Fantasy football start/sit for Week 2: Sit Dez Bryant opposite a Broncos' secondary


Dallas Cowboys far-reaching receiver Dez Bryant has scored 75 percent fewer points per aim opposite tip cornerbacks. (Roger Steinman/AP)

Each week, Neil Greenberg will give we 3 players to start and 3 to lay in your anticipation football league.

If we got out of Week 1 with no vital injuries on your roster, cruise yourself lucky.

Arizona Cardinals using behind David Johnson, a accord top-3 pick, left a diversion with a sprained wrist and is expected to skip a next two to 3 months. Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Allen Robinson is out for a season with an ACL tear. Baltimore Ravens using behind Danny Woodhead took himself out of Sunday’s game with a hamstring injury. New England Patriots wideout Danny Amendola was diagnosed with a concussion. And a Chicago Bears mislaid their tip receiver for a second time this deteriorate when Kevin White fractured his scapula.

You know what they contend — subsequent male up! Here are some smart moves to cruise for Week 2.

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Start

Javorius “Buck” Allen, RB, Baltimore Ravens

Allen hasn’t started a diversion in a NFL given 2015, though he played 33 snaps for a Ravens on Sunday, a many among a team’s using backs, and is going to assume Woodhead’s purpose as third-down back. He carried a round 21 times opposite a Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1, forcing one missed tackle with 37 of his 72 yards entrance after contact.

He was targeted only once on Sunday though has shown he can make plays in a flitting game. In 2015, his 1.72 yards per lift were a sixth-most among competent using backs per a diversion charters during Pro Football Focus.

Chris Carson, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Carson was featured heavily in Seattle’s third preseason game, personification 27 snaps (nine run, 17 pass) producing 46 yards on a belligerent (37 after contact) while hauling in both his targets for 44 yards, including a 37-yard locate opposite Kansas City Chiefs starting outward linebacker Dee Ford. On Sunday opposite a Green Bay Packers he was again a featured back, personification 27 snaps ensuing in 39 yards (23 after strike with 3 missed tackles) with a 10-yard catch, that also enclosed a damaged tackle and 7 yards after a catch.

At 5-foot-11 and 218 pounds he should also be an glorious RB for a red zone, generally in goal-to-goal situations.

Eddie Lacy has nonetheless to claim himself as a team’s No. 1 option, Thomas Rawls is traffic with a high-ankle sprain and C.J. Prosise is a team’s change-of-pace back — when healthy — giving Carson a immature light to postpone adult yardage opposite a San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.

Marqise Lee, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars

Lee did not have many opportunities to locate a pass on Sunday (three targets) with quarterback Blake Bortles throwing only 21 times, though he held 63 passes for 851 yards and three touchdowns final deteriorate and sum to be some-more concerned in a offense as a outcome of Robinson’s injury. According to Sharp Football Stats, Lee had a success rate that was 4.6 commission points aloft than normal final season, excelling during passes within 14 yards from struggle and low passes down a center of a field.


2016 unchanging deteriorate (sharpfootballstats.com)

“Of course, I’ll be prepared for a challenge,” Lee told John Oehser of Jaguars.com. “This is what we play football for, to come in and do what we have to do. … I’m scheming a same approach I’ve been preparing. Nothing for me in my mind has escalated. I’ll substantially get a small some-more courtesy on a outside. I’m not worried. It is what it is.”

Plus, Jacksonville’s Week 2 opponent, Tennessee, was approaching to have a 20th misfortune secondary streamer into a deteriorate and authorised 255 net flitting yards and dual touchdowns to a Oakland Raiders in Week 1.

Sit

Dez Bryant, WR, Dallas Cowboys

You don’t yank on Superman’s cape. You don’t separate into a wind. You don’t lift a facade off a aged Lone Ranger and we don’t start any wideouts opposite a Denver Broncos.

Since 2015, hostile quarterbacks have a 75 passer rating opposite a Broncos, a lowest in a joining and only dual receivers have held more than one touchdown in a game opposite them over that span. No wideout constructed more than 100 yards receiving against Denver’s secondary in 2016.

Over a past dual seasons, receivers who have played a Broncos have averaged 7.8 points in point-per-reception, or PPR, leagues and 10.4 PPR points opposite each other defense.


Still not assured to postpone a second-round anticipation collect such as Bryant? In Week 1 opposite a Los Angeles Chargers, Denver cornerbacks Chris Harris Jr. and Aqib Talib yielded only 34 yards on 65 snaps in coverage. They ranked No. 2 and No. 4, respectively, final deteriorate among 79 competent corners for yards authorised per cover snap per a diversion charters during Pro Football Focus.

And only in box you’re still meditative of starting Bryant, one some-more thing: Over a past 3 seasons, Bryant scored 3.36 PPR points per target opposite cornerbacks rated in a bottom 25 of PFF ratings. That drops to 0.81 PPR points per aim opposite a cornerback rated in a tip 25.

Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins

Kelley carried a round 10 times for 30 yards, his longest run a six-yard gain, earning him a 11th lowest class of Week 1 among using backs.

The miss of prolongation could be blamed on how a diversion played out. Washington found itself trailing for a vast apportionment of a contest, and that affects a play calling. The Redskins called a using play 45 percent of a time when they were tied or forward on a scoreboard final season. If they trailed, a group called a rushing play only 32 percent of a time — so right divided we know that if Kelley is to have a large day, a Redskins need to be in authority of a game. Based on what we saw on Sunday opposite a Philadelphia Eagles, that isn’t expected to happen.

Washington’s descent line authorised 16 sum sacks, hits and hurries in Week 1, a third-most in a league, with a Eagles wanting only 2.58 seconds, on average, to pouch quarterback Kirk Cousins on Sunday. That’s shorter than the average during a 2015 (3.36 seconds) or 2016 (3.2 seconds) unchanging season. And it could be even worse on Sunday when they face a Los Angeles Rams with Aaron Donald behind in a lineup.

Without Donald a Rams’ defensive line combined 4 sacks, one strike and 5 hurries in further to returning two interceptions for touchdowns, forcing a fail and causing a safety. With him they could be distant some-more daunting.

Austin Hooper, TE, Atlanta Falcons

The good news: Hooper had dual catches for 128 yards on Sunday, including an 88-yard touchdown, the longest touchdown locate by a parsimonious end in Week 1 in NFL history.

The bad news: He was targeted only dual times by quarterback Matt Ryan. Last season, 28 parsimonious ends held a touchdown pass notwithstanding saying only one or dual targets; nothing scored a touchdown in their subsequent game.

The other bad news: This week’s competition is a Green Bay Packers, a invulnerability that authorised 5 touchdowns to a parsimonious finish position final season, one reduction than a normal team, and held Seattle Seahawks parsimonious finish Jimmy Graham to 3 catches for 8 yards in Week 1 of a 2017 season.

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