex Smith v PHI
As we all know by now, Alex Smith and the Chiefs put in a dominant performance against the reigning Super Bowl champions on Thursday night and with a favourable matchup against an Eagles secondary without Ronald Darby, Smith is a great streaming option in week 2.
Joe Flacco v CLE
This might look like a nice matchup for Flacco but the Cleveland defence looked much better than expected against the Steelers on Sunday, despite missing Myles Garrett, and with the Ravens now looking like a run first team, I can't see Flacco lighting it up against the Browns.
Ty Montgomery v ATL
Montgomery proved he could be a productive workhorse back against a strong Seahawks defence in the Packers season opener and I expect him to have an even better game against the Falcons . With the Montgomery likely to see lots of passing work on top of his carries, the Green Bay RB is heading towards being a must start every week.
Isaiah Crowell v BAL
Crowell struggled against the Steelers rushing for only 33 yards from his 17 carries and I doubt he'll have much better luck against another division rival. The Ravens defence looked nasty against the Bengals and completely shutdown the Cincinnati run game and I fully expect them to do the same against the Browns.
Larry Fitzgerald v IND
The Colts defence made Jared Goff and the Rams look like the best offence in the league and I have a feeling they might being do that a lot this year. Despite Carson Palmer looking bad against the Lions, I can see him exploiting the lacklustre Indianapolis secondary that looks to be without Vontae Davis. All this points towards Fitzgerald seeing lots of targets, making him a great flex option in PPR this week.
Dez Bryant v DEN
Denver didn't quite halt the passing game the way I expected against the Chargers but I still don't think Bryant has a chance of putting up high level production against Talib and co. I expect to see the Cowboys lean more heavily on Zeke and the run game, leaving Des with few targets and great man to man coverage.
Jared Cook v NYJ
Cook was involved more than expected in the Raiders passing game as he hauled in 5 receptions against the Titans. With a week 2 matchup against the Jets, a team that struggled to contain Charles Clay last week, Cook has a chance of putting up good numbers once again in PPR.
Coby Fleener v NE
Despite their poor performance, the Patriots did manage to keep Travis Kelce reasonably quiet in week 1 and I can see them doing the same to Fleener.
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